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Nicholas FIRST-TIMER '17

The course was a decent run, nothing too difficult. A few hills but mostly smooth road. With that being said, it would have been an even better experience to actually … MORE

The course was a decent run, nothing too difficult. A few hills but mostly smooth road. With that being said, it would have been an even better experience to actually run through a few vineyards or through some backroads that are more embedded in wine country.

The biggest gripe I had with the race was the price/value. You really don’t get a whole a lot for the money and the money goes to no charitable cause, so I have a hard time justifying the huge profits Motive Running makes. 100+ dollars for a half marathon, give me a break. Shamrock run which gives out way more food, cliff bloks, etc. is only $75 for the half. Oh and they shutdown half of PDX so a lot of expense there, granted there are a lot more participants! So I just don’t get where all the cost of the event goes. There was no food at the finish line so you just had a bunch of starving, drinking people standing around.

Overall an OK event but just not much there that makes it worth your money. I think spending 30-40 bucks on wine sampling followed by a self-led run through some backcountry trails would have been a better use of my day.

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DrewNYC FIRST-TIMER '17

This race takes place Labor Day weekend - it is a great way to say celebrate the unofficial end of summer. This is one of the flatest courses I've run … MORE

This race takes place Labor Day weekend – it is a great way to say celebrate the unofficial end of summer.

This is one of the flatest courses I’ve run (only a bit of a hill-twice-at the bridge). You get to run on the boardwalk by the ocean, which I really enjoyed.

Rock N Roll knows how to suck you in with the promise of medals. If you run San Diego (I didn’t) and this race you get an extra medal. There are 3 races over the weekend, so there is the potential of 4 medals and a pin. I did all 3 races and would recommend doing so.

The 1st up, on Saturday, is the 5k. That is followed by the “Mile on the Sand”. They recommend NOT wearing shoes because it is soft sand [I wore shoes and walked the mile]. Sunday is the Half Marathon.

You get a shirt for each race. I didn’t think they were great designs this year, but I’ve seen other years and think this was just an “off” year.

After the races, the Finisher Zone is on the beach. I enjoyed my post race beer sitting on the sand and listening to the music.

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katie.c.jones FIRST-TIMER '19

Everything about this race was fantastic! From signing up to crossing the finish line, everything was smooth, organized, and well done. I originally signed up for the 2018 Mount Rushmore … MORE

Everything about this race was fantastic! From signing up to crossing the finish line, everything was smooth, organized, and well done. I originally signed up for the 2018 Mount Rushmore Half, but a work conflict made that impossible, so the wonderful people at Vacation Races let me defer to this year. (Thank you!!!) The race info emailed out the week before the race included EVERYTHING I needed to know, which was incredibly helpful for planning the trip from CO to SD.

As for the course, the first 7-ish miles are really difficult, but the views are stunning and the aid stations are spaced out well. (Also, I was 21 weeks pregnant during this race- thank you for having porta potties at every aid station! 🙂 Much appreciated! haha)

The finish in Keystone was great, volunteers were awesome, and the post race snack box was the best (so many gluten free snacks!) I’ve ever gotten. Truly, I loved everything about this race. I mean, even the version of the National Anthem played before the race was amazing. I will definitely be signing up for another Vacation Races event! Can’t recommend enough!!

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mmastro REPEAT RUNNER '19

This is by far my favorite race. I have completed 6 marathons including Boston, many half marathons, and several other shorter courses. This race is run so well and the … MORE

This is by far my favorite race. I have completed 6 marathons including Boston, many half marathons, and several other shorter courses. This race is run so well and the views are outstanding. Starting with the sunrise over the Stoeller Estate Winery, through lush hills of grapes and greenery, neighborhoods, and back roads. The energy of the race is friendly and fun. The course is well supported with several water stops and volunteers. The end is a fun cruise into the city of Dundee where many, and I mean many other wineries are set up for tasting. I must put in a plug for the masterminds who created the last two year’s metals. So creative were the metal that included a corkscrew and this year, a lid to the finishers wine tasting cup. A truly enjoyable course and race.

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issymoo73 FIRST-TIMER '19

This race is well organized. Plenty of folks helping out along the aid stations and even some musicians to keep you moving! Perfect run through wine country and quaint towns, … MORE

This race is well organized. Plenty of folks helping out along the aid stations and even some musicians to keep you moving! Perfect run through wine country and quaint towns, not too challenging of a course , but just enough to keep you on your toes with some gravel roads and slight hills. Great swag with the unbreakable wine tumbler for tasting at the finish line and fresh shucked oysters! Nice atmosphere with live music, cheering spectators and the best wine Oregon has to offer. This was my first (and fastest) time racing here and I am sure to make it a yearly must do!

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Minnehaha FIRST-TIMER '19

It starts on top of a hill where the sun rises and you get to look out on the view. The race is well organized. People are able to pick … MORE

It starts on top of a hill where the sun rises and you get to look out on the view. The race is well organized. People are able to pick up their bibs on race morning if they prepay in advance. There is not a lot of things to purchase such as race t-shirts, which makes it a great race for runners who are not materialistic. The race is about the scenery. It is a combination of wine country and forest. The spruce trees around and near the wine country are lovely. It is peaceful to run through it. The race has moderate hills. It ends in a cute small town called Carlton with local stores.

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cschoonveld1 REPEAT RUNNER '17

This is a beautiful, scenic run through wine country. If you’re looking for a qualifier, this is usually a fast course. I’ve participated 3 times and will continue to run … MORE

This is a beautiful, scenic run through wine country. If you’re looking for a qualifier, this is usually a fast course. I’ve participated 3 times and will continue to run this event in the future. Destination Races puts on a great event, very well-organized. If you are looking to run your first half, or you’re a pro, you should do this race. There will be competitors at all performance levels!

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kaylabilladeau FIRST-TIMER '18

I got to packet pickup the night before, in a tent that was serving the pasta feed, live music playing, and a small area to buy Whistlestop gear. It went … MORE

I got to packet pickup the night before, in a tent that was serving the pasta feed, live music playing, and a small area to buy Whistlestop gear.
It went really quick, the staff was super helpful discussing the rain and the course conditions because of that (Its a 6′ wide gravel trail)
The map that they gave didn’t have a North Arrow on it, and was actually upsidedown, which for an out of towner was a bit confusing, but it was actually really easy to navigate once i realized where to go! I thought parking would be more of a problem, but I got there pretty early and parked on the south side of the community center.
The bus to the start line was nice, and there were buildings to stand in for the 31degree start. The course was absolutely beautiful, not very many people cheering, but i hardly noticed because i was staring at all the fall foliage. The bridges that you ran across were frosty and caught me a little off guard for being a bit slick, but i should have been paying attention at those temps a bit more.
The spectators that were on the course were awesome. There were ample stations with water and powerade….they had bananas, gu, and pretzels (Which are my new fav race snack).
The showers were in the ice rink and for those familiar with “hockey locker rooms” thats exactly what it was. Perfect for post race.
The finisher shirt was a nice 1/4 zip tech shirt. The medal was cute with a little train on it. I’d run this again,but totally book a hotel much earlier than I did.

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shirleyshaw21 FIRST-TIMER '16

The race is very fun and point-to-point, so the scenery is always new; meaning, the course is not boring! Then, the finisher medal doubles as a coaster - how perfect … MORE

The race is very fun and point-to-point, so the scenery is always new; meaning, the course is not boring! Then, the finisher medal doubles as a coaster – how perfect is that? After finishing, the runners stay around for tasting and socializing. It’s so refreshing to participate in an event where everyone doesn’t just rush away after afterwards.

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janinab75 REPEAT RUNNER '18

RVA puts on a great race. It’s well organized, community support is awesome, the course is well planned and it’s pretty challenging in areas, especially through the park. The downhill … MORE

RVA puts on a great race. It’s well organized, community support is awesome, the course is well planned and it’s pretty challenging in areas, especially through the park. The downhill finish down 5th street is fun if you know what’s coming.

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