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M_Sohaskey FIRST-TIMER '18

BOTTOM LINE: Are you a traveling runner in search of a uniquely inspiring (and patriotic) race experience? Or a 50 States runner looking for more than the usual race weekend … MORE

BOTTOM LINE: Are you a traveling runner in search of a uniquely inspiring (and patriotic) race experience? Or a 50 States runner looking for more than the usual race weekend of “fly in, collect t-shirt and medal, fly out”? Or maybe a recreational hiker looking to experience history through the eyes of those who lived it? All three opportunities await you on the White Sands Missile Range in the high desert of Southern New Mexico.

Bataan is a race with a purpose, and the marathon itself feels almost anticlimactic in the grand scheme of the weekend. In the words of one of the officers who spoke at the Opening Ceremony, race weekend is an opportunity “to honor the heroes of Bataan in a living history lesson.” If you aren’t familiar with the history of the event, I’d suggest you check out the race website (or my blog post) for details.

This year, the 76th anniversary of the Bataan Death March in the Philippines during World War II, seven survivors remained on the Symbolic Roll Call. With each of them approaching or exceeding 100 years of age, soon there will be none. Bataan will always be a special event for what it represents and what it honors, but being able to hear one survivor tell his story and to shake another’s hand at the finish line was incredibly special. And I’d urge any runner reading this to register for next year’s race while there are still Bataan survivors among us. Survivors like centenarian Ben Skardon of South Carolina, who shared an extraordinary narrative of the horrors and humanity he experienced as a POW, forced by his Japanese captors to march 69 miles over five days in tropical heat of 110°F. Along the way, with the help of his fellow POWs he conquered hunger and disease without ever giving up hope. And yet years later, he was able to visit Japan as a free man who harbored no ill will toward his former captors or the Japanese people. That feels like heroism to me.

In a country and a time when few of us will ever be asked to make any real sacrifices in our lives, Bataan is an opportunity to pay our respects to those who did and to whom we owe the freedom and the comfortable lifestyle we readily take for granted.

And speaking of comfort, one suggestion for race day: you don’t necessarily need trail shoes (the course is ~25% asphalt, ~75% dirt/sand), but do consider wearing gaiters to prevent any sand or small rocks from finding their way into your shoes and forcing you to either run in discomfort or stop to shake out your shoes along the course.

The upshot? Road shoes, trail shoes, marching boots or bare feet, it doesn’t matter — run/march Bataan and do it soon, before our nation’s last living connections to World War II are gone forever.

PRODUCTION: Throw out the first two miles, and the weekend ran with almost military precision. The most conspicuous race-day error was an apparent lack of signage in mile 2, resulting in a wrong turn that led hundreds of runners astray and added ~1.6 miles to my own total. Had this been most other races the fallout might have been loud and belligerent, but Bataan isn’t most other races — no one is there to set a personal best or qualify for Boston, and so instead I congratulated myself on my 4:34 finish in the inaugurual Bataan Memorial Death March Ultramarathon.

A couple of other race-day suggestions: 1) increase the number of porta-potties at the start, and especially if the event continues to increase its participant cap as it did this year with a record 8,460 marchers — unable or unwilling to fight the call of nature, many military personnel and civilians (like me) experienced the Opening Ceremony from our place in the long porta-potty lines; 2) create an actual start arch, or at least add clear signage to the existing “arch” (i.e. first timing station) to give runners and marchers a better sense for the start line.

Based on my Garmin the 26.2 miles of the official course were well measured, and after missing the first three mile markers due to the crowds, I saw every marker from mile 4 on. On the dirt portions once the runners spread out, there were a couple of side roads and potential detours off the main trail that could have been more clearly marked as “Wrong Way,” but even my own questionable sense of direction didn’t lead me down any of them.

Every one of the 2,000 volunteers, comprising both civilian and military personnel, was amazing. With 100% focus on the marchers and their needs, there was no drama and no distractions. I never had to waste valuable energy guessing who had water and who had Gatorade — that was made clear as I approached each aid station. A heartfelt THANK YOU to all the volunteers whose selfless hard work made Bataan weekend in White Sands a huge success.

As usual my appetite abandoned me after the race, despite an impressive selection of post-race food. The organizers did a nice job of refueling their marchers, offering all participants an entrée (including hot dogs and veggie burgers) plus three side dishes and a drink, with soft drinks and canned beer available. It all added up to one of the better post-race spreads I’ve seen at a marathon.

One last recommendation for the organizers would be to post the 6½-minute high-speed course video — shown on a loop at the expo — on the race website, to give all prospective runners a better sense for the terrain. (See video link on this race page.) I knew to expect hot dry weather on race day, so course layout and terrain were the biggest wild cards. And preparation is the cornerstone of a good soldier!

SWAG: Nobody runs Bataan for the swag, and in fact it almost feels like an afterthought with all runners/marchers receiving their swag in a reusable goodie bag before the race. And though I missed the pomp and circumstance of receiving a medal after crossing the finish, thumbs up to the organizers for the appropriate choice of dog tags rather than finisher medals. (The only problem with dog tags is they’re relatively small and, when hung on a wall alongside larger finisher medals, easily overshadowed.) Another cool touch would have been for the event to offer engraving services (e.g. name and finish time) à la actual dog tags at the post-race festival. At any rate, the dog tags are definitely one of my more unique and memorable pieces of swag.

Sadly I can’t say the same for the shirt, a neon green Gildan cotton tee with “bataan” printed in thin, unimpressive blue letters on the front and which I can’t see myself wearing among my collection of race tees.

Along with their bib number all marchers received a full-color “Certificate of Participation,” which the WSMR Arts & Crafts Center would custom frame — along with your dog tags and challenge coin — for $65 at the expo/In-Processing while you waited. This service wasn’t available at the post-race festival, so if you’re interested in a cool keepsake you should jump on this opportunity before the race.

For more details of an amazing White Sands weekend, check out my blog post at: http://blisterscrampsheaves.com/2018/04/17/bataan-memorial-death-march-race-report

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Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '17

What can I say! Every runner who supports our military (which should be everyone!) should participate in this event at least once in their running career. It's not a PR … MORE

What can I say! Every runner who supports our military (which should be everyone!) should participate in this event at least once in their running career. It’s not a PR race by any means, it’s truly about the experience.

Bottom Line: It’s hot! Wear a fishing hat that provides shade for your neck, face and ears. There’s dust, dirt, and sand! Bring an extra pair of socks because you’re going to want to change them at some point. Several aid stations offer baby powder and other thing to help with foot care. Bring fluids and food as well! You’re gonna need it!!!

The opening ceremony is amazing. Standing amongst all the uniformed participants while listening to the rollcall and the national anthem will always bring tears to your eyes. The race provides honor bibs with names of individual servicemen/women. My friend chose one for me, a Navy Seal named Christopher Pike. During the ceremony, a young guy in full uniform and ruck came up to me and said “I knew Pike.” He had tears in his eyes and said “he was a good man.” I was speechless.

The course is hard. There’s the marathon and a 14 mile option. No shade, dusty dirt roads, one section of deep loose sand, and then more dusty roads. You can plan to run this race as I did, but you will likely find yourself deep in conversation with someone and realize you’ve been walking for 3 miles. I spoke to a guy who had an ammo box with a black and white photo of a soldier attached to his ruck. He told us that he had posted online in several forums that he planned to complete Bataan. An elderly woman responded with stories of her Husband (a Bataan survivor) and the two began corresponding. She asked him if she would carry her Husband’s POW arm band and medals during the race. After the race, he would be transferring and his travels would take him close to her hometown. He planned to return the items to her in person. I cried. Yet again.
Around the halfway point there is a large aid station with food for sale and cots for resting and changing shoes/socks. There were whole units of Marines and others sitting and resting… It was a really hot day for me and I was wearing a Maniac top and shorts. I can’t begin to imagine doing this race with full uniform and 40+ pounds on my back. (Some had a lot more!)
Near the end of the course, I came upon an older man walking with a cane. The back of his shirt read “Made in USA 1928. All original Parts.” This man was walking the 14 mile. He was a veteran and had been suffering out in the heat along with me. I cried again. Right in front of him was a group of soldiers in full uniform. One had a prosthetic leg and was carrying a full ruck. They were taking frequent breaks and stopped near a large satellite dish to rest in its shade. I cried again.
This race will really make you appreciate everything you have and will put the world back into perspective.
Spend time the day before listening to the survivors. (if you can – There are very few remaining.) Listen to their stories. Watch the documentaries. Read their books prior to coming (I read 2 autobiographies of Bataan survivors). Learn why this race exists. You will appreciate it so much more.

I will definitely be returning!

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portlandrunner FIRST-TIMER '14

This race is touted as the friendliest half marathon in the country and it just may be! The community support was tremendous. I have never seen so many locals come … MORE

This race is touted as the friendliest half marathon in the country and it just may be! The community support was tremendous. I have never seen so many locals come out to cheer on a race. From the start to the finish, there were people with signs, making noise, and handing out treats to the runners. The post-race celebration was amazing: great food, music, and they even gave out blankets, which were a welcome sight on such a cold day. Well organized and fun, I would definitely run this one again.

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lap9197 REPEAT RUNNER '17

This is a home town race for me so no travelling but I hear the hotels downtown really cater to the runners. They even let the runners not staying there … MORE

This is a home town race for me so no travelling but I hear the hotels downtown really cater to the runners. They even let the runners not staying there hang out in the lobbies prior to race start. Which is awesome because that weekend can be pretty cold.

Plenty of water stops with tons of volunteers. Junk food, coke stops and bands along the route as well. Views along the course are good; city views and river views. Love it.

SportsBackers does a bus tour of the course, which is nice, especially for out of towners.

SportsBackers uses corrals to start to keep the race from being too congested. The amount of time between is perfect. You never feel claustrophobic or overcrowded. Bathrooms along the course are my only negative, if you really want to call it a negative. There are portapotties and within plenty of spaces. There just did not seem to be enough at each stop. About half a mile in there is a row of like 20 portapotties & you think “Wow, this is a great sign!” So my message to you, if you have to go then go and hope you won’t need to the remaining 25+ miles because the rest of the stops don’t have anywhere near that many. Lines were long, too.

The swag: the swag is pretty high up there on the “you will actually use these items” list. If you run the half or full you get a fleece blanket and medal. This year due to the 40th anniversary, you got a nice red aluminum cup. Also one randomly selected marathon medal had a real ruby. Sadly, it wasn’t me.

Last thing that I love about this race is the PR Bell & Boston qualifying prize. They have a bell set up that you can ring if your run was a PR. Also, if you qualify for Boston (they verify times) and you receive a prize of some sort. [can’t tell you what it is because I am not fast enough.]

Highly recommend this event!

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fchaogay FIRST-TIMER '16

Friendly - definitely lives up to the billing there! Neighborhoods came out and cheered throughout the 26 miles which was fabulous! Folks had boxes of tissues, leftover Halloween candy, and … MORE

Friendly – definitely lives up to the billing there! Neighborhoods came out and cheered throughout the 26 miles which was fabulous! Folks had boxes of tissues, leftover Halloween candy, and shots 🙂 . Tons of music entertainment, never boring!

But, it was also a beautiful course! Running down historical Monument Ave was beautiful, and then running along the gorgeous river with Fall Foliage!

Packet pick up a breeze and the Expo was a nice sized, fun one that was easy to get to and park at! Swag at the end appreciated too 🙂

Getting there easy – parked within 2 blocks of race start about 45 min before race start and then hung out in a hotel lobby staying warm. No sweat!

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DrewNYC FIRST-TIMER '20

I participated in the Bermuda Triangle Half Marathon Challenge--3 races in 3 days (1-miler Friday night; 10k Saturday morning; and half marathon Sunday morning). Even though it was a particularly … MORE

I participated in the Bermuda Triangle Half Marathon Challenge–3 races in 3 days (1-miler Friday night; 10k Saturday morning; and half marathon Sunday morning). Even though it was a particularly windy weekend in Bermuda, it was still Bermuda! I very much enjoyed the weekend and would do the Challenge again.

I booked the trip through Marathon Tours–which took care of airport transfers, the bib, the pasta dinner, and the hotel (the start line for the half marathon was right out the front door of the hotel). I would highly recommend going this route for ease of trip planning.

The expo was bigger than I expected (I thought it would just be a bib pick up). Again, the expo (like the pasta dinner and the half marathon start) was in the hotel where I stayed (the Hamilton Princess).

The swag was great. A technical tee (one for the whole weekend, there wasn’t one per race), a jacket for those doing the Challenge. And the medals?!?! I received 4 medals–one for each event and one for completing the challenge. The medals magnetically connected to form one large triangle medal. Awesome.

The race course included some nasty hills. The worse part to me, though, was that for the 10k and the half marathon, the roads were open to traffic. Bermuda roads are quite narrow for cars normally, adding runners into the equation created some unsafe situations in my opinion.

I would highly recommend.

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lancershaft FIRST-TIMER '19

The ONLY good thing about this event is some of the views. If you’re not from Hawaii, you wanna see the sights. You can see the sights on your own … MORE

The ONLY good thing about this event is some of the views. If you’re not from Hawaii, you wanna see the sights. You can see the sights on your own without wasting half your day on a run. But if you still think you wanna do this race, lemme tell you why you shouldn’t:
1) the tshirt is meh, ok and the medal is subpar, and you have to go hunting through the finish line festival post 26.2 miles to find where to get your shirt (I had to ask around)
2) there is no time limit on the race. This means people who shouldn’t be doing a marathon or going to be doing it. I didn’t have any business being there either as I didn’t train. But at least I’ve been an actual runner. There were too many people who just don’t understand basic race etiquette. Stopping in the middle of the crowd to take pictures of the STARTLINE! Stopping for several seconds in front of the photographers along the course, blocking others from getting their photos as they continue past. Stopping in the middle of the course at water stations. Cutting through and just generally having no regard for anyone else out there.
3) there is no limit on entrants. WAAAAYYYYY too many people on the course. Not enough room in the corrals; I couldn’t even get to my actual starting spot. At the start, there were too many people to really start moving until several hundred yards past the start line. For the first mile I spent more time running left and right than forward because of the slow moving large crowd. There were strollers, wheelchairs, little children (as young as toddlers), and people on crutches and canes. Also, the 10k and the full marathon start in the same place at the same time. So even more crowding than was necessary. (More on that later.) All they have to do is have the 10k start 1 hour later and they can fix that easily.
4) the 10k is course is literally just the first 10k of the marathon. If you do the 10k, you pass the 10k marker on the marathon course, continue a few hundred yards more, then randomly peel off to the right in a narrow hard to notice “finish line.” If you’re an idiot, you might miss it and keep moving down the marathon course. I noticed quite a few of these types of people.
5) there were not enough water stations and NO food stations. Even in December, by 8am it’s hot and humid in Honolulu. Yet this race had fewer water stations than any other one I’ve ever done and it was the first ever that had 0 food stations. It would’ve been an easy way for them to add a sponsor even, but nope. I usually don’t run actual events with my own water as there is always enough on the course. Instead, I had to stop twice to get Powerade or else fall to dehydration due to the hot humid weather and the lack of water stations. Fortunately, I carried extra energy gels with me, so the lack of race stops didn’t affect me there.
6) medical was horribly unprepared and understaffed. Due to there being so nonrunners in a hot and humid environment, medical staff had their hands full with legitimate serious medical concerns (I saw several people removed from course by ambulance). This left no skilled personnel to assist with minor medical needs. I asked for an ice wrap for my knee. I was handed a snack size ziplock bag with a couple pieces of ice and sent away. Only after I insisted and continued to pester the non-emergency staff, did I finally get the tape guy (literally was this one guy’s only task) to come over and get me my wrap. I get it, there are more important medical concerns to deal with than my swollen, aching, and tired knee. But this staff of volunteers were not medically trained and had no clue what they were doing. And they were hopelessly understaffed. With 30,000+ runners, most of whom are not actually physically fit, in an extremely dangerous weather environment, you should know to plan for more medical care.

This race was overcrowded, mismanaged, and just all around extremely disappointing. I will never run it again and I highly suggest you don’t either. But, if you do insist on running it, just don’t plan on a PR (too crowded to get a good pace, too hot to push your hardest) and make sure you properly prepare for the conditions (heat and lack of replenishment on course).

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dantelm REPEAT RUNNER '19

The health and fitness expo is amazing. Packet pick up was a breeze. I was originally registered for the 5k, but I changed my mind and went for the 10k … MORE

The health and fitness expo is amazing. Packet pick up was a breeze.

I was originally registered for the 5k, but I changed my mind and went for the 10k the night before the race. I paid the difference between the races and had to pay a $25 race change fee. So in the end, it was like I registered for the 5k AND the 10k, I should have just done both and walked the 5k after. The price of changing races felt like a rip off.

Other than that, it was an amazing race and weekend. This was the first time I wasn’t injured during the cowtown and I was able to do something more than the 5k

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runningg8r FIRST-TIMER '18

This race was put on very well. I was impressed with the organization and the swag. The registration included: a quality finisher's medal, super soft/attractive race tee, Asics race-branded socks, … MORE

This race was put on very well. I was impressed with the organization and the swag. The registration included: a quality finisher’s medal, super soft/attractive race tee, Asics race-branded socks, beer, burger and ice cream at the finish line. The start on the Goodyear test rack was really cool and a lot of fun. It was easy for spectators to see their runners several times. The course is hillier than I was expecting but I still had a great time!

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RevKay FIRST-TIMER '19

This was was the first year for this race and it was fantastic. Beautiful course along a rail trail and the Hudson River. Continual communication and updates from race organizers … MORE

This was was the first year for this race and it was fantastic. Beautiful course along a rail trail and the Hudson River. Continual communication and updates from race organizers and a cool medal at the finish. Will Run next year for Sure!

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broche REPEAT RUNNER '19

I may be biased as a Fort Worth native, but the Cowtown is THE BEST race in the country. I've run the half twice and did the full this year, … MORE

I may be biased as a Fort Worth native, but the Cowtown is THE BEST race in the country. I’ve run the half twice and did the full this year, and I plan to run some distance there every year until I physically cannot. Here’s why:

1) The volunteers and organization are unbeatable. Cowtown runs like a well-oiled machine, and a fun one at that! I’m a back-of-the-pack runner, and I STILL felt supported and loved during the final miles of the full or the half.
2) The full course gives you the excitement and entertainment of a big race AND the intimacy and charm of a small race. The half course is a 13 mile party, and once the full splits from the half, things became more serene. Also, the second half of the course goes through beautiful neighborhoods with few hills.
3) The CROWD SUPPORT in the second half was amazing! Miles 14, 15, and 20, I’m looking at you! Neighborhoods set up their own aid stations and cheer runners on. It really felt like everyone was out there to support the runners, which made a huge difference in my race.
4) The finish line/post-race festivities are full of Texan hospitality. Ice cream, beer, chicken noodle soup, fruit, bananas, water, Topo Chico, all handed off with big smiles and congratulations. Every single volunteer from the medical personnel just at the finish line to the people who gave out medal to the volunteers who served food congratulated me, and that meant the world to me.
5) The swag is GREAT! I love the 3 year medal series, and I always actually wear the shirts post-race.
6) Packet pickup is swift and well-organized. I have never waited to get my bib or shirts.
7) Cowtown is truly the friendliest race I’ve ever run. Something about the entertainment, the organization, and the race itself makes runners chattier and so kind. I’ve never hugged at stranger in a corral except at Cowtown. It’s THAT kind of vibe!

I will come back in 2020 and 2021 and 2022…seriously until I can’t even crawl the 5K!!!!! IT IS THAT GOOD.

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RunnerGirlKT REPEAT RUNNER '18

This year's course, like last years, unfortunately did not include the trails in Rockefeller State Park due to the recent snow fall. What this means is, in my opinion, the … MORE

This year’s course, like last years, unfortunately did not include the trails in Rockefeller State Park due to the recent snow fall. What this means is, in my opinion, the course is more challenging and less scenic. You still get a view of the park and views of the Hudson River and new bridge, but it’s just not the same.

One of the worst hills is in the very beginning, but it’s hard to say what hill is the worst as there are so many to choose from. If you pace right, however, you get to pick off those people who’ve fallen victim to those cruel inclines…and what goes up must come down. Some are so bad that you’re better off walking to conserve energy.

The weather was beautiful. Started out chilly, but warmed up quickly since the sun had no clouds to compete with.

The race is quite small (under 700 people) and course support is scant, but some folks come out. Race photos are free (woo) and you get a 25 second video clip of your finish.

Packet pickup is the 2 days before the race at a local running store who offers 20% off at the store with your bib for the weekend. Every year you get a long sleeved tech shirt and this year’s medal was finally different (in the past the medal featured the Sleepy Hollow lighthouse and the only thing that changed was the year on the medal and color of the ribbon. This year, it featured the new bridge as well as the lighthouse).

Post race spread included boxed water, apples, halos oranges, granola bars, and beer (if you had your ID) and there was plenty to go around. I finished with maybe 20 people behind me and they weren’t running low on anything.

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conk98 FIRST-TIMER '19

Be ready for the hill through the park. My gps device should 13.44 compared to 13.1 So Take that in consideration when making goal. Overall Great and fun run. MORE

Be ready for the hill through the park.
My gps device should 13.44 compared to 13.1 So Take that in consideration when making goal.
Overall Great and fun run.

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BillyD0021 FIRST-TIMER '19

Great race. Running through Brooklyn and Manhattan was awesome. The crowd support was great. Hopefully one day I can run the full marathon and experience all the boroughs. The subway … MORE

Great race. Running through Brooklyn and Manhattan was awesome. The crowd support was great. Hopefully one day I can run the full marathon and experience all the boroughs. The subway ride was easy, and even with all the security, things went quite smoothly. I’ll never forget running through Times Square, that was a rush.

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mckenziecamille FIRST-TIMER '19

The distance is no problem, but I was caught off guard by the climb on to the Manhattan Bridge and the FDR drive. Be sure to prepare for elevations in … MORE

The distance is no problem, but I was caught off guard by the climb on to the Manhattan Bridge and the FDR drive. Be sure to prepare for elevations in your training.

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Mueller375 FIRST-TIMER '14

This race is the first one I suggest to anyone coming to visit. It's normally a bit colder than Houston because it's a 45 days after which makes for a … MORE

This race is the first one I suggest to anyone coming to visit. It’s normally a bit colder than Houston because it’s a 45 days after which makes for a better run. Best SWAG and the Bling is unFREAKING believable Every time I don’t run this race I kick myself because they really step up the bling
I always suggest the 2 day challenge add a 5 or 10k warmup and then enjoy a great half/full/ultra
Most years they do a 3 year series so when you finish all three years the medals join together beautifully with some sort of plaque. The Series I did was 3 Spurs with a leather strap and each year they did a different color (Gold/Silver/Bronze) with a different style buckle (on the strap) as well as a different spur design.

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cmbrln7 FIRST-TIMER '19

I was super impressed with the swag and postcards race party. Runners received a nice long sleeved tech shirt, cool medal, tons of food at the end, free beer and … MORE

I was super impressed with the swag and postcards race party. Runners received a nice long sleeved tech shirt, cool medal, tons of food at the end, free beer and samples of bourbon. They had a live band playing at the post race party that was phenomenal! There is an awful hill in Cherokee Park, but the rest was smooth sailing. Sarah, the 3 hour pacer was awesome. I highly recommend this race.

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amyg186 REPEAT RUNNER '19

This race was going great for me -- great weather (overcast, 50 degrees, slight breeze) and then I hit mile 6.5/7. The hills for miles 7,8, and 9 were intense. … MORE

This race was going great for me — great weather (overcast, 50 degrees, slight breeze) and then I hit mile 6.5/7. The hills for miles 7,8, and 9 were intense. The hills literally drained me. I finished the half not with a time that I was happy about but I finished.

I won’t participate in the race again. Huge after party that looked like great fun – if you drink bourbon. Shirt is nice — long sleeve, tech shirt. Medal is okay — has a Jim Beam spinner in the middle of a Jim Beam bottle.

Just like any race, you get out of it what you can/want.

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jsspinner FIRST-TIMER '19

I went in to this race with high expectations based on reviews of previous years' races. The packet pickup was very basic. They needed more signage directing you where to … MORE

I went in to this race with high expectations based on reviews of previous years’ races. The packet pickup was very basic. They needed more signage directing you where to go. The race start was typical. There wasn’t much for on course entertainment. On a personal note, I wasn’t ready for the hill that comes between mile 6 and 7. Everyone needs to be ready for that. There weren’t too many people out on course cheering which I could have used after that hill. The post race party wasn’t really going when I finished so I left and headed back to my hotel. I left the race wondering if a lot of the positive reviews are fueled by bourbon. I just want a well run race with great communication (it was okay), a great course (it was okay) and large community involvement (it was just okay).

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3

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Mueller375 REPEAT RUNNER '15

This year the race was almost canceled due to a massive (texas) blizzard. We had 1.5 - 2" of snow. You laugh if you're from the North however Texas can't … MORE

This year the race was almost canceled due to a massive (texas) blizzard. We had 1.5 – 2″ of snow. You laugh if you’re from the North however Texas can’t handle that stuff.
They managed to clear the half marathon course so anyone who wanted to run was able to do so however the full and ultra were canceled.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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My watch recorded a PR 5K time of 27:09, course was slightly long at 3.16 miles, chip time 27:37. I was in top 10% on all categories! The shirt is … MORE

My watch recorded a PR 5K time of 27:09, course was slightly long at 3.16 miles, chip time 27:37. I was in top 10% on all categories! The shirt is a great design, but the 5K runners only get a plain cotton tee. 10K and up get various tech-tee styles, with similar artwork, in different colors depending on which race you run.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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osborne_kaitlin FIRST-TIMER '19

I absolutely loved this race! The course was awesome, with some hills around mile 6-7. The weather could not have been more perfect and I was able to get a … MORE

I absolutely loved this race! The course was awesome, with some hills around mile 6-7. The weather could not have been more perfect and I was able to get a PR! The after party was awesome and I was very content with this race.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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