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Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
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(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
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Lace up your sneakers, grab your running partner and get motivated for Memphis in May’s newest event: the Great American River Run Half Marathon & 5K! A running event designed for all ages and skill levels, the Great American River Run hosts racers from all over the United States and … MORE
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    Tobycarrig FIRST-TIMER '19

    I'll try not to whine about the weather but the highlight of this run comes at the finish line. In addition to a nice medal, the post-race event includes live … MORE

    I’ll try not to whine about the weather but the highlight of this run comes at the finish line.
    In addition to a nice medal, the post-race event includes live music and a food tent/buffet with pizza, boneless chicken, mini cheeseburger, barbecue slider, mini cupcakes, doughnut balls, pretzels and the usual suspects of apples, bananas and oranges plus free beer as well as water. It’s a nice post-race party.
    The Friday expo at a hall connected to the Peabody hotel was not much to write home about. In addition to registration and a race information booth, the vendors were services such as chiropractic, yoga, lasik surgery, etc. The swag was a toothbrush and Prairie Farms (dairy) treat in addition to the nice t-shirt.
    The half marathon started at 7 a.m., and while I know that is customary, I would not complain with a 6:30 or 6:45 start. It got warm (70s into the low 80s during the race) and the breeze and shady spots were quite welcome in the second half of the race.
    The first few miles through downtown, including Beale Street, were a lot of fun. There was a bottleneck in the first mile as two open lanes of roadway were funneled into one at the top of the first hill making a right turn. After the field thinned out, the course was well-marked with law enforcement and volunteers doing a good job at nearly all the intersections along the course.
    There were plenty of water/Powerade stations with many offering chilled wet towels.
    Other than volunteers, there weren’t too many people along the course. The heat may have been a factor. It ranges from downtown to residential to undeveloped before making the turn to roadway along the river. There were no misting stations along the course or even yard sprinklers set out (as I have seen at smaller races).
    The highlight of the closing miles is the King of the Hill run up a bridge just before the 11-mile mark. It was the only place I recall music being played, as an announcer encouraged runners to attack the hill and/or get a beer from water station at the start of the bridge. There was a $500 prize for the roughly 200-yard run with the top male doing it in 31 seconds.
    That climb, followed immediately by a downhill, and a couple early inclines weren’t too bad, and the rest of the course was flat or very gradual. It’s easy on the legs, but the heat was just a challenge with it being one of the first 90° days after a rather mild spring.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    mjmont REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Race conditions were less than ideal. A tornado went through town the night before, but I still think communication and logistics could have been more thought out. It seemed like … MORE

    Race conditions were less than ideal. A tornado went through town the night before, but I still think communication and logistics could have been more thought out. It seemed like there was no back-up plan. The start was delayed, communication was sporadic and largely unhelpful. The half and 5K ended up starting at the same time, which I know isn’t a big deal. But the beginning of a race is always so crowded and with the weather & extra runners, I wish they would’ve stuck to a staggered start for pacing sake. Things I liked: the course through downtown was awesome. The shirts were great! I LOVED the hype for King & Queen of the hill. As someone who doesn’t like hills, I ran the whole thing with all the excitement.

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    1
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    2
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    Tororuns REPEAT RUNNER '18

    It is a a humid, hot day so that didn't help. Very little to no shade either. They tied it into a big festival at the end but with no … MORE

    It is a a humid, hot day so that didn’t help. Very little to no shade either. They tied it into a big festival at the end but with no shade and beat up from running I fled. Course not bad, same typical downtown Memphis.

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    4
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    3
    SCENERY
    2
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    3

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