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The RuariSparkle Tutu Run, Walk, Trot is a late summer country road race hosted at Yawger Brook Catering and Campground. The Tutu Run (2.2 mile) is a timed race with overall and age group awards. The Tutu Walk (1 mile) is a non-timed walk/fun run; strollers, family and friends are … MORE
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    seagroves87 FIRST-TIMER '21

    I was very surprised and impressed by this race. As you may know I am trying to run 100 races this year and this was the only race I could … MORE

    I was very surprised and impressed by this race. As you may know I am trying to run 100 races this year and this was the only race I could find within driving distance today. This race is named after a little girl with cancer who loves Tutus and raises money for families of children with cancer. There is an option for a 1 mile untimed fun run or a timed 2.2 mile run. I thought 2.2 miles was an odd distance and then I realized “two-point-two” “two two” “tutu” and I felt stupid that it took me like a week to get that. This race is in Auburn about an hour East of Rochester closer to Syracuse. This was the inaugural year and they did a great job. It is located on a campground. There was a large sign where to enter and park. The start was set up really nice and had music, an ice cream truck, a raffle with cute prizes, and someone selling popcorn. The packet included a bag with the T-shirt which is again just an okay cotton shirt but there were lots of other goodies including a frosted cookie, a sticker, a rubber bracelet, a beer kozie and some coupons. Lots of swag for a short race. Race day started with a kids dash on a field at 9am. It was adorable especially the little girl in a purple tutu who refused to go with the other kids. There were also some volunteers dressed in shark costumes with tutus on running with the kids and cheering them on. Then at 9:20 there was a 1 mile walk. The 2.2 mile run started at 9:45 once just about all the walkers finished. This was also manually timed but they did have Willow Running do the timing so it was professionally timed and my time was accurate. If you ran the race in 22 minutes you got a pint glass. I got ambitious. The course is an out and back on a quiet country road through the campground. It is a smart course as it is such a remote road they could keep it closed without much support. However it was kind of hilly. Nothing hard just rollers but it was too hilly for me to maintain an under 10 minute mile for 2.2 miles and it was harder than I expected. I did run the first mile under 10 minutes, then I crashed at about a mile and a half and had to walk a hill. Oh well. If I just did a steady 10:30 minute/mile pace I wouldn’t have had to walk and would have been faster. There were also water stops with cups of water and gatorade at the 1 mile and 2.2 mile turn around. My time was okay I went too hard in the beginning and will learn for next time if I do another 2ish mile race. I actually hated the distance. I’d much prefer a shorter or longer race. It was not short enough to just go all out and run as fast as you can like with a mile race and it was not long enough to get in a zen, peaceful running zone. At the finish they did give a small, little sparkly tutu medal and there was a good selection of post race food with donuts, granola bars, fruit, and milk along with the ice cream and popcorn you could buy. Overall I was very impressed with the organization and fun atmosphere for this race especially for an inaugural race. The swag was also quite good for a short race. This was a $30 race where I definitely got my money’s worth. I’m not 100% sure I would do the race again since I didn’t like the distance but I’d do it for sure if it were the only race in town again and I would highly recommend it for families and casual runners looking for a short race.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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