Overall Rating
Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
3
(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.5
SCENERY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
2.5
The Spring Recycled Run is an exciting, fun race experience for beginners, families and seasoned runners. Starting and finishing at Equestrian Park South, this race features a Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Run on the River Mountain Loop Trail. Participants will receive 2 unique shirts from a huge variety of … MORE
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    Darkwaters FIRST-TIMER '19

    Overall Production: Smoothly run and organized event. Very small. There were just over 400 runners total in the three listed events (5K, 10K, Half Marathon). Despite being small, it felt … MORE

    Overall Production:
    Smoothly run and organized event. Very small. There were just over 400 runners total in the three listed events (5K, 10K, Half Marathon). Despite being small, it felt crisp and well managed. All three races started on time. Pre-race communication was timely and effective (including emails from the race company about a week in advance). Course maps on the website were accurate. There were 2-3 vendors on site, although I barely looked at their wares. This was certainly a no-frills kind of event.

    Why Recycled?
    The term “Recycle” is indicative of the fact that BBSC Racing (the event company) uses this race (and two others) to discard old race materials. Bibs, medals, T-shirts – it’s all from events gone by. I saw a few shirts from 2013 (six years old) and others that were only a few months out of date.

    Packet Pick-Up:
    They had a three hour window to pick up the day before the race. They also offered race-day pick-up, which was very simple. Lines were extremely short and moved quickly. There was no fanfare to the “packet” as it only included a bib (extra unused bibs from a previous run – mine was for a January 2019 Lake Mead Marathon), the timing device, some pins and a coupon for a free beer at a hotel that was about 10 miles away. Most of BBSC’s Nevada Races are run closer to Lake Mead/The Hoover Dam, and this hotel is a recurring sponsor and a super convenient hotel option. Not as much for this particular race.

    T-Shirts:
    Following check-in, they had a number of boxes set aside with a variety of race shirts from their different productions in Utah, Colorado and Nevada – all organized by mens and womens sizes. Just dying for another St. Patty’s Day themed tech shirt? Or a Turkey Trot from 3 years ago? Margi Gras anyone? They have you covered in all these cases. There were also a handful of shirts from specific races but without dates or simply with their BBSC logos on them. The great part was that you were able to dig to your heart’s content and find the two shirts that you most desired!

    Course:
    The course ran along the Equestrian Trail in Henderson, NV. It was a nice course with only about 200 feet of total rise on the way out and a nice downhill on the way back (for the 5K at least). The entire trail was paved. For the 5K and 10K runners, it offered a simple out and back. However, for the Half Marathoners, it required four total turns, which included re-running the same section a few times. The scenery was pretty decent though. Throughout the first half of the run, you had some typical Nevada mountain range views off to the side that is always a pleasure to run near. On the last mile heading back into the finish, you got a nice view of the Las Vegas strip in the distance, including many of the world-famous hotels. The course was not totally closed off during our running. There were a handful of walkers on the course kind of wondering what was going on around them, as well as a few cyclists. Most interestingly, as the location’s name implies, the course was technically open to horses. We had a pair of riders come out to ride the trail, but they instead went a different direction and were able to avoid the runners entirely. However, horses are technically a possibility on this course.

    Water and Aid Stations:
    On the 5K course, I only saw one of these. But it was pretty minimally stocked and only offered water.

    Crowd Support:
    Virtually non-existent. The volunteers at the turn-around points and water station were nice enough though and high-fived runners. But the course is through areas where it’s not as convenient for spectators to line up and cheer.

    Finishers Medal:
    As you crossed the finish line you received your finisher’s medal. As mentioned before, it was for a previous race. Mine was for a Triathlon in Utah called Kokopelli. On the back (which is normally blank metal) they put a sticker with the “Recycle Race” logo. Mine actually had a sticker for the Fall Edition of the Recycle Race with ANOTHER sticker on top of that one for the Spring Edition that I was running. Oh well. The medals did not distinguish between distances and you were handed one at random. However, I did see people coming back and asking to swap out their medal for another one they liked better. Kokopelli was good enough for me.

    Post-Race Snacks:
    Nothing spectacular with this station. Waters, bananas and a few other snacks like Twizzlers. Very modest.

    Results:
    Following the race they had a big board which displayed the results in near real-time. They also offered a computer where you could type in your bib number and it would print out your time, as well as how you placed relative to the field and your age group. Also, results were posted on the website by the time I got home. Very nicely managed with so many crisply available options to get your official time.

    So would I do it again?
    The absolute best part about this race was the price was only about 50% of the ususal BBSC Races fee. So it’s an economical choice – especially if you don’t care that the swag technically amounts to leftovers. But the production was crisp, the course was good, and it’s only 3 miles from my house. So yes, I certainly would.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    2
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    rob.whittemore FIRST-TIMER '16

    This is a fun race on a course that I run a lot. Only drawback was the weather... cold and wet but that added to the fun. I plan on … MORE

    This is a fun race on a course that I run a lot. Only drawback was the weather… cold and wet but that added to the fun. I plan on running these as often as possible.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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