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Rockville, MD Raving since 2017 50 States hopeful/finisher Active 2 weeks ago

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Future Races (6)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Wilson, WY Jun 1, 2024
Half Marathon Anchorage, AK Jun 22, 2024
Half Marathon Bath, NY Oct 6, 2024
Half Marathon Newport, RI Oct 13, 2024
Half Marathon St. Petersburg, FL Nov 17, 2024
Half Marathon Niagara Falls, Canada TBD

Past Races (52)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Essex, CT Apr 13, 2024
Half Marathon Washington, DC Mar 16, 2024
Half Marathon Dallas, TX Dec 10, 2023
Half Marathon Tulsa, OK Nov 19, 2023
Half Marathon Wildwood Crest, NJ Nov 4, 2023
Half Marathon Hampton, NH Oct 1, 2023
Half Marathon Bismarck, ND Sep 16, 2023
Half Marathon Rockville, MD Sep 10, 2023
Half Marathon Cascade Locks, OR Aug 6, 2023
Half Marathon Kiowa, MT Jun 24, 2023
Half Marathon Coeur d\'Alene, ID May 28, 2023
Half Marathon Bucyrus, KS May 13, 2023
Half Marathon Honolulu, HI Apr 16, 2023
Half Marathon Springfield, IL Apr 1, 2023
Half Marathon Calistoga, CA Mar 5, 2023
Half Marathon Baton Rouge, LA Jan 15, 2023
Half Marathon Boulder City, NV Dec 10, 2022
Half Marathon Saint Louis, MO Nov 6, 2022
Half Marathon Ocean Isle Beach, NC Oct 22, 2022
Half Marathon Santa Fe, NM Oct 9, 2022
Half Marathon Townsend, TN Sep 10, 2022
Half Marathon Madison, WI Jul 23, 2022
Half Marathon Two Harbors, MN Jun 18, 2022
5K Two Harbors, MN Jun 17, 2022
Half Marathon Birmingham, AL Nov 21, 2021
Half Marathon Des Moines, IA Oct 17, 2021
Half Marathon Bird-in-Hand, PA Sep 11, 2021
Half Marathon Harpers Ferry, WV Oct 5, 2019
Half Marathon South Pomfret, VT Jun 3, 2018
Half Marathon Oak Bluffs, MA May 19, 2018
Half Marathon Moab, UT Mar 17, 2018
Half Marathon Little Rock, AR Mar 4, 2018
Half Marathon Tybee Island, GA Feb 3, 2018
Half Marathon Pass Christian, MS Dec 10, 2017
Half Marathon Alexandria, VA Nov 12, 2017
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN Nov 4, 2017
Half Marathon Detroit, MI Oct 14, 2017
Half Marathon Gering, NE Sep 30, 2017
Half Marathon Sioux Falls, SD Sep 10, 2017
Half Marathon Cleveland, OH Aug 6, 2017
Half Marathon Portland, ME Jul 8, 2017
Half Marathon Olympia, WA May 21, 2017
Half Marathon Fort Collins, CO May 7, 2017
Half Marathon Lexington, KY Apr 1, 2017
Half Marathon Scottsdale, AZ Dec 11, 2016
10K Annapolis, MD Nov 19, 2016
Half Marathon Biddle Point, DE Nov 5, 2016
Half Marathon Myrtle Beach, SC Oct 23, 2016
20K Dallas, TX Sep 17, 2016
Half Marathon Westerly, RI Sep 11, 2016
5K East Hartford, CT Jul 23, 2016
5K Warwick, NY May 7, 2016

My Raves

Being the first person to review this race, I'll provide a ton of detail-sorry for the long review! I needed to re-run NJ so I picked this race as I … MORE

Being the first person to review this race, I’ll provide a ton of detail-sorry for the long review!
I needed to re-run NJ so I picked this race as I live in Maryland so not horribly far to get to. I also got to bring my pup along to enjoy the beach so a huge bonus.

Let me start by saying this a very small race with 3 distances-5k, 10k, half marathon. I think there was less than 100 people in the half marathon distance. I like a great small race so had no clue what to expect but was not disappointed.

Leading up to the event, you will start to get emails from the race director with race specifics-super helpful he keeps replying to the same email so you can keep the trail without having to search for emails you read but not sure which one.

Pros-
-Race is super small
-There is an open start-meaning you can start anytime from 7am until 8am. Not knowing the course, I started closer to 8 just so I had someone to trail
-Only a couple inclines & declines as you got on and off the boardwalk. All super short
-This is a fast course-I ran a PR by 8 minutes and took first in my age group
-Off season rates for Wildwood and Cape May are amazing. I rented a 2 bedroom airbnb less than .3 from the start/finish for less than $200 all in for 2 nights
-The course-running the boardwalk when everything is closed plus an unobstructed view of the ocean made the time fly by. Plus you can run on the boards of the boardwalk which have more give than cement.
-The volunteers and everyone running were so so kind and friendly. My pup was there and they even gave him a medal for being the best spectator. Constantly giving him water and petting him. He was in his heaven!
-The medal-really pretty medal-nice size as well.
-Weather was outstanding! Mid 50s, not a cloud in the sky.

Cons
-for the half marathon, you run the same course twice. There is no one out there guiding you in turning around, no mat or anything. Total honor system. Bit confusing as well as the 5k, 10k were just tied around a power pole. You often question if you missed a turn.
-Swag-it’s a plain tshirt with an ironed on logo and a pair of socks that say “I love running”. I honestly hate running.
-Course support-pretty minimal-most water stations (that you see 4 times) were not manned. Cups were poured but no one there refilling them. Very limited gatorade and no gus or energy.
-Finish line was confusing-I finished and almost forgot to get my medal and needed to search out water.
-Awards-since I started early, when they told me I was first in my age group, I was thinking I might not be as what if someone started later and had a better time, they just hadnt finished yet. Luckily that wasn’t the case but felt premature to hand out plagues.
-No photos-Having my dog there and having such a great finish, really was hoping someone would have been there to capture my dog running in with me. There was also no announcer-you just kind of finished and that was that.

I really think this race has a ton of potential-just needs some support behind it. I really hope they keep doing this race-fix the course support and the course so maybe it’s not 2 full laps (boardwalk was under construction so might not have been the original intent). I think this is a worth it race especially if you can spend some time in the Cape May area.

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Given this race starting line was walking distance from my house, though I have run Maryland, I chose to run this race as well. I was looking for a new … MORE

Given this race starting line was walking distance from my house, though I have run Maryland, I chose to run this race as well. I was looking for a new long run route and was hoping this race would give me that.
This race was ok-it was pretty running through the park on well maintained paved trails. The course was not super hilly-though some rollers.
Race swag was simply a shirt you picked up at a sporting goods store the day before. The parking to pick up your packet was painful and packet pick up was about 8 miles from the start.
Race is very no frills-no gu on the course and aid stations as needed.
After the race, you needed to take the metro back to the starting line area which worked out for me as a local though the walk to the metro was a bit painful uphill.
They still use an actual chip for timing that you attach to your shoe and have to give back which I thought were non existent at this point. I was not a fan after I just ran of not being able to leave the finisher’s chute until I took my shoe off, unlaced it to give back the chip.
Medal was just ok and not too much in terms of food or an event afterwards.
This certainly does not have the calling or following of Frederick, Annapolis or Baltimore-but is a good race for locals.

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I knew I wanted Glacier as my Montana race since I learned it existed and finally got my opportunity this year. I will say this is my 43rd state and … MORE

I knew I wanted Glacier as my Montana race since I learned it existed and finally got my opportunity this year.
I will say this is my 43rd state and by far the most challenging race I have done. I do not pick races for the course, I pick for the experience.
A couple of things to highlight on this-I found the production to be average, great communication, expo etc.
The shuttle to the start seemed a bit excessive. You had to be at the shuttle by 4:30am, parking was disorganized and took forever then get bussed miles and miles away to be dropped off on the side of the road.
This course is tough, not only is the first 5 miles uphill plus more later on, it’s high elevation but the roads are slanted. Not even slightly slanted-a pretty hefty angle which tears on your ankles and hips.
Just when you think you are done, there is a pretty substantial rolling hill at mile 13.
The finish line fest was just ok as well. I did like they had the vendors and a full expo again if you wanted to buy merchandise.
Medals are the standard vacation race medals and you receive a snack box at the end.
I think vacation races is more about getting you to the location than the actual race. Glacier is amazing-super super happy I waited and did this race as my Montana choice.

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This is my 42nd state on my quest for 50 states so it does take a bit to impress me now :). This race was very well done. Not too … MORE

This is my 42nd state on my quest for 50 states so it does take a bit to impress me now :).

This race was very well done.

Not too many communications until race week which I’m totally ok with. The expo is small and held right where the finish line is. You receive a long sleeve tech shirt and your bib. I received a sweatshirt-definitely didn’t remember ordering it at registration!

Race logistics were easy-arrived a bit early and parked in a lot across the street from the finish line. You do have to pay to park but I think it was like $2 an hour or less. I stayed at the Hampton Inn less than 2 miles from the race start/finish area.

The race wasn’t big, wasn’t small-really well sized. There were pacers but really no start corrals.

The course is beautiful-you spend a good amount of time with water on one side of you. There are some inclines and declines on the race-nothing too crazy but it definitely is not flat.

Each aid station was sponsored by a local business and all had water, electrolyte drink (not sure what it was but it was horrible), gu and gummies. Usually races only give out gu after mile 8 at one station but this had gu at every aid station.

Volunteers were overly friendly and encouraging. There was crowd support at the right places without being overwhelming.

Other than the electrolyte drink, the only other thing I wasn’t a fan of was how the 10k/5k were all finishing at the same time and place as the half marathon and marathon finishers. There is something special after you ran 13.1 miles to have your name announced and have that moment. Having so many people coming through at the same time kind of takes away from it.
When you finish you have to walk over to the medal table-all the same medal no matter which distance-just the ribbon is different and states what distance. Volunteers were not handing these out-you had to walk over and ask. Water was also set back and the finish area was not a corral so it was a bit hard to navigate the people to get water, your medal etc.

The after festivities looked great-food trucks and various other vendors. Admittedly, I did not stay too long-nor eat while there as I had a packed day of travel still.

A really great race, could not have picked a better race to check Idaho off!

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Now coming to the end of my 50 state journey, reviews get tougher as there’s so much to compare to! This is a cute race on a beautiful course. This … MORE

Now coming to the end of my 50 state journey, reviews get tougher as there’s so much to compare to!

This is a cute race on a beautiful course. This is not the stereotypical Kansas is flat race. There was rolling hills throughout the race. It was also very warm with minimal shade.

The expo to this is minimal and took quite a while to get my bib and shirt. No other swag offered. They had a few things for sale but not much.

Parking for this race was easy-a field behind the start line. There was not enough port o potties so lines were long.

Not too many spectators on the course but it was nice to be out enjoying the views. As I stated there are rolling hills the entire race even at mile 13. It is not flat.

The finish line is truly where this race shines. The nicest volunteers and they do a buffet prepared by the school parents. All homemade food and treats. Huge selection. Water courses are supported by kids from the school-super cute.

This race goes for a good cause and has a beautiful course. The area is affordable to travel to (stay in Overland Park, fly into Kansas City). I would recommend this to anyone who needs Kansas!

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I’m getting closer and closer to finishing my 50 state quest and knew I had to go big for 40. Hawaii it was! I arrived 5 days prior hoping to … MORE

I’m getting closer and closer to finishing my 50 state quest and knew I had to go big for 40. Hawaii it was!

I arrived 5 days prior hoping to acclimate and relax as it was going to be 40 degrees warmer than my last 3 races and I haven’t ran in shorts and a tank since last summer.

Lots of communication leading up to the race. Expo was an easy walk from Waikiki beach.
A bit of everything at the expo.

The start line was about 1.5 miles from my hotel. Nice easy walk around 5am. Not going to lie-hated the 1.5 miles back afterwards.

This race was much larger than I expected-8k participants so challenging to line up. The “chase” aspect made for a bit of entertainment.

The course is relatively flat until you get to mile 9 then you start a long climb uphill. Mile 10 felt downhill to flat and back up for mile 11. Only one part of the course I didn’t really love-going through Chinatown-lots of rundown buildings and graffiti.

You will be warm running here but water stops were plentiful. There are tons of photographers on the course. The whole race has a fun vibe.

At the finish line, I lost my AirPod just as I was to cross so yup I’m the crazy looking for it before finishing.

At the finish, they had showers to cool off, food and omg fresh pineapple juice which was out if this world.

The medal is a cool spinning medal that is a bit small but do well earned.

I am so glad I picked Hawaii as my 40th. On to finishing this challenge out!

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I have eyed this race for a really long time due to the fun theme and they used to have large penny finishers medals. They have since changed the medals-still … MORE

I have eyed this race for a really long time due to the fun theme and they used to have large penny finishers medals. They have since changed the medals-still nice but just not as iconic as the penny.
This year brought some interesting turns with tornado warnings on Friday during the expo-totally new experience for an East Coast person to have to go into the basement of the hotel and extremely strong winds during the race. The race was not only windy but cold as well.
The expo was a tad disorganized-where the signs pointed to for last names was incorrect and the lines super long. Not too many vendors but had the essentials if you needed something last minute.
Race morning was smooth-the course is ok. You run past Lincoln’s home, the old & new capital, Lincoln’s grave but a lot of the race was through some pretty rundown neighborhoods. The course is on a mix of asphalt, brick and some packed gravel. With the high winds, you did have to battle debris and lots of potholes. The course isn’t overly hard, however, most of the hills were after mile 9.
The swag was nice for this race-a bag, long sleeve tech shirt, hats and other varied goodies in the bag.
Not too many spectators on the course but assume that was due to the weather as there are plenty of cheering places.
I didn’t get a ton of time at the after party as the hotel was not allowing late check out (FYI if you stay at the host hotel). Many local businesses seemed to participate though.
Overall solid choice for Illinois.

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Ever since I started the goal of running a half in every state, I always knew Napa would be my California race. I got a great deal on airfare so … MORE

Ever since I started the goal of running a half in every state, I always knew Napa would be my California race.
I got a great deal on airfare so stars aligned and made this a reality.
At first, I was pretty unsure of this race. Arriving at packet pick up, there was no parking. Finally getting into the expo, there was really no clear direction where to go. You first got your bib then what…I had to find the bag and shirt. There was a wine tasting which is great, however, that left a lot of people standing around that you had to navigate through. They did have some vendors and other races there. I did leave quickly as it was quite chaotic without a natural flow or kind of anyone telling you the stations to stop at.
Race morning, opted to park at Justin Siena high school and take the shuttle to the start line. I stayed in Fairfield (about 20 mins away) versus staying in ultra expensive Napa. The parking lot was dark and littered with runners. It was super dark as it was rainy so had to be ultra careful. Again, a bit disorganized and chaotic.
Got on the shuttle which wanted to drop runners off 90 minutes before the race started. It was cold and downpouring. Thankfully, my bus driver was the only one to allow runners to stay on the bus.
When I finally got off the shuttle (10 minutes to start), waited in line for the port a potties starting the race late. There was not nearly enough for the amount of runners.
Once I got going, the course is absolutely stunning! It was amazing to run by so many vineyards that I recognized the names of. There was periods of sunshine but mostly rain and even hailed a good chunk of the race.
At the finish line, unfortunately, a man had gone into cardiac arrest so we were quickly rushed out of the finisher chute.
The race is not flat-more rolling hills. Miles 6-9 felt like a gentle incline. It is an easy course to run. I ran the entire thing and normally I am one to walk through the aid stations. There were aid stations about every 3 miles with water and noom. They also had foil blankets to keep you warm as we were all wet from the rain/hail.
The medal is very cute, the bag they give you is heavy duty canvas-probably the best I have ever received. The shirt is also cute with a long sleeved women’s style.
There was soup and some small snacks at the finish line.
Again, the shuttle situation was chaotic and it started to hail again. When you got back to the high school, chaotic again as now the school was having an event so parents and kids everywhere and people searching for parking spots.
Overall, if they can smooth out the expo and parking situation, this race would be close to perfection. The scenery makes up for every bit of chaos. Such a great pick for California!

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I loved this race! Chose to run the double-5k Saturday morning, half Sunday. Everything was seamless from packet pick up, start, finish and aid stations. The 5k course is a … MORE

I loved this race! Chose to run the double-5k Saturday morning, half Sunday. Everything was seamless from packet pick up, start, finish and aid stations.

The 5k course is a bit boring but runs really quick.

The half marathon course is beautiful-running through LSU and around a lake. Only some small inclines along the way.

Crowd support is amazing! Seems there was an aid station every half mile-some homemade like a mimosa, Bloody Mary stop or corona shots even beignets! Plenty of crowd support to keep you moving.

The after party had lots of food and a generous amount of tickets for four and drinks (5). Most races give you 2 max so 5 both days…wow!

I did hear the expo was smaller than normal but grabbing my bibs, shirts and 2 bags was easy.

Great weather for January-highly encourage anyone who needs to run Louisiana to check this race out!

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I have been eyeing this race for a long time as I didn’t want to do Vegas as my Nevada race. Gosh I loved this race! Leading up to the … MORE

I have been eyeing this race for a long time as I didn’t want to do Vegas as my Nevada race. Gosh I loved this race!

Leading up to the race there was minimal communication and only packet pick up was day of the race which made me a wee bit nervous this race would be poorly done but I was so so wrong!

Parking was super easy race morning. Packet pick up smooth-only thing in terms of swag was a shirt.

This course is gorgeous! You run on an old railroad trail so be prepared for gravel. You also run through tunnels and on the shore of lake mead. Stunning!

Aid stations were perfectly placed with volunteers asking before you got there if you wanted water or Gatorade. Each aid station had energy gel as well.

The race is small, I believe only around 500 runners between the 4 events.

There were minimal spectators but it was so peaceful; you were just able to be in your running zone.

The course is hilly-this amazing downhill at mile 6 but the uphill on the way back a killer!

Only 2 minor complaints on this-seemed mile markers were off. I ended up logging 13.62 miles and others were saying the same thing. There is also a $25 fee to enter the park after 8am I believe but if you enter before it’s free. I arrived at 7:50 and didn’t have to pay. Race does start late at 8:30 (tough for east coasters like me who run at 5am east coast time)

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Another race, not a ton of reviews for but for some reason this one was calling my name for Missouri. Pre Race: Not a ton of communication but the one … MORE

Another race, not a ton of reviews for but for some reason this one was calling my name for Missouri.

Pre Race:
Not a ton of communication but the one week of the race provided all information needed from parking, packet pick up etc.

Packet Pick up:
No expo, just folding tables set up outside. Seemed a bit disorganized as the line was super long to pick up bibs and just a shirt.

Swag:
Just a shirt-a great shirt-nice long sleeve, women’s cut-not a running shirt. I really do like it.

Race Morning:
I was a bit hesitant as they mentioned all the road closures on parking, however, found parking at the visitor center easy and plenty of space available. Super easy! They do offer race day pick up as well-line super long there too.

Course:
The course is really pretty all in Forest Park. It is hilly so be prepared-some long uphill and downhill stretches. You do get a peek of the Arch as well but it does not go anywhere near the arch. It is lovely how it stays all within the park. You loop through so run the hills both up and down.

Aid stations:
Aid stations were a disorganized mess. There was only 4 on the course about 3.5 miles apart but not 1 was ready for runners and only 1 had gatorade. When I say disorganized, no water was ready for runners, no one handing out-volunteers were trying to scoop each cup of water out of the large tubs while runners were waiting. Most only had 1-2 volunteers at them.

Finish Line:
Again, finish line-bit disorganized-there is no finisher shoot so families were literally waiting at the mats for their family member to cross plus others were taking photos. Made it really congested and hard to navigate. Medals were still wrapped in plastic and you had to weave through the crowd to find the people who had them. Medal is smaller but cute.

There was plenty of bottled water and snacks at the finish for runners-fruit snacks, cheez its etc.

The course makes this race worth it-but really middle of the road for everything else.

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The BAM race series does such a nice job with the production of the races. I did not get to attend the expo as I got stuck in traffic driving … MORE

The BAM race series does such a nice job with the production of the races.
I did not get to attend the expo as I got stuck in traffic driving down from Maryland, luckily, they offered race day pick up. The only swag was a race shirt. Again, not sure if there was more at the expo.

Parking was a breeze-it’s a field right next to the start line-literally yards from the start line. This also starts in the Lowe’s grocery store parking lot so if you want a real bathroom and to warm up-they open at 6am.

The weather was absolutely perfect! About 60 at start time with a breeze.

The whole race production was smooth-water stations perfectly placed and loved that the stations alternated Gatorade flavors. All volunteers were super friendly and pleasant.

On the course, it is pretty flat with the exception of the climb over the bridges. First time is before mile 1-great positioning. On the way back, you hit it around mile 10 which is a killer. You really don’t see the ocean all that much, you mainly run through neighborhoods. So much is under construction so construction port a potties were abundant. The other thing to note is around mile 4.5 you need to run through rocks for about a 1/3 or so of a mile-maybe a bit longer-certainly felt longer. They were deep rocks as well so you slide around versus gliding on top.

The race was not super huge but not super small either. The finish line production was smooth-you are also given a free beer and free food ticket. Not sure where the beer was but the bbq was pretty good.

Given that my parents live about an hour away from here, I will definitely participate in the BAM series again.

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There was only 1 other review for this race so wasn't quite sure what to expect so guess I'm the guinea pig for this one :). This race is not … MORE

There was only 1 other review for this race so wasn’t quite sure what to expect so guess I’m the guinea pig for this one :).

This race is not horribly expensive so it might be a you get what you pay for.
I loved that this race finished at the resort casino-great for a mini getaway!

Packet pick up was also at the resort-however it was in a back parking lot-far far away from the resort-I think I had pictured something different. There was a few vendors with some folding tables mainly selling homemade jewelry and shirts-nothing race related. The only swag you got was a unisex tech shirt. The small is still a dress for me.
Race morning, they ran shuttles from the resort starting at 5:30am-giving the race was only about 350 people, starting 2 hours early in the cold seemed a bit extreme. I got on the bus a bit after 6-unfortunately, our bus driver got lost and didn’t know where to drop us off!
Arriving at the start…there was only 4 port a potties-no food, coffee-nothing and bag check was late.
On the course, there was no mile markers, no directionals where you are to go. The course elevation chart is not even close-the first 2 miles are uphill, mile 3 downhill but the rest of the course is rolling hills not drastic downhill. The high elevation and hills were TOUGH! Around mile 10, I started to go the wrong way, thankfully the lady behind me caught it and directed me the rest of the way to the finish line. The finish is on a hill as well on your way into the resort parking lot.
On the course, there were aid stations every 2 miles. There is no gu and very watered down gatorade…I think….there was no photographers on the course or at the finish line.
At the finish, there was the same vendors and 1 food truck.
The highlight of the race was the native american entertainers at the odd miles.
The woman, that thankfully directed me, told me the race had changed hands after covid and it’s not what it used to be. It does make me sad as when you travel really far and are looking forward to a race and it’s just not the same as you expected, you almost feel let down. I hope the race directors provide a survey or at least take feedback from the participants to make it better next year.

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I ran the Black Bear double for this race (5k Friday night, half marathon Saturday morning). Boy could they not be any different! To start, the communication up the event … MORE

I ran the Black Bear double for this race (5k Friday night, half marathon Saturday morning). Boy could they not be any different!

To start, the communication up the event was clear without being overwhelming.

The race expo was held in a field in the back of the Tally Ho Inn. Was super convenient to pick up your bibs etc. then run the 5k. Upon arriving the tents are set up very smartly as you just go one to the next to the next. First one is your bib, then your reusable cup, then your race shirt then your black bear swag if you ran both. They did have a small amount of merchandise for sale as well.

To know, this course is cup free so you need to bring your own hydration. Still not sure how I feel about it but understand the trash situation.

The 5k was very warm (around 85 degrees or so) and sunny. Ran a killer first 2.5 miles but then the heat and lack of hydration caught up with me. The 5k and Half marathon finish in the same place on a rolling hill-just when you thought you didn’t have enough.

Half marathon morning was completely different. Heavy rain and only around 60 degrees-shuttles were quick and efficient bringing participants to the start line. Unfortunately, you had to wait outside for 45 minutes or so in the rain before getting going. There was plenty of port a potties, bananas, water, coffee etc. at the starting area. Parking was easy in the fields behind the Tally Ho Inn.

On the course, you will find pitched roads until about mile 9 or 10 or so. These are killers on your ankles and hips. I think this is a beautiful course however, with the rain, I really just wanted to finish as I was freezing and soaking wet. There were not a ton of volunteers on the course, however, the course is very well marked. The course is uphill however, you really didn’t feel it-only 1 mentionable steep hill right before mile 10. It’s quick-just steep to get off the trail and onto the road. This race was also perfect to what my app was showing ie my app was announcing the miles as I was approaching them. I have never seen a race be this dead on.

Course support was minimal-couldn’t see natural spots for spectators to watch. This is an open course so cars do pass you as you’re running.

The finish is uphill however, did love they actually mentioned when you were running across your “why” you typed in at registration.

Once you cross the mats, you get a rather large half marathon medal, a snack box, chocolate milk etc. The runners recovery area is small and was crowded. From there you found the tent with the Black Bear double medals-again nice sized medal with a spinning feature.

I think this race was well done with a couple unique elements. I’m super happy I picked this as my Tennessee race!

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Based on all the rave reviews, I wanted to run this race as my Wisconsin choice. I' not sure what happened from all those rave reviews to this year but … MORE

Based on all the rave reviews, I wanted to run this race as my Wisconsin choice. I’ not sure what happened from all those rave reviews to this year but I was not overly thrilled with this race.

Expo-There really was no expo for this race. You went to an office building that wasn’t really well marked to pick up your bib and shirt. When I gave them my name they told me I was one of the first 250 to register-thinking that meant something. No there are no extra perks. There were no vendors, no race gear-just some folding tables in a conference room in the basement of the building. The pick up was about 10 miles from Madison. I was talking to a woman who said the state fair was in town so they could not use where they normally did. Maybe this was the difference this year?

Swag-just a t shirt-you had the option to purchase an additional one with a name on it prior.

Race-Not being familiar with Madison, the start line was stated as “corner of Park Ave and State St”-took some googling the night before to know where I was walking to. They started at 7am and there was really no waves just kind of line up and go. It was really warm at race time-sunny, no breeze. Race Officials cannot help how hot it was, however, they offered no relief to runners on the course-no increased water stations (the ones they had were disorganized and not ready for runners), no ice, no sponges or sprinklers. The course itself had some pretty parts-as people have stated, it is hilly. Not sure if this course change but the steepest, longest hill on the entire course is around mile 12.5. When you’re that far into a race plus exhausted from the heat-it was a huge challenge. There was not as many spectators on the course as I expected. At the finish there were some small snacks on tables lining the corral. You had to seek out water as it was in a bucket and no one was handing out. You also had to wait on your medal.

After party-The location of the after party is beautiful-right on the terrace. Security directs you to where you got a free beer. The free beer was it in terms of food unless you grabbed a bag of chips or fruit in the finish corral. They did have a snack bar open for money so bring your credit card. This area was open to the public so not just runners and their families.

I’m happy to get Wisconsin done however, do wish I picked differently or whatever happened this year to this race, gets back to the high standard norm for next year.

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After everything I read, I knew when I was going to check Minnesota off the list, this was the race. I waited a long time to actually be able to … MORE

After everything I read, I knew when I was going to check Minnesota off the list, this was the race. I waited a long time to actually be able to get in as I kept missing the registration date and then it was always sold out. I chose to do the Great Grandmas challenge so ran the 5k on Friday night, the half marathon on Saturday.
This race starts super super early-need to be at the shuttle between 4:30-5am. I stayed by the mall so the shuttle stop there was super convenient. Book your hotel rooms early as everything sells out. The shuttle ride is quite long. Race morning was cold as well!
I ended up on one of the last shuttles so didn’t have to wait long to get going. The set up wasn’t super clear. They kept saying there was more port a potties-with 9000 runners, not the easiest to get up to the start line before the race gets going.
There isn’t much in terms of swag-a shirt for each race and a thin jacket if you do the grandmas challenge.
Getting to the expo was messy-tons of traffic and construction. Again, the expo was packed.
The course is gorgeous! A couple small inclines and 2 steep ones (one at mile 8 and between 11-12). Crowd support was amazing! Duluth really comes out for this race. The aid stations were plentiful and many residents set up their own aid stations. There are no energy gels but maple syrup on the course.
The finish area is blocked off for only runners but where you go isn’t super clear here either. You get your shirt at the finish not at the expo. Lines for everything were super long. I didn’t realize gear check was outside the runners gates and once you leave, they will not let you back into the runners only area.
I did like this race but thought it would have more of a small town feel and not as many runners as it did. It seems they had the logistics of transportation, placement of aid stations down. It is a great choice if you’re looking to run in Minnesota.

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Since I was in Duluth, might as well run both races and get some extra swag and a final run in before the half marathon on Saturday. The race is … MORE

Since I was in Duluth, might as well run both races and get some extra swag and a final run in before the half marathon on Saturday. The race is Friday night at 6pm-it was beautiful weather-perfectly sunny and warm. There were a ton of runners and I loved seeing the families participating together.
Lining up was a bit unorganized-they had us line up super early but non runners will in the corral some with bikes, some with dogs. The race runs part of Duluth but also runs with the water on your side. Quick and easy! There was 1 hill that didn’t take long at all. It was right around mile 1.
There is one water stop around mile 1.5.
There were not enough volunteers handing out medals so getting across the finish line and through the chute was a challenge. It was clogged up with runners waiting to get their medals.
The post race festivities were fantastic-lots of tents with food and vendors and music as well. I did not stay too long as it was a super long day with traveling but looked like a good time.
Really happy I decided to run this and conquer the Great Grandmas challenge!

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I was looking for a race to check Alabama off and picked this one. Overall it was just ok. Packet pick up was easy but nothing in terms of swag. … MORE

I was looking for a race to check Alabama off and picked this one. Overall it was just ok. Packet pick up was easy but nothing in terms of swag. Was confused as a half marathon running you received a regular short sleeve tshirt though they were selling long sleeve tech shirts afterwards. There was no other swag. The course was on some pretty beat up roads that were hard in your feet and back. There is a giant hill around mile 10. You did get to finish on a baseball field which was cool. The course does not go by the civil rights institute or 16th street Baptist church which I was surprised being so iconic. This is a course you do 2 laps of so the parts you like and don’t like you get to see again.
There was no much in terms of post race celebration or food-just some cheezits, cookies and a tap of beer.

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I have been eyeing this race for a long time but seemed I always had another race this weekend. I made it a must this year! The app and the … MORE

I have been eyeing this race for a long time but seemed I always had another race this weekend. I made it a must this year! The app and the emails prior made this event smooth sailing. I was a bit disappointed at packet pick up as it seemed not all vendors arrived. I would have loved another shirt or sweatshirt. Swag was ok.
Race morning was cold but fortunately I was staying at the Hampton inn about .2 miles from the start line. Course support was great though seemed the first couple water stops were far apart. Every station had water and Gatorade plus multiple energy gel stops along the way.
There were tons of places for spectators and quite a few bands on the course.

The course is relatively flat with only a couple small inclines.

Overall, a great pick for my Iowa race and encourage anyone else to do the same!

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Ever since I decided to run a half marathon in all 50 states, this race has been pegged as my Pennsylvania race. I did register last year but with Covid … MORE

Ever since I decided to run a half marathon in all 50 states, this race has been pegged as my Pennsylvania race. I did register last year but with Covid it was cancelled. Unlike most other races, these people offered refunds since the race was cancelled. I was still compelled to do this race so I signed up again this year.
This was my first race since Oct 2019. Packet pick up was smooth, not much in terms of swag (a race book, t shirt and whoopie pie). Race expo was also small but the volunteers were so friendly.
Race morning was chilly and the hot air balloon launch was cancelled due to it being in President Biden’s fly zone that morning. I agree with all the other racers in saying you will not PR on this race. The scenery is beautiful and serene but lots of slow incline hills! This race also had more water stations then I have ever seen-10 of them that got closer together the closer to the end you got. There was only water and power ade at each stations-nothing in terms of energy gu’s etc. There were a few very small pockets of spectators on the course, a bit larger of a group at the finish. Mile 10 you do have to run in gravel, mile 12 you run on grass through a corn field. While they host a family picnic afterwards, the lines were so long that I did not want to wait.
Overall, this is a really well done race with beautiful scenery. I’m so happy I picked this for my Pennsylvania race.

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This is not the race to expect to get a personal best on. It is extremely challenging with the largest, longest hills I have ever experienced in a race. There … MORE

This is not the race to expect to get a personal best on. It is extremely challenging with the largest, longest hills I have ever experienced in a race. There are no timing mats as they expect everyone to take longer than their normal to finish.
There was pretty much no swag besides a long sleeve tshirt and pint glass that you get 1 free beer afterwards. Note, after running 13.1 miles of hills, to get your pint glass and beer-yup you have to walk up more hills!
The course is beautiful running through rural West Virginia including battlefields. There are pretty much no spectators though.
Communication from the race directors was great leading up to the race and parking was a breeze parking at the university.
Overall good race, but expect to be disappointed with your finish time.

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I ended up making this my 25th state on my 50 state mission. I literally watched the countdown delaying a business dinner so I could register for this race as … MORE

I ended up making this my 25th state on my 50 state mission. I literally watched the countdown delaying a business dinner so I could register for this race as I’ve heard it’s a do not miss race.
Leading up to the race, it’s pretty quiet but about the month before you receive constant updates.
In the morning, you need to take a shuttle to the race location. Seemed to be a rather long ride to the start however, Vermont is just so beautiful, you don’t mind.
Packet pick up is the morning of the race. When you arrive at the start, they provide your race bib, shirts at the end.
It was warm and sunny on race day-finally as my last 3 races, it has rained!
The race course is just stunning. A lot of spectators at certain spots though you only go through one covered bridge and run by another. I thought there would be more!
There is a really tough hill at mile 8 but the rest of the course is rolling hills with lush green scenery.
The finishers shoot is very long where you receive water, your shirt (choice of 2 colors) and your medal. The after party had food trucks, a free beer and a band in a large field.
Overall, I really loved this race. I am so happy it was my 25th!

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I registered for this race months ago, thinking it would be my 25th state since I used to live in Massachusetts. Life had some turns and this ended up being … MORE

I registered for this race months ago, thinking it would be my 25th state since I used to live in Massachusetts. Life had some turns and this ended up being my 24th state instead and I’m really happy it turned out this way.
This race had pretty expensive processing charges to start.
Packet pick up was held in a park right in the heart of Martha’s Vineyard. Unfortunately, the whole weekend was rainy, windy and cold. Nothing the race staff could have controlled.
At packet pick up you are given a shirt and bag but that was it in the terms of swag. My sister was running the full marathon and got a generic poncho but half marathoners did not get this.
Race morning, you needed to take shuttles to the race site at the high school. Having the school open helped keeping us out of the cold along with the port a potty situation.
The course was confusing-it was unclear whether you should have been on the road or the bike path below. Also a part of it, you had to run in sand. Running in sand is definitely challenging.
Being in Martha’s Vineyard, I expected the course to be stunning and it just wasn’t. Port a potties were not where they were said to be either.
The worst part of this race was the mile markers were way off (like .6 of a mile off). Everyone in the race was complaining about this.
Also, after completing my half marathon, I walked back 4 miles to help my sister run in the last 4 miles of her run. I was upset to see water stations were no longer manned-gallons of water were just left out for marathoners to pour their own. These people are running a marathon and we can’t have the stations staffed until the end?!?!?! Super disappointing.
I wanted to love this race, I really did however the production and course was just disappointing.

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I have been waiting to do a race in Moab for over a year so this was the perfect fit! Packet pick up was smooth but minimal swag. I did … MORE

I have been waiting to do a race in Moab for over a year so this was the perfect fit!
Packet pick up was smooth but minimal swag. I did love that they gave you a choice of shirt colors-3 colors in both mens and womens styles. The only other swag was socks.
Race morning, you needed to load shuttles to get to the race site. It was so windy and cold race morning! The start line wasn’t set up so it led to quite a bit of confusion.
The course cannot be beat-it runs through the canyon along the Colorado river-it was stunning! It is at high altitude so I suggest arriving 3 days prior if you live close to sea level like I do.
I struggled in this race-I was just getting over an Upper Respiratory infection so my lung capacity was already diminished and running at high altitude made it extremely challenging and one of my worst performances.
The after party was huge in a great park-there was a beer tent, bands, snacks and all kinds of beverages.
The scenery on this one can’t be beat-I highly recommend it!

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The Little Rock Marathon has a huge draw due to the size of its finisher medal. Everyone on my flights were all race participants. Packet pick up on Friday was … MORE

The Little Rock Marathon has a huge draw due to the size of its finisher medal. Everyone on my flights were all race participants.
Packet pick up on Friday was a breeze. Expo had a ton of vendors and volunteers helping to move the line along. I registered for the challenge so I received 2 different tech shirts. There wasn’t much else in the way of swag though.
I stayed downtown at the Hilton Garden Inn-it was way cheaper than the host hotels and a 3 minute walk to the start line.
I ran the 5k on Saturday-gorgeous weather and race was smooth. Generally large races do not start on time but this one-they ensured to have everyone lined up prior so it was a prompt 7:30 start.
The half marathon on Sunday-again a smooth experience. Unfortunately it rained buckets the entire time! The end of the race routes you into the convention center where they present your medal and a foil blanket to help warm you up. Note this race does not run past the Capital or City High which are some of the huge Little Rock attractions. I was disappointed as they were not terribly far from where we were.
On the course, there were several local businesses that supported the mile so you were able to have beer tastings, mimosas, food etc all on the course.
The finish had a great flow where you were able to get your photo taken (thumbs up they brought the medals from the day before so you could get your pic taken with all 3 for the challenge). They had great food such as pasta, endless beverages, yogurts etc. They actually hand you a bag while in line so you can grab whatever you wanted.
The medals are really nice-the marathon one is huge!
Overall, great race-really well put together.

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This was my first race of 2018-maybe my review is a bit harsher than others however, I had really high expectations for this race based on their communications, website etc. … MORE

This was my first race of 2018-maybe my review is a bit harsher than others however, I had really high expectations for this race based on their communications, website etc.
Stopped on Friday to pick up my packet-did love the race bibs were significantly smaller than normal, however I was given a white shirt when I should have received a blue one….no big deal however it’s a cotton white shirt versus a long sleeve blue tech shirt….runners you get me here….
Happy I chose to stay at Hotel Tybee-the hotel was just ok but the location was ideal. The start and finish line were literally on the side of the hotel. The start time of 8:30 was amazing. Not sure I have ever had a race start that late-it was refreshing!
Being on Tybee Island, I expected to see alot more beach on the run but instead you ran through more neighborhoods. You did get to run past the famous Tybee Island Lighthouse.
There are a ton of turns on this course-some marked, some not. Volunteers tended to be at the corners where it was evident to turn but not at the ones they really needed to be at. I saw many people go the wrong way probably either shortening or lengthening their run.
In addition, roads aren’t closed and I found residents to be slightly rude. They would ride up right behind you as you are running in their car or back out of their driveway when you’re approaching so you have to stop and wait. Very few came out to cheer on runners.
The course was pretty flat-a few minor minor hiccups of inclines-figuring out where to go was the most challenging part of this race.
Race day was a bit chilly with the wind whipping. Wind whipping when it’s helping you move quicker is great-cold ocean wind whipping against you makes it challenging.
The finish line party wasn’t as I expected either. They had 2 restaurants there one with soup and one with pastries. The pastries were pretty much gone by the time I got there. When they kept advertising a great after party, I expected much more. Thankfully they did think to put it in a huge tent to get you out of the wind.
I loved the Savannah and Tybee Island area-well worth coming however don’t expect a race up to the standards of other really well done races.

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I loved everything about this race! I opted to run the double down challenge (5k on Saturday, half marathon on Sunday). Communication was fantastic all the way leading up to … MORE

I loved everything about this race! I opted to run the double down challenge (5k on Saturday, half marathon on Sunday).
Communication was fantastic all the way leading up to race day.
Swag is minimal that is the only slight negative and it is such a small thing. Surprised you got a medal and tech shirt for the 5k in edition to a medal and tech shirt for the half. If you run 2 races, you also get a seafood tray.
Event was so well organized-every single volunteer was over the top friendly and helpful. It was cold race morning and the bus driver allowed us to stay on the bus to the last possible moment.
Aside from all of the above, who doesn’t want to run a straight flat shot with 13.1 miles of shoreline on your right? You also finish in a baseball stadium. This is the race to get a pr on!
This is my 20th half marathon and I would definitely put this in my top 3!
Take my advice and run this race if you can!

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I was traveling to Virginia for work, so who doesn't sign up to do a half marathon while there especially when you are an aspiring 50 stater and haven't run … MORE

I was traveling to Virginia for work, so who doesn’t sign up to do a half marathon while there especially when you are an aspiring 50 stater and haven’t run in Virginia yet?
Registering for the race was smooth and was actually pretty excited to run this based on their facebook page, website and also the article in Runners World.
Starting with packet pick up-disorganized-while I love kids, they had kids handing out shirts & bibs-yes that’s all you got so it took a bit of time.
Due to the smaller number of participants, shuttle buses were not offered after the fact. I purposely booked my hotel near the shuttle site and then had to drive to park on a side street near the race.
Race starting line was not well marked nor was I directed where to park. I saw alot of other people parking and assumed at 5:45 in the morning, they must be fellow runners.
It was so cold on race morning!
The race finally got started-learned you run 4.5 miles out only to turn around and run back where you came from. No aid stations on the entire course offered sports drinks or energy gu.
No spectators though the police were on top of it. Felt super safe as roads were all closed off.
At the finish line, no medals were handed out! They had posted renderings online and boasted about them yet they were not at the finish line! I have never finished a half marathon without a medal!
Emailed, facebook messaged etc-any form of communication possible to understand how I get my medal. Finally, the race coordinators responded that medals were delayed and they were working through the logistics of getting the medals to participants. It has now been 3 days and still no news.
I paid a lot of money to run in this race and their token mascot (a large Woodrow Wilson) did not even make an appearance. I have no medal still either.
Overall, super disappointed. I would not participate in this race until they figure out how to properly host.

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Beyond Monumental probably had the most active Facebook page I have seen for a race. Well worth following them for updates. Race morning was really cold and I struggled the … MORE

Beyond Monumental probably had the most active Facebook page I have seen for a race. Well worth following them for updates.
Race morning was really cold and I struggled the entire race to warm up.
Packet pick up was a breeze!
This race was much larger than I expected-the wave start did not seem to help. I could not find any port a potties close to the start area.
The course is pretty flat and runs through a lot of Indianapolis’ sites. The shirt is pretty awfully ugly but the medal is large and depicts Indianapolis.
All aid stations were well stocked and had tons of volunteers to keep it moving.

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I chose to run the international half marathon. The communication leading up to the event was fantastic. The packet pickup had a pretty straight forward flow but due to the … MORE

I chose to run the international half marathon.
The communication leading up to the event was fantastic.
The packet pickup had a pretty straight forward flow but due to the mass amount of people picking up-kind of felt like you were herded cattle.
Race morning was stressful as I had reserved a spot in a garage through the race only to get there at 530am and all roads to the garage were blocked. Ended up paying $20 to park in a seedy lot instead of the garage I prepaid for
This race is huge! Three different streets to start on-each packed with participants. I have never seen so many people at a race!
Unfortunately, so many people made running and getting a good time a challenge as you just couldn’t get around people to do so.
Course was beautiful. Crossing the bridge stunning! Weather was unexpectedly warm and humid. Who would have thought 75 and muggy mid October in Michigan? The warm temperatures made the part through the tunnel hot!
Overall good race, not one for a p.r. But well worth doing!

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Wow-wasn't expecting what this race was! Extremely challenging with rather large hills. Most was not paved-either packed dirt or gravel. There are quite a few hills after mile 12 just … MORE

Wow-wasn’t expecting what this race was! Extremely challenging with rather large hills. Most was not paved-either packed dirt or gravel. There are quite a few hills after mile 12 just when you think you’re done with them!
The race is extremely small-I think a little over 250 people ran the half marathon. There are no pacers and really no spectators.
The swag bag is quite unique-loaded with stuff though! Probably the most generous I have received. Some items such as a bag of beans were super different.
The scenery on this course was just breathtaking and the weather was just perfect.

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This was my first run literally after fracturing my foot 6 weeks ago so my performance was lacking as I had to listen to doctors orders about slowing my pace … MORE

This was my first run literally after fracturing my foot 6 weeks ago so my performance was lacking as I had to listen to doctors orders about slowing my pace and taking walk breaks.
Packet pick up and the morning was a bit confusing trying to figure out where to go. The race was much larger than what I thought!
Unbelievable to start in the stadium and loop through downtown and all the parks in Sioux Falls. There are some hills on the course-seemed they were all uphill with no downhill on the backside. The parks make you want to slow down and admire their beauty.
Swag was the average though you do receive a quarter zip long sleeve shirt versus the traditional shirt. You do get a bag filled with coupons but not being from South Dakota-they were not of use to me.
There were tons of people on the race course cheering you on. Finishing at the stadium you are given a beef sandwich, chocolate milk, gatorades etc-tons of food and beverages.
Overall, really great race-highly recommend it!!!

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After spending the day in Cleveland the day before the race, was super excited about this run. Packet pick up was either Thursday or Friday from 10-3. Challenge being I … MORE

After spending the day in Cleveland the day before the race, was super excited about this run.

Packet pick up was either Thursday or Friday from 10-3. Challenge being I was driving in and who really can packet pick up between those times? I do use the term packet loosely as all you received was a shirt and bib which I picked up race day morning.

Start line, port a potties were all a challenge to find.

The course was mostly flat on some pretty beat up roads. Did not go near Lake Erie at all! They also didn’t close the roads so you had to dodge not getting hit by turning buses or slow your pace as the buses did not stop for the runners.

No on course photographers and pretty much no spectators.

At the end of the race I had to ask for my medal since the people handing them out were too busy bickering with each other to be at the finish line.

Finding water was the next challenge. No one was handing them out there were buckets like 250 feet from the finish that people were standing around so it goes unnoticed.

Overall, race has potential but was not efficiently run.

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Race has a beautiful location! Most of the course has water on one side of you. Hills are a bit tough as you go up and then turn to keep … MORE

Race has a beautiful location! Most of the course has water on one side of you. Hills are a bit tough as you go up and then turn to keep going up!

Race swag is non existent. Shirt might be the ugliest one I have (you have to pay extra for a shirt).

Packet pick up was quick and smooth.

Minimal locations for cheering squads.

Great after race fair-food trucks, beer, etc all on the water!

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Wasn't sure what to expect with this race as typically the more elaborate the website, the more well done the race is. The Capital City's website is pretty plain and … MORE

Wasn’t sure what to expect with this race as typically the more elaborate the website, the more well done the race is. The Capital City’s website is pretty plain and I get very few emails from them leading up to the event.

Parking is a bit of a struggle as many roads are closed and being from out of town, had to rely on my gps. You have to pay the meters! Ended up parking in Capital Lake Park parking lot-easy .3 miles from the start line. Where the race starts was a bit questionable.

Once going, this race as fantastic! It does have some hills and it seemed there was never a downhill on the backside of the uphill. The sites are beautiful and have never seen spectators like this before! Once you hit about mile 8, all the houses set up their own aid stations with water, orange slices, watermelon, and beer! Super supportive community which made this race a memorable one in my quest for 50 half marathons in 50 states.

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Though this race says it's downhill, that's more for the marathon than the half marathon. The half was mostly flat. Participants should note there is no cell phone reception at … MORE

Though this race says it’s downhill, that’s more for the marathon than the half marathon.
The half was mostly flat.
Participants should note there is no cell phone reception at the start so I was not able to sync my fitbit so I was unable to get my mile splits.
Race course was pretty, not outstanding-roads were not closed so instead of letting runners go, at times you had to dodge or wait for cars to pass.
Hotel shuttle going to the race was smooth and fantastic (used several coach buses) Way back, was really delayed and there was confusion on where to get it. In addition, they sent a van which could only hold 6 people at a time.

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I loved this race! It was so cold and rainy but race was still fun regardless. The course has the definition of rolling hills-you run immediately downhill after you run … MORE

I loved this race!

It was so cold and rainy but race was still fun regardless.

The course has the definition of rolling hills-you run immediately downhill after you run up the hill. There is one killer hill at about mile 9.

The course director was in constant contact and was at the finish line to high 5 you as you crossed the finish line-yes cruel joke that the end is uphill as well.

The scenery had rolling green hills and horses out in the fields. Not a ton of spectators but the race was so large, you were never really alone on the course. The race being so large I would say is its only downfall as usually the further into the race you get, the more space you have. This was not the case on this one.

Lexington is a lovely area to visit-great weekend away.

Everything about this race was well done-highly recommend doing it!

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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This race was probably one of the most expensive I have done and was not really worth it. T-shirt was not a tech shirt but more a Hanes T-shirt with … MORE

This race was probably one of the most expensive I have done and was not really worth it. T-shirt was not a tech shirt but more a Hanes T-shirt with an applique-there was no other swag.
At the aid stations, they handed out full size bottles of water which I can appreciate, however no covers so if you didn’t drink it all right away, water splashed all over you so you ended up tossing full bottles of water.
The medal was also pretty cheaply made.
The race course was ok-the part along the river was nice, everything else just average. There was only 1 memorable hill.
I registered early and paid $105 but there was nothing special about this race.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
2
SCENERY
3
SWAG
1

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