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@seagroves87

Rochester, NY Raving since 2020 50 States hopeful/finisher, 100 Half Marathons Club, Seven Continents Club, Marathon Maniacs #15648, Half Fanatics #18410 active 2 hours, 3 minutes ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    NYRR, Greater Rochester Track Club, Greater Derry Track Club, 50 States Half Marathon Club

  • Rave race:

    Los Angeles Marathon 2020

  • Race that's calling my name:

    New York City Marathon

  • I run because:

    Running changed my life! I started running again after a many year hiatus to curb some bad habits and get a more positive outlook on life. As a result I am a much happier, healthier person since I started running again in Fall 2018 and I have no plans to stop any time soon! My ultimate goal is to run a half marathon or longer in every state, province and continent and to run 50 marathons before I turn 50.

My Races

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Future Races

Personal Bests (22)

Race Distance Location Date Result
12 hr Honeoye Falls, NY Jul 17, 2021 17.12 mi
50K Virgin, UT Apr 10, 2021 9:44:46
Marathon Los Angeles, CA Mar 8, 2020 5:20:34
30K Pacoima, CA Feb 9, 2020 3:45:00
25K Bath TWP, OH Nov 22, 2020 3:16:29
Half Marathon Pasadena, CA Jan 19, 2020 2:21:41
10 Miler Huntington Beach, CA Sep 21, 2019 1:48:52
9.3 Challenge (5K + 10K) Los Angeles, CA Jan 5, 2020 1:39:01
8 Miler Ellicottville, NY Aug 16, 2020 1:56:45
10K Los Angeles, CA Nov 28, 2019 59:39
5 Miler Clyde, NY Nov 21, 2020 51:54
8K Rochester, NY Jul 21, 2021 52:28
4.5 Miler Honeoye Falls, NY Oct 18, 2020 1:06:04
4 Miler New York City, NY Dec 13, 2020 45:07
3.5 Miler Webster, NY Sep 4, 2021 54:14
3.4 Miler Lewiston, NY Aug 9, 2021 45:06
3.3 Miler Brooklyn, NY Dec 12, 2020 36:28
3.14 Miler Baldwinsville, NY Mar 14, 2021 32:44
5K Los Angeles, CA Dec 14, 2019 28:40
3 Miler Bedford, NH Jan 17, 2021 31:03
2.2 Miler Auburn, NY Sep 19, 2021 25:02
1 Miler Londonderry, NH Jan 1, 2021 7:55

Future Races (67)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Randolph, NY Sep 25, 2021
Sprint Silver Lake, NY Sep 26, 2021
5K Nashua, NH Oct 2, 2021
Half Marathon Hampton, NH Oct 3, 2021
Marathon Wichita, KS Oct 10, 2021
10K Syracuse, NY Oct 16, 2021
5K Akron, OH Oct 23, 2021
Half Marathon Ann Arbor, MI Oct 24, 2021
Half Marathon West Haven, CT Oct 30, 2021
Half Marathon Voorheesville, NY Oct 31, 2021
5K Manchester, NH Nov 6, 2021
Half Marathon Relay Manchester, NH Nov 7, 2021
Half Marathon Richmond, VA Nov 13, 2021
5K Washington, DC Nov 14, 2021
6 hr Shortsville, NY Nov 20, 2021
4.4 Miler Webster, NY Nov 25, 2021
1 Miler Shortsville, NY Nov 27, 2021
5K Henrietta, NY Nov 27, 2021
5K Dryden, NY Nov 28, 2021
3 Miler Manchester, NH Dec 4, 2021
Half Marathon Haverhill, MA Dec 5, 2021
Half Marathon New York, NY Dec 11, 2021
5K Montclair, NJ Dec 12, 2021
Half Marathon Allen, TX Dec 31, 2021
5K Allen, TX Dec 31, 2021
5K Allen, TX Jan 1, 2022
Half Marathon Allen, TX Jan 1, 2022
Marathon Baton Rouge, LA Jan 16, 2022
7K Gulf Shores, AL Jan 29, 2022
Half Marathon Gulf Shores, AL Jan 30, 2022
5K Miami, FL Feb 5, 2022
Marathon Miami, FL Feb 6, 2022
Quarter Marathon Liverpool, NY Feb 12, 2022
5K Hampton, GA Feb 26, 2022
Half Marathon Hampton, GA Feb 27, 2022
15K Philadelphia, PA Apr 2, 2022
Half Marathon Atlantic City, NJ Apr 3, 2022
Half Marathon Salisbury, MA Apr 10, 2022
Half Marathon Oakhurst, CA May 7, 2022
5K Buffalo, NY May 28, 2022
Half Marathon Buffalo, NY May 29, 2022
5K Wilson, WY Jun 3, 2022
Half Marathon Wilson, WY Jun 4, 2022
Half Marathon St Charles, ID Jun 9, 2022
5K West Yellowstone, MT Jun 10, 2022
Half Marathon West Yellowstone, MT Jun 11, 2022
Half Marathon Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada Jun 18, 2022
Half Marathon New York City, NY 2022
Half Marathon Des Moines, IA 2022
Half Marathon Seattle, WA 2022
Half Marathon Newport Beach, CA 2022
Marathon Folsom, CA 2022
Half Marathon Chicago, IL 2022
15K Utica, NY 2022
Marathon Gilsum, NH 2022
5K Newport Beach, CA 2022
Half Marathon Little Rock, AR 2022
Half Marathon Kansas City, MO 2022
Half Marathon Indianapolis, IN 2023
Marathon Anchorage, AK 2023
Marathon Inverness, United Kingdom 2023
55K Page, AZ 2023
Marathon Staten Island, NY 2024
Dopey Challenge (48.6 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL 2024
Marathon Two Harbors, MN 2024
Marathon Deadwood, SD 2025
Half Marathon King George Island, Antarctica 2025

Past Races (123)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
2.2 Miler Auburn, NY Sep 19, 2021 25:02
5K Watkins Glen, NY Sep 18, 2021 36:00
5K Canandaigua, NY Sep 18, 2021 36:45
Half Marathon Westerly, RI Sep 12, 2021 2:38:56
Half Marathon Manchester Center, VT Sep 11, 2021 2:50:12
5K Groton, NY Sep 6, 2021 37:09
5K Geneseo, NY Sep 5, 2021 35:55
3.5 Miler Webster, NY Sep 4, 2021 54:14
5K Webster, NY Sep 3, 2021 30:49
Half Marathon Mendon, NY Aug 29, 2021 2:38:43
5K Weedsport, NY Aug 28, 2021 33:35
1 Miler Rochester, NY Aug 26, 2021 8:28
5K Rochester, NY Aug 25, 2021 35:58
5 Miler Henrietta, NY Aug 21, 2021 1:12:03
5K Honeoye Falls, NY Aug 18, 2021 37:25
5K Chicago, IL Aug 14, 2021 32:36
5 Miler Churchville, NY Aug 11, 2021 1:14:03
3.4 Miler Lewiston, NY Aug 9, 2021 45:06
Half Marathon Emporium, PA Aug 8, 2021 2:44:35
10K Emporium, PA Aug 7, 2021 1:13:49
5K Emporium, PA Aug 7, 2021 35:00
5K Batavia, NY Aug 5, 2021 32:38
5K Honeoye Falls, NY Aug 4, 2021 35:03
Half Marathon Washington, DC Aug 1, 2021 2:44:07
5K Kennedyville, MD Jul 31, 2021 35:55
5K Wilkes-Barre, PA Jul 31, 2021 34:14
Half Marathon Mt Jewett, PA Jul 25, 2021 2:55:36
5K Liverpool, NY Jul 24, 2021 32:26
5K Mt Jewett, PA Jul 24, 2021 36:42
8K Rochester, NY Jul 21, 2021 52:28
5K Mendon, NY Jul 17, 2021 41:28
12 hr Honeoye Falls, NY Jul 17, 2021 17.12 mi
5K Auburn, NY Jul 14, 2021 34:49
10K Palmerton, PA Jul 11, 2021 2:22:32
Half Marathon Hamlin, NY Jul 10, 2021 2:35:07
5 Miler Webster, NY Jul 7, 2021 1:30:38
10K Rochester, NY Jul 4, 2021 1:14:27
5K Fairport, NY Jul 3, 2021 33:27
5K Savannah, NY Jun 27, 2021 36:56
5K Buffalo, NY Jun 26, 2021 32:08
5K Hampton, NH Jun 20, 2021 34:19
Half Marathon Rochester, NY Jun 19, 2021 2:40:27
5K Rochester, NY Jun 16, 2021 32:31
Half Marathon Wilmington, DE Jun 13, 2021 2:46:00
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA Jun 12, 2021 2:46:31
5K Dundee, NY Jun 6, 2021 42:37
5K Henrietta, NY Jun 5, 2021 33:55
4 Miler Mendon, NY Jun 4, 2021 1:17:00
Half Marathon Potomac, MD May 31, 2021 2:39:24
5K Lorton, VA May 30, 2021 36:56
Half Marathon Purcellville, VA May 29, 2021 2:44:02
10K Rochester, NY May 23, 2021 1:10:59
Marathon Cary, NC May 15, 2021 5:49:31
Half Marathon Shelburne, VT May 8, 2021 2:44:57
5 Miler Rochester, NY May 5, 2021 54:45
Half Marathon Canton, OH May 2, 2021 2:44:45
5K Canton, OH May 1, 2021 32:30
Half Marathon Gettysburg, PA Apr 25, 2021 2:37:11
5K Bronx, NY Apr 24, 2021 56:54
5K Baldwinsville, NY Apr 18, 2021 32:25
50K Virgin, UT Apr 10, 2021 9:44:46
10 Miler Salt Lake City, UT Apr 3, 2021 2:10:00
5K Albion, NY Mar 27, 2021 30:42
Half Marathon Virginia Beach, VA Mar 21, 2021 2:34:15
8K Virginia Beach, VA Mar 20, 2021 57:05
3.14 Miler Baldwinsville, NY Mar 14, 2021 32:44
10K Washington, DC Mar 7, 2021 1:10:26
10K Lorton, VA Mar 6, 2021 1:14:18
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Feb 27, 2021 5:57:07
5 Miler Webster, NY Feb 20, 2021 1:51:20
3 Miler Rochester, NY Feb 14, 2021 41:37
Half Marathon Melbourne, FL Feb 7, 2021 2:42:08
3 Miler Bedford, NH Jan 17, 2021 31:03
5K Johnson City, NY Jan 10, 2021 35:27
Half Marathon Fairmont, WV Jan 9, 2021 2:29:49
1 Miler Londonderry, NH Jan 1, 2021 7:55
Half Marathon Brooklyn, NY Dec 20, 2020 2:41:51
5 Miler New York City, NY Dec 19, 2020 52:28
4 Miler New York City, NY Dec 13, 2020 45:07
3.3 Miler Brooklyn, NY Dec 12, 2020 36:28
5K New York Mills, NY Dec 6, 2020 32:53
Half Marathon Mahwah, NJ Dec 5, 2020 4:24:42
5K Henrietta, NY Nov 28, 2020 34:43
25K Bath TWP, OH Nov 22, 2020 3:16:29
5 Miler Clyde, NY Nov 21, 2020 51:54
3 Miler Honeoye Falls, NY Nov 13, 2020 55:05
5K Honeoye Falls, NY Nov 11, 2020 34:47
Marathon Manchester, NH Nov 8, 2020 5:48:56
5K Manchester, NH Nov 7, 2020 34:54
5 Miler Rochester, NY Oct 31, 2020 59:26
Half Marathon Ellicottville, NY Oct 24, 2020 2:29:16
4.5 Miler Honeoye Falls, NY Oct 18, 2020 1:06:04
5 Miler Erie, PA Oct 17, 2020 56:43
Half Marathon Concord, NH Oct 11, 2020 2:24:36
5K Rochester, NY Oct 10, 2020 32:22
Half Marathon Victor, NY Sep 27, 2020 3:28:33
Half Marathon Randolph, NY Sep 26, 2020 2:54:30
5 Miler Victor, NY Sep 25, 2020 1:26:12
5 Miler South Hero, VT Sep 20, 2020 52:46
Marathon Wellsboro, PA Sep 12, 2020 5:33:25
4.5 Miler Henrietta, NY Sep 9, 2020 1:09:08
10 Miler Auburn, NH Aug 29, 2020 1:55:30
3 Miler Henrietta, NY Aug 22, 2020 36:03
8 Miler Ellicottville, NY Aug 16, 2020 1:56:45
Half Marathon Hamlin, NY Aug 8, 2020 2:28:55
Half Marathon Canandaigua, NY Jul 24, 2020
Half Marathon Virgin, UT Jun 6, 2020 3:02:56
Marathon Los Angeles, CA Mar 8, 2020 5:20:34
10K Lake View Terrace, CA Feb 23, 2020 1:03:29
10K Los Angeles, CA Feb 16, 2020 1:06:04
30K Pacoima, CA Feb 9, 2020 3:45:00
Half Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 2, 2020 2:26:29
Half Marathon Pasadena, CA Jan 19, 2020 2:21:41
9.3 Challenge (5K + 10K) Los Angeles, CA Jan 5, 2020 1:39:01
5K Los Angeles, CA Dec 14, 2019 28:40
10K Los Angeles, CA Nov 28, 2019 59:39
Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 13, 2019 5:33:45
10 Miler Huntington Beach, CA Sep 21, 2019 1:48:52
10K Santa Monica, CA Sep 8, 2019 1:06:11
10K Los Angeles, CA Aug 10, 2019 1:05:57
10K Coto de Caza, CA Jun 28, 2019 1:23:38
Half Marathon San Diego, CA Jun 2, 2019 2:26:59
Half Marathon Irvine, CA Mar 17, 2019 2:30:24

My Raves

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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PRODUCTION
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SCENERY
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SWAG
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I will start off by saying I kind of feel bad writing this review. This race was for a great cause helping animals and the race organizer was extremely nice … MORE

I will start off by saying I kind of feel bad writing this review. This race was for a great cause helping animals and the race organizer was extremely nice and enthusiastic but this was definitely one of the weakest races I have participated in. The race is located by Watkins Glen. It’s over an hour drive but worked out conveniently since this was an evening race at 4:30pm and Canandaigua where my first race was is on the way to Watkins Glen. I didn’t receive any pre-race emails and the race page was pretty limited. The link the facebook page didn’t work. I eventually searched facebook and found the race page since I wanted to make sure the race was on and found there were a lot of updates on facebook. There was also apparently an email that went out the week before the race that myself and a number of other participants didn’t get. Although the race organizer was extremely nice and sent us the email from her personal email when she found out we didn’t get it. The race takes place along Catherine Valley Trail which is a pretty and non-technical trail. Packet pick-up was outside at a nearby elementary school parking lot. It was outdoors. Packet included a T-shirt. It is okay. It is cotton, the design is cute and it’s a nice color. You also got a beer cozie with the cute design. The swag was fine but it wasn’t the greatest swag ever especially since this was a $30 race. This year there were not many people who signed up for the race. I think there was maybe 30ish. I guess they had bad luck as a few races near Watkins Glen moved to this date and most people don’t run two races in a day like myself. I also think an improved race page and better advertisement would make more people sign up. The start was about a quarter mile away from the school at the start of the trail. There was a sign with the race name and balloons. The race organizer described the course and apologized it wasn’t on run sign up and said she had issues with run sign up this year. That might explain the email. Still other races haven’t seemed to have problems with run sign up. There was a 3K and a 5K option. You didn’t choose when register you could just decide the day of. I guess that is nice but everyone did the 5K so they wasted time measuring and marking the 3K. The trail is actually quite nice. It is non-technical and very pretty. There was a slight incline and two minor “hills” on the way out and the way back was mostly downhill or a slight decline. Better elevation profile than this morning. It was easy to follow but there was one intersection that maybe could have been confusing that didn’t have signs but it was easy enough to figure out. The course was also not measured right either. I got to the turnaround at about 1.45 miles and the course was just under 3 miles. Oh well. It was manually timed and not by a professional timing company. I saw someone record the times but then they emailed me to confirm my time so who knows if they did. I haven’t seen the race results yet. I had to answer a page so I wasn’t very fast so if I never see published times my life will go on. At the end there was just lukewarm water bottle with no food and I was hungry since I didn’t eat much lunch. The race was also too expensive for the swag and production at $30. If it were a $15 to $20 race I’d probably add a sneaker. The good news is that even though there were so few participants, the race was so low budget that they did actually raise quite a bit of money. If you are looking for a great race where you will get your money’s worth, this is not the race for you. But if you are looking for a pretty run in the woods and to give money to charity then go for it. While I wasn’t particularly impressed with the race I’m not opposed to doing it again if I’m in town more as a way to give a donation to help animals. I just won’t set high expectations.

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This is a 5K that takes place in Canandaigua which is about 30 minutes East of Rochester. I am on call again this weekend so staying local. The race has … MORE

This is a 5K that takes place in Canandaigua which is about 30 minutes East of Rochester. I am on call again this weekend so staying local. The race has race day packet pick-up at the church that sponsors the race. Packet pick-up was easy but I would have preferred it to be outside on the lawn rather than inside for safety reasons. Packet included a fine royal blue, comfortable polyblend shirt and bib. The races starts at 10am which I think is a little late as the weather would have been perfect at 8am. It still wasn’t bad but a little hotter than ideal. Although the 10am start was convenient as I was able to see patients before the race and then stick around in Canandaigua after since it’s on the way to my next destination. The church it starts at is on top of a hill which makes this a pretty brutal race and not the fastest 5K. There was no timing mat at the start but there were race flags and it started on a wide street and isn’t a huge race with about 150 participants so not a huge deal. The first mile is great. Almost all downhill and quite easy. But what goes down must come up and starting about the halfway mark of the second mile it is all uphill. The third mile is pretty much all uphill and quite steep. While I have been overall slower with racing so frequently I have improved my race strategy and have negative splits most races but not this one. I don’t think anyone could. If you are aiming for a specific time make sure you bank time or energy for the end. Besides the awful hills on the third mile the course is quite nice. It’s not a super special course but it goes through some nice neighborhoods and Canandaigua is very pretty and green. There were also mile markers with timing clocks. But the clocks were off by two minutes so it made you seem faster which is the main reason I dropped a sneaker for production. There were also a couple water stops but they were giving out water bottles and I was carrying a handheld water bottle so didn’t use them. You finally get to the top of the hill at mile 3 and then it is a fast finish where there is a finisher arch and lots of post race food. There are Boston cream donuts from Dunkins with the adorable race slogan that this race is “A Boston Cream Qualifier.” There were also granola bars, cheese sticks, yogurt and fruit. There were also some food trucks where you could purchase food. Most of the food trucks were pretty meat heavy but there was a delicious boba truck for a post race treat. There are no medals unless you place which surprise even though I was pretty slow I was third in my age group so I did get a medal (and there were more than 3 people in my age group. Okay to be honest there were only 7 but I did have to be in the top half to place). The medal is really nice and since this is a small race you apparently don’t need to be fast to place in your age group. This was a good local 5K. As long as you are prepared for the hills on mile 3 and don’t plan on PR’ing or getting negative splits, you will enjoy it. This is one I wouldn’t plan around but would do again for sure if I am in town.

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This race takes place in a coastal town in RI right by the Connecticut border. It is produced by the Hartford Marathon Foundation who did an excellent job. This wins … MORE

This race takes place in a coastal town in RI right by the Connecticut border. It is produced by the Hartford Marathon Foundation who did an excellent job. This wins as my favorite half marathon of the year so far and I’ve done close to 20 so far this year. This race is quite similar to the similarly named Surf City half marathon in CA which just happened to be on the same weekend this year but I actually thought this course was more scenic! For the race I stayed in Mystic CT which is about 20 minutes away at the Holiday Inn Express. My mom met me in Mystic Saturday evening and she walked the 5K while I ran the half. I got there a little earlier and did Saturday packet pick-up at the beach. However I was only able to pick up my packet and not my mom’s as you need a signed and printed waiver to pick up other people’s waiver. That was my bad as I didn’t read the rules and I wouldn’t hold it against the race but mentioned it just so others are aware. Packet included bib and a nice, pretty colored blue tech shirt. Race morning went pretty smooth. There is free beach parking but it does get a bit congested. My mom got her packet in the morning. There were plenty of porta potties at the start. The race is set up very smart where half marathoners start at 7:30 and 5Kers start the opposite direction at 7:40 so there is very little if any mixing of the races. The start had signs to line up by pace. I was aiming for an under 2:45 finish knowing this was an easier race than yesterday but that my legs were still a little tired so I stuck with the 2:45 pacers. It was nice to have pacers for a race. Everyone seemed to line up well and this is a nice sized race with about 1000ish participants so lots of runners but not too congested. The first about 2 miles were on the main beach street. This part is very similar to Surf City and you can’t really see the beach but you can smell the ocean air, see some wetlands and kind of the cheesy touristy beach stuff. This part is pancake flat and the start was fast as we were going with the wind. Then there is about a mile through a nice neighborhood. There are a few rollers but nothing hard at all and the slight elevation change is nice to work out different muscles. Then it’s another about 3 miles on the main beach road. While this is pancake flat, it was tough this direction due a strong headwind. Then it is about 5 miles through some really, really nice neighborhoods. I mean like ginormous, beautiful mansions including Taylor Swift’s. This part is again not flat but mostly just little rollers. There is one hill called “Watch Hill.” Everyone acted like it was this big monster. It was an absolute joke compared to yesterday. To be fair while it wasn’t very long it was on the steeper side and it occurs at mile 9.5 which I think is the absolute mentally toughest part of a half. I did walk it since my legs were tired but I’m not sure I would have if I didn’t run a half yesterday and I wouldn’t have walked it in a shorter race. The views were amazing at the top. The rest is mostly downhill and then the last mile and half is flat, fast and with the wind down the main street. The course was very well marked and also the areas that were open to traffic had areas coned off for the runners and course marshals on bikes helping to make sure everyone was safe. There were also frequent water stops with cups of water and Nuun and one in the middle with Gu. It was nice to have nutrition on course. Today there were like a million porta potties on the course when I didn’t have to go. Weather was pretty nice. It was a bit hot but not too bad and the biggest issue was the headwind. I actually felt great for this being my second half marathon this weekend and knew I had enough energy to run the last few miles faster than the pace of the 12:45 pacers so I went ahead and killed the last couple miles and actually finished under 2:40 and had negative splits. I would have been happy with my finishing time if I didn’t run a half marathon yesterday and was especially impressed with it given I did. You get the medal at the end which is very nice, big and surf themed. My mom’s 5K medal is a cute little surfboard. For food they had bananas, granola bars, granola and clam chowder. Unfortunately they were out of granola bars and granola when I finished which is my only complaint about the race. Luckily my mom grabbed some for me since I don’t eat clams and bananas don’t sit well with me for some reason. My mom enjoyed the 5K a lot but was disappointed it was broth clam chowder not traditional, cream based New England clam chowder. It is a little congested driving out of the race. Not big deal since there is free beach parking so can’t really complain but plan accordingly. After the race we went back to Mystic and had lunch at Pizzetta which has the absolute best vegan pizza and there are non-vegan options there too and then went to the Mystic Aquarium before heading home. Overall this was an awesome race! I would highly recommend it for Rhode Island and honestly just in general if you are looking for a great race. It is also a fun place for a weekend trip and this is one I would love to do again and was worth the trek!

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This race is located in Southern Vermont right across the NY state border so it's a pretty convenient race for me. I was looking to run 2 half marathons this … MORE

This race is located in Southern Vermont right across the NY state border so it’s a pretty convenient race for me. I was looking to run 2 half marathons this weekend in lieu of the traditional 20 mile training run in preparation for my upcoming marathon since I don’t really do long runs any more just races. This seemed to be the most convenient race to do before the one I had planned in RI on Sunday. Manchester Vermont is about a 4 hour drive straight East of Rochester. If you run this race, I recommend booking lodging early. I have been waiting about 1 to 2 months before races to book hotels given the uncertainty of things and had very limited options. Pretty much either a cheap motel or a very expensive bed and breakfast. Went the cheaper route which was fine since this was an in and out trip but would have liked a nicer room. There is race day packet pick-up which is great since it’s a Saturday race. The race starts in a park. There is easy parking and packet pick-up was also easy. Packet included bib and technical shirt. The shirt was a nice, red short sleeved shirt. The race started in the park and had a different start and finish and had timing mats at both the start and finish. There is a 5K and a half marathon that start at the same time. This is a mid sized race. This year it was capped at 400 but I don’t think there is usually a lot more than that. This is a nice number to make the race not stressful but also generally be running with people. It was a mass start. The course is mostly a loop through some of the streets around Manchester. Like pretty much all Vermont races, it is very scenic and very hilly. It was nice to do a half that wasn’t just an out and back. The course goes through the charming little downtown, then some mountain and farm views. There were also some cool sites along the course including going past a sculpture garden and my favorite part when we ran right past a petting zoo. I did not actually stop to pet the animals as tempting as it was but they were right by the course and I walked over and said hi and took pictures of the animals lol. I should mention I wasn’t taking this race too seriously since this was the hillier of the doubles so I took it pretty casually. The hills were pretty tough. There was over 800 ft of elevation gain. Not quite the hilliest half I’ve done but it was up there. It was mostly ups and downs but mile 8 to 9 is pretty much all up one giant hill and it’s a slog. The last 4 miles are great though and mostly downhill which is why I rated difficulty 4 not 5 sneakers since the end was nice. Also the weather was absolutely perfect. The course was pretty well marked. There were course marshalls at all the most important intersections but there were a few spots I thought could have used a volunteer and there was one spot I thought could have used a sign. The course was open to traffic. Some of the streets were on the busier side. I was never in danger but I did think there could be cones or signs or something to make it safer and/or give us more space to run. There were mile markers and frequent aid stations. There was no on-course nutrition but this was communicated. I also didn’t see any bathrooms on the course. They said there would be some around the half way point. Maybe I missed them but I had to go and had to wait until I got to the finish line. Finish line is nice with announcer and arch and clock. At the end you get your medal. The medal is okay. It is a wedge and the medals for 2020 (which was virtual), 2021 and 2022 connect. On it’s own it’s not that special and on the smaller side but it does have a nice covered wagon design that is very “Vermonty”. This is a pretty cheap half marathon though so the medal and shirt are fine for the price. My finishing time was okay. I took this race easy and just wanted to run under 3 hours and I did that. I probably could have broke 2:45 if I spent less time looking at the animals at the petting zoo but what’s the fun in that. At the end they had typical race food including bagels, fruit and chips. They also had an ice cream truck where you could buy treats and they were giving samples of a drink called “Tost” which is non-alcoholic champagne alternative. The Tost was good I am going to buy some for New Years. After the race I got a delicious vegan tofu banh mi and an oatmilk latte from Bonnet and Main in the downtown area. The downtown is cute but I had to head to my next destination. Overall this was a very good race. I wouldn’t call it a “must run” but it’s a good choice for Vermont. I wouldn’t go out of my way for this race but it’s on my way to NH and other New England destinations so I’ll likely end up running it again.

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This is an annual 5K that takes place on Labor Day and is sponsored by and raises money for the Groton High School Cross Country Team. Groton is a small … MORE

This is an annual 5K that takes place on Labor Day and is sponsored by and raises money for the Groton High School Cross Country Team. Groton is a small town outside Ithaca. It is about an hour and 45 minutes from Rochester which is a little far for a 5K but I am on a mission to run 100 races this year and with the delta variant already starting to wreak havoc on my falling racing schedule, I need to do every race I logistically can even if it means driving 3.5 hours total for a low budget 5K. There wasn’t really any pre-race communication but the website was updated with information. Packet pick-up was the morning of the race at the high school. Packet included bib and a grey cotton shirt with the race logo. It’s a very okay shirt but fine for a cheap $18 fundraiser race. I will use it as a pajama top. The start was about 1/4 mile from the school. There was a 1 mile race first at 9am followed by the 5K at 9:30. The 1 miler started by the school and it was mostly adorable little kids. It was a ton of fun to watch them and cheer them on. I think that was the best part of the event. The 5K start was a little past the school. It was just a line in chalk with 5K start written in chalk. Not the best but oh well. This was a very similar course to yesterdays course. A very hilly race through neighborhoods and countryside ending on a high school track. I had bad timing this morning and got paged just as the race started. I spent the first half a mile on the phone and my first mile ended up being about 15 minutes. I spent the rest of the race playing catch-up. The first mile was through neighborhoods. It was fine and there were some spectators. There is a killer hill at the end of the first mile. It was shorter than the one yesterday but much steeper. I doubt many people tried to run it. The second mile had one absolutely beautiful view of the countryside. Then there was a short about 1/2 mile section of rail trail. This was quite pretty and normally would be nice but it was a little annoying as I was behind a bunch of slower runners and kids and it was not the best place to pass people. This would not be an issue if I didn’t lose time from the phone call. The last mile was again through neighborhoods and had some minor hills. You then ran through the school parking lot and onto the track for a fast finish. The course was pretty well marked. There were arrows drawn on the ground at all intersections with chalk and volunteers at most but not all intersections. It was pretty easy to follow but it could have been marked a little better and some signs would have been helpful. There were also a couple water stops with friendly volunteers. Course was open to traffic but there were course marshals and traffic wasn’t an issue except in the parking lot. I was super slow due mostly to spending half of the first mile on the phone so runners were leaving and there was a lot of traffic running though the parking lot. The finish on the track was nice and there was a timing mat at the end. My time was quite awful but if you take away about 4 minutes and use my average pace the last two miles (~ 10 to 11 minute/miles) it wasn’t too bad for the difficulty of the course. This one was actually hillier than yesterday. Again its just a road 5K but definitely a tougher than average road 5K. At the end you are given a finisher ribbon. I like this for a 5K. I don’t necessarily need a medal for every 5K I do and especially a fundraiser 5K but it’s nice to get a little memento and a finisher ribbon seems right for a 5K. There were also water bottles, chocolate milk (yuck!), apples and some delicious homemade baked goods at the finish line. Overall this race was fine and it was a fun morning and it was cute seeing all the families there. It’s not the best produced nor most exciting race but for a fundraiser race sponsored by a school cross country team I thought they did a good job. I can’t say I would definitely drive 3 1/2 hours for this race in a year when I am not trying to run 100 races during a pandemic when I have no idea how many of my Fall races will actually happen and I really hope we are never in this situation again. Still this is one I would recommend to locals and may do again since it’s hard for me to resist a four race weekend and this seems to be the closest race to Rochester on Labor Day Monday.

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This is a race located in Geneseo that takes place the Sunday of Labor Day weekend with a 5K or half marathon option. Geneseo is a cute, little college town … MORE

This is a race located in Geneseo that takes place the Sunday of Labor Day weekend with a 5K or half marathon option. Geneseo is a cute, little college town about 30 minutes south of Rochester. As I am on call this weekend, I chose the shorter 5K distance. There wasn’t a ton of pre-race communication but they did send an email with packet pick-up and race info the week of the race. There was early packet pick-up closer to Rochester on Friday and packet pick-up in Geneseo on Saturday along with race day packet pick-up. I did it race day since I didn’t have time Friday between work and my evening race. Race day packet pick-up is at Geneseo Central School. It is set up so the race festivities are in the middle of the track area and the races ends at he track. Packet pick-up was easy and included bib, shirt and the first 100 people to pick up their packets got some delicious cocoa almond nut butter. Glad I woke up early for that. The shirt is a short-sleeved tech. It is a mustard yellow color with the race logo. It’s not my favorite color but I’ll wear it. One issue with the shirts is they had gender specific shirts but when you registered they just assumed women would want “women-cut” shirts and men would want “men-cut” shirt and didn’t have registrants pick a style. I was handed a women’s medium but asked for a men’s medium instead since I don’t like women’s cut and a women’s medium would be too small and they did give me the shirt I wanted since they were letting people exchange sizes but this could have been avoided by having registrants specify preferred shirt style. There were bathrooms by the track and the line wasn’t bad. The start is about 1/4 mile down the road. The half marathon starts at 8am and the 5K at 8:15 am. The start “line” could have been better. There was no timing mats at the start just a sign that said half marathon start and one that said 5K start. However the lack of a true start corral did allow more room for runners to space out so there was very little time from when the first runner crossed the “start” than the last runner so the lack of timing mats didn’t matter much. The start of the 5K is kind of fun because you got to see the half marathoners running by and can cheer them on before you start. The first mile of the course is mostly flat and relatively fast. It was pouring rain on us while we waited for the 5K to start but it cleared up during the race. I got paged about 1/2 mile in which made my first mile a little slow. The first mile is along the main road. This is a pretty area so it’s quite scenic and then you head downtown. The downtown area is cute. Despite the weather there were some spectators and volunteers cheering us on downtown. Then right after mile 1 there is an absolutely brutal, killer hill. There was no way I was running this entire thing. It was steep and long. My Garmin showed a total elevation of 141 feet and most of it was this hill. But what goes up must come down so the last mile and a half is downhill or flat with just the occasional roller. The half marathon does not go up this hill but I’ve heard there is a different brutal hill for the half. The race also had separate 5K and half marathon mile markers and for the 5K there was a water stop at the halfway mark. At the end of the race you turn back into the school and finish along the track. The end is really nice. It is a fast and fun way to finish. There was a finish arch, timing mats and an announcer who cheered each runner on. My time looks bad but I actually got paged twice on this race and when I wasn’t answering phone calls my pace was good for the difficulty of the race. There are no medals for the 5Kers only for the half marathoners. But that is okay I registered early and registration was only $10. Nut butter and a tech shirt is plenty of swag for $10. The medals for the half seem nice. For post-race food there was fruit, bagels and granola bars. The nut butter on a plain bagel was a delicious breakfast. Overall this was a good race. It is definitely hilly. I mean this is a road 5K so it’s an easy race relative to a marathon or a trail race but this was definitely one of the harder road 5K’s I’ve done. The scenery is quite nice if you like pleasant, country scenery and production was pretty well done with just a few minor things that could be improved. This is one I would do again and if I wasn’t on call would do the half marathon. The half marathon would be a good option for 50 staters who prefer smaller, country races. This is also a convenient race to travel to since it is on a 3 day weekend and has race day packet pick-up. If you do travel to the race definitely go visit the nearby Letchworth State Park. It is amazing!

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This is a trail race produced by Trails ROC and proceeds go to help improve the trails around Rochester. The start in Webster Park where I have done a couple … MORE

This is a trail race produced by Trails ROC and proceeds go to help improve the trails around Rochester. The start in Webster Park where I have done a couple other trail races. There is a 3.5 mile option and a 10 mile option. The 3.5 mile option is just in Webster Park whereas the 10 miler option goes through 3 different parks. While the 10 miler sounds really cool, I was on call this weekend so stuck with the shorter race. There was not much pre-race communication just an email sent pretty late Friday night. Packet pickup was the morning of the race and just included the bib. There was no swag but that’s fine for a race like this. It is a smaller race with about 100 total participants with about 70 doing the 10 miler and 30 doing the 3.5 miler. The whole race was extremely laid back and the people from Trails ROC were very nice and encouraging of athletes of all abilities. This is manually timed and the 10 miler starts at 8am and the 3.5 miler at 9am. We started by some Trials ROC flags and they made a few race announcements and we went. Course was pretty nice. It was a typical relatively tough trail race through the woods. Course was marked very well and it would be hard to get lost unless you weren’t paying attention at all. There was a lot of hills and roots to maneuver around but no killer hills or crazy technical areas. Definitely a tough race but very doable. You definitely want trail shoes if you have them. If you don’t be careful. The trail is pretty like all the trails in Rochester though I don’t think this is the prettiest park. I think I used all my speed yesterday. I mean this was obviously going to be a slower race but I was slower than I expected. I at least finished under an hour. There is no time limit though so this is very walker/hiker friendly. Some folks took over 3 hours for the 10 milers so no pressure to be fast. At the finish line the Trails ROC people cheered everyone on and gave high fives. There was some store bought mini muffins, donut holes and cookies and a cooler with water. Enough to hold me over until after rounds. Overall this was a solid race. If you like laid back trail races this is a good choice for you. It was a nice and tough but doable course. Everyone involved was very nice. This isn’t one I would plan around but I’d do it again if I were in town and if I didn’t have to be on call I would probably do the 10 miler. I’m sure it’s tough but it’d be fun to run through the different parks and as I said before there’s no time limit.

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This is a 5K produced by Yellow Jacket Racing (YJR) that takes place annually on the Friday evening of Labor Day weekend. The race is in honor of first responders … MORE

This is a 5K produced by Yellow Jacket Racing (YJR) that takes place annually on the Friday evening of Labor Day weekend. The race is in honor of first responders and I really like that the charity helps with PTSD in first responders since mental health is so important. Like most of the YJR events, I got my packet the day before at the store. The packet included the bib and the T-shirt. It is just a cotton shirt but I love the color this year. It is a really pretty teal. The race is located in Webster which is a 20 to 25 minute drive from work. The race starts at 6:30pm so there was plenty of time to get there after work. The race set up was real nice. Along with the starting arch and corral there were a few booths by the local fire companies and an area for selfies and some plastic fire hats with the race logo. Although they are way to small for my big head. I was actually feeling a little off before the race and I had a few pages right before the race since I’m on call this weekend and I thought I was going to have a bad night. But running is weird and as soon as I crossed the timing mat I was on fire and super fast as least super fast for a turtle like me. The course is pretty nice. Not spectacular but through some nice neighborhoods. Nothing super exciting but nothing unpleasant. There were a number of people in their yards cheering on the runners which was nice. Course was very well marked and there were volunteers at pretty much every intersection directing the tiny bit of traffic there was. Apparently one volunteer didn’t show up so one intersection didn’t have a volunteer but the course was so well marked I didn’t notice. There were also mile markers. While it wasn’t a hard course this wasn’t a particularly easy course and it was if anything slightly over 5K making my finishing time more impressive. The second mile was mostly a gradual uphill with one steeper hill. The first and third mile though were flat or mostly downhill. Anyways somehow I was super fast today and averaged an under 10 minute/mile pace. I even ran up the steep hill at a good pace and this was the kind of hill I would walk 90% of the time. I crossed the finish line very impressed with my performance and luckily no pages during the race. In the past there had been medals and I actually have a medal from last year when I did this virtually but this year there was not. It was not advertised that there would be this year. As much as I love medals, I get it. Race companies are all short on money and not giving out medals at the shorter races makes sense. I do hope the medals come back in the future. I was also super excited about the post race food. The had hot dogs and chips and soda and the best part there were veggie dogs!!! I hope this means it is goodbye the the Famous Amos mini chocolate chip cookies I am so sick of I will never be able to eat again. Overall this was a really fun evening race. Production was great, it was a nice course and a fun atmosphere. It also helped that I was super speedy tonight. The only thing that would make this better is bringing back the medals but the shirt was a very nice T-shirt. This is definitely one I will do every year as long as I am not out of town or traveling Friday evening.

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This is a small half marathon with about 200 participants located in Mendon about 20 minutes from Rochester. There is also a 5K option. Registration was only $50 and this … MORE

This is a small half marathon with about 200 participants located in Mendon about 20 minutes from Rochester. There is also a 5K option. Registration was only $50 and this is definitely about the best half marathon you can get for that price. The race takes place on the Lehigh Valley Trail. The start is at a park by some baseball stadiums. It was easy to get to and they said what to put into your GPS to get there. There were plenty of volunteers to help with parking. Packet pick-up was either Saturday at the Rochester Running Company store or the morning of the race. I was busy Saturday so got it race day morning. Packet pick-up was easy. The bib is personalized and has the race logo. Participants either get a long sleeve cotton shirt or a mug. I got the shirt. It’s not my favorite. it is black with an orange train I just don’t love the color scheme. I’d also prefer a tech shirt but this is a low budget race so it is fine. They did delay the start by 5 minutes to make sure there was enough water set up for the runners since it was a hot morning. This was clearly communicated and I appreciated the effort to keep the runners safe so won’t knock off a sneaker for the late start. About 15 minutes before the race there were pre-race announcements including discussing the course, the trail and honoring a local runner who passed away. That is one of the nice things about a smaller race, this kind of personal touch. The race started exactly at 8:05 (it was supposed to start at 8). One improvement would be an earlier start time as it is not unexpected to be hot at the end of August. Although I didn’t mind not getting up super early. The course is pretty nice. It is again an out and back on a rail trail. Of the rail trail courses I’ve done recently I liked this one the best. The trail is non-technical and well maintained. The scenery is a little monotonous but quite pretty with very little signs of civilization which is how I like a trail course. You do pass by a barn with some horses. There are a number of road crossing but there was plenty of volunteers directing traffic. Aid stations were also quite frequent. There were four of them, 3 you passed twice and one at the half turn around. There was never more than 2 miles between the aid stations. The aid stations had volunteers with cups of water and gatorade. There was plenty of water which was great since the start was about 85 degrees and humid for the first 5 miles. There was additional ice and paper towels at the street crossings if runners needed it. There were not many spectators but at one point the trail goes through a park and a parking lot. While this was the only not scenic part of the trail, there were spectators there along with a few musicians and a sign pointing to the park restroom. This was the only restroom on the course which you passed twice. A few more porta potties and some nutrition at the aid stations could have made this even better but again with the low price of the race I can’t complain about what was offered. As I said initially the race was really hot and humid for about 5 miles. Then it started to downpour for the next mile. Finally at the half turnaround point the rain stopped. There is also a timing mat at the half turn around point so no cheating. The temperature was pretty perfect on the way back but the trail was quite muddy and there were a lot of puddles to maneuver around. The weather woes were why I gave an otherwise easy as possible half marathon two sneakers for difficulty. At the finish line you go through the start/finish arch and over the timing mats and are given your medal. The medal is really nice. It is a ceramic medal with a train on it and the race distance, location and year. My time was quite fast today especially for the weather. I had very even, steady splits and actually ran the entire race with no walking breaks except at the aid stations which is a first for me. However if you are having a bad race day don’t worry there is absolutely no time limit. They also have an optional early start if you are concerned you may be over four and a half hours but will keep the finish line open for everyone regardless of start time. There were plenty of walkers and slower runners behind me and from what I could tell there was still plenty of water and gatorade at the aid station and finish line food left for them. Food was at a picnic area shelter in the park and included granola bars (yay), bananas and a delicious bag of donut holes from Donuts Delite. Not bad for a cheaper, smaller race. The drink selection though was chocolate milk and pickle juice. Yuck. Those would both make me sick so I just had water. Overall I was very impressed with this race. It wasn’t the most exciting or best produced half marathon I have ever done but it was a very well done half marathon for the price. It was definitely in the top half, maybe even top third of half marathon’s I’ve done and is about 1/2 the price of most of them. This is definitely one I will do again and would highly recommend it to locals. It’s not really a destination race and it wouldn’t be my first choice for NY for 50 staters but if it works perfectly with your schedule or especially if you are concerned about time limits definitely consider it.

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This was the inaugural year for this 5K produced by Willow Running. It is located in Weedsport NY which is about an hour east of Rochester and benefits the Weedsport … MORE

This was the inaugural year for this 5K produced by Willow Running. It is located in Weedsport NY which is about an hour east of Rochester and benefits the Weedsport fire department. They choose a convenient day for the race since I was planning to actually stay home this weekend and was looking for a short race within driving distance on Saturday. There was Friday packet pick-up but it’s kind of a far drive so I got my packet the morning of the race. Like most Willow Running events, the shirt is nice. There was a choice of a tech tank top or tech tee. I got the tee. This shirt was nice quality and a nice royal blue with the race logo. For better or worse it was not as gaudy as the Earth Day or Montezuma shirt and is definitely one I will wear. This race was manually timed. While it was not a huge race and had about 100-200 runners, I do think the start was too congested for this. I ended up not crossing the start line for about 10 to 15 seconds after they said go. I understand wanting to keep costs low by manually timing especially for a charity race but I think a wider corral area would have been better. The course was very blah but also very flat. It was essentially a lollipop loop where you run the first half on the road and then turn into the canal path for a little under a mile and then converge back on the road. It was an extremely boring course but it was fine. There were trees. It was a hot day though luckily not as hot as Wednesday and the fire department was out spraying participants with water which felt nice. The course was pancake flat. The only slight difficult and what made it not a super fast course though still a fast course was the canal trail section was single track. It was very non-technical but kind of tough to pass people. If the race gets larger it may be best to just do an out and back on the road so there is less congestion on the trail. At the end there is a finish arch and you get a medal. The medal is a nice 5K medal. My time was fine. Not fast but not slow. There was a monster energy water at the end which is my second favorite recovery drink after maple water. There were no snacks directly after the race which was annoying because I was hungry. There was beer and they were working on a BBQ which would have at least had vegetarian sides but it wasn’t ready when I was finished and I had hiking plans that afternoon so I had to leave around 10am and just got food at the Dunkins nearby. I do think since the BBQ wasn’t ready they should have had some kind of snacks. Also more of a schedule would be nice to say when the BBQ would be ready so I could have planned my day better. Still this was a fine race and the swag was pretty nice. Wouldn’t go out of my way for this one but would considering doing again if I am in town during the race.

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This is a downhill one mile race produced by Rochester Running company that takes place in Mount Hope Cemetery on a Thursday night. Usually it takes place in June but … MORE

This is a downhill one mile race produced by Rochester Running company that takes place in Mount Hope Cemetery on a Thursday night. Usually it takes place in June but this year it was held in August. Packet pick-up along with some pre-race running tips and a warm-up was outside the Rochester Running Company store. Packet pick-up was easy and I like that it was outdoors. There is no swag but this only cost $12. I’m not sure if that is the case every year or just this year since this was only announced about a month and a half ago so may not have had time to get the swag. The running store is about 1/2 mile away from the start and we walked up together as a group. A few of the crazy people left early and did some warm up running first. The walk is obviously just about all uphill and you walk to the top of the hill in the cemetery. The Mount Hope cemetery is pretty cool and some pretty awesome people like Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony are buried there but it’s kind of a creepy place for a race. There was a timing mat at the start and finish and we went in waves. There was about 100 participants and we went in self seeded waves of about 25 people. The RD had a megaphone and it was small enough that it worked well. The course is very simple with a steep about 1/4 mile straight down then you continue straight for a gradual downhill then a right turn that is about 1/2 mile gradual downhill. I put a pic of the elevation profile from my Garmin. The start is crazy fast. I went out a little too hard but the whole race is fast. The only downside is you go so fast you can’t really appreciate the surroundings and it’s kind of cool to run through so much history. There were cones marking each 10th of a mile. There was also a nice finish arch. It was not as hot as yesterday though still quite hot. I did not reach my primary goal of under 8 minutes but was happy to have reached my secondary and more reasonable goal in this weather of under 8:30. At the end there was Rita’s frozen ice which was a nice treat. There were also water bottles but they were lukewarm and not refreshing. Afterwards there was a post-race party at a nearby Italian restaurant right by the store. Again about 1/2 mile walk. You had to pay for drinks. The beer was cheap at $3 but the soda was kind of expensive at $2.50 but I wanted something cold so I got a diet coke. They also served some pizza and 3 out of 5 pizzas were vegetarian including a margherita pizza, a white pizza and a veggie pizza. There was also some delicious bruschetta. I liked they we had a reserved outside seating area. I guess there were some timing issues with the wave start and a few peoples chips were read earlier than when the runner started. Mistakes happen and the RD did stop by and ask everyone at the after party what times their watches had to see if the result matched. Mine was correct. He also sent a email promptly thanking us for running and letting us know he was fixing the results. While I’d prefer accurate timing I appreciate the email and personally trying to fix it. This is what an RD should do if there is a mistake. Overall I had a good time with this race and the timing issues didn’t affect me. To make the race a 5 start event along with fixing the timing issues I do think it would be nice if there was a swag item since it is a cool concept with the graveyard. I understand wanting to keep the costs low so maybe a shirt or swag item you can purchase additionally. I also wish it were cooler weather since this would be a very fast course if it were. It be nice to run a fall maybe Halloween addition of this though I do like the late 7pm start time so there is no stress coming from work and it may get dark too early in the fall. I will do this one again.

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This was the third and final race in the RUN585 series produced by Yellow Jacket Racing. These are 3 Wednesday evening summer races. The 585 refers to the Rochester area … MORE

This was the third and final race in the RUN585 series produced by Yellow Jacket Racing. These are 3 Wednesday evening summer races. The 585 refers to the Rochester area code. Packet pick-up was either the day before at the store or you could get it race day. I got it the day before and along with bib you got the race beer coozie and a sticker. If you participate in the series you also get a bigger swag item. This year it was a cooler which was picked up at the second race. They continued to do the rolling start format which is a little anti-climatic but very unstressful. This race was also at Genesee Valley Park. It is a different course than the first 5K. Tonight was extremely hot. It was over 90 degrees and very humid. The RD sent an email with heat safety tips. Reminder not to try to PR and reminder to carry water. They also did add a water stop at the halfway mark to help with the heat which was appreciated. I just walked to the race after work and went. The course is pretty nice. Luckily most of it is shaded. It is pretty flat except for some bridges. This one is a little tougher than the first 5K because it goes over the evil bridge. I walked anything that had any incline given the heat tonight but when I ran the course “virtu-really” last year in cooler weather I ran all but the evil bridge. Course was really well marked. Also the water which was in a cooler with cups placed by it was super cold and refreshing and very appreciated. While the start and the race itself are a little anti-climactic with the rolling start the finish line is set up really nice. I was expectedly slow given the extreme heat but did reach my goal of under 36 minutes which I thought was a decent time for me given the weather. There is your bag of the same snacks along with my final “5” medal to complete the 585 set. There was also coke and non-alcoholic beer. The coke was ice cold and so nice. You were able to stay and hang around but I had plans after so I left. Overall this is a fun series. I’m glad they held it this year. I will definitely participate next year as long as I am in town. I hope that things are back to normal so it can have a mass start and a BBQ at the end but I enjoyed the series even with the modified format.

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This is a half trail half road race in Mendon Ponds Park produced by Yellow Jacket Racing. This is my second year doing this race. Last year I did the … MORE

This is a half trail half road race in Mendon Ponds Park produced by Yellow Jacket Racing. This is my second year doing this race. Last year I did the 3 miler. This year I was also on call but as I am more used to running on call now I chose the longer 5 miler. Packet pick-up was offered the day before or the morning of the race. I got it before. It had the bib which is a different color for each distance and there is a cotton shirt. It is the same design as last year but a different color. This year is denim blue. It’s a fine shirt but nothing special. This year there was a mass start at 9am which made it a little more exciting. However it was pouring rain during the race. As the name suggests this is a mix of road and trail. It starts on about 1/2 mile of road, then a little under a mile of pretty flat not too technical trail then another bit on road then at the half way point it gets kind of crazy with a big hill. For the 3 miler once you are up this hill you are done with hills but for the 5 miler after the hill there is a downhill section then the 3 and 5 mile courses diverge and you go up another hill for the 5 miler. After this there is a bit of downhill trail. Then more road then the same annoying last mile mostly on grass. Course is extremely well marked with signs, pink flags and volunteers at most intersections. This year with the rain it was super muddy so there was a lot of puddles to avoid. Otherwise most of the trail is pretty well maintained. Trail shoes were very helpful today with the mud but not completely necessary. You are cheered on by the RD at the finish line and given a water bottle and the same old snacks I am sick of. I now have the world’s largest supply of Famous Amos bags of mini chocolate chip cookies to hold me over if I ever have to self quarantine. My time was slow because I had to take a few phone calls so hard to judge. Overall I liked the 5 miler more than the 3 miler. It is definitely tougher as the extra trail portions they added was tough but the additional 2 miles were either trail or road so the grass portion is a much lower percent of the race compared to the 3 miler. This is a fun course if you are a hybrid road/trail runner like me or if you are curious about trail running. I’m sure I will do it again.

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This is a 5K that takes place on the roads of Mendon Pond Parks on a Wednesday evening that raises money to help veterans. My only complaint is when I … MORE

This is a 5K that takes place on the roads of Mendon Pond Parks on a Wednesday evening that raises money to help veterans. My only complaint is when I signed up for the race it said the time was 6:30PM. However when I checked the race page yesterday to make sure I had all the details it said race time was at 6pm. I have no idea when it changed. It is about a 25 minute drive to Mendon Pond from work and I am on call this week so the 6pm start was super tight and I’m not 100% sure I would have signed up. I mean I probably would have but I would have been more mentally prepared for the tight schedule. Luckily packet pick-up was offered the day before and included a fine navy blue cotton T-shirt along with the bib. Work was a mess today and I ended up leaving around 5:20 and got to the race about 10 minutes before the start. I had no time to do any of my pre-race routine which just threw me off. The start area was nice with a start/finish arch and lots of booths to look around at if you had time which I didn’t. I pretty much immediately went to the start line. Then I got paged literally just as the race started so all my pre-race adrenaline got wasted since I almost immediately needed to walk and take a phone call. This start completely threw off my race and I could not get in a rhythm so my time was terrible but I won’t let that affect my race rating. The actual race was quite scenic as Mendon Ponds Park is very pretty especially with a nice view of the lake. The course was an out and back. It was super hilly with a mostly downhill first half and a mostly uphill second half which was not very nice. It was one of the toughest road 5Ks I’ve done. It was chipped time and you crossed the timing mat at the start and finish. Timing was done by Yellow Jacket Racing so it was precise and results posted right away. For post race snacks they had some chips, bananas, regular bottled water and interesting Karma Wellness Water (good but not as good as the Maple water they had at some Millennium events). I couldn’t stay too long after the race but I did look around a bit after and got my additional swag bag. Swag was very nice with small things like chapstick and beer coozies but also a hat and a dog tag with the race name instead of a medal which was a nice and appropriate sized memento. I thought this was a well done race. I didn’t love the course elevation profile and I personally had a rough start though mostly not the races fault except the confusion over the time. I’d do this one again but maybe only if I’m not on call to avoid the stress of getting there at 6pm.

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My dad and I are visiting Chicago for non-running reasons this weekend but of course we were going to find a race while we are here. By luck the Stan's … MORE

My dad and I are visiting Chicago for non-running reasons this weekend but of course we were going to find a race while we are here. By luck the Stan’s Donut 5K took place while we were visiting since my dad love Stan’s Donuts which is a Chicago donut chain. The race had excellent and frequent but not excessive pre-race communication. Packet pick-up was either Thursday or Friday before the race at a local running store or you could do it race morning. We arrived in Chicago Friday morning and got our packets Friday evening. It was easy and packet included a nice, very pink donut themed tech shirt along with bib and some coupons. The race takes place at Montrose Harbor by Lake Michigan. Just a warning there is a not an easy way to get there by public transportation. The closest bus stop was about 1 mile away so we took an uber since we didn’t have a car. There seemed to be plenty of parking if you do drive to the race. The race area was set up nice with separate start and finish lines and a few booths, some games and bouncy houses for kids, and blow-up donuts for selfies and pictures. The race had waves every 3 minutes. They assigned you a wave based on predicted finishing time. The race was chipped time with mat at start and finish so it didn’t matter when you started for your time. The RD was very funny and interactive at the start line. The first few waves did seem to just be the fast runners but no one seemed to be following the assigned waves after that. That’s my only production critique is they could have done a better job separating the waves by pace but at the same time it was kind of nice to have it more laid back. I started somewhere in the middle around when I was assigned and I passed a lot of slower runners and walkers. However the waves did space everyone out perfectly and the course was wide so it was not hard to pass people. The course was nice around the harbor. The weather was absolutely perfect. There was some pretty lake views and some nice city views. Some views were just plain park views but nothing was unpleasant. Course was well marked and super fast. It was flat but not quite pancake flat with some very minor inclines and declines which is generally the best elevation profile for me. There were 2 water/donut stations at miles 1 and 2 where they had mini donuts and cups of water. I decided to go for the mini donuts. The first one was glazed and it was delicious and the second was cinnamon sugar and it was somehow even better. Was it a good idea to eat the donuts? That depends…if you want to have as much fun and fully experience the race as possible go for it but if you want the fastest time possible and to avoid stomach cramps it’s not the best idea. I was super fast today except for stopping to eat the donuts and did develop stomach cramps around mile 2.25 but it was worth it. I powered through to have a fast finish even with eating the donuts. At the finish line you get your donut themed medal which is very nice for a 5K. Participants also get a free delicious donut. There is also cold brew coffee and Reign energy drink so plenty of caffeine. Overall this was a well organized, really fun 5K with great swag and delicious donuts. Definitely a race I would recommend and I would do again if I happened to be in Chicago.

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This was the third and what appears to be the final dirt cheap trail race this year. This are laid back Wednesday evening trail races produced by Yellow Jacket Racing … MORE

This was the third and what appears to be the final dirt cheap trail race this year. This are laid back Wednesday evening trail races produced by Yellow Jacket Racing that take place in various parks in the Rochester region. This one took place at Black Creek Park. This was my firs time at this park. These are dirt cheap so there is no swag but registration is under $20. They continued to use the rolling start format for this race which is convenient and easy but not that exciting. There was a rolling start from 5 to 6. There was only race day packet pickup until 5:45. Luckily I got out of work on the earlier side so it was very stress free. The rolling start not that exciting but the RD is there to cheer you on and give some course info. It was very hot today at around 90 degrees and I was surprised that even though I took Tuesday off I felt much more sore and stiff today than Monday. As a result I mostly hiked this race and took it very easy. I did run the first quarter mile or so and then you get to this sledding hill which is pretty steep and brutal. Afterwards the next mile and a half or so were really nice on some very wide, well groomed trails. This was quite runnable though I walked anything with any bit of an incline tonight. The next 2 miles or so are more technical single track trail although nothing in this race was that technical. It was definitely the least technical dirt cheap course I’ve done. I actually enjoyed this section the best and ran some it. Ugh then around mile 4 it is really cruel, you can hear the finish line music but you have to go up the hill again and then about another half mile or so through the woods. It was also really buggy. Between tonight and Monday I am basically one giant bug bite. The finish area has music and you are handed some much needed water and the same old snacks we always get. This was actually a really fun course and it was mostly runnable except the hill you do twice. I would like to do this course in cooler weather when I am feeling better as I think I could have a much faster time.

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I will admit I wasn't really looking forward to a RUT (Really Unpleasant Terrain) Race a day after the Rut Challenge but if you haven't been reading my reviews I … MORE

I will admit I wasn’t really looking forward to a RUT (Really Unpleasant Terrain) Race a day after the Rut Challenge but if you haven’t been reading my reviews I am trying to run 100 races this year and with the uncertainty of the Delta variant I am trying to squeeze in as many races this summer as possible in case any fall races get canceled or postponed. Luckily this was not Really Unpleasant Terrain but Really Fun Terrain. This race was held on a Monday evening in Lewiston, NY which is past Buffalo and nearly an hour and a half drive from Rochester. Luckily the race started at 7pm so I could get there after work. The race was super cheap. Under $20. There was no swag though but can’t complain when a race costs this little. There was absolutely no pre-race communication. There may have been one of those kind of generic RunSignUp emails about a price increase but that was it. The website had limited information. Basically just the address and a brief description of the race. I had no idea what to expect. I was driving so far I was really hoping there was going to be a race. Luckily as soon as I got to the address I saw runners. Bib pick-up was under a shelter in the Bond Lake Park. It was easy as this was a small race with about 50 participants. This was described as a European Cross Country course. I had no clue what that meant and just really hoped it didn’t mean a ton of hills. The start was at a field. There was no real start line. We just lined up and went but maybe that is European Cross Country style? Anyways I was pleasantly surprised by how not unpleasant the course was especially since it was 90 degrees and I ran a half marathon yesterday and a 5K and a 10K the day before that. The course was a really fun mix of terrain, a small bit gravel road, some well trimmed grass in a meadow, and some more typical dirt trail. There was the occasional muddy section but it really wasn’t much. There was the occasional root or rock but again nothing too bad. It was the perfect terrain for a bit of a challenge but not too much of a challenge. And as trail is easier on the joint the perfect terrain for my sore joints. There were two hills in this meadowy area with 125 feet of elevation gain total. It was not bad at all. I did walk the hills because it was 90 degrees and I ran a ton this weekend but if it were cooler out and I hadn’t just run a half marathon yesterday I think I could have run the entire course without a walking break. If you are used to road races this would be hard but if you are used to trail races this would be easy so I just marked it’s difficulty in the middle. I had trail shoes but it’d be fine with road shoes. The course was very scenic with some nice views of the lake and extremely well marked. The worst part of the course was the bugs. I was eaten alive. The end had a timing mat and it was chipped timed. I thought my time was good given the terrain, the 90 degree weather and the number of miles I’ve done the 2 days before. You were given a water bottle at the finish. Back at the shelter area there was pizza and soda. And yay this time they had cheese pizza! Overall I surprisingly really, really enjoyed this race despite my sore legs. I thought the course was so much fun and definitely not unpleasant. I am 100% sure my race on Wednesday will be much harder than this. This race was a bit of a drive but it was worth it. I would do this race again as long as it works with my schedule and would recommend it.

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This is a race in "Elk Country" PA which is a 2.5 to 3 hours straight shot south of Rochester, NY. It is produced by Schuykill River Runners. I chose … MORE

This is a race in “Elk Country” PA which is a 2.5 to 3 hours straight shot south of Rochester, NY. It is produced by Schuykill River Runners. I chose this race since it was the closest half to Rochester this weekend, I love animals and was hoping to see some elk and they offered the Rut Challenge which consists of the 5K and 10K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday. The Rut challenge allowed me to compete my “triple triple” or 3 races in a weekend 3 weekends in a row. There was very good pre-race communication included updates on course changes and shirt deadlines along with the regular race info. Logistics, this race is kind of in the middle of nowhere. I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in St. Mary, PA. St. Mary appeared to be the closest lodging but it was about 30 minutes from the race. The only elk I saw during my trip was on my drive to the half marathon in the morning even though I spent a good couple hours Saturday looking for them. Packet pick-up was easy. I got my packet Saturday morning before the 5K. It is one bib for the entire weekend. Packet also included a race shirt. The shirt is a really nice short-sleeve tech shirt. I absolutely love the color. It is a teal green. I will definitely wear it. You also got drink tickets for both days and a meal ticket for after the half. This year all 3 races were an out and back on a rail trail in Emporium. The plan was originally for the half to be an out and back on this trail. In the past based on the description on Race Raves I think the half used to be point to point. I don’t know what the plan is for future races. I really liked how they did the start of the race. It started at 7am which I think was the perfect time to start as weather wasn’t too hot yet but allowed time for travel since most of the hotels were further away. They did a mass start but this was chipped timed and kept the start line open for 5 minutes for people who weren’t yet comfortable with a mass start. To me this is the perfect way to start a race right now. The start line had a timing tent and music but there wasn’t a start/finish arch. The race was the same out and back as before. Of the 3 out and back races I did recently, this was the least scenic but had the best maintained and easiest to run trail. The first mile is extremely unscenic passed some industrial metal company. The rest of the trail is more scenic but one side there is a road visible most of the trail. When I run on a trail whether a flat rail trail or a technical trail, I want to see as little signs of civilization as possible so I didn’t love the views of the road. The other side of the trail was decently scenic after your passed the metal company with views of the woods and creek. After the 10K turnaround point, the road disappeared for most the trail and it was more scenic hence I gave the half marathon the highest marks for scenery. I did not see any elk on the course although the elk I spotted on my drive there was near the course so it would be possible. I did see some cute ducks and chickens. The course was as easy as possible and great for a multi race weekend. As I said the gravel was well maintained, easy on the joints and there were no rocks to trip on. The first half is a gradual, barely perceptible incline and the second half a gradual, barely perceptible downhill just how you want a course. There is also a 5 hour time limit so in that aspect it is very walker friendly. However there were some productions flaws. Some were a little out of the race company’s control. Apparently someone stole the mile markers at a previous race (what is wrong with humanity?) so they had to do some makeshift mile markers and some were just spray painted on the ground. They did apologize for this. But my biggest complaint of the race and it is a big one is in their control. It is the aid stations. They said there would be aid stations every 2 miles with gatorade at one of them. They did encourage you to bring your own hydration but did not say it was necessary. Luckily I started to always bring my handheld water bottle even when it doesn’t seem necessary because their descriptions of the aid stations were not correct. There was an aid station at mile 0.5/12.6 (which is about the most useless spot for an aid station), another at mile ~3/10 and then there wasn’t one for 3.5 miles until the half turn around. Another issue is the aid stations were completely unmanned. I think there may have been issues getting volunteers since they posted multiple times about needing them but still. It was just cups of water left out. When I passed the 3 mile aid station the first time I saw there were not many cups left and was concerned they might run out. At the half turnaround there did seem to be enough water cups and there was some extremely watered down gatorade. Given my suspicion the aid station in the middle would be out of water, I filled my water bottle to the brim at the half turnaround point. Luckily I did since the aid station was indeed out of water. I am on the slower side but as this is a walker friendly race about 25% of the race field finished behind me so at least 25% and I’m guessing more like half the racers had no water for 6 miles. A lot of people didn’t have water bottles. This does not seem safe for a summer race. The lack of volunteers and support staff on the course also didn’t seem very safe. It got very hot at the end and I had to conserve my water to make it last 6 miles. I had cramping at mile 11 and had to walk quite a bit then and was very happy to finish under 2:45 which was a pretty good finishing time for the conditions and how many racing miles I have under my legs from the past 5 weeks. The RD at the end was extremely nice though and commented on my half fanatics shirt and chatted a bit. The medals are excellent and Elk theme and I got my half medal and a separate rut challenge medal. Right at the finish line there were some water bottles, fruits and chips. They were out of granola bars when I finished. Then a block away you could redeem your food and beverage tickets. There were breakfast sandwiches and I was very happy they had a clearly labeled meat free egg and cheese option. There were also vegan options which were just plain bagels but at least they offered something for vegans. I did see a spectator in a PETA (People Eating Tasty Animal) shirt so this isn’t exactly vegan country. I’m going to say I chose an egg and cheese over the plain bagel in case there were any strict vegans who hadn’t finished to make sure they got something as there were only 2 vegan options on the table and a ton of egg and cheese options and not because egg and cheese sounded tastier than a plain bagel. I also loved the drink options. They had wine slushies for the alcoholic option and they also had a choice of gatorade or coffee slushies for non-alcoholic options. Loved that they had fun non-alcoholic drinks! I tried one each day and both were delicious and refreshing though the coffee one was a little sweet for my taste. Overall there were some things I really enjoyed about this race mainly the challenge option, the swag and the non-alcohol and vegetarian food and drink options but the production issues were pretty big in my opinion and I have a hard time highly recommending this race as a result.

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I ran the 10K as part of the Rut challenge (5K + 10K + half marathon). The 10K started at 8am on Saturday one hour after the 5K. This was … MORE

I ran the 10K as part of the Rut challenge (5K + 10K + half marathon). The 10K started at 8am on Saturday one hour after the 5K. This was the perfect amount of time between races for me so I could have time to use the restroom, fill up my water bottle and stretch a little bit but not so much time that my body got stiff from waiting. It also allowed walkers to be able to finish. The RD seemed very relaxed and easy going which is I think part of the reason why production was so-so. I’d imagine if the 5K took you a little longer than an hour, they would let you start late so I wouldn’t let concern about finishing in an hour deter you from the challenge. This was the same rail trail as the other 2 races but again initially was supposed to be at Parker Dam. It was more scenic than the 5K and less scenic than the half marathon. They said there would be 2 aid stations but there was just the useless one at the 0.5 mile mark. My water bottle is generally big enough to last a 10K exactly so I was fine but if I didn’t have it it would have been tough. My goal was for this to not be my slowest road 10K and I succeeded at that. The medal is the same Smokey the bear medal but it has a different ribbon and the ribbon does say the distance. At the end there was water, fruit, granola bars and chips and you could redeem your drink ticket for a slushie.

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I did the 5K as part of the Rut Challenge (5K+10K+half marathon). More race specifics are in my half marathon review. The 5K and the 10K were initially supposed to … MORE

I did the 5K as part of the Rut Challenge (5K+10K+half marathon). More race specifics are in my half marathon review. The 5K and the 10K were initially supposed to take place at Parker Dam but due to overcrowding at the Dam, it was switched to the rail trail in Emporium where the half was. The 5K started at 7am which was perfect as it was not hot yet. The 5K was extremely not scenic mostly going passed a metal company but it was easy-peasy. I purposefully took it easy. I was aiming for under 35 minutes but ran 35 exactly. The medal was a cute Smokey the Bear medal. I’m not completely sure how it relates to the elk theme but it was cute and nice sized. I do think the initial location would have been better as I got really sick of seeing that metal company building 6 times. The production issues of the half really didn’t affect the shorter races. There was one pretty pointless water stop at the 0.5 mile mark but on Saturday it was manned by an extremely friendly volunteer.

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This is a 5K located in Batavia, NY between Rochester and Buffalo. It is mostly local business joined as teams but there is also individual registration. The teams set up … MORE

This is a 5K located in Batavia, NY between Rochester and Buffalo. It is mostly local business joined as teams but there is also individual registration. The teams set up their own tents and have barbeques, etc. This race was on Thursday evening at 6pm. It was a bit of a tight drive getting there since Batavia is about 40 minutes from Rochester but luckily at least right now I am mostly working from home on Thursdays so could leave at exactly 5pm. Yellow Jacket Racing helped with the production of this event so production was of course excellent. Packet included a nice navy blue tech shirt and a cup and a really cute, pig ice pack sponsored by some local businesses. The course is point to point but kind of a loop. It is a really smart course where the start is at the top of a hill and the finish line is about 1/4 mile away from the start before the start of the hill. This race had a mass start and there was no starting mat but there was some start flags and music and it was an exciting start. It is a popular race with about 500 participants. The course is designed very smart as I said. The first 1/4 miles or so is fast and downhill and the rest pancake flat. There were maybe 2 little bumps with a total of 22 feet elevation gain. Course scenery was as good as expected for a small town race. The roads were closed through this race and it went through some of the neighborhoods, a few nice buildings and past a baseball stadium in Batavia. Nothing spectacular but not boring. There were mile markers including a clock at each mile which was a nice touch along with 2 water stops. Lots of extras for a little, local 5K. Finish arch is nice and big and there is a timing mat at the end. The RD from YJR cheered me on and joked about how long it had been since she’s seen me since I did a fun run with them 2 days ago. I was really fast tonight and much faster than yesterday even though it was hotter. The flat course and exciting energy really helped. The end is a big party atmosphere. I did have to leave pretty early as it’s a bit of a drive so couldn’t fully enjoy the party but it seemed fun. This was an excellent local 5K. It probably had about the best production I’ve seen in a 5K. I just wish it was closer or they started it a little later like 6:30 as I am not sure I would make it on time if I was not working from home the day of the race. If the logistics works with my schedule I would definitely do this one again.

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This is a Wednesday evening 5K that is located in Honeoye Falls which is about a 20 minute drive from Rochester. It benefits Young Life which is a organization that … MORE

This is a Wednesday evening 5K that is located in Honeoye Falls which is about a 20 minute drive from Rochester. It benefits Young Life which is a organization that provides activities, etc for teens. The race starts at 7pm which is nice so there was no stress getting there out of work. It starts in downtown Honeoye Falls and there was lots of parking. There was very limited bathrooms in the next door city hall. They should have had a few porta potties too. Packet pick-up was easy and included bib and shirt. The shirt is a fun tie-dyed T-shirt though not as fun as the tie-dyed shirt from the Earth Day Race I did. The race start was kind of a mess. The start was just drawn in chalk and at first everyone was at the finish line. It was chipped timed at the end but not the start. The course was quite nice. It went through downtown, passed by some water falls, went through some suburbs and farmland. Quite a diverse course for just 3.1 miles. It was moderately hilly but nothing crazy. There was a water stop in the middle. The course was easy to follow with volunteers and signs at all the turns. However it was open to traffic and while there wasn’t a ton of traffic there was some and there were no cones or signs announcing the race. I thought it could have been safer in that aspect. I ran this at a training pace since I am doing more races than training runs this month in my quest for 100 so my time was a little slow. The finish line had an arch and timing mat. At the end there was pizza, fruit and root beer floats. Since this race had a late start I was starving and couldn’t wait for pizza but when I got to the pizza there was only pepperoni and it was not because I was a slow turtle they only ordered pepperoni. I was so annoyed. I mean I understand you can’t cater to everyone and like gluten-free vegan pizza may be too much (although if you want to impress me with your post race food definitely serve gluten-free vegan pizza) but like I just wanted regular cheese. I was very surprised there was no cheese pizza. I can’t imagine anyone who would prefer pepperoni pizza would be particularly disappointed by cheese while there are people like me who don’t eat meat who are very, very disappointed by not serving cheese pizza and will take a sneaker off your race review. Also cheese pizza is cheaper. I did have some watermelon and a root beer float but I was still starving and had to run errands after this race. Ugh. Anyways it was a nice course and production was adequate. I am just still annoyed about the only pepperoni pizza. I’ll probably do this race again since its a weeknight and close by but I’ll remember to take snacks in case they don’t have vegetarian food again.

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This is another event I did with Bishop's Event. They produce low key races throughout the DC region and usually produce multiple races every weekend. This is the 5th race … MORE

This is another event I did with Bishop’s Event. They produce low key races throughout the DC region and usually produce multiple races every weekend. This is the 5th race I’ve done with them. They aren’t the most exciting races but are super convenient and production is always adequate. For the 50 state half marathon club, it is not required but you can as a bonus do 50 states + DC. Since DC is pretty close to me and I enjoy visiting there and the only local races I could find were all short, I thought this would be a good weekend to check off DC. I stayed in Arlington, VA which was about a 10 minute drive to the race and convenient. My probably biggest complaint is I had trouble finding the race in the morning. It is on the C&O towpath and is kind of “below” the city. I put in the address the suggested but my car got me above the race and I couldn’t figure out how to get down. I drove around a bit and did find free street parking right across from Georgetown cupcake. I then wondered around and eventually found my way down to the race. There seemed to be parking below in the canal area but I have no idea how to get there so I may just drive to Georgetown Cupcake next time. Packet pick-up was easy and included a nice royal blue tech shirt. The race went off in small waves of about 20 to 30 participants which spread things out well. There were about 100 half marathoners total. I was very worried about running a race in DC in the summer. I thought it would probably be 90+ degrees and super humid. Luckily these Bishop Event’s have no time limit so if that did happen, it wouldn’t be a big deal I would just walk a lot. However we really lucked out today. It was very rainy on my drive and at packet pick up but during the race itself it was just drizzly and in the 70s. Other than a little bit humid, it was as good of weather as you could ask for in DC in early August. The race is an out and pack on the towpath. This course was fine but not nearly as scenic as the course in Potomac, MD on the towpath they use which is why I rated it one less sneaker. Production was fine and similar to the Fallen Soldier Race. All the important production things such as accurate distance and timing, water stops, clearly marked turn arounds were there. But some of the other stuff you expect from a bigger race such as mile markers, nutrition on course, porta potties, medical were missing. There were 5 water stops and you passed by 4 twice so nine total. Half had gatorade, half just water. No gels or food. The scenery along the towpath was peaceful but a little boring and kind of swampy at the end. I saw a few turtles and some ducks but not as many animals as Maryland. The course is very flat. It is dirt trail and it was not particularly rocky. Luckily I managed to avoid injury. It’s a fast course. I was a little slow, since I am still taking it easy for my ankle and I felt my ankle a little at the end of the race but finished under 2:45 which is what I was aiming for. The medal is not the best but Bishop’s medals never are. It is on the better side for their medals. For post race snacks there were bags of chips and other snacks. I made the mistake of not taking anything since I was obviously going to Georgetown Cupcakes. And while the cupcakes were delicious (and they have a vegan option!), there was a large line so I was starving. I wish I ate a few chips before waiting in line. Overall this is a fine race. It’s not the most exciting race in the world, but if you are looking for a convenient way to check off DC I would look into these Bishop’s Events. They use this course quite frequently and I’m sure you can easily find a double weekend with a Virginia or Maryland race if you are a 50 state + DCer.

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I have plans for a half marathon in DC on Sunday so I was looking for other races to do on my trip and saw this was an evening race … MORE

I have plans for a half marathon in DC on Sunday so I was looking for other races to do on my trip and saw this was an evening race on Saturday in Maryland which meant I could do another 3 race weekend! This race is located at Crow’s Vineyard in Maryland and part of the Run the Vineyard series by the race company Good Day for a Run. There was adequate pre race communication. Packet pick up was the day of. I was very excited that when turning into the Vineyard you are greeted by some adorable cows. I ignored the sign that read “grass fed Angus beef” next to them and am going to pretend no one would hurt those beautiful creatures. Packet pick up included bib, shirt and any add ons. If you wanted a medal you had to purchase it. I obviously did this. The medal was big and very nice but just said “Run the Vineyards” and not specifically Crow Vineyard but did have the year. My only complaint about the race is a pretty minor one about the race shirts. The shirts are very nice quality tech shirts with the specific Crow Vineyard name and the year on the shirt. My complaint is that like usual I ordered a men’s medium since I prefer men’s cut shirts but the “women’s” shirts were a really pretty purple and the “men’s” shirts were a very boring gray. Ugh so gender-normative! Everyone should get pretty purple or maybe a choice of cut and color. Anyways my boring, gray shirt does fit exactly how I like so I will wear it but I’d prefer purple. While waiting for the race to start I explored the Vineyards and by explore I mean looked for farm animals. There was a cute barn cat along with some miniature horses along with the lovely cows. The race had a mass start but was chipped time with the same timing mat for the start and finish. There was a short pre race announcement and we went. The course was described very well as a flat, “cross-country” style course that was well maintained. We ran between the vines in the Vineyard and also through fields of corn. It was quite scenic though not as scenic as the Vineyard race I did in the Fingerlakes but this course had many farm animal sightings so I gave them both 5 sneakers for scenery. This was also much more scenic that that terrible Virginia Wine Country Race. Unlike the race in the Fingerlakes, this was impeccably well marked. There were signs, cones, tape, volunteers and pretty much everything possible to ensure no one got lost. It was kind of a confusing course so this was great. It was kind of a figure 8 and there was a water stop with cups of water you passed twice. Terrain was well maintained. A few parts were a little lumpy, bumpy but nothing very technical. There was also a small section on the road. Also the course was about exactly 3.1 miles! This is the first alcohol themed race I’ve done that was actually measured properly. I was impressed I finished in under 36 minutes since it was my second race of the day and I was running pretty carefully to avoid twisting my ankle and stopped several times to take animal pics. At the end you got a nice wine glass. Participants got a free pour of wine in their glass to try. I didn’t try any since I don’t drink alcohol. They also had either a beef sandwich or cheese platter you could purchase. The beef sandwiches made me very sad. The cheese platter also contained meat but they were very nice and made me a special meat-free, vegetarian cheese platter. Overall this was a great race. This may have been my favorite 5K I’ve done and I’ve done a lot of them. This race company does a bunch of these Run the Vineyard races in the Mid-Atlantic region and I definitely plan to do more. If you are looking for a wine themed race near DC definitely choose this one or another of this series over the absolutely terrible Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon I did in May.

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I had plans to go to Maryland and DC this weekend and wanted to drive halfway on Friday. I looked for Saturday morning 5Ks in between Rochester and Maryland and … MORE

I had plans to go to Maryland and DC this weekend and wanted to drive halfway on Friday. I looked for Saturday morning 5Ks in between Rochester and Maryland and found this one. This is a small race with just over 100 participants that benefits a local cross country team. The entire race is located in Kirby Park. There was good pre race communication with an email 10 days before the race and an email with final details right before. This was professionally timed by Second Wind Timing. Race morning very easy with plenty of parking and porta potties in the park. Bib pickup easy and also included the race shirt and some coupons to local places. The shirt is a navy T-shirt. It has a nice design. The swag isn’t super exciting but more than adequate for a $15 race. The race started at 8am but it was an open course and you had to finish by 10am. I would say at least half the participants started at 8am so it was a somewhat exciting start. The course was very blah just through the park. It was a pretty nothing park although not unpleasant. It was not a hard course. Almost all was paved. There were no true hills but 4 kind of inclines. Course was marked pretty well with arrows and it was pretty obvious where to go but it definitely could have been marked better. This was my first run since the Kinzua Half marathon so I could heal my ankle so I was a little rusty and also looking to avoid aggravating my ankle again so I took the race easy and walked the inclines but I wouldn’t have if I wasn’t recently injured and I wasn’t running 2 more races this weekend. There was a water stop halfway but it was just someone handing out little water bottles so I didn’t take one. I was aiming to finish around 34 minutes and that’s what I did. They had an area at the finish line where you could punch in your bib number and it printed results. There was a very nice selection of post race snacks including 2 or 3 different types of granola bars along with chips, cookies and fruit snacks. I also liked that the timing company emailed your finisher certificate and your finishing time very promptly only about an hour after the race was done. Overall this was a fine race. There was nothing particularly special about it but it did what it needed to in my quest for 100 races. I doubt I will do this race again but it’s a fine race for locals or if you happening to be traveling through PA like I was.

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This is a half marathon produced by Wolf Creek Track Club located in Kinzua Bridge State Park in Northwest PA. It is directly south of Buffalo, just passed the NY … MORE

This is a half marathon produced by Wolf Creek Track Club located in Kinzua Bridge State Park in Northwest PA. It is directly south of Buffalo, just passed the NY state border. I chose this race since it was one of the closer half marathons this weekend to me and I liked that the 5K was the evening before so I could do the challenge and not need a hotel Friday since it is over a 2 hour drive from Rochester so would be a little far to drive for a morning race without getting a hotel. My biggest complaint about the race is the lack of pre-race communication. The website though is quite detailed. However they only sent one email out the day before the race. It would have been nice to have gotten the “our race is approved” email and maybe an update 1 to 2 weeks before and an update when the packets were sent. Also as you will see later in my review there was not enough details about what the course was like. For better or worse there were a lot of covid protocols in place. Now that I am vaccinated, I am pretty comfortable without all the protocols but I understand why a race would keep them since some people may not be comfortable without the protocols yet. The race packet was mailed. It included the shirt, a drawstring bag and the medal was also mailed. The shirt is a forest green short sleeved tech shirt with the race logo. It is a little plain but nice enough. The drawstring bag is just a generic one from the race company but its good to get extra swag. The medal is beautiful, nice quality and really big. However as I stated before in my 5K review they never sent me the Tornado challenge medal I was supposed to receive. If I was just doing the half marathon I would have given the swag 4 or 5 sneakers but I only gave it 3 due to the missing medal. I will change my review if they mail it as promise…hint, hint Wolf Creek Track Club if you are reading this. I drove down Saturday after my race in NY and did the 5K in the evening. Most of the closest lodging is in Bradford, PA. Just a warning it is about a 30 minute drive from Bradford to the park. Not a big deal but plan your time accordingly. Parking is very easy and there were porta potties by the parking lot and the start line. This had a rolling start from 8:00 to 8:30. Again a little anti-climactic as most races I have done recently have had mass starts but as I said I can understand why they kept it. It is chipped time so there is no penalty to starting late. The Kinzua Bridge is not part of the course. But the start is right by it and you can easily explore it before or after the race. This is also an out and back on the rail trail. The first 3.5 miles of the course are on gravel and quite easy. Then the next 3.5 miles were on trail and while I wouldn’t call it difficult or technical there were a lot of loose rocks. I wish I was warned about this earlier as I would have worn trail shoes. Unfortunately around mile 5 I twisted my ankle on one of the rocks. It was a pretty minor injury and I was able to complete the race but had to do so at a slower pace and walked a lot of the more trail area to prevent further injury. My initial pace the first 5 miles was solid at about 12 min/mile but I had to slow down quite a bit after. I was very happy to get back on the gravel trail as that felt better on my ankle and was able to run the last 3 or so miles pretty well. The course is pretty but nothing special on the rail trail. Other than the loose rocks, it is not difficult. There are no true hills just some gradual inclines and declines. There were mile markers and signs throughout to make up for there being minimal spectator support. Although there were a handful of people at the intersections. There were 3 aid stations. Another complaint I have is the aid stations. They were back to those annoying little water bottles and gatorade. Again I realize they kept the covid precautions so that is not my biggest complaint. My biggest complaint is the trash cans were right next to the aid stations not a few yards ahead. This was a real pain. Normally with the little bottles I grab the bottle, walk and drink it until the garbage can and use that as a walking break but I had to full on stop and drink the gatorade and then put it in the trashcan. Someone said they would pick up any bottles thrown in the woods but I absolutely cannot litter and throw bottles in a forest. Therefore I stopped at each aid station for at least 1 to 2 minutes which did not help my time. Also I cringed as I saw so many plastic bottles littering the trail. Adding extra garbage cans or moving them so there were a few yards away would be such an easy fix. Other than this, I thought the race was very well produced. My time was pretty bad since I was injured but I managed to finish under 3 hours. It was kind of anti-climactic to already have received the medal and not get one at the finish line. But there were bottles of gatorade and water along with chocolate chip cookies, granola bars, fruit snacks and bananas at the end. There was also a food truck in the park where you could get lunch. There was nothing vegan but there is nothing vegan in the area outside of taco bell so I had a cheese quesadilla and fries and an amazing blueberry milkshake from the food truck. I had a fun time this weekend exploring Kinzua State Park and I thought this was a fine race. There was nothing too exciting about the race itself but it was fine and only a couple hours from Rochester and it is a cool area to explore with lots of hiking. This isn’t a race I would highly recommend or go out of my way for but it’s relatively close to me and there aren’t a ton of summer half marathon options so I’d consider doing it again. It wouldn’t be my first choice for a half marathon for PA, but it’s not a bad race just remember trail shoes. Although they did say the park plans to make the rest of the trail gravel so it may not be as technical in future years. Now it’s time to rest my ankle so I can be healed for next week.

***Update – the race company mailed me the challenge medal as promised. They told me they would do it first thing Monday and I honestly believe they did as it arrived in just a few days. Medal is nice although the half medal is nicer. This improves the swag to 4 sneakers. I was also very impressed by how fast they mailed it. This company clearly cares about individual runners and owns up to their mistakes. After this I am definitely more likely to run another one of their races***

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I did this 5K as part of the Tornado Challenge with the Kinzua Half Marathon. More details will be in that review. I loved that the 5K is the evening … MORE

I did this 5K as part of the Tornado Challenge with the Kinzua Half Marathon. More details will be in that review. I loved that the 5K is the evening before and one reason I chose this specific half marathon for this weekend since it meant I could do 2 5Ks on Saturday and I didn’t need a hotel Friday evening to do the challenge. The 5K starts at 7pm. I arrived early and spent a couple hours explore Kinzua Bridge State Park which is pretty cool. The race had a rolling start from 7pm to 7:10pm. Starting area seemed well organized. I went near 7pm. Course is just an out and back on a nice but not super exciting gravel rail trail. Just some gradual inclines and pretty easy. It was kind of drizzly this evening. I purposely went at a slow training, pace. My finishing time was slow for a 5K but I was aiming to run a 36 minute 5K and ran a 36 minute 5K. The packet with all the swag was mailed before hand. For the 5K you got the race shirt and drawstring bag and you are supposed to get a challenge medal if you do both the half and 5K. However I was very disappointed my packet didn’t include the challenge medal. I did speak the the race staff members at the registration table who were extremely nice and wrote my name down and said they would mail it to me. We will see. If it does get mailed and depending on how nice it is, I will update and change my review accordingly. Overall this was a fine 5K but nothing special and kind of disappointing not to get the challenge medal.

***Update they mailed my challenge medal very promptly and I got it in the mail a few days after the race. I updated the swag rating***

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This is a 5K/10K race in Liverpool, NY right outside of Syracuse so about an hour from Rochester. This was the closest race I could find this morning and I … MORE

This is a 5K/10K race in Liverpool, NY right outside of Syracuse so about an hour from Rochester. This was the closest race I could find this morning and I love chocolate so decided to do it even though it was a little out of my way to my next destination. I chose the shorter 5K since I was doing 2 more races this weekend. The race takes place at Long Branch Park by Lake Onandaga. There was adequate pre-race communication including a funny email about how there would be a strange sun sighting (if you live in Western NY and haven’t seen the sun in about 100 days you would get it). There was packet pick-up either the evening before or morning of the race. I got it the morning of the race since its about an hour drive. Packet included the bib and the shirt. The shirt is tech with the chocolate logo and is neon pink. I like the bold neon pink color. Not sure if everyone did though. There were also a few additional booths at the packet pick-up area. The race had a mass start with the 10Kers going 5 minutes before 5Kers. Corral was set up well with music, announcer, finishing arch and the Syracuse Orange mascot was there. This was a relatively big race, a few hundred in each distance so some sort of recommended wave start would have been better but otherwise it was well organized. The course was very nice. Not overly exciting but a pretty course along the park and the water. It was very fast and flat. Just two minor uphills at bridges. I didn’t even think of walking them so you know they are not bad. Course was well marked and there were if anything excessive aid stations for a 5K which is nice compared to the minimum there usually have been during covid. My only warning about this race is that it is a theme (chocolate) that appeals to more casual runners and walkers so there was not the best runner etiquette on course. There were a lot of people who don’t run races regularly and lots of kids. I think it is great for an event to be inclusive so it didn’t really bother me but if you are a competitive runner be warned there will be people walking side by side or taking a walking break in the middle of the course and not going to the side, etc. The 10Kers merge with the 5Kers at the end so I saw the top 10Kers weaving quite a bit. Between the excitement of a large race, the flat course, perfect partly sunny weather and the promise of chocolate at the end, I ran this race faster than I intended to since I had 2 more races this weekend. Oh well. Finish area is the same as the start. You are handed your medal which is a very nice chocolate themed medal for a short race. At the finish line I saw chocolate milk and fruit but no actual chocolate, oh no! They did have Monster energy water which was amazing! I then walked to the packet pick up area because there had to be chocolate somewhere and was handed a huge bag of chocolate. It had a full chocolate bar, importantly a chocolate chip granola bar, a hot chocolate packet, and multiple smaller bite size candy bars. The finish area also had a food truck. But it was a BBQ truck that was just selling meat and beer so I passed. Overall this was a very fun, well produced race. Nice course, great swag and great chocolate! This is one I will do again and definitely worth an hour drive.

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This is the second Wednesday evening race produced by Yellow Jacket Racing (YJR) for the Run585 series. 585 is Rochester's area code. This one is an 8K and the longest … MORE

This is the second Wednesday evening race produced by Yellow Jacket Racing (YJR) for the Run585 series. 585 is Rochester’s area code. This one is an 8K and the longest of the 3. Race logistics were pretty much the same as the first with packet pick-up recommended at the store the day before. Today series participants got their large cooler along with beer Kozie, race sticker and bib. The swag is pretty good for the cost of the series. They kept the rolling start. I understand why they did this since it would kind of stink as a participant to plan your evening around the rolling start and have the race company change their plans but it was a little lame after doing so many races with mass starts. Something came up at work so I started this one on the later side of the rolling start window which made it extra anti-climatic as most participants already started. I again walked to the start from work since this was also at Genesee Valley Park. This also follows the canal path. It was beautiful weather tonight which was a relief after last weekend’s terrible weather. YJR can’t get a break and there was also construction affecting this course so they had to alter the course at one point a little bit. I don’t think the part of the canal path used for this race is as pretty as some of the sections we ran through during the first race of the series but this race does include the bridge with really pretty city views and I saw a cute rabbit and some cool birds. It also includes the evil, steep bridge I always walk which added a sneaker to the difficulty but is otherwise pretty flat. The course was well marked but it was kind of lonely. The rolling start and longer race meant I was running alone a lot but I did see some race participants here and there. There were no aid stations but this was told to us. I thought it would have been nice to have a water station halfway through as I just about finished the water I was carrying and had to conserve it by the end of the race. The finish line was set up really nice with loud music and a finish arch and people were hanging around and it felt like a real finish line and made up for the anti-climatic start. However I noticed the course was about 1/4 mile short. As a result I got an 8K PR! But it’s kind of a cheap PR but I was still running at a solid pace and with the right distance would have been well under my goal of 1 hour. I compared the map online to my Garmin and it seems the reroute due to the construction is what caused the shorter course so it appears to be a one off. At the finish line you get your goody bag. It is the same fruit snacks, chocolate chip cookies and chips that have been in every bag this year. I can now no longer eat Famous Amos bite size chocolate chip cookies since I’m so sick of them lol. There is also the medal which is a nice big 8 to go with the series. There was also cans of coke and non-alcoholic beer. The cold can of coke tasted so delicious after. Overall I have enjoyed this series so far but look forward to when it will have a mass start and a party at the end instead of the grab n go bags.

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I will preface this by saying I was not planning to and I did not run ultradistance. I was on call this weekend so had to do local races and … MORE

I will preface this by saying I was not planning to and I did not run ultradistance. I was on call this weekend so had to do local races and saw this one and thought it would be an interesting way to get a long run in. This was my first time doing a fixed time race and it was a blast. This is a race at the local Equicenter and the course consists of 1.07 mile laps around the center that you run all night from 7pm to 7am. You don’t have to run the whole time to be an official finisher, you just have to finish 1 lap. The weather continued to be pretty terrible and rainy all day and night. Packet pick-up was at the center starting at 5:30 PM. Runners were also able to set up their own personal aid station. I didn’t opt for this as there was a well-stocked aid station and I wasn’t planning to run 12 hours but good idea if you are. Parking was a little muddy. As I got out of my car I realized I wished I brought a hat since it was raining. Packet pickup was in a barn and included with the bib was indeed a hat! That was a convenient surprise. Before the race while the ultra runners were prepping their stations, I was wondering around the equicenter admiring the beautiful horses and also meeting the 2 very friendly barn cats. One of which who is appropriately named Bandit I caught banditing the course (see pic!). The race started at 7pm. The course was moderately difficult with about 100 feet of elevation gain per lap. It was figure 8 shaped. This was very convenient for being on call as I was never more than 1/2 mile away from my car so I didn’t have to worry about taking a pen and paper and taking calls on the course. The first part was on grass around the equicenter and past the horses. It started with a slight downhill then a slight uphill where a lot of the aid stations were set up. Then it was a bit on a gravel road followed by a bit on concrete and then a stepper downhill on grass through a meadow followed by a flat area, then a steeper uphill on grass, then a short downhill and short up. Then on a gravel road again where you pass the barn which is the aid station. The aid station was very well stocked with PBJ sandwiches, chips, candy, pickles, oreos, and some sodas. They didn’t have twizzlers but they had swedish fish my second favorite racing candy. At around 9:30pm they also had pizza delivered. I stopped at the aid station every 3 laps for some swedish fish and mountain dew to keep me going. After the aid station you pass the start/finish line. This was chipped timed. I like how just past the finish line they had a screen with how many miles you went. This was great so if you were looking to go a specific distance you could be sure you went far enough and not have to rely on your Garmin or mental math. Then you did it over again. It was fun chatting with runners and seeing the horses but the course got super muddy and it was really cold in the rain. I had one page during the race and I went to my car to answer it and it was hard to leave my warm car to go back out there. In order to get the medal you had to start your first lap at 7:30pm and finish your last lap at 6:30am. As I said I was not looking to run all night. I’ve stayed up all night enough in my life during medical training to never want to do it again. But I really love medals. I would never break the rules but I will bend them and there is no rules about what you have to do inbetween your first and last lap so my game plan was to run about 3 hours in the evening, go home and get some sleep and then come back and do another hour in the morning to get my medal. I ended up doing 16 laps or 17.12 miles total which met my goal of going at least half marathon distance. The medal is a typical wooden ultra medal. I then said bye to my new horse friends and left with some very muddy sneakers. This was a great weekend of muddy running in Rochester. As I said I have no desire to run all night ever and do this for 12 hours straight, but I would do this race every year that I am in town even if just for a few laps. I would definitely recommend this race if you are a fan of fixed time races, looking for a unstressful way to complete a marathon or 50K distance, or just looking for a fun way to get a longer run in or even if you’re not looking for a long run come and do a few laps!

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This is a 5K or 10K in Mendon Ponds Park during Shark week that raises money for Sharkbytes a nonprofit aimed at protecting sharks. I feel like this is a … MORE

This is a 5K or 10K in Mendon Ponds Park during Shark week that raises money for Sharkbytes a nonprofit aimed at protecting sharks. I feel like this is a kind of random charity for Rochester since it’s not like there are any sharks in Lake Ontario but I like helping out wild animals of all kinds so I’m in! Packet pick-up was either the day before at Medved Running store or you could get it the morning of. Packet included bib, T-shirt, a goody bag and the best part is they asked if you would like an adorable plush shark. Obviously I wanted that. You got a choice of a whale shark or great white shark. I chose the whale shark since that’s my favorite type of shark. The T-shirt is a little neon but it’s not bad. The goody bag also had some pamphlets on sharks, a rubber shark bracelet, a shark sticker and some shark fruit snacks. Between the plush shark, the T-shirt and the goody bag this was great swag for a race I only paid about $20 for. The day of the race was not the best weather. The forecast had rain all day. I woke up and it was pouring. Yikes not the best for a trail run. Luckily the rain cleared and it was a pleasant drizzle when the race started. This race is in Mendon Pond Parks and utilizes the South Meadow Trail which is probably the easiest and least technical trail in the park and is conveniently about exactly 5K. 10Kers did it twice. The start was a mass start but this was relatively small with about 100 participants. It was chipped time. They used scanners not a timing mat. It seemed to work. The beginning didn’t seem that organized. The race started 5 to 10 minutes late. There were some cones that said start and finish at the trail head. Eventually they made some pre-race announcements and told us to go and we went. The first mile of the course was very nice. As I said this is a pretty non-technical trail. Mostly well trimmed grass and mulch. Occasional roots but nothing crazy. I wore trail shoes because of the rain but you wouldn’t need them in good conditions. There are some small rolling hills but nothing too steep and about 150 feet of elevation gain total. My first mile was the pace I was aiming for. Then the sky opened up and it was a downpour. My race plan switched to just finish without injury so my last two miles were very slow but I remained uninjured. I felt like I was tromping through a swamp most of the last mile. There were two aid stations with very friendly volunteers. The finish line was the same as the start. I was glad to be finished with this race after 5K. Although in good weather, I would not be against running this twice for a 10K. At the finish are there was granola bars (yay!), banana’s and Shark’s ice cream which is a local ice cream shop. You had 4 flavors to choose from. I got peanut butter cup it was delicious. There is also normally a bounce house for the kids but that didn’t happen this year. There were a lot of cute kids at the race many dressed in shark costumes which was adorable. I wish the weather was good as it seems it would be a fun finish line for a small race but I just took my ice cream and left. Overall this is a fun and (under better weather conditions) relatively easy trail race though it was quite difficult today in the pouring rain and definitely more difficult than your average fun run 5K. I thought the swag was excellent even with no medal. This is a race I would consider doing again but I wouldn’t make plans around it.

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I didn't really have much expectations for this event. Just that it was a 5K on a weeknight that supported a good cause and started late enough and was close … MORE

I didn’t really have much expectations for this event. Just that it was a 5K on a weeknight that supported a good cause and started late enough and was close enough to Rochester that I could get there after work. I am trying to run at least 100 races this year so I can’t say no to any weeknight races that work with my schedule. I really didn’t know much about this event or the city it is in. It is located in Auburn which is East of Syracuse and about an hour from Rochester. I loved that the race started at 7pm so there was plenty of time to get there after work. This 5K raises money for a local organization called Nick’s Ride 4 Friends which is a local non-profit dedicated to helping the opioid addiction and helping people struggling with addiction. I arrived at the race at about 6:15. There was parking by city hall. I was pleasantly surprised that along with packet pick-up there was sort of a mini-expo. There was a table to pick up packets, a table for day of registration and a few booths. There were 2 booths with organizations helping with addiction, a booth from a wellness center offering 5 minute reiki sessions, and a booth from the local chiropractor school that was offering free sessions. Packet included bib, race shirt and a small goody bag. Shirt is just a grey, cotton T-shirt with the race name and charity organization. It’s nothing special but as it’s a cause I’d like to to support I will wear it. The goody bag had a couple pens, a magnet calendar, a sample of biofreeze and most importantly a granola bar to eat after the race. While this wasn’t an official Willow Running event, Willow Running was there to help with race production. This was a small event with about 100 participants. The start area was not the best. It was just a really old cone but I did like that the race announcer joked about how old and terrible the cone was. This was manually timed. Someone gave a quick introduction and we went. The course was super nice. You could not ask for a more scenic race in a small town. The race start at the Equal Rights Heritage Center and the looped downtown and then went through this really cool street did another little loop through a neighborhood, back to the cool street and ended at city hall. The cool street was cool because it had historic mansions and many historic sites. I honestly had no idea there were so many interesting things in Auburn. I may have to come back and visit. The road was closed to traffic and there were police and volunteers who made the course easy to follow. The course while full of really interesting sights was also full of hills. This was a pretty hilly 5K. No hills were too bad but there was like 100% humidity and humidity is the thing that affects my running the most so I walked some of them. They said the course would only be open for 30 minutes and walkers would have to use sidewalks. Since I didn’t think I would finish in under 30 I was worried they may divert me to the side walk but they did keep the roads closed for the slow runners who finished a little over 30 minutes like me. I haven’t seen the official results yet but I did see the timer record my time at the end so I assume they got an accurate time. We will see. But my time was pretty meh. It was my usual, humid 5K time which is 1 to 2 minutes slower than my usual 5K time. The finish line also could be improved. There was like just a line on the ground. At the finish we were handed water bottles and there was a nice after party area where registration was. There was no beer or alcohol for obvious reasons but there was a live band and there was an ice cream truck and the people from Nick’s ride were selling hot dogs. I obviously passed on the hot dogs and found a local pub that served vegan burgers. I did get some ice cream from the ice cream truck on the way back to my car even though it’s not vegan since ice cream is delicious. Overall this race exceeded my expectations. The course was much better than I expected and it was nice having the small expo and after party. I did think some race production things like the start and finish line could be better but it was a well done local race and worth a bit of a drive. This was the inaugural year for the race. I would do it again next year as long as it didn’t conflict with the Run585 or Dirt Cheap series that are also on Wednesday evenings. Also if you were wondering this is race #50 for me in 2021 so I am halfway to my goal of 100 races this year!

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I was looking for a second race this weekend and there were no local ones so when I expanded my search to a little further out, this one piqued my … MORE

I was looking for a second race this weekend and there were no local ones so when I expanded my search to a little further out, this one piqued my interest. I know some people who love Spartan races and I was curious about them but I don’t do obstacles and I definitely don’t do burpees but thought I can do a trail 10K. This is located a few hours away in PA. I stayed at a nearby Holiday Inn. This is an all weekend event and there were some obstacle races on both Saturday and Sunday along with the trail 10K Sunday. Some crazy people did multiple Spartan races here this weekend. There was initially a plan for a trail 10K Friday evening but that got canceled. I was not very impressed with the pre-race communication. The emails were kind of confusing and the race guide only showed the map for the obstacle races. The trail map was just posted to facebook and not on the website so like their facebook page and specifically the Spartan trail facebook page. The instructions also said to find your QR code in your Spartan account but I didn’t have one when I signed up and when I made one the race registration didn’t appear even though I used the same email I did to register for the race on Active.com. I had the QR code from my registration email from Active.com and I assumed that would work (and it did) but I sent an email to be sure and never received a reply. I was just expecting a better website and communication from such a large company. Race morning though was extremely smooth and efficient. It felt much more like a large rock n roll race event and not like local trail race which has its pros and cons. While it was missing the small community feel, it was nice to be somewhere so crowded and normal. You start with registration which was easy. You get a headband instead of a bib and a wrist timer along with some wrist bands for a free drink, etc. Then you go through a merchandise tent and then to the festival area. It was so nice to be in a large festival area. There were lots of porta potties and the start was well organized. The obstacle races and the trail race share a start and finish. The more popular obstacle course race went in separate waves throughout the day while the trail race started at 8am. The trail race had about 200 participants and was a mass start. The RD introduced himself at the start and talked about how this was a large Spartan trail community trying to tie in the community aspect of trail running. He also clearly explained what the course was like and how it was marked. He also said he would hang around after to chat. He did seem to genuinely care about the course and the runners. The first part of the course is brutal. I was expecting this to be as bad as the Battle at Bristol Mountain but as that got canceled this year (maybe forever…RIP), I needed a different ski mountain to torture me this summer and this was only 10K. The first mile is straight up. While the start area didn’t feel like a trail race, the actual race certainly did. Just about everyone is walking the first mile and chatting/commiserating and telling “war stories” from the brutal trail runs they have done. The first about 1/2 mile was on the ski hill area then it is another 1/2 mile up a steep trail. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes to get to the top then it is (almost) all downhill. The next 2 to 2.5 miles were amazing mostly downhill not very technical trail in the woods. The last 2.5 to 3 miles were more technical but much less technical than the first mile and had some ups and downs. This technicality of the last section was similar to the trail race I did at Campgaw in NJ. I thought it was a very smart and well thought out course. It was actually much easier than Bristol except the first mile but it was still probably the next hardest terrain I’ve run on. Although 10K is the perfect distance for me for this kind of race with just the right amount of masochism. The course was very well marked and easy to follow. There were 3, 6 and 9km signs along with motivation signs on the trail. My biggest complaint is the volunteers at the 2 aid stations were on their phones and did not seem to care at all. It has been so much fun interacting with volunteers now that things are opening up so this was disappointing. The photographers though were very friendly and encouraging. The views were quite pretty though not spectacular especially as there was construction at the top of the mountain. The finish is downhill and you pass some people doing the obstacles. I would much rather climb a mountain than that. The finish area is exciting with the fire pit and you are handed your medal. Obviously my finishing time was slow but it’s hard to compare this to other races since it’s so much more difficult. The medal is nice and good sized but while it is specific for a trail 10K race and has the year, it is not specific to the race location. It does not say Palmerton anywhere on it. I assume you get the same one at all their trail 10Ks this year. I get why they would do this to save money especially as it was probably unclear which races would happen this year, but it does give the runners less incentive to do another Spartan trail 10K in 2021 if they will get the same medal. There are drinks and bananas at the next table. I liked that they had liquid death water but the recovery drink was something called “Fit Aid” and was disgusting. Then there are the shirts. The shirts are nice, technical quality and specific for the trail race but again not the location. The shirts run teeny, tiny. I am usually a woman’s large and between a men’s small and medium. I like baggy shirts and usually get men’s mediums. I had to get a men’s large to fit me the way I like. After the race there is the festival area to hang out in. It was very nice to get to hang out with other runners. There was non-alcoholic beer from Athletic brewing company and alcoholic options. I wish there was more free food other than the banana but there was a tent you could purchase hot food and I got a black bean burger and fries. Overall there were many things I liked about this race. The race day was extremely well-organized and it was a festive event and the course was the perfect amount of challenge. I get why people love these races. It definitely had a more “corporate” feel than a local trail race but I think they tried their best to give the race a community feel. This wouldn’t be my first choice for a race as I’d prefer a race a little less difficult than this and if I had the option of a local race would choose that instead but I’d be open to doing another trail 10K with Spartan. Given the difficulty of the course, I would not do a longer race with them but the real masochists out there would enjoy it. I also refuse to do burpees so I will leave the obstacle courses to others.

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This is my second year running this race. Last year it was my first road half marathon since the pandemic so it has a special place in my heart but … MORE

This is my second year running this race. Last year it was my first road half marathon since the pandemic so it has a special place in my heart but now that I am running road half marathons pretty regularly I would say this is a very good but not quite great half marathon. This year it was held on its usual date the second weekend in July. This race is located in Hamlin State Park along Lake Ontario and is produced by Yellow Jacket Racing. There was packet pickup the day before. Packet included bib, a packet of powerade gel, chapstick and the race tank. It is a nice technical tank and perfect to wear to the race. This year it was grey which is not my favorite color but better than last year’s white. The race started at 7am. Luckily it was cooler today than it had been with highs in low 70s but the race still felt very hot as there is very little shade. There was a mass start. Again there was no timing mat at the start but this wasn’t a huge race with a little under 200 participants so it’s not that big of a deal since everyone passed the starting line quickly. The first 2 miles are in the park which is the only shaded part. After the park is about 9 miles of farmland. This year they had to alter the course pretty last minute due to construction on the original course so it was different farmland than last time. It is nice and pleasant farmland but as I’m now almost always running by farms in races it was not as exciting as the first time I did this race. I saw some nice horses at one of the farms. I also saw a deer in the park. After the farms it is two miles back in the park. The last mile is along the beach and is gorgeous and cooler with shade and a breeze. There were 4 water stops with just water. This was communicated so I was prepared with my extra salty clif blocks but gatorade would have been nice. The volunteers at the aid stations and street corners were very nice and encouraging. This was of course very well marked with signs and volunteers at every turn so you could not get lost. The course elevation profile is so nice. It is flat but not quite pancake flat so you get to use some different muscles. About 200 feet of elevation gain total. My 2 complaints about the course and why I took a sneaker away from production and overall score were the lack of mile markers and lack of porta potties on course. Last year there were big mile markers. I’m not sure if there were porta potties last year. I didn’t need it but I saw a poor runner emerge from the bushes due to the lack of them. I know YJR is super busy with races right now and curveballs like construction on courses keep being thrown at them along with all the changing covid guideline curveballs so I’d imagine that’s why some details were missing. The finish area was really nice and exciting along the beach. The RD cheered us on. My time was quite fast today especially since it felt very hot in the unshaded farmland. I didn’t get under 2:30 but it was my fastest half in a while since I’ve been slower when I realized it was more fun to just run races every weekend then spend weekends training for races. At the finish line you got the same snacks I am now sick of and the medal. The medal was really nice and shiny and was different than last year even though it doesn’t have the date. While this wasn’t quite as exciting a race as last year when I hadn’t done a road half in like 6 months, it was still a very nice local race that I will continue to do. It was nice to have a mass start and more water stops than last year but hopefully next year things can be completely normal with water and gatorade, mile markers, porta potties and a barbecue at the end with vegetarian options!

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This is another one of the dirt cheap trail races put on by Yellow Jacket Racing. These are again low key, midweek 4 to 6 miles races held on trails … MORE

This is another one of the dirt cheap trail races put on by Yellow Jacket Racing. These are again low key, midweek 4 to 6 miles races held on trails throughout the Rochester area. This one was in Webster Park which is the same park where they held the Cabin Fever trail race last February. This race had a rolling start from 5pm to 6pm. Since they original planned it that way they kept it rolling but you were allowed to stay and hang out after you finished unlike the first one. This time they didn’t have packet pick up at the store and you had to arrive by 5:45 to get your packet first. I was nervous about making it on time since Webster Park is the furthest of the races from my work and I usually get out around 5. As I went to my car after work to head to the race I realized I forgot my trail shoes (luckily I was wearing sneakers). I thought about stopping home to get them but wasn’t sure I would have time and didn’t want to miss this race since I am trying to do 100 races this year so decided to just run the race carefully. Packet pick-up was easy at the park and the rolling start low stress although anti-climatic. This race was chipped time unlike their last 2 trail races which I like better. There is no swag because these races are dirt cheap. The weather tonight was back to being cool and grey which is so much better for running than hot and sunny. The first mile or so of this race was relatively easy trail. Not a big deal I didn’t bring my trail shoes. Then it got very technical oops I should have remembered them. The next about 4 miles were full of mud and roots and logs to climb over. There was even a creek crossing which made my poor road shoes so dirty. Had to walk a lot of this to avoid slipping. This actually wasn’t that hilly for a dirt cheap race. It had about half the elevation gain of Mendon Mauler. The mud and logs were the bigger obstacle which I actually think is more fun than ridiculous hills. Although I was super slow both races. The park was pretty and I enjoyed running and hiking there though I think Mendon and Durand Eastman are prettier. The race was a little long at closer to 5.5 miles. The end was just cruel. It was a really steep climb to the finish line. At the finish line you are cheered on by the RD and get your bag of goodies and water and non-alcoholic beer. The goodies were the same fruit snacks, chocolate chip cookies and Lays potato chips I’ve gotten at the last few races. I’m kind of sick of these snacks but understand it is cheaper to buy in bulk. I hope they mix it up at Shoreline this Saturday and give us something different lol. My time for this race was slow since I “ran” it very carefully but eh I was over 20 minutes faster than the Cabin Fever race so that’s a win. Overall a fun, low key but tough trail race. Looking forward to the next one!

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This is a 10K race in Irondequoit, another suburb of Rochester. This was the 49th year of this race. My parents decided to join me for this one and my … MORE

This is a 10K race in Irondequoit, another suburb of Rochester. This was the 49th year of this race. My parents decided to join me for this one and my dad also did the 10K and my mom did the 2 miler. For packet pick-up you could either go the day before and get it the morning of. We went to see a baseball game Saturday evening so got the packet the morning of the race. The packet pick-up and start of the race were at a Catholic school in Irondequoit. The packet included the bib and a very cheesy T-shirt. It is grey with this Eagle/American flag design that looks like a cheaply done tattoo. It was kind of a funny shirt. The 2 miler starts 30 minutes before the 10K. The start of both races was pretty simple. There was no start line or timing mat. We just lined up and the RD said go and we went. There was a mass start and about 300 participants spilt between the 10K and the 2 Miler. The first part of the course was along a highway. I liked the first 2ish miles. They were rolling hills but net downhill and it was a pretty shaded area up to Durand Eastman park. This road was closed for the first 2 miles. I did not like the next mile. It was an unshaded slog along a busier part of the highway that was coned off and was more uphill. I was making good time the first two miles and lost so much time on the third. I had a goal to run under 1:10 but after the third I realized that it was going to be tough to reach my goal especially because the last 3 miles are mostly uphill. The next 3 miles while slow were so much fun. It was through neighborhoods and there were so many spectators which was wonderful given how few spectators there were at races last year. The race had 3 official water stops but the neighborhood had many unofficial water stops and friendly neighbors were spraying runners with their hoses and sprinklers. Since I wasn’t going to reach my goal anyways I had fun interacting with the spectators and took water from most of the stops which mostly had cute kids who were so happy to help out. Near the end there is a brutal hill. Then it is the finish line which did have an arch and timing mat. My time was terrible. It was my slowest road 10K but I still had a lot of fun. My dad loved the course (except that 3rd mile on the highway) since he loves hills and liked that it was a “old timey” race. My mom also enjoyed her 2 miler. At the finish line you get your medal. It is the teeniest, generic medal but eh it’s better than nothing. There was also water bottles, bananas, and bagels for the runner and some carnival food you could purchase. This was definitely not my favorite 10K race in terms of elevation profile as the uphill second half is not a great way to have a fast time and it felt more uphill than downhill but it was really fun with all the spectator involvement and a festive way to start July 4.

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4
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4
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4
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2

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This is usually a 4 miler in Fairport, a suburb of Rochester, produced by Yellow Jacket Racing (YJR). This year due to bridge construction it was switched to a 5K … MORE

This is usually a 4 miler in Fairport, a suburb of Rochester, produced by Yellow Jacket Racing (YJR). This year due to bridge construction it was switched to a 5K and the course was modified. They also received the permit only a few weeks before the race so some of the logistics may have been rushed but it was of course a very well done race. Packet pick-up was the day before at Fleet Feet. Along with the bib, packet included the race shirt and a sample of some power bar gummies. The race shirt is a white cotton shirt with a red and blue fourth of July design. It’s nothing special but the design is well done. The start of the race is about 1/2 mile from the finish. Parking and same day packet pickup were at the finish line but my parents were visiting and chose to be spectators for this race so they dropped me off at the start. Start was pretty exciting as this was YJR first mass start since March 2020. Although I didn’t love the start location. It was just on a street that was closed only about 5 minutes before the race so there wasn’t a great place to hang out before the race. There was also no timing mat at the start given the mass start which was fine but this was a big enough race that I probably lost a few seconds. There were about 300ish participants so it was a very nice size race. The start of the race was a nice about 1.25 mile tour through Fairport which was pretty nice. Again it was exciting to race on closed streets with a lot of people. Then you turn on the canal path for the rest of the race and finish in a park. The finish area in the park was nice and my parents and the RD cheered me on. There was a nice finish arch and a timing mat at the end. You are given your bag of snacks (fruit snacks, cookies and chips). There is no medal. My time was pretty average but that’s what I was going for. The course was fairly easy. The only slight difficulty was as it was point to point it was technical net uphill. There really was only one or maybe two very small hills and it was hardly noticeable but it made it so it wasn’t a super fast course. I did think this was a very nice, little local race and it was fun to have the mass start.

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2
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5
SCENERY
4
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2

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This race was a bit of a let down after the amazing 5K yesterday. This is a race produced by Willow Running who produce several races in Central NY and … MORE

This race was a bit of a let down after the amazing 5K yesterday. This is a race produced by Willow Running who produce several races in Central NY and this was probably my 5th race I’ve done with them. This race is located in Savannah which is a small town between Rochester and Syracuse near the Montezuma Wildlife Management Area. There is a half marathon, 10K and 5K distance. I was on call this weekend so chose the 5K. They offered packet pick-up both in Syracuse and Rochester so I picked up my packet Friday evening in Rochester. Packet included bib and a tank top. Not sure what I think of the tank top. It is neon yellow. Like the color of a highlighter. Bold choice. But did appreciate getting a swag item I can wear this time of year since all my recent races have given either long sleeve shirts or jackets which are too hot for the summer. There is also day of packet pickup if you couldn’t go early. It was very easy to get to the race and park at the Fire department in Savannah by the finish line. The start was about 1/4 mile away and easy to walk to. The biggest issue with the race which is mostly out of the race company’s control is that it was really, really hot today. The high for today is in the 90s and it was in the upper 80s during the race. The races started way too late for these temps. The half marathon started at 8:15, 10K at 8:30 and 5K at 8:45. While the race company can’t control the weather they can control the start times. This race is held in late June, while it’s a little hotter than usual, 90 degree weather can’t be a shock. The start times definitely should have been planned to be an hour earlier from the beginning. It sounds like the race company was considering moving the races to an earlier time when they saw how hot it would be but ultimately decided against it to avoid confusion which I would agree with that decision. They also did allow an early start for the half marathon but you wouldn’t be eligible for age group awards if you chose that. I would definitely suggest next year they choose an earlier start time. The start of the race was kind of lame. There was no starting arch or anything exciting just some cones. It was also only chipped timed at the finish with no timing mat at the start. The 5K was kind of small with under 100 participants (the half was a little bigger). The RD just said go and we went. My first mile was actually not too bad as there was a light breeze and it didn’t warm up too much yet. Then I had to answer a page and after that it really heated up and I couldn’t get back into the zone and had trouble with pace and motivation. This course was an out and back. Mostly flat with one small hill in the beginning. You start at the top of the hill so you only go up it on the way back. It’d be an easy course if it were 20 degrees cooler. Course was okay. I was hoping it would be really pretty and scenic with lots of wildlife but it was mostly just corn and farms and I didn’t see any animals. There were a few nice views of the wildlife area. I think the 10K and half marathon have better views. There was an aid station you passed twice with water, gatorade and ice pops. The ice pops were perfection. You then turn around and go back to the hill. At this point I was definitely walking the hill with the heat. The finish line is about 1/4 mile past the start at the firehouse. There was a nice finish arch and a nice lady cheering us on and telling us how well we did even though my time was awful. This is my record for worst road 5K I (mostly) ran. I have a few trail 5Ks and a few 5Ks I walked with my mom that are slower but I also have some faster trail 5Ks. You get a medal at the finish line. The medal is really pretty. The 5K one is on the smaller side which is fine as it is a 5K but it is glittery with the eagle race logo and very nice. I was expecting post race food since there usually is good food at Willow events. However this year they got approval for a BBQ a few months after registration was open and registration didn’t account for the BBQ so you had to pay $10 extra for the BBQ. The BBQ had BBQ chicken and also had veggie wraps for a vegetarian option. I couldn’t stay and hang around since I had to round at the hospital and $10 seemed a lot for a veggie wrap so I had to pass on the food. Outside the BBQ, there was just bananas and for some reason bananas don’t sit well with me after racing. There was also someone selling fresh squeezed lemonade for $3. That was also perfection. Overall this race was fine but I was a little disappointed in it. I thought the Earth Day Half Marathon Willow did was better produced and more festive even though it was when things were less open. This race was also way too hot and needed to start earlier. I’m definitely not jealous of the half marathoners even if they get a bigger medal. I’ll probably do this race again since it is close by but I wouldn’t go out of my way for this race and would be very cautious about signing up for the half if they don’t move it earlier.

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3
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3
SCENERY
3
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4

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It was so nice to run a big city race with a mass start now that the pandemic is winding down and enough people are vaccinated that it is safe … MORE

It was so nice to run a big city race with a mass start now that the pandemic is winding down and enough people are vaccinated that it is safe to race normally. This was one of the first large races to take place in New York state without much in the way of restrictions and I thoroughly enjoyed it. First off I want to say I really appreciated how well the race organization communicated the potential plans for the race. Buffalo Marathon weekend is usually Memorial day weekend in May. This year in early winter they announced their race plan which included the original date, a second back-up date (this weekend) and a third back-up date in late August and also gave deadlines when they would make the decision. They clearly know how much goes into marathon training and understand that a lot of runners like myself are type A and like plans. This was much better than the “we didn’t get the permit and will move to race to a date to be announced later” that other races have done. This year to make it more likely to happen the race was only opened to people who deferred from 2020 with a few additional open charity spots that you had to raise $500 to run the half or full marathon. I was hoping to run the half on memorial day originally but since I knew I was on call this weekend which was the second back up date that seemed more likely, it didn’t seem worth it to spend the energy fundraising when there was a chance I may not be able to do the race due to call. Once the new race date in late June was confirmed I was hoping for a 5K bib since I didn’t have a race on Saturday and Buffalo is close enough to run a race before rounds. Luckily they opened limited 5K slots. The registration fee for these limited spots was expensive for a 5K at $75 but also raised money for the Children’s Hospital in Buffalo and since I’m a pediatrician I couldn’t say no. Lots of communication leading up to the race including a detailed athlete’s guide. Bibs were mailed to participants. One very minor complaint is the bibs were sent folded in half in a regular envelope without safety pins so the bibs were creased. Most other races sent the bibs in large envelopes with safety pins in a little zip lock bag. Again this is a very minor complaint and my car probably has at least 100 safety pins in it from other races so I didn’t really need them but this was a lot of people’s first race since the pandemic so they may not have had any. The race used the usual course in downtown Buffalo and there was plenty of street parking nearby. However I’m not sure if this is the case regular years with the usual number of runners. The start was pretty exciting as it was a mass start and the announcer was very cheerful and it felt like this was (hopefully) the beginning of some normalcy. The course was a loop through downtown Buffalo. Downtown Buffalo isn’t the most scenic or exciting city but the course showed off the best of Buffalo and it was so nice to run on closed city streets with a large group of people again. Even though the weather was cloudy and drizzly, everyone was very happy and cheerful. Course was pretty easy. Although there were some little rollers. Buffalo is a super flat city but this is probably the “hilliest” part. There was just under 100 feet of elevation gain total in the 5K. There were not a lot of spectators for a city race but this may have been just because it was the 5K not the marathon. I was pretty fast but with the excitement of the mass start my first mile was a little too fast so my second mile was kind of slow. The finish area was nice and my overall finishing time was quite good. At the finish line you get your medal, jacket, water bottle and box of food. I love the medal. It is nice size but not huge and has a cool looking Buffalo with sunglasses. The jacket is super nice swag item for a 5K and good quality. Also the food box was amazing! It was jam packed with everything and anything you could have wanted. There was at least 10 different snacks including an almond bar, popcorn, fruit snacks, pretzels and trail mix and they even included a Twizzler! (I think they read my reviews and know that is the key to getting 5 sneakers) The medal, jacket and snack box definitely gave me my $75 worth. Overall this was a great 5K! Definitely looking forward to doing either the half or full marathon sometime in the near future!

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