Latest reviews by Kim Prytherch

(2017)
"Perfect Start to Super Bowl Sunday "
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Email communication was good, an email was sent out a few days before the race with all information about parking, etc.
Parking was a little rough if you don't know the area. There were lots of parking garages charging 6 to 12 dollars but we found out that just a couple blocks away there were spaces on the street that were free on weekends!
I didn't go to early pickup, so we arrived an hour early and easily picked up the awesome long sleeved shirt and beer glass, plus my bib was personalized with my name and it was Giants blue with the New York Giants printed on it. A very cool touch that made my morning.
there were tons of porta potties at the start and although the line was long it moved quickly.
The start was in front of the stadium, which was great for pics and a real exciting start area for football fans. The course was a large hockey stick shape (so funny) around the area of the stadium. The course was safe and well marked and the police kept everyone safe.
The race was fun. Everyone was wearing jerseys and other team gear and there was lots of ribbing between fans of rival teams.
It was hilly. For real, people. I kind of wanted to die a few times.
Water at mile 2 only. it was super cold out so I didn't really care, if it were hot out I would be mad, but it made sense for the weather.
I don't remember seeing mile markers at every mile but there was one at mile 3, so I may have just missed the others.
We finished where we started, and the finish line said touchdown. I love this! A volunteer immediately gave me water and then another gave me the cool medal. There was a food table and we had choices of bananas, fruit snacks, crackers, and bagels. There was plenty left for us back of the pack runners.
I will definitely be doing this race again and again. It was probably the most fun I've had in awhile at a short distance race!

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(2017)
"a Wonderful Stroll Through EPCOT "
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We were in Disney for the 5k, 10k (my daughter ran it) and the marathon. We went to the expo on day one and lined up early so we counderstand get merchandise without long lines. They opened early and we got in and out with very little problems. They changed up the bib pickups for the shorter races which made for more stops but it was still pretty fast.
Race morning we lined up for the bus in plenty of tice but the dude at our bus stop lectured us on being late to the race. As a marathon repeater we knew that we were fine and ignored him.
We arrived at the starting area and had plenty of time to dance around with the DJ for quite some time before lining up.
I had injured my foot so we walked the whole race, and really got to enjoy the scenery as we ran around and then through EPCOT. The water stops were well manned and they were swept frequently smothered wasn't anything to slip on or trip over.
The course seemed different than the last time I ran it, a little more behind the scenes.
The finish line was well run, medals handed out easily, and after our official photos (included now with photo pass) we were given food boxes, bananas and drinks.
we loved all of the characters on the course, and the buses on the way back to the hotels ran frequently.
we were back and showered before breakfast!
a perfect race!

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(2017)
"The Marathon that Wasn't "
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My experience with the marathon was nobody's fault but my own. I stepped on a screw 6 days before the race, gouging a deep hole in my heel, and ran as much as I could before being swept.
We went to the expo early on opening day and easily got all of our merchandise before getting on line for our bibs. everything ran smoothly and was stress free.
Marathon morning we got on our bus easily and to the start with plenty of time to check our bags, use the porta potty and walk the mile to the start.
it was freezing.
literally.
the wind cut through you and everyone was huddling for warmth. Rundisney released corrals faster than usual which was good for getting started but bad because it gave us less of a head start against the balloon ladies.
We started, and there were lots of fun characters on course, although we didn't stop at any. We were worried about time. My foot wasn't hurting at first, but I knew it wouldn't be long.
the water stations were well run, and the cast members were fun, although 3 in the first 7 miles told us we were almost there, which I hated.
running through the castle was magical, and Anna Elsa and Cristoff talked and waved from above. We took our jumping photo and moved on, this is when my foot started hurting.
We moved out of the park, and behind the scenes. There was an out and back around mile 11 and that when I saw the balloon ladies. it felt too soon, mathematically, but what can a girl do?
At around mile 12 we entered the back of AK, and we hit the halfway point at the Tree of Life. The balloon ladies caught up with me soon after and I only made it to mile 14.8 or so.
We were bussed to the finish area and given a medal, mylar blanket, food and drinks. everyone was super nice.
I was sad not to finish but I'm going back in 2018 and I will avoid all screws beforehand.

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(2017)
"Trying Trail Races in the New Year"
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The director offered two chances to pick up your bib, in addition to race day pickup. I got mine early and also received lip balm, stickers, and free passes to a local park system. Score!
Prior to race day I received several emails about packet pickup, weather, and other details. Super well informed.
Race day was a little rainy but we were allowed to hang out indoors or set up a tent if we wanted to. Parking was easy to find. The race started on time.
Course was well marked and super hilly, rocky, gnarly, and fun. It was my first trail 5k, and I loved every minute of it.
There was a water station at mile 2, with great volunteers scattered throughout. I never once cane close to getting lost, all turns were clearly marked.
At the finish, someone took our raffle ticket from our bib and we were directed to beer and food. Crazy amounts of bbq, collard greens, black eyed peas, and corn bread for good luck in the new year. For the non beer drinkers they had sweet tea and unsweetened tea. We ate tons and waited for the raffle. just about everyone who waited won something. I won a beer glass and a Road ID gift card!
I will definitely be coming back in 2018.

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(2016)
"Christmasville: A Reindeer Rompingredients Good Time"
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This was an amazing experience. The race was open to the public but it was predominantly a Girls on the Run event. The registration process for us took place behind the scenes, and it was very organized. All of our bibs and race info was handed out far in advance of the race. we also received meet up info for race morning.
We parked with ease just outside of the blocked off areas. The meet up area was well organizedone with hand warmers for everyone since it was unseasonably cold. The DJ was playing music to keep the kids excited. He also leaves know when it was time to line up.
The race started a few minutes late, nothing crazy. the course wound through Rock Hill in a giant loop so we finished where we started. the course support was insane, plenty of volunteers, police officers and ambulances. Every mile marker had a volunteer or three to cheer you on. The girls had a blast! the water station at the halfway point was well staffed and super organized.
The final turn was surrounded by huge crowds and a dude dressed as Rudolph was cheering everyone on!
We got our medals and water, aND then we went to a tent to get our swag. We got a tee, cup, lip balm, pens and coupons in a cute reusable bag. There were photo ops as well.
it was all very organized and ran smoothly.
I will definitely be running this race next year!

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