Latest reviews by Stephen

(2016)
"An Island For Runners"
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It was great to grab that early boat to Governor's Island with thousands of other runners. We had the place to ourselves before the other day trippers (like me and my family at other times) came across from NYC or Brooklyn.

Yeah, the event was in August, but the event was early in the day and had the benefit of the constant harbor breezes. We also had nice shade at the finish area. The simultaneous 5k was once around the park. The 10k twice. Stunning views, very flat course with very, very little elevation change. My Runkeeper app noted 46' of gain, but even that seems high.

This was maybe the fourth of fifth event with NYCRUNS, and I trust that their organization, setup, food, and workers will be good. Indeed props go to them in all of these categories. The start of this particular event, the first they seem to have done on GI, was delayed a bit by the ferry bringing other participants. Can't control the ferry, but it did just push the start back into the increasing heat by an extra twenty minutes.

Running around the newly opened portion of GI was a treat. The new paths were well used by the course as we doubled back into the island after mostly running around its perimeter. This route got us down the shaded Colonel's Row and to that bit of elevation by the north side of the fort.

A negative was the water stops. There was one by the start (for the start of the second loop in the 10k) and another stop at about mile 2 (and 5). But it was so hot that we could have used another stop even though it would be equivalent to mile 1 and 4. Still, we finished, took in the views, a friend one an age group award, and we returned on the ferry to see all of the day trippers ready to head out.

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(2015)
"Challenging Course, Great Crowd. Headless Horseman"
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Have run this event from 2013 - 2015 in typically good running weather. Love the logo, if not the sleeve length in 2015 shirt. Still, let's not detract from the fine job that the River Town Running Club does at this event. Costumes are encouraged, and the course-side Halloween decorations have become more numerous. The course-side volunteers are great, and those that dress up as ghouls or grim reapers, are supportive, not scary, and generally very funny. Yeah, go high-five that skeleton's hand.

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(2015)
"Third Time's Still A Charm"
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Ran in 2015 for the third time. It won't be the last. It was my brother-in-law's first half in 2013, my friend J's first in 2014, and my 10th half in 2015 (along w/my friend AM's second). Great community camaraderie on the course and the boardwalk at the finish. The course has changed each year by little bits, but essentially you keep close to the beach, running north and south of Asbury Park. There's ample parking near the start/finish line and it has been free to park until the early afternoon, allowing for some extra time at the expo or the beach. Although 2013 was a bit chilly, the weather in 2014 and 2015 was flat out spectacular and helped make this one of my favorite events. Thank you, Jersey Shore Running Club.

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(2014)
"Fantastic Day"
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Ran this even in 2013, but the 2014 was a beautiful spring day where I ran with friends and neighbors. Parking is always easy, the crowd is good and friendly, the course scenic, and the support at water stations is great. There isn't much crowd support, but the few musicians on the course deserve special credit. 2014 provided an interesting comparison and contrast to the larger event further to the north which happened to occur the day after this one. I did both and prefer the Asbury Park Half, its course, its organization, and its swag. No doubt the smaller field and the more humane start time will draw me back for a third year.

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(2013)
"Cold Yet Communal"
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What's that saying about the biggest bar night of the year being the night before Thanksgiving? Well, maybe Thanksgiving morning is the biggest morning for running. And if you're running on Thanksgiving, there's no finer place to do it, no better people to do it with, and no better charity to support. These are some of the reasons the event has become so popular. But keep in mind that the course is lumpy in the first two miles before it flattens out for the final three. And the weather is generally very, very cold. So, get out there to enjoy the closed course, the people dressed up like turkeys and cooks, before sitting down for a Thanksgiving meal.

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