Latest reviews by Samantha Andrews

(2021)
"A Christmas Story Virtual Race 2020"
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Virtual Support

The A Christmas Story Virtual 5k was my last race of 2020. To be honest, virtual races brought a little "normal" to my running routine this year. I also earned many medals for races that I would not be able to run. I ran the A Christmas Story Virtual 5k on December 26, which was also my nephew's 10th birthday. While I could not get him to tag along, I did enjoy running the 5k in my home state of Florida. It was a cold day.

I ran the 5k on a looped trail in Gainesville, FL. My ankles were a bit sore so I decided to run intervals. I enjoyed all the Spanish moss and the wildlife were still asleep. My finishing time was. 39:14.

I received my swag when I returned home after the holidays. The jacket, hat, and medal were nice, especially for a virtual race. The wreath medal is a unique addition to my medal collection.

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(2021)
"Virtual Half Marathon and 5k"
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For both races, the swag arrived the day before the race. The box included the bib, medal, shirt, salt water taffy (my favorite), an exercise band, and instant coffee. Runners were also gifted a Run for Tony bracelet to celebrate the life of Tony Banovich, the late Missoula race director. Overall, the race was well managed and I had a great time running the virtual race in my neighborhood.

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(2021)
"Publix Savannah virtual half marathon "
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I ran the virtual half marathon on October 24 using fun route that took me through a few neighborhoods in ATL. My time was 2:52:58. It wasn't my best time, but my worn out shoes got the best of me at mile 8 and it was a slow run to the finish. I had fun earning the medal and I hope to return to Savannah next year.

The race officials were great with communication from the initial rescheduling of the race from March to November and then when it was converted to a virtual event. My only criticism of the race is that they only send your race items if you submit a finishing time. Since people already paid their registration fees, the items should have been sent automatically unless they deferred or cancelled their registration.

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(2021)
"Virtual 5K"
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For the first time in I don't know when, I completed the Hot Chocolate Atlanta race in great weather. Due to the pandemic, the race was converted to a virtual event for 2021. I originally signed up for the 15k, but due to fracturing my fifth metatarsal in January I opted to walk the 5k this year.

I completed the 5k using a Peloton walking workout through my neighborhood to enjoy the beautiful day. I ran a little bit to test my foot, but I need a little more time for healing. I finished the race in 1:01:01, which was my longest activity time this year.

The swag for this year did not disappoint. I love the black jacket and the medal. The race packet also included hot chocolate packets and of course, chocolate. I registered for the race last year and I received my race packet the week before the originally scheduled race day (Feb 7). The race pack also included Nuun tablets, Honey Stinger wafers, a medal, and a bib. The medal had a small chocolate bar inside.

I hope next year we will able to run in-person for the chocolate. I am grateful for the opportunity to maintain my legacy status for another year.

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(2020)
"Virtual Double Pump Race"
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This year was the 30th Anniversary of the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run. The race was originally scheduled as an in-person race on December 5. This year due to the pandemic the race was converted to a virtual event. This year I registered for the Double Pump race. The Double Pump is a 15k that is divided into a 5k and 10k races. In person, the 15k is three trips across the Talmadge Bridge.

In the spirit of the in-person race, I ran the 5k and 10k as separate races. Due to my schedule, I ran them on two different days and I tried to find at least one bridge to run across during the race.

5K
I ran the 5k on December 5 and ran through my neighborhood along the PATH and found one bridge. The day was perfect and I couldn't have asked for a better race. I ran the 5k at 33:49.

10K
I ran the 10k on December 6 using a route through Emory University. I found a bridge on North Decatur Road as I headed to the campus. The weather for the run was great and I finished the 10k in 1:12:15. This was probably one of my best 10ks of the year. I ended the race at my favorite watering hole.

Both races went well and while I missed running across the Talmadge Bridge 3 times, I enjoyed completing the race in my neighborhood. A week after the race I received my medal, tee-shirt, and surprisingly an Age Group Award!!!! I was so stoked over the Age Group Award since I have NEVER won any running award. It was a great surprise and made my entire running year.

The race swag included a medal, shirt, reusable bag, beverage holder, and bib.

The medal was a trolley with a view of runners on the bridge. After the in person race, we used to ride the trolley from the finish back to our car. It is unique addition to my medal collection.

Hopefully next year I will be able to run this race in person. I enjoy running in Savannah and missed the spirit of the race. I think the race organizers communicated with the participants throughout the race as it transitioned from in-person to a virtual event. My only criticism is the same as it for the other races managed by the Savannah Sports Council is that they will only send your medal and race items if you submit your finishing time. This removes the flexibility of the race since people may have not been able to run the virtual during the scheduled time. Participants have also already paid for the race items.

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