Latest reviews by Jessica

(2016)
"Best Damn Race - JAX"
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Best Damn Race is one of my favorites so I was so excited it came back to Jacksonville! I did the 10K last year but decided to go for the half this year. I'm registered for all the locations this year. I love that it's created by a runner and encompasses everything a runner could want in a race.

This race had a 5K, 10K, and 13.1. The course is very similar to the Marine Corps half in Jacksonville. It starts downtown and goes through Avondale and back. It was really foggy this year but really pretty.

I love the registration system for this race. The first entries $1, then they go up to $5, then $10, until you get to your "day of race registration" costs. So if you act fast you can save a ton. Plus there were coupon codes too. I used code RUNFAST and saved $5!

The expo was supposed to be outdoors but it was raining so packet pickup was a Jacksonville Running Company the 2 days before the race or at the race site in the morning. Everything was really organized and packet pickup went really smoothly.

This race offered free photos which was awesome. And they were available online the next day!

Aid stations were well-staffed with no bottlenecking and lots of cheering which was nice.

The medal was amazing. And it's HUGE.

Postrun had a sweet food spread with Dunkin' Donuts, free beer and Absolut vodka, Pollo Tropical, redbull, and the standard bananas/bagles.

Overall I loved it and can't wait to do it again and in other cities too! Seriously consider doing one of these races. You won't be disappointed. Best Damn Race really is the Best!!

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(2016)
"Trail Race #1"
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Registration: Easy online registration. The price was reasonable at $30 per race or $80 for the series of 3. Includes a cotton T and wood medal.

Expo: Packet/shirt pickup at Jacksonville Running Company the day before the race. No hassles about picking up for other people.

Photos: Free on Facebook.

Course: Beautiful through the Nocatee preserve trail by Ponte Vedra High School. Part of the course we did on the mountain bike path so it was really challenging!

Aid stations: None (trail race)

Medal/swag: Loved the medal that was made out of wood. It was really unique! The t shirt was plain cotton but cute in its simplicity.

Food: Supposed to be an after party at Dick's Wings but it was cancelled and some people showed up without knowing about it being cancelled.

Parking: Plenty of parking but it was a little misleading where to go.

Overall it was pretty fun! It was small and unique. Hopefully communication will be better for the next one (especially if the post race party is cancelled).

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(2016)
"New Year's Rockin 5K"
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Registration: Easy online registration. The price was reasonable at $25. There was also registration at packet pickup or day of race.

Expo: Packet/shirt pickup at Academy Sports the day before the race. No lines, no waiting. After the race there was a bunch of vendors set up which was nice.

Photos: Free online on Facebook and 904fitness.

Course: Pancake flat. They had to change the course this year because of the Gator Bowl game so it was 3 laps around a parking lot which got pretty boring. But there were plenty of volunteers cheering to make it fun.

Aid stations: 1 that we passed 3 times.

Medal/swag: Loved the medal! It lights up! Also the shirt was cotton but still cute.

Food: PDQ chicken and free mimosas!

Parking: Plenty of parking.

I love Ultimate Racing Inc. They are always so organized and put on the best races!

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(2015)
"Best Damn Race - Cape Coral"
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First off, I love Best Damn Race. I did Jacksonville last year and I'm registered for all the locations this year. I love that it's created by a runner and encompasses everything a runner could want in a race.

This race had a 5K, 13.1, and 26.2 (which was 2 loops of the 13.1 course). Course was pretty boring after a while but I wasn't "in the zone." It was really pretty though!

I love the registration system for this race. The first entries $1, then they go up to $5, then $10, until you get to your "day of race registration" costs. So if you act fast you can save a ton. Plus there were coupon codes too. I used code RUNFAST and saved $5!

The expo was outdoors. There were a handful vendors there. I loved that there was something for everyone. Everything was really organized and packet pickup went really smoothly. I was bummed I couldn't exchange my shirt for another size but oh well.

This race offered free photos which was awesome. And they were available online the next day!

Aid stations were well-staffed with no bottlenecking and lots of cheering which was nice.

The medal was amazing. I love that it has a bottle opener on it. And it's HUGE.

Postrun had a sweet food spread with Dunkin' Donuts, free beer and Absolut vodka (hello screwdrivers), Pollo Tropical, redbull, and the standard bananas/bagles.

Overall I loved it and can't wait to do it again and in other cities too! Seriously consider doing one of these races. You won't be disappointed.

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(2015)
"Starlight Half Marathon"
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This was my 3rd year at this race (2nd time doing the half) and I love it. It's simple, pretty, and fun.

Registration: I was actually the first person to register (yay bib #1) and it was $35 for the half as they were offering $10 off for the first 20 people. The starting price for the half was $45. It was online and easy. They use runsignup.com which I like because you can creep on the other participants.

Expo: I picked up my packet the day of the race at the race site. There were a few vendors. It was outdoors and really pretty with Christmas lights and trees everywhere.

Photos: None since it was a night time race.

Course: Pancake flat through the beautiful paved trails of Palm Coast. It's a night run so the course was lined with glow sticks and there were plenty of volunteers to make sure nobody got lost.

Aid stations: Plenty with water and Gatorade. No bottlenecking that I saw.

Medal/swag: Glow in the dark HUGE medal! And a really awesome long sleeve tech shirt that I'll actually wear. Lots of coupons in the goodie bag for food, other runs, etc.

Food: SO GOOD. Taco and quesadilla bar. There was free beer and you were only supposed to get 1 but they gave me 3 because they had a lot (and I wasn't driving). There was also HOT CHOCOLATE AND SMORES!! There were firepits to make smores at. This was my favorite part of the race.

Parking: Plenty of parking close to the start.

I loved this race but I think I'll do the 5K again next year. Palm Coast is great to run in.

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