Latest reviews by Jeannine Avelino

(2018)
"Such a beautiful course!"
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For a more in-depth look, visit my blog here: http://everythingbutweddings.ca/2018/04/recap-rock-n-roll-san-francisco/

Organization – No complaints on the organization. As with other RnR events, there were lots of email correspondence and their website had all the information you need. What I would’ve liked though was a new course video. Normally they have a course preview video but the course was changed this year and no replacement video was made. I didn’t know what to expect so I just rolled with it. Also, please have reserve toilet paper in the porta-potties… just sayin’.

Course – It’s a beautiful, scenic course. You get the mountains, the Golden Gate Bridge, and crashing waves from the Pacific Ocean. There are some steep, hilly sections, this is San Francisco after all. There were some non-technical trail sections (when you switch to the other side of the GG Bridge and a long stretch towards Fort Mason). You do get a hill about 1 km to the finish but the last 100 meters is a steep downhill with the finish line just around the corner.

Swag – Visit all the booths for the opportunity to get free swag. Toyota had games you could play in exchange for prizes. United Airlines was giving away free illy coffee and a Buff. Honey Stinger was giving out samples of their wide range of waffles. There was even a pet food company giving out dog and cat food samples.

Would I Do it Again? – Definitely. Given the opportunity, I would definitely do it again so I can redeem myself and to experience running the Golden Gate Bridge again. It was an unforgettable moment.

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(2018)
"Challenging but fun mostly non-technical trail race!"
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For a more in-depth look, visit my blog here: https://bit.ly/2pMu9qa

Organization – This event was very well-organized from the detailed website to package pickup on race day and the flagging. If you get lost, you’re definitely not paying any attention. There are so many flags, signs and course marshals to direct you to the right way. A+++++++

Course – A nice little tour of Capilano Regional Park with water views and lots of beautiful trees. Lots of people come here to walk their dogs so that’s another thing we had to look out for. Share the path! The route is mostly gravel with very few technical sections. There is a steep climb at the end of the 12k route, which means that you’d be going down it if you’re doing the 24k. If you’re not comfortable with downhill it might be a little intimidating (but it’s doable).

Swag – There wasn’t too much. I saw people holding tote bags and there were a few flyers in there and coupons for beer. I decided not to grab one. They had green cupcakes at the finish as well as other food and drink. The aid stations were great and manned by super friendly and enthusiastic volunteers.

Would I Do It Again? – Yes! I wouldn’t mind trying the 24k next year or just going for it on the 12k to see how much better I can do.

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(2018)
"Easy 5k"
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For more on this race, check out my blog post here: http://everythingbutweddings.ca/2018/02/race-recap-chilly-chase-5k/

Organization - Same every year, no major complaints. The chip is attached to your shoe and you have to return it after the race. Don't worry, there's no way you can leave the finish area without a volunteer snipping it off your shoes. I couldn't make it to package pickup due to a conflict with my work schedule so that sucks. Maybe extend package pickup to 8 PM? I was able to pick it up after work before, I don't know why the option isn't available anymore (especially since there's no race day pickup). Oh well, either way, I got it.

Course - It's out and back and flat on the False Creek seawall. It's a beautiful run, just watch out for other people using the seawall.

Swag - I like this year's medals. They're pretty cute! The event used the Creekside Community Centre as a meeting point, gear check, food stations and awards area. It was nice to have a place to keep warm before the race. There were supposed to be socks as a giveaway but, due to poor weather from the source, they didn't make it to Vancouver in time. There was a choice to either pick it up or donate them. I decided to donate them :)

Would I Do it Again? - I could make it s 5-peat.... that way, I can properly race this distance again.

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(2018)
"Very windy race day"
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For an in-depth look of this race, visit my blog here: http://everythingbutweddings.ca/2018/01/race-recap-steveston-icebreaker-8k/

Organization – No complaints here, timely emails were sent out, package pickup was a breeze, complimentary gear check and having the community centre there was a huge help. We had free parking and shelter from the cold.

Course – It’s out and back and flat. You go through some residential areas, small commercial areas, and along the water until #3 Road and then you head back. Very flat at only 28 m of elevation.

Swag – We didn’t get medals but we did get a 25% discount at Running Room plus a pretty good post-race food spread (sandwiches, donuts, pizza, soup/stew, and more). I was very happy with those.

Would I Do it Again? – Yes, I’m very curious to see how I’d do without the wind storm. It’s also a great local race that attracts a good mix of serious runners and leisure runners.

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(2017)
"Fun, festive and fast!"
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For an in-depth look at this race, visit my blog here: http://everythingbutweddings.ca/2018/01/race-recap-big-elf-run-2017/

Organization – It’s well-organized and same day package pickup was available. They sent out timely reminder emails as well. It’s also on the transit route so you don’t have to drive if you don’t want to. I like how you can customize your elf name if you wish, or have it randomly generated. My random Elf Name ended up being Fudge Hotwrap. Let’s just say I will choose my own name next year 😛

Course – The 5k loop is great. It’s mostly flat and scenic. I don’t know if I would do 2 loops (10k) though. Mostly because, I don’t like running loops 😛

Swag – Runners get an elf hat and a little elf toy. There was also a McCafe truck giving out free hot chocolate and coffee.

Would I Do It Again? Yes! It’s such a great end to the running season. I love how pretty much everyone dressed up or at least wore the elf hat while running. It’s a great event to take the kids, kids at heart, or anyone wanting to get into running. The course is easy and beautiful, would you expect anything less from Stanley Park?

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