Latest reviews by J MacBane

(2018)
"The Great Pumpkin Run: Tough Pumpkin Challenge"
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The Great Pumpkin Run 5K was held at Uncle John's Cider Mill in St. Johns, Michigan. I opted for the Tough Pumpkin challenge, where you carry a pumpkin with you the entire 5K. The one I selected was 13 lbs! The course takes you through the woods and is all dirt, gravel, or grass the entire course. For completing the 5K race, you get a finisher's medal. For those who ran the Tough Pumpkin challenge, there was an additional medal. This was a really fun race and I definitely recommend it to others looking for a fun fall race.

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(2016)
"Fast course with beautiful scenery!"
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This was my second time running this race. I wanted to run it again because it's really well organized and you can't beat the scenery. Almost the entire course is along the waterfront. There are a lot of people that line the streets to help cheer you on. Some people hand out water, have their sprinklers on, or even hand out beer. The finish is on a track, where people are in the stands helping cheer you on across the finish line.

Highly recommend this race. There is a reason it sells out within minutes. It's that good!

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(2016)
"Flat & fast course that takes you through Metro Beach"
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This was my first time running this race. i heard about the race from the local newspaper. I wanted to run this race because I ran parts of the course many times when I first started running. It would be my first race back in my hometown. The race is a small race, but well organized. The course starts out in downtown Mt. Clemens, and you run towards Metro Beach. On your way out of Metro Beach is the half way point of the course. The final part of the course has a lot of turns which helps makes it fly by. There is a small incline right before the finish line, but it isn't bad.

If you're looking for a small, well organized half marathon race to run, look into this race. I highly recommend it.

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(2015)
"Great flat, fast course"
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I really enjoyed this race. It's a fast flat course that takes you through campus and keeps you on the River Trail. The course was well marked and had a good amount of course marshalls to help direct runners and cheer us on. There isn't as many people cheering you along as with other races. A lot of that has to do with us running along the River Trail.

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(2015)
"2015 Mason State Bank 5k"
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This was my second time running the Mason State Bank 5k. I decided to do the race again based on the wonderful experience I had last year running it.

The race is on the smaller side. Don't let that discourage you though. Just because it's small, doesn't mean it's not well run. The race management does a great job putting things together. The course was closed off, where runners don't have to worry about vehicles getting in the way. There were enough race volunteers and police to help guide runners where to go. The course is flat for the most of the race, with a small hill right before the finish. As a bonus, there were free massages given to runners as part of the Lansing Community College massage therapy program

Highly recommend this race to other runners.

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