Latest reviews by Katherine

(2016)
"A Potato Filled Marathon!"
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Expo - Small with a few vendors and at the host hotel, the Riverside. The swag was super fun! The shirt had a fun design and we also got some potato recipes and a cute potato pin!

Race - The start was in the Lucky Peak State Park and was beautiful. The beginning was a bit unorganized and congested but by a mile in the field had sorted itself out. The course had a slight downhill for most of the course. The half and the full marathon started together and there were WAY more half marathoners than full marathons so when the half runners finished, it got a bit lonely on the course. The marathoners finish the remainin miles on an out and back course that runs along the Greenway and while not interesting, is pretty and tree covered. Since there aren't many marathon participants you kind of end up running with the locals just out on their normal Saturday activities. You will need to stay focused and run your own race. The race overall was low-key and well supported with water and electrolytes every 2 miles or so. When the marathons came back to the finish we met up with the 5k and the 10k runners so I called out "passing on the left" and people got over. Overall a great experience but you will be running on a multi-use path/greenway so keep that in mind. This isn't really a sight seeing tour of Boise.

Finish Line - They gave out medals, chocolate milk, and baked potatoes+topping bar. There were also apples and bagels to grab. There were vendors at the park where the finish was and people were mingling and enjoying the day.

If you are looking for a May race in Boise, I highly recommend this race. It was well organized but had a small race/local feel to it. Good luck and happy running!

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(2016)
"Small race with big race support!"
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This was a great race to kick off the racing season in Denver. The race was smaller but it didn't skimp on amenities. Frequent water stops with both water and Nuun every 2 miles and a great finish line area.

The start area was pretty well organized. Since it was a smaller race it had the right amount of organization to manage the people.

The course is point to point starting in Littleton and then heading north towards Denver. Most of the race is flat and is on the multi-use path along the Platte River. Since it follows the river it's mostly scenic but it goes through some more industrial areas. At the very end of the race there is a really steep overpass which was not nice right as I was hoping to crush the last mile.

There is also the option to run the course as a 3 person relay. The relay hand off points were well managed and fun to run through.

The finish line party was great. There were a few vendors out plus burgers and beer. There was a band playing and nice areas to just hang out.

Since it was point to point they gave us RTD light rail passes to get us back to the start/parking area. It worked out really well!

Overall this was a great race and would be great for both the first time and the experienced half marathoner.

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(2016)
"A Magical Mid-Distance!"
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The WDW 10k is a great mis-distance race. The course is about 2 miles outside the parks and then 4 miles in Epcot and running around the Boardwalk and Yacht and Beach Club resorts. Lots of characters are out during the race and the environment is friendly but more competitive than the 5k making this a great mid-distance race experience. The aid stations have both water and powerade and the course is very well supported. Lots of people out cheering and volunteers to help you along the way! If you want to up your mileage but aren't ready to take on a full WDW Half Marathon, this is a great race to try out!

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(2016)
"A Walk In the Park"
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This was my 4th time "running" the WDW 5k and as always it's a great race. There is such a fun and festive atmosphere and it really accomodates runners and walkers of all levels. Since 2/3's of the race is in Epcot it feels more like you are just walking or running through the park with is fun and magical in it's own way! There are times when the course can get crowded but since it's an untimed race, it doesn't really bother me. This is a great race to get pictures with characters and see Epcot at sunrise which is awesome! Very friendly and well supported race and PERFECT for anyone wanting to try a 5k or a runDisney race!

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(2016)
"The Most Magical Marathon!"
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This is the granddaddy of all runDisney races and will always hold a special place in my heart since it was my first marathon back in 2011 and I've gone back every year since. I've run it as a solo race and as both a Goofy and Dopey runner and it's a ton of fun, it just has a great energy to it!

The Course: The race starts out like the Half Marathon where the first 5 miles will take you from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom (MK). You will then run through MK (Tomorrowland to Fantasyland, through the castle (bottleneck), Liberty Sq to Frontierland and then you exit) and then past the Grand Floridian and Polynesian. You then run through some backstage areas before entering Animal Kingdom around mile 12. (NOTE: If you are running through Animal Kingdom while the park is open, runners have been known to hop on Expedition Everest).

NOTE: Since the Speedway was demolished the race course changed slightly this year to include more time in MK and a slight out and back as you head to Animal Kingdom.

Once exiting Animal Kingdom you hit the halfway mark and you then run on roads for a few miles as you make your way to Wide World of Sports. This stretch of road is completely uncovered and can be very hot depending on the weather. Once you hit Wide World of Sports you have about 3 miles of endless winding. Highlights include running on the track (the track foam material always feels nice after running on pavement) and running through the baseball stadium. There are also a lot of people cheering here which is nice. Once you exit you will then hit the 20 mile mark and you are in the home stretch.

You enter Disney Hollywood Studios around mile 22, then run along Crescent Lake (Boardwalk/Yacht and Beach Club area), and then you enter world Showcase in Epcot and run your final mile in Epcot and finish in the parking lot! The final 10k of the WDW Marathon is one of my favorite finishes of any marathon I've run. So many people out cheering and so much to see!

Hills: You will go under the water bridge before getting the Contemporary (downhill and an uphill) and there are a few overpasses but other than that it's very flat.

Support: Aid station are every 1-1.5 miles and have lots of water and powerade. There were 2 Clif shot support areas and a candy stop. Medical Tents are every 3-4 miles and have great volunteers and are very well stocked!

Every runner gets a technical long sleeve t-shirt and finishers get a Mickey themed medal. This marathon also includes Goofy Challenge (half and full marathon) runners and Dopey Challenge (5k, 10k, half and full marathon) runners. The Goofy runners will receive their Goofy themed medal after receiving their marathon medal and Dopey runners will receive their Goofy and Dopey themed medals after receiving their marathon medal.

The expo is BIG and CROWDED pack you patience and look over the event guide before you go to see if there are any vendors that you want to check out. They also host many talks throughout the day that cover everything from race day strategies to nutrition to training. If you want official race weekend merchandise it can be a little nutty so pack you patience.

Overall - this is still one of my favorite races and I can't wait to run #7 in 2017!

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