Latest reviews by AARON BLANKENSHIP

(2021)
"Race to Space"
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Who doesn't love outer space! This event was amazing to watch happen, and to see all that went into through the documentary. This race was virtual meaning you can run it at any time that is best for you and make it as challenging or as easy as you want. I choose a humid day, not on purpose, but I did choose a very hilly area to really push myself on the harder parts.

This race also raises awareness along with funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® . Running races that support charities, small and large is what I love most about signing up for new a different races to give back.

The swag for this races is great too, you get a half zip long sleeve that isnt too heavy so its perfect for Fall along with a great size and weight medal.

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(2021)
"Time to jam!"
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Get out and jam! The Space Jam a New Legacy Virtual Run is a great race for all ages and perfect for a family fun run. Since it is a virtual race you can run it at any time. I choose a nice cool weekend to run mine. The difficulty of a virtual run, is all up to you so it can be as easy or as difficult as you want.

The Space Jam A New Legacy Virtual Run has some of the best swag! The shirt is super light and soft. The medal is amazing and has a good weight behind it. The headband and armbands are also soft and fun to wear. I would recommend this race again just for the swag! It's a great set and it comes well before the deadlines so you can gear up for the race.

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(2021)
"Virtual Race, Real Elevation"
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I ran the virtual 10K and it was a blast! Virtual races are what you make them, so I made this one harder than a normal run, but not all out like I do for an in person 5K or race of longer distance. The signup and options for the race a plentiful and the post race to upload your results is something every virtual race should do. It is quick and very user friendly and shows you your stats as soon as you submit your results. The swag looks great from what I've seen on the well made Blue Ridge website, since virtual runners' swag does not ship out until the end of the month I will have to wait to see the medal (The virtual race can be completed any day in April, which is also great to make it fit your schedule). I cant wait to try this race in person in the coming years, the scenery looks amazing!

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(2021)
"Virtual Chocolate 2021"
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The Hot Chocolate races are always something I look forward to. I've competed in the Hot Chocolate races in Las Vegas and a few times in Atlanta, but this was my first time competed in the Hot Chocolate Race virtually. But before we get into the race, we have to talk about all the amazing swag that the Hot Chocolate San Diego has to offer. The medal this year is shaped like a candy wrapper which opens up with a piece of chocolate inside. Next up, the yearly hot chocolate jacket! The jacket has a removable hood, side pockets, and is even softer than the jackets of years past. I feel that each year their jackets get better and better. They are very comfortable and fit great, not to mention look great especially after a long run.
For my virtual run I used the sidewalk around my neighborhood to get the distance I needed without having to repeat too much ground to cover. The difficult part for me, is that this area has a lot of elevation changes. On a more positive note racing this time of year means it's the start of spring in Georgia so the weather was perfect for a run. I managed to keep up a good pace for most of the race. Since it was a longer distance than I normally race, I chose to run a slower pace so I could run the entire race. I would highly recommend the hot chocolate race in person or virtually to runners of all levels.

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(2020)
"Plenty of Elevation without the Bridge"
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The Enmarket Savannah River Bridge Run offered a virtual option this year, so I decided to try it out. Normally I choose a 5K but since I could not compete for an age group medal virtually, I went with the "Double Pump" which is a 15K. The signup and guidance for the race is well made and has answers to any questions you may have before or during the race. And the results upload is one of the best, simply enter your basic information and race info along with a screenshot of the run tracked from a device of your choosing and your done! Very simple and very easy to complete without any app or device specific tools needed.
As with all virtual races, the course and effort put in is all up to you. Since it is much colder now and my run area is very hilling I approached this with a pace I could keep up for the duration of the race and not burn out or aim for a PR. If there is one thing 2020 taught me, it's that my endurance for hills has gradually increased. They sent the swag and such out this week, so I'm very excited to see the medal and what else comes with it. Since I am in Georgia, I'd love to do this race in the future and make a trip out of going to the beautiful city of Savannah.

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