Latest reviews by Jonathan McWalter

(2015)
"102.9 The Hog 'Stache Dash"
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This 5K was not the most impressive I've run and was pretty low key, all the way down to the medal ceremony at the end. The organizers tried to make it energetic at the start and finish but for some reason it just felt flat to me. They could use some tweaking along the way. Also, I was disappointed that there was nothing at the finish line, other than more water. At least give me a banana or Gatorade, something with flavor!

T-Shirts/Swag: This was probably the highlight of the race. A pretty nice t-shirt, a Southern Comfort headband, a discount coupon at Fleet Feet and a voucher for a Milwaukee Admirals game were the main items in the bag. Not bad for a small race.

Aid Stations: I wasn't impressed. Just water and, for the first station, they seemed to be placed on the wrong side of the road since there were vehicles leaving a soccer game and blocked those volunteers there.

Course Scenery: Street running and through the Hart Park section was nice, but once you're up in the neighborhood it is not very exciting and feels like I am just out for a Saturday morning run. More park action or even through the Village (not sure how but a way could be found) would be nice.

Expo Quality: There is no expo, packet pickup at Leff's. Packet pickup went very swiftly and precise, which was good since I was on a time limit.

Elevation Difficulty: Almost none, other than a slight incline about a third of the way in. Relatively simple and easy course for elevation.

Parking/Access: I had no problem finding a parking spot and I arrived about 20 minutes prior to the start of the race. And that was impressive since there was a high school football game going on in the same area and a skate park dedication that was starting near the close of the race.

Race Management: They did a great job with e-mails and keeping me informed about the race and what was upcoming. I just think they need to work on course selection or design and providing something else at the finish line other than water. I am fine with water at the aid stations but at the end needs to be something else. And the medals, which I was surprised they were handing out to begin with, were a little flimsy.

It was an OK race but I think there is room for improvement.

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(2015)
"Drumstick Dash MKE"
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This is my third time running this race, skipping Year 2 due to an ankle injury. It is a very enjoyable 5K with the race in a great environment and the extras that it provides. I like that it is a front to get people to donate food for the homeless, even if they took away the raffle part of it where some people received prizes in connection with the food donation.

Swag: One of the better ones out there. Long sleeve cotton t-shirt, this year in blaze orange (which makes up for the fact it sort of has a boring print on it), a Brewers 2015 bobblehead or gnome, other discounts from the expo vendors and a Sendik's coupon.

Aid Stations: One, which was plenty. Served water, also fine.

Course Scenery: I enjoy this course a lot. The view of Miller Park, the Story Hill neighborhood, all nice to trot through. A lot better than the first year which as a stale jog through State Fair Park.

Expo Quality: They do a decent job with this making it welcoming to families. Cutouts to take pics with, the Racing Sausages and Bernie Brewer hanging around, Performance Running Outfitters selling some merchandise and other Vision races trying to sign you up to run (the Lucky Leprechaun got me this year).

Elevation: One decent sized hill right at the start, then a few little rolls along the course to keep you honest, followed by the gradual incline on the bridge heading back to Miller Park and then the final incline before the finish line (a great challenge for all).

Parking: It's free and there's plenty of it! Need I say more!

Management: They are great! Never leave you hanging with questions if you have any, and they fill up your e-mail box with reminders constantly about the race or any updates. There is no way you could be misinformed or miss out on information with these guys.

If you are looking for a fun 5K and around the holidays, this is a must-do!

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(2015)
"2015 Brewers Mini Marathon"
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This was my first time running this race after wanting to do it the previous two years but never committing to it. The course was very enjoyable, going down Canal Street, past Potawatomi and through the Harley-Davidson Museum area, followed by going through Miller Valley. I was surprised by the number of inclines throughout the race. I certainly wasn't expecting it and it isn't like they were steep inclines. Just those nice gradual ones that wear you down when there are a decent number of them. The number of aid stations was almost ridiculous, but in a good way. There is no way you could run this race and feel like you were dehydrated unless you skipped every station. Choices of water and Gatorade were nice but even nicer was the flavor of Gatorade changed at each station.

The after party was very festive and was worth staying around for; as were the Herzing University-provided free massages. They were quick but so worth waiting in a line for one. The two free beer tickets also was nice, if you wanted that. Being held in the parking lot was a great idea since there was plenty of room to move around and socialize with others. The swag was good: medal for the race plus the various discounts for several other products. The pickup process is quick and easy but the accompanying expo is a rather flat experience. Just some other races being promoted (offering tons of Halloween candy at each spot and typically $10 off the current registration price) but not much else. They really need to spark this up some.

All in all, it was a fun racing experience and I look forward to having the chance to run it again.

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