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(2016)
"Cold but cool"
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Signing up was easy and cheap! Swag included a medal and longsleeve tech t-shirt.

Parking on the day of was easy. We did arrive early, so I know some people had a tougher time, but police were around to direct traffic and help people park.

The race start was a little odd. There was no timing mat and we started away from the finish line before running through it about a quarter mile later. There was no mat time start, which was odd, since there was one at the 5K split and the finish.

The race had an open start, which meant some slower runners hung toward the front and made it difficult for faster runners to get out at their pace.

The course was generally flat, with a few elongated elevation rises -- which were KILLER, for me -- but nothing too extreme by any means. The scenery was amazing, running through the budding cherry blossom trees in the gorgeous park. We also had the out-and-back turnaround right by the church where I got married, which is a gorgeous cathedral that was a highlight of the run.

The finish line was a little bunched, as they started handing out the medals way too close to the line, instead of further back, so people got bunched up.

Again, outside of a few quirks here or there, this 1,000-person race was nearly flawless. I loved it and can't wait to run it next year!

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(2016)
"Cold run, hot chocolate"
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Despite it being about 2 degrees when the race started -- in NASHVILLE -- this was a great race! It was well organized, well staffed and ran through a beautiful city. It was, overall, a great race, despite the frigid temperatures.

Parking was a breeze, which was even more helpful because we drove through the night from New Jersey to get there and my wife dropped to the 5K due to the horrid weather. The car was close, so she was able to race and get to warmth while I nearly froze mid-stride!

The corrals were well organized, with pacers in the main group of runners to help spread everyone out. The course started in the sun, but moved between buildings and then back out into the open of some much-needed extra warmth.

There were a few aid stations along the way, which were helpful ... except by the final aid station, the water in the cups had frozen!!!

At the end of the race, it was clear how much further there was to run and you could really turn on the jets, which was extremely helpful. Plus, whomever planned out the route did an awesome job, as you had a bit of a downhill before the final straightaway to the finish line. Also, props to the split finish line for 15k racers and 5k walkers.

The finish line was quick to hand out medals and the food lines were short -- and especially sweet! The snacks at the end really hit the spot, especially the hot chocolate! I wanted to pour it over my head, I was so cold!

Overall, an extremely well-run race, with great volunteers, great swag and an awesome medal.

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(2015)
"Sprint Course: Fast, fun and clean"
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I had a really, really great time running the spring course (4.1 miles) at the Men's Health Urbanathlon in 2015 at Citi Field. While the whole event had to be rescheduled due to the Mets making the playoffs (woo!), we lucked out with a clear and cool day in December. They were good about keeping the racers up to date about changes and packet pickups.

On race day, parking was a bit of a pain. Parking at Citi Field isn't the greatest if you're not in the main parking lot, and lack of signage was a bit of a problem. But, once we were in, it was just across the street and right in the shadow of the stadium for the expo, bag drop and info station.

Once it was time for the race, volunteers were great about getting everyone into corrals and ready to run on time.

The course was a lot of fun -- and not dirty! Through dumpsters, over planks, through some tire obstacles, under a tractor trailer, over marine hurdles before you got into the stadium for the tough part: stair climbs! We ran all the way up the steps to the top of Citi Field, then zig-zagged up and down for a few sections before the big descent... onto the field! We ran the outfield dirt in Citi Field before climbing one more section of stairs to the concourse and then down and out into the final stretch.

Over some taxi cabs, over a cargo net on top of a bus, under some fences and over the final wall to the finish.

Along the whole way, there were tables with water and Propel (a sponsor), and the course was very well marked -- even with cyclists to lead each wave.

The expo at race day had a fantastic gear drop, some good protein bars and jerky and even trainers from Equinox to stretch you pre- and post-race.

Overall, it was a good, fun obstacle course race that I can't wait to do again next year.

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(2015)
"Fast & fun!"
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Overall, a very popular and fun race. It has an amazing backdrop, as you overlook the NYC skyline the entire time, and finish around a small park that just out into the river.

Before the race, with everyone in costumes milling about in the park, people were stretching and jogging while people picked up their packets. The race time got pushed back 10 minutes, which was enough to get everyone situated.

At the start, they had people line up in waves by estimated pace, which helped ease congestion at the start. I LOVE when races do this, instead of everyone filing in together, and it really, really helped as we were starting on a fairly narrow street.

Just one water/aid station on the out-and-back course, but that's all you really need.

Post-run, they had more goodies than you could shake a stick at. Really wonderful setup and great to watch the little kids run their race too!

Parking was a breeze in the city, as there are a lot of local parking lots if you couldn't find street parking.

Overall, one of the best races!

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(2015)
"Walkers abound, but still a fast and fun day"
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To start, parking was an utter disaster. The one-lane road was backed up for nearly 30 minutes as buses to the starting line got in the way of parking. Luckily, and alertly, they delayed the 10K start time for those stuck in traffic, so everyone was able to start at a reasonable time.

The course was all trail, with some bridges and a bit of gravel/pavement in the last quarter mile. It was a single-track course which was filled with many people walking the entire course, or resting going up a hill. In the future, I would reccommend a different start time for people that will specifically be walking the entire race. I yelled out my fair share of "Walk on the right, please!"

The course was fun and challenging. There were a few decent elevation gains of 100 or so feet, as well as windy ups and downs. The course was well marked and the two aid stations also served cake!

After the race, there was more cake, bananas, nutella sandwiches, marshmallows and more. Best post-race spread I've ever seen! The finish line got a little packed, as the medals and food were handed out too close to where people were crossing the line.

They also provided free race photos, but there were only cameras at the starting/finish line.

All in all, after a frustrating start to the day, it was a great race on a beautiful day with some awesome snacks and beautiful medals!

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