Latest reviews by Fallon C

(2020)
"Giant Race-SF Home Style"
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The downside was not running in San Francisco- upside, I could choose my own course!

I took my Giants Race to the beach and enjoyed some miles in the sand.

The swag for the race is awesome- a tech tee that I actually want to wear again, a new Seal themed gaiter for 2020 and a sweet bobble head. Then there are the medals that were earned- pretty sweet.

Also, as this was my third Giants Race of the year, I will also earn the Turn Two and the Three Bagger series medals. That's 4 medals for the Giant Race San Francisco! Sweet!

I appreciated all the emails from the race organization. They kept us in loop as it changed from a live weekend to a virtual one. They also lined up a lot interactive activities for race week. Like interviews and social posts. They also sent out a printable DIY finish line as well as a downloadable Zoom background for finishers.

All in all, it was a great virtual experience.

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(2020)
"Giants at Home"
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I was so excited to run the Giants Race series this year then we all know what happened as it was switched to a virtual race. Being unable to run the race as planned meant I could choose my own course.

So I stacked the deck and chose a downhill course, ha!

About a month before the race, the organizers started sending out May Days training emails. They broke down a basic training plan for the 5K and a smaller plan for the kids or "Little Sluggers". They knew I needed motivation! I appreciated the weekly emails.

Just before race day , they sent out another email with a DIY printable Finish Banner. Cool!

I finished my race and took a selfie for proof (for me). Now I wait for the swag to arrive. However I ran their virtual Sacramento race too so I know the swag is worth the wait.

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(2020)
"Good Times In Napa"
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Registration was available online up until it sold out a few weeks before the race. Registration is on the higher side but there were a variety of discounts available.

Race communication was on point, not too many emails but enough that I knew what to do and where to do it.

The race expo took place in the Napa Marriott. Things were a little congested, there was one room for bib pickup and another for swag pickup and expo booths. The second room was completely packed. I feel like the flow of people might have worked better if the swag pickup had been in the same room as the bibs. All the merchandise booths were crowded.

Race morning dawned early and while they offered shuttle pickups at a few local hotels, I chose the drop off option. The drop off corner while crowded was less than half a mile from the start. Even better was that I had VIP privileges and was able to enjoy the warmth of Conn Creek Winery and real bathrooms.

The race started on time and then it was 13 miles of road and pretty vineyards.
The race primarily took runners down the Silverado Trail before turning towards town.
In my opinion the races tends towards flat with very little change in elevation.

The aid stations were well staffed and stocked with water and Nuun. The first aid station was around mile 3 with second around mile 6. From then on they were every couple of miles.

The finish line was located at Vintage High School and once across you were handed your medal and a heat sheet. Then down through the chute grabbing snacks along the way. Also a first for any race I’ve run- post race soup!

Swag- the swag for this race was a nice, long sleeve tech shirt and an amazing backpack/ duffel bag- all runners received these and they are nice- I love mine.

All in all this was a great race, one I would definitely run again. Also due to some GI issues I was out there way longer than planned- and the race was still awesome from start to finish.

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(2019)
"Sundown in Surf City"
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Surf City 10 offered a 10 mile, 10k and a 5k. This year they flipped it and the races were on the evening on Saturday. Runners could watch the sunset as they ran course.

I registered for this race about 2 weeks before race day. I paid around $60 with a discount which is amazing compared to some of my local, tiny 5k's. I ended up dropping to the 10K a few days before the race due to not feeling great and it was still worth the $60.00. Dropping the distance was also super easy and was something I could myself online.

The race offered bib pickup at the expo on Friday and Saturday before the race. The Expo was near Huntington Beach Pier and it was a little cramped. Granted, allowing bib pick up until 6PM enabled lots of us runners to be a little lazy. Myself included but I did drive 5 hours.

The race was much bigger than I had expected with several thousand runners, the corrals were packed. The course was simple- out and back down Pacific Coast Highway. The course had a few lights along the way. A couple more would have been nice but I could have remembered to get my lights out of the car too. I recall 2 aid stations for the 10k but may have missed one.

Runners received a tech tee, cute medal and a glow stick foam thing with their registration.
The finish line was a festive party welcoming the runners back.

The only thing I might change is that the 5k and 10k turn arounds required runners to cross the center divider on PCH. They built ramps to ease the change for the runners but the ramps and dark just don’t seem like a good mix.

I liked the race and it more than worth the cost. I would run it again.

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(2019)
"Space Rock Rocks"
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I had first heard of Space Rock Trail Race in 2018 thanks to an Instagram ad. I couldn’t make it work with my schedule but I did make it work for 2019.

Space Rock took place at Vasquez Rocks and the scenery was awesome. If you've ever watched any scifi show, odds are you've seen Vasquez Rocks.

Registration was available online up to a few days before the race. Customer service was on point as well- I ended up typing my email address wrong during registration but they were able to correct it for me. Also, I had registered for the half but circumstances leading up to the race had me emailing to drop to the 10K. They were able to change my distance for me before the race.

Race weekend dawned with the challenge of a large fire nearby. The race communicated well and the skies were clear enough to go on.

Race morning came early and there was plenty of parking as well as a shuttle to and from the start. The race started about 20ish minutes late as one of the shuttle buses had broken down. That was fine as it gave me time to get through the port-a- potty line.

This race warns you it is hard and it does not lie. The first half of the race is primarily single track and there are runners going both ways for about a mile or so. The course runs you along part of the PCT so that was kind of awesome. The hill around mile 4 killed me. Granted I was also having an asthma attack but be warned.

There were 2 aid stations with water and gels. Which frankly surprised me- I am used to fewer aid stations at trail races.

The race offered sweet swag too- a nice tech shirt, amazing medal and the cutest little duffel bag. And free race pictures!

I really liked this race, I would gladly run this again. Just hopefully no fire or asthma.

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