Latest reviews by Fallon C

(2021)
"A Perfectly Blended Challenge"
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Race Management
SWAG
Virtual Support

While I missed running in the scenic roads that make up the Napa Valley Marathon, this was a fun challenge. The Perfect Pairing Challenge offered up a 1 mile, 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon races. All except the marathon had to be run in one run over the course of 40 days or so. The marathon was a Barrell Blend challenge and let your run it in as many runs as needed to hit that 26.2 distance.
Each race you completed earned you another piece of swag. If you completed all the races, you would end up with the cutest charcuterie set. I completed everything but the half marathon as I am not at run 13.1 miles consecutively point in my fitness. Oops.
The race also offered fun, interactive Facebook events about wine and charcuterie . Gave you something to look forward to as the weeks advanced towards the race. It was a fun challenge.

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(2020)
"Run for Chocolate"
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T-Shirts/SWAG
Aid Stations
Course Scenery
Expo Quality
Elevation Difficulty
Parking/Access
Race Management

I was excited to sign for Hot Chocolate 15K- Phoenix. Somehow, I have never run a Hot Chocolate race before even though I had heard great things. Obviously, I would have preferred to run it in person but 2020. I missed the crowds and I know I missed out on what I hear are amazing aid stations.

My personal race went a little south due to a numb foot but I was looking forward to the great swag as a reward.

Except, my awesome swag was lost in transit (holiday mail)! I watched it literally circle the country according to the transit data. It finally did arrive though and it is really awesome! The sweatshirt is top notch and I’ve already worn it. It will definitely keep me warm through the next few months. Just one ask- how about a milk chocolate cocoa mix??? I think I may be alone in that though.

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(2020)
"Giant Race-SF Home Style"
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Race Management
SWAG
Virtual Support

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)
"Texas Travels"
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Race Management
SWAG
Virtual Support

Texas is a great big state that I hope to visit someday. But until then, there's the Texas Distance Challenge!
The challenge came along just when I needed it in 2020, I needed to fight lagging motivation.
The challenge had more than a few options available for runners, walkers and cyclists.
They were-
Solo Crossing: 814 individual miles
Team Crossing: 814 team miles
Riders had-
Solo Crossing: 814 individual miles
Team Crossing: 814 team miles
Solo Loop: 3,612 individual miles
Team Loop: 3,612 team miles

Could I do 814 miles? I don't know but I have from July 1 to April 30. Initial swag was awesome- a bandana, a patch, bib and sticker and Cliff Bar.
The site tracker was super easy to link to Strava and it was fun watching your little dot move along the path from El Paso to Texarkana.
The more miles you put in, the more swag you get- stickers and a final shirt based on how far you get by cutoff.

2020 was nothing like I had hoped so having this challenge was awesome. Here's hoping I get to Texas for real someday.

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(2020)
"Giants at Home"
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Race Management
SWAG
Virtual Support

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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