Latest reviews by Deborah Brooks

(2018)
"Beautiful venue for a relay"
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An ~27 mile relay that can be done in teams of 3 or 6 runners. Most of the race takes place within the scenic Rock Creek Park north of Rockville, Md. Running 2x with just a short rest is tough! Each leg is approx 4.5-5 miles. We were in the last start wave for the race and as such did not see too many other runners on the route. Parking was plentiful and driving directions between transitions were spot on. Plenty of food at the finish. No aid stations mid race. On the downside, the race volunteers starting taking down signs and leaving their transition posts before we were finished running through them. We found this to be a little demoralizing. The last leg of the race leading into the finish had some confusing directional signs. A fun way to practice a relay race with a group of friends.

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(2018)
"Crowded but lots of fun"
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I ran the 5K race as part of a "racecation" weekend with friends. The expo was large and and packet pick up was fairly easy. The t shirts were crazy small in size and nowhere near accurate sizing. Trading of sizes was not available at the expo. The 5K race went off on time and was pretty crowded throughout the 3.1 mile run. Mostly concrete running path with nice views of the water and the city. Plenty of water during race and at finish line. Lots of porta potties avail w no line. Great finisher medals. Fun but crowded race.

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(2016)
"For The Love of It 10K"
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Hard to find in February, this 10k run is held on a slightly hilly course through Reston VA. A fun Valentine themed race with a small town feel. Packet pick up available day of and pre race warm area in local high school with access to bathrooms. (Always a plus for me). 3 water stops and plenty of post run water available. Parking on site. Organized very well by PR racing with easy pre registration and great long sleeve Valentine theme tech tees. Free race photos available to all within hours of the race. Good value for the money.

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(2016)
"Tri and Indoor Tri race"
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A fun way to get a taste of what a tri race is like. This indoor tri is set up at Lifetime Fitness (numerous locations around the country hold the races on the same day). Each participant has a 10 minute swim, 30 minute indoor cycle ride and 20 min treadmill run. Stats are collected for each leg to provide the results. If you are thinking about doing a tri or just want a little off season training this is a great way to "tri" it out. Race was well organized and divided into small waves. Nice t shirt and bathing cap provided. I would definitely do it again!

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(2015)
"Flat, fast & festive run"
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The Jingle All The Way is fast, flat and festive 5k down the iconic Pennsylvania Avenue towards the Capitol Building. The course is flat and slightly downhill at times. This race draws runners in festive holiday costumes which adds to the fun. Race packets can be picked up in advance at some of the Pacer's locations or on race day. I picked up my packet on race morning with a minimum line. The race t shirt was not as festive this year but other than that a great course for a PR and very family friendly.

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