Latest reviews by Tedrick Kelly

(2019)
"Must love Chocolate"
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This is the second year of this race and I've ran it both years. Swag is amazing, with this year being a full zip winter running jacket. The race takes you through rural areas of Charlotte, so you will see a few residents out in front of their homes. The course is hilly, even more hills than last year. I wish the route would venture into downtown but otherwise a very well maintained race with great volunteers and free race pics

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(2018)
"Run the beach, earn the BAM"
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Smaller race but it packs a punch with it's swag. Ocean Isle is the 4th race of the BAM series aka Big Ass Medals. Ocean Isle is pretty flat with the exception of the bridge you have to run across in mile 1 and mile 5. Water stops greet you about every 2 miles or so and you will see lots of homeowners out on their porches cheering on the runners. The ocean breeze is sure to keep you cool as you fight through your 13 miles. At the finish you are greeted with one of the largest medals I've ever seen, along with beer and BBQ. They don't call their medals BAM for no reason.

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(2018)
"Hills For You, Hills For Me"
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Excellent race experience! For the 2nd year in a row, I challenged and conquered Hospital Hill and it's friends. This is a well-managed race that you will be sure to enjoy. Starting with the expo experience, the race team pull out all the stops. The packet pick-up was well organized and I was able to go through and get my bibs in less than 10 minutes. From there, you go grab your swag. This year swag included a duffle bag and a performance t-shirt commemorating the race 45th year. The expos also had tons of freebies, including beef and wine tasting.
This year's Re-Run challenge was suppose to start with a 5k on Friday night, but it ended up being moved to Saturday morning. It was predicted to be 90 degrees at the start of the race friday night, so I applaud race management for moving it early, rather than waiting to the last minute. The half marathon is very challenging and was not short of hills. You are basically going up or down the entire race, so once you finish it, the medal is more than deserved. The route provides you with great views of KC hospital and surrounding neighborhoods, with lots of spectators cheering you up those hills. The volunteers at the water stops were also great, making sure all the runners had their hydration. A downhill finish takes you through the line and into the party. Post-race fun included, pancake bar, massages, and lots of post-race snacks.

If you decide to take on the hills, make sure you spring for the VIP experience. Personal porter potties, free massages, mimosa, food and free gift makes the VIP experience more than worth the price. Hats off to the race management team for putting on another great race.

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(2018)
"Run this Beach"
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This is the 2nd race of the BAM series, which includes 4 races taking place in neighboring beaches throughout the year. The race is around the smaller size (typically around 1000 runners) and offers a mile, 5k and half marathon distances. The race takes you over a large bridge into the outlet, where you rack up the first 5-6 miles before crossing back over the bridge to continue on the road way. The bridge gives you an amazing view of the beaches and ocean, if you take a moment to look during the run. Although there is limited road closures, you still will see cars coming through on the roads. The volunteers do I great job of protecting the runners and you also see the cars slow down and move over to accommodate the runners. This race provides water stops about every 1.5 miles, with a ice pop station between miles 10 and 11. Outside of going up and over the bridge twice, this race is mostly flat. Finishing the race makes it all worth it when you receive your BAM(big ass medal) These are done of the largest and coolest medals I've seen, and this year's are 3D. In addition to the medal, there is BBQ, pizza, beer and sno cones available, to help the runners recup. Coastal Race Productions does an excellent job so definitely Sunset a run.

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(2018)
"Medal Earned Never Given"
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Bittersweet it is! This review will only serve as a "wish you had done it" race because sadly, Rock and Roll Marathon series decided they would not be returning to Raleigh in the future. I have been fortunate enough to run this race every year since it started 4 years ago, and this year felt like a swan song. The expo was small, but did have some quality vendors participating.

The course itself is very challenging, but it's that challenge that kept me coming back each year. This year they decided to change the course up a bit and advertised it would be less hills. Well let's just say, they lied. I personally thing it was the complete opposite and there were actually more hills this year. The whole race it felt like you were either going up a hill or down a hill. If you like to eat hills for breakfast, you definitely will get a healthy portion. While you are fighting through the hills you are treated to some great water stops. From people being dressed up like dinosaurs, to the senior citizen cheerleading squad, you were guaranteed to get a boost of energy to continue on. The race takes you through beautiful downtown Raleigh passed several museums and government buildings. The last 3 miles takes you through Dorethea Dix park and finishes with 1 last uphill climb. R n R will be missed in Raleigh, if you didn't get a chance to run it, you missed out.

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