Latest reviews by Tedrick Kelly

(2020)
"Chocolate Dreams"
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3rd year running and I will continue to come back. Course is hilly but manageable. Not a lot of spectators during the race but you are too busy conquering hills to really notice. You get pretty much everything that can be dipped in chocolate afterwards, including: marshmallows, rice crispy treats, pretzels and bananas. The swag is one of the best I’ve seen. This year was a full zip, very warm jacket.

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(2019)
"It Lives Up to It's Billing-Friendliest Marathon"
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The VCU Richmond Marathon earns it's title as Bibrave 100's Friendliest Marathon. This race is well management and very well-supported. You will have spectators everywhere cheering you on, most of them even taking the time to read your bib so that they can cheer you on by name. The race has several "Party Zones", where the energy level is through the roof. From the blasting music, to the spectators lined up handing out hi-fives, it really gives a runner an extra boost in the latter miles of the marathon. I won't deceive you, there are some challenging hills and 2 bridges you have to run across that seem never-ending but nothing you can't handle. I ran myself to a 16 minute marathon PR. When you cross the finish, not only do you get a medal but you also get a blanket and a finisher's hat.

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(2019)
"Hot...Hilly...Humid"
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Although this is a hot July race, it is a good time. What is better than toeing the line with 60000 other runners on 4th of July. It is a large race but very well managed, my corral started on time. It was pretty cool as each corral represented a different era of music and they played that music as you walked up to the starting line. There are more than a few hills but the community is great, and there were spectators everywhere cheering on the runners. After the race you still have plenty of time to hit up World of Coca Cola and/or Georgia Aquarium. Put this race on your bucket list.

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(2019)
"Sunrise Run"
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Great race experience. My 3rd year running it, and I'll keep coming back. Smaller race but very well managed. Parking was off-site but the shuttles were running about every 10 minutes so you didn't have trouble getting to starting line on time. I got on the bus at 630 and race started at 7. I still had time to make a bathroom stop before lining up. The start of race takes you up and over the bridge that takes you to the beach and gives you an amazing view of the sunrise. Aid stations were set up about every 2-3 miles. Elevation is very manageable, with the exception of the bridge. The bling is amazing every year, huge and 3D. After-party food includes BBQ, pizza, snow balls and beer.

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(2019)
"Ram Tough"
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For the 3rd year in a row, I participated in the Double Down Challenge. The challenge is you have to run and complete the 4 mile race before the 10 mile race start line closes, then you run the 10 miler. It rained all morning and then stopped during the 4 miler, which caused the humidity to skyrocket. You can't blame the race for the weather, it's how it manages it. There were plenty of water stops to help keep everyone hydrated. The race takes you through campus of UNC-CH (my Alma mater), and it's beautiful (despite the hills). Beautiful course and plenty of spectators out supporting the runners

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