Latest reviews by Tedrick Kelly

(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)
"Cherry Bomb!"
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Absolutely great race! I had heard about the Cherry Blossom for years but it always seemed to fall on a day that I already had a race. Very well managed race and the Cherry blossoms were beautiful throughout the course. Definitely a bucket list race that you must do at least once. Minor elevation so you have a great chance of a fast time. Water stations were about every 2.5 miles, with beautiful views of all Washington has to offer. I'd definitely do it again. One thing I learned was besides 3 people, everyone else involved in the race are volunteers

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(2019)
"Some Hiccups But Potential for Inaugural Raleighh Half"
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This was the first year of the Raleigh Half Marathon. Which was attempting to fill the void left when Rock and Roll series decided to stop coming to Raleigh. There were more than a few hiccups that I hope they will correct in the years to come. The race was set to begin a little later than 99% of the half marathon I've run, at 8am. The start time was pushed back to 8:15 to allow for more people to make it from the shuttle. The race is an out and back in Neuse River Greenway, which runs along side the Neuse River. You can't account for weather but a race must be equipped to handle it. Race day was very warn and 100% humidity, which left a lot of runners struggling. The sports drink at water stations were not properly mixed and aid stations ran out of water. In that weather, makes for dangerous conditions for runners. Finish line refreshments was only a little bottle of water and half a banana, definitely not enough. Medals were small, more like a medallion. I did really like the finish of the race, the last quarter mile is a lap around track to the finish line. The race has potential, so I hope most of Hiccups are fixed by my year

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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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(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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