Latest reviews by Tedrick Kelly

(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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(2018)
"Fast,Flat and Fun (that's what they say)"
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If you are looking to PR on the half or full this could be your race. This was the 9th year of this race and year after year, it has been a favorite to runners from all over attempting to BQ. The course is made for fast times and typically delivers. The only real hills you will encounter on this race is in the first 3 miles and last 3 miles(it's an out and back course). The course is 80% trails and the rest is on the road. The course is fast but you will pay for it with the spectators. There just isn't a lot of areas for spectators to camp out so most of the race it is just you, the other runners and trees. Upon finishing you get to ring the bell if you get yourself a PR so there is typically a lot of ringing. Nice finisher's medals and all participants received a free pair of Features socks. Come check out North Carolina and give the Tobacco Road Half/Full a try, there is a good chance you PR.

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(2018)
"Hmmm Chocolate and Atmosphere"
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Let's start with the swag for this race, no basic t-shirts here, you get an amazing fleece half-zip pullover. The race itself was a fun atmosphere, although we had to deal with on and off rain the whole time. This course was surprisingly hilly, so it provided a nice challenge. The race management was superb, with cops at every intersection protecting the runners from cars. Once you cross the finish, you are met with a nice medal that looks like a bitten chocolate bar. Post-race festival provides you with a huge mug/tray, with a cup of hot chocolate, marshmallow, pretzels, rice crispy treat and some melted chocolate for dipping. If you haven't experienced an Allstate Hot Chocolate race, find one near you and just do it! I see Charlotte's race getting bigger and better going forward

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