Latest reviews by Tedrick Kelly

(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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(2018)
"Beautiful Scenery and PR Heaven"
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I ran Kiawah Island for the first time this year and I was not disappointed. I'm from NC so this South Carolina race was the last marathon of the year within driving distance. It isn't a huge race, around 1300 marathoners, but race management rivals some of the larger races. Scenery on the route was beautiful with huge houses and stunning views of water. Course is relatively flat, with a few inclines. I think it's a fast course, but does have a good amount of turns in the last 3 miles that can play havoc on your legs. Beautiful finisher medals and large buffet for runners afterwards. The resort tenants are on the course cheering. I PR'd so I would definitely recommend this race. I'm sure I'll be back

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(2017)
"Hills For You, Hills For Me"
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In 2012, I ran this race as my first ever half marathon and it was rough, especially for a first half marathon. I returned back for my 5 year runniversary to see how I had progressed over the years. First off I will say that this race has some of the nicest feeling race shirts, super soft and super comfortable. Now for the race itself, it has a staggered start. The half marathoners start at 7:30, followed by the runners doing the 5 miler at 8:00. They didn't have starting corrals, just pacers for every 30 minute pace, beginning with 6 min mile. I am not going to sugarcoat this race, the course is filled with rolling hills, making it a good challenge. The whole race you are going uphill or downhill, but mostly uphill. The course takes you through downtown Durham attractions and at some points through the campus of Dook University. Race management had water stops about every 1.5 miles and pretty much every stop had water, gatorade and gels. Between mile 10 & 11, you encounter the largest hill of the course. If you can power through that hill, the rest of the race isn't nearly as bad. The finish is slightly uphill, but nothing like you would have already experienced earlier in the race. Upon finishing you are given a very nice finishing medal, free beer and access to one of the nicest food truck rodeos around. While this is not a race I will do every year, I would recommend it to anyone that likes a more challenging course with a great finish line party. Run Bull City

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(2017)
"Support Off the Charts!"
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I enjoyed it so much last year, I came back for an encore. 40,000 runners from all over the world and a million spectators there to cheer you on. I have yet to experience the NYC Marathon but it has it work cut out for it if it wants to compete with Chicago. The race is well-organized and the water stations seemed to come up about every mile after mile 4 or 5. The only thing I wish the stops had that they didn't was salt packets. This year's race got pretty warm and I noticed a lot of runners dealing with cramping issues(including myself). The crowds really help as you run through all the neighborhoods, my favorites being chinatown and little italy. If you run this race, make sure you try and stay near the magnificent mile because you will be in the heart of everything. You can walk to Navy Pier and you will only be about 1.5 miles away from the start of the race. Put this race on your bucket list, I PROMISE you won't be disappointed.

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(2017)
"Rocko 5k"
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First things first, the race management for this race was great. The race began at exactly 7am on the dot. The course is an out & back along side of the Schuylkill River. I usually don't like out and back courses but the scenery for this race was beautiful. In addition to the view of the river, you also run pass the Philadelphia Zoo. The course is fairly flat, with a slight incline to the finish line so you can secure a fast time. The race began and finished in front of the Philadelphia Museum and the famous steps that Sly ran up in the movie Rocky. Beautiful finisher's medals are a huge plus as well. If you are a runner who enjoys nice scenery, I would definitely put Rock and Roll Philly 5k on your calendar.

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