Latest reviews by Tedrick Kelly

(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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(2017)
"Conquer the Hill"
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What a great race! Everything about this race was handled very well. If you have never been to Kansas City, don't be fooled, there are HILLS in Kansas City..hence the name Hospital Hill. Starting with expo, it wasn't the largest one I have been to but the booths there were of high quality. My favorite booth was the beef one, they cooked you a slider and gave you a sample of wine. 2 thumbs up! If you looking for the traditional race swag, you won't get it at Hospital Hill. The organizers got creative and instead of receiving a race t-shirt, you get a pair of pajama bottoms and a towel.
On race day, there was free parking garage that was literally about 20 yards from the starting line. This was a big change for me, I accustomed to either having to catch a shuttle or paying to park close. The race begin exactly at 7am, no delaying here. The race itself was a great experience despite the high 70s temp, high humidity, and lovely HILLS. You encounter the race namesake, Hospital Hill, in the first 3 miles of the race and it certainly challenges you. You will find many spectators lined up the HILL cheering you on as you progress up the monster. Don't be fooled that Hospital Hill is the only hill you encounter, there are many many more. Your entire race is a up and down roller coaster, mixed with beautiful scenery of Kansas City. The aid stations were placed about every 1.5 miles, so whenever you felt the need for water, a water stop was in sight. The final mile is a gradual downhill, which is a welcomed sight after 12 miles of battling hills. Upon finishing, you receive a nice size medal and treated to free beer and pancakes(yes pancakes). I never had pancakes as a race perk before, but they definitely hit the spot. Great race, great experience. If you have the means to get to Kansas City, I would definitely recommend putting Hospital Hill on your race calendar for the future.

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(2017)
"Raleigh, Consider Yourself Rocked"
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Rock and Roll Raleigh and myself have a love/dislike relationship. Raleigh is my home city so I know what to expect, but that doesn't neccessarily make this race any easier. I have been doing the race since it inception 4 years ago, so i will continue to run it. They made some slight alterations to the course this year but let's face it, Raleigh is very hilly. The course makes you on a nice tour around downtown Raleigh, passing museums, government buildings and through the campus of NC State. The first 5-6 miles, you get a taste of some medium sized hills, with the granddaddy of hills hitting you between mile 11-12. The final half mile is a downhill, which is a big change from previous years. I don't think anyone will complain about a downhill finish. I was able to keep my pace consistent, before I opened it up a little on the last mile. All around me i saw runner after runner being knocked down by the hills. Weather was low 60s, but you really never can tell what you will get in Raleigh for this race. The first year it was almost 80 degrees and last year it was in the low 30s at the start. I would recommend this race to anyone looking a a challenging half or full marathon. Sign up and hopefully i will see you in 2018.

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(2017)
"Parkway Classic was Classic"
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Beautiful Beautiful Alexandria! This was my first year participating in the George Washington Parkway Classic, and I throughly enjoyed it. I typically enjoy attending expos for races, but unfortunately this race didn't have a real expo experience. Packet pick-up took place at the running store; however, they did have a few sales going on that runners could take advantage of. Race day saw shuttles waiting to take the runners to the starting spot. The race is a point to point, so the shuttles drove us 10 miles out and dropped us off. The starting area was well decked out with stations to refill your water bottles, muffins, bananas, coffee and even had a area that you could get heat sheets. The start of the race began at George Washington's house on MT Vernon. The start of the race was well organized, runners weren't allowed into the corrals until about 10 minutes from the start. Once you get started, the race takes you on a trip straight down along side the Potomac River. It's hard to get lost in this race, as it is pretty much a straight shot with no turns. What it lacks in turns, it more than made up for in HILLS. You endure the up and down of the hills for 8 miles before finishing up your last 2 miles in downtown Alexandria. A cool medal awaits your finish, along with countless goodies and a beer garden. Give the Parkway Classic a try.

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(2017)
"Double Down Challenge Accepted"
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I've run this race for the pass 4 years and this year that introduced the Double Down Challenge, making this race even more exciting. This race typically gives you the choice of 2 distances to choose from, 4 miles or 10 miles. This year the introduced the inagural Double Down Challenge. What's that you ask?? The runners willing to accept the challenge would have to run the 4 miler in 40 minutes or less, and then start and run the 10 miler. The 4 miler started at 7:15, and the 10 miler 7:45 and they cut off the time for the double down challenge to 7:55. Those that were able to complete the challenge would walk away with a 4 mile medal, 10 mile medal and a double down medal. Of course that meant, tackling the hills of Chapel Hill twice but fortunately you only had to conquer Laurel Hill once. The race takes you through the popular Franklin Street, as well as carries you through the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. Beautiful Campus and beautiful race, despite all the hills. I would definitely recommend, and if you up for the challenge....do the Double Down.

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