Latest reviews by Semaria Shaw

(2016)
"Great Course"
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Packet Pick up: I stayed at the Holiday Inn on Ninth Street, right across from the expo. The expo was small but I encountered no issues with packet pickup.

Starting Line: The walk was less than 10mins from hotel. Easy to navigate too. I loved being able to see the Arch, which makes for great photo backdrop.

Race Course: The 5k course had a few small hills but nothing major. Not much crown support for this distance. Nice scenery. 1.5 mile loop and back. Large number of runners but no bottlenecking along the course. The weather was great that day as the clouds provided shady cover.

Finish Line: Running towards the arch in the background was nice. I did experience slight crowding coming through the finish line. After receiving my medal there was ample Propel Water, bananas, pretzels, and chips. There was a post race concert in the park near the finish line area. Nice medal for the 5k.

Overall, great course and I would most definitely do it again.

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(2016)
"Great course, slight hills with mutiple bands along the way"
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Packet Pick up: I stayed at the Holiday Inn on Ninth Street, right across from the expo. The expo was small but I encountered no issues with packet pickup.

Starting Line: The walk was less than 10mins from hotel. Easy to navigate too. I loved being able to see the Arch, which makes for great photo backdrop. This race starts an hours earlier than the 5k does the day before. It was a little dark upon arrival to the race start line. No issue unless you are looking for someone in the large semi-dark crowd. The start line for this race is same as a the half. Corrals are easy to locate by signs. Easy to slide right into the proper one.

Race Course: The 10k course had a few more hills than the 5k course the day before. Not much crowd support for this distance either oddly. Nice scenery. Loved the bands playing at various spots along the course. Easy to locate the 10k/half split as well. water/Gatorade stops were easily accessible without crowding.

Finish Line: Running towards the arch in the background was nice again. After receiving your medal you entered the photo zone. There are volunteers passing out water as well. As you venture further down you find the Gatorade Endurance, additional Water, Chocolate milk (my fav!) bananas, pretzels, and chips. There were also ice cold towels with RNR imprint souvenir (very nice).

Overall, great course with hills, nice scenery and views of the arch= I would most definitely do it again.

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(2016)
"Great inagural race ---5k review"
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Expo: They allowed ample time for packet pickup 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Race packet pick-up until 9 p.m.) I sent my registration confirmation to a friend and she was able to pick mine up without any issues. Runner packets include: race bib, timing chip, discount coupons, special surprises and important runner instructions. NO PACKET PICK-UP ON RACE DAY.

Race registration included free admission to the 901fest. (A celebration of all things Memphis! Memphis Music - Memphis Food - Memphis Merchandise and a spectacular Memphis-themed Fireworks Finale! )

Race day: parking was reasonable for those familiar with the Downtown Memphis Area. 5k started at 7:30am. Memphis got a lot of rain the three days prior to race but race day was dry and HUMID.

Nice scenery along the course through downtown. Course starts on Riverside drive overlooking the MS River. continues through downtown area, Civil Rights Museum, Beale Street and loops back to the start line.

- Relatively flat course ( one small hill on 5k course). Great course for a PR. cooling towels were available as well at the finish line.

The after party is great. SOOO much good food! Multiple area for finisher photos.There was a booth that took photos with a machine that printed a free copy with the option to have it sent to your phone as well. Other areas with finisher podium and other props. There was a ton of food. pizza, pulled pork, slaw, protein bars,brownies, chicken tenders, mini sliders, cupcakes, fruits, water, Gatorade and a few other items I may be omitting.

SWAG: shirt was a nice cotton blend with great design but ran really small. Also received a nice Nike drawstring bag. Luckily, they allowed same day exchange at expo pickup. They may want to look at a different shirt for next year. great finisher medals

Family Friendly race!!!

You could just sit, eat, drink a beer, and listen to some good music while overlooking the river.

Overall,a great race. Very humid so be properly hydrated prior to and during the race. I will most definitely register for this race again in 2017.

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(2016)
"10th anniverary"
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EXPO/Packet pickup: pickup is located at Renaissance at Colony Park. pickup for Friday was open til 7pm. Well marked by signs. I registered for this race last September soon after it opened. once I arrived at the expo there was difficulty locating my bib. Come to find out after 5 mins that IMATHLETE was the original race site used but at some point they switched over to a RacesOnline. Needless to say none of us were every notified. Despite this, they allowed me to re-register and they provided a code to cover the current half marathon price. Due to this error, I was told to check back after the race if I wanted a shirt. The expo was composed of about 6-8 vendors. (We arrived in Ridgeland around 4pm). Ample parking. also in walking distance from the Hotel.

Hotel: we stayed at the Hyatt Place Ridgeland. Best hotel option. Start line it literally right outside the door and the finish line is less than 50ft from that.The race proved a code and the hotel total was 117 for 2 queen bed and sleeper sofa. hotel is very nice and it located directly behind a shopping area/restaurants.

Race day:
9am-7pm
Renaissance at Colony Park
Ridgeland, MS
*park at Ruth Chris, there will be signs leading you to the second floor of Renaissance at Colony Park located above the mall management offices*

Saturday, May 14, 2016 (race day)-Renaissance at Colony Park..5:00am Packet Pick Up, Bib Number pick up and Registration Opens. 6:15am Registration Ends. Half start time: 6:30am. temps started at 56 but soon increased. It turned Hot and Humid very fast.no corrals. announcer simply started fast runners to the front. I did not experience any issues. Im a 13-14min on a good day and simply stood in the middle of the pack. Scenic Courses through Ridgeland, MS. Some areas are along a paved trail. I was so surprised to see water/gatorade stops an every mile. Porty potties were available as well despite being kind of hidden in some areas. Lots of crowd support and police. Walker friendly race as well. Race distances started in waves and did not close at 11:30am, which gives half marathoners 5hrs.Headphones are allowed if used with Caution. There are some hilly portions of the race, but not as intense as other cities.

Post race: massage area. plenty of fluids (water, Gatorade, sodas), pizza, fruit, protein bars and cookies. vendor tents as well.

Overall, great well coordinated race.

additional info:
Finisher Medals to all Half Marathon, 5K, 10K and Kid's One Mile Fun Run finishers

Race Capacity
Half Marathon ~ 600 Participants
10K ~ 550 Participants
5K ~ 550 Participants

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(2016)
"awesome crowd support"
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This year the race offered a third medal for doing both the half and 5k. The 5k started at 8:15pm,which gave us plenty of time to drive in from Memphis (about 3 hrs). the packet pickup for the half that same night was open til about 10p.The half marathon packet pickup has two lines based on last name. I did love the ability to change the shirt size if it was too large. There was a 5k shirt, a half pullover and a race shirt. Prior to race start, there was a large photo backdrop and numerous props, kiddie areas vendor booths, food trucks and other areas to occupy time. The 5k glow run had a table with various glowing wearables to use during the race. 5k course was nice that went thru the Russellville school campus. The half marathon began at 7:30am. However, the 3:15 pace group will start earlier at 6:30 am. The only catch is that you are not allowed to pass the pacer until 7:30a. I chose the early start as this is my 3rd half and my prior races were 3:15 and 3:16. The course was very scenic. I have never seen a course filled with so many people cheering. I mean there were people everywhere. All of the faster pace groups were so supportive as well when passing on the route. The course ran past a lake or river (not sure but its beautiful as you come down a slight hill). The Arkansas Tech campus is also very beautiful.

Just to let you know, there is a large overpass/bridge at mile 12! Man that bridge was brutal for me at that point. Prior to crossing the bridge, there was a water station. The water was cold and gatorade as well. My favorite thing was the volunteers spraying water from misting bottles and passing out wet paper towels.

finish line is full of cheering spectators/family/friends. post race pizza, chocolate milk, water, sports drinks. Half marathon medal given you cross. The challenge medal was available at the location where the packets were the night before. Simply provide name and they verify. ample photo ops, food trucks and vendor booths. We ate at this spot right near start line called Big Daddys Bar-be-que.. OMG!!!! you have to try it if you do this race.

Overall a great race, I would most definitely do it again next year if my race schedule allows.awesome town and energetic and plentiful course support.

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