Latest reviews by Michelle Ladonne

(2016)
"Hills, Hills and More Hills!"
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This was a good race for February in New England. Swag was excellent, and included a free pair of Darn Tough socks, and a fleece blanket embroidered with the race logo. Parking was close to the finish and easy to find. Post-race food was awesome, including hot baked ziti, macaroni and cheese and soup served cafeteria style. The course was HILLY - be prepared! Course support was excellent, but the hills never seemed to stop coming! If I was trained better, I might have enjoyed it more. This race has a very experienced field with many running clubs participating, so be ready for a competitive, challenging race!

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(2015)
"Rolling country roads"
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This road runs through back roads of Raynham, including scenic, wooded areas and rolling hills overlooking meadows and town fields. It is beautiful, which takes your mind off of the hills! Course support was very strong, and the race finishes just next to the parking area, which I appreciated. A small-town race, but a great way to celebrate Veterans' Day and to support our troops.

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(2015)
"Awesome Fourth of July Weekend Race!"
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Finish at the 50 is one of my favorite Fourth of July weekend races in New England. It starts just outside Gillette Stadium, and then runs through residential areas of Foxborough on a rolling hills course. The finish is the best part though... after circling the stadium, the 10k runs through the tunnel and out onto the field, finishing on the 50-yard line, with the stands full of spectators cheering. The finish is broadcast on the stadium Jumbotrons, with Patriots cheerleaders lining the chute. What an awesome experience! Following the race, there were fireworks over Patriots Place. An awesome experience and can't wait to do it again!

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(2015)
"Fun Tour of Boston"
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I'm glad I did this race - the crowds are huge which was the only downside for me, but it definitely made for a memorable experience. The race starts on the waterfront in downtown Boston and runs along the closed Storrow Drive, which was pretty incredible to see! The parts of the course through downtown Boston were amazing - although the out-and-back along the highway was a little more tedious. Finish-line festivities made for an exciting end to the day, and the medal in the shape of a police badge is just awesome.

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(2014)
"Happy St. Patrick's Day!"
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A great St. Patrick's Day weekend race in New England. The year I ran was bitterly cold, which made the starting area a bit challenging, but the crowds definitely added to the excitement of this popular local race. Many runners were decked out in Irish/green costumes, which made spectating a lot of fun. The course had some rolling hills, including a memorable one toward the last mile, but I enjoyed running along the water and through the city of New Bedford. The only downside to this race was a total lack of gels, Gatorade or any other electrolyte replacement along the course. Had I known, I would have carried my own, but as it was, I was dizzy and disoriented toward the finish. Lesson learned!

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