Latest reviews by Zenaida Arroyo

(2019)
"Delaware Marathon Running Festival"
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I flew into Philadelphia and then took a shuttle to Wilmington. It was a quick drive about 20 minutes. My hotel was ready when I arrived. I stayed at the DoubleTree Hilton which is about 15 minutes from the start line. I would suggest you stay there if you run this race. The expo is also at the hotel. It was very small (I didn't buy anything) but definitely convenient to have it at the same hotel one is staying.

The race started and ended at the Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park. The race began at 7am. There are no corrals but there are signs with different paces for you to line up prior to the start of the race.

This race is not flat. Well, for about 4 miles it was flat. Then it was all downhill and uphill. We ran in Brandywine Park and that was simply gorgeous. Lots of trees – very peaceful and relaxing.

A little after mile 6 it was up, up, and up. Beginning at mile 7.5 was the Munchkins Mile. Lots and lots of munchkins. It was here that we ran through a nice neighborhood. The houses were beautiful and I remember what seemed to be like a small park/lots of trees in the middle of the two streets.

I remember that after mile 9 someone told me that I had already run the most difficult part of the race. Then it was back to Brandywine Park (more downhill).

I almost cried when I saw the mile marker for mile 12. I was very sore and tired. The last mile was uphill for 1/2 mile and the rest downhill to mile 13.

Overall, I thought it was a great race. The weather was perfect. It was well organized. There were plenty of water stations and the volunteers were wonderful. There wasn’t a lot of crowd support, but the views made up for it. Again, Brandywine Park is gorgeous. What I did not like were the hills which left me very sore. Someone asked me if I would do it again. The answer is “yes”, but I would train on hills. 🙂

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(2019)
"Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K"
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This is one of my favorite races!

I went to the expo Saturday morning. Due to another event taking place at McCormick Place, I was told to take public transportation. I just went early and luckily found parking.

I didn't stay too long as it was a very small expo. There were a few vendors and I bought a few things from Sparkly Soul and Nuun.

Race morning I drove to the train station and took the train to the race. I got there in plenty of time to use the restroom, check in my gear, and meet up with my fellow BibRave Pro friends. Then it was time to run.

The weather was great. It was supposed to rain by luckily it didn't. I wore shorts, compression socks, a long sleeve top, and my BibRave shirt. Yes, I did get hot. I also did get cold a few times probably from the sweat.

I took my time because my goal was to have fun and to finish under an hour. That is exactly what I did!

The course is mainly through downtown and I love it there. I soaked it all in because I don't get a chance to go downtown and it was nice to be able to run there.

The crowd support isn't the same as the Chicago but it was enough to motivate me. I was happy!

Overall, it is an AWESOME race and I would encourage everyone to run this race. I love the distance and the location.

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(2018)
"Rock 'n' Roll Denver"
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You can never go wrong with Rock 'n' Roll races. They're always organized with many people having a great time.

I flew in Saturday morning from Chicago. After a few hours (getting to hotel and eating something), I made my way to the expo. I've been to a few of them before but each one is different depending on the city. This one was OK. Not sure how many vendors there were but I just ended up buying something from the Brooks area.

Saturday morning I woke up with just enough time to get ready, drink coffee, and eat something before making my way down to the start line. Luckily, my hotel was about 10 minutes away. There were lots of people waiting and I got in my corral (no one really monitors so I could have gotten in an earlier one). Someone sang The National Anthem and then each corral was released in waves (I think each one was about 2 minutes). Then it was time for me to start running.

The weather was just great. Never did I feel cold nor hot. I had NO idea how much the altitude would affect me. I struggled so much and didn't really get to enjoy the race. I just wanted to finish.

The course took us through pretty areas of Denver and through City Park. I enjoyed seeing the different color leaves but after a while I got bored running there. Maybe I was just in a bad mood because I was struggling. No matter how much I tried, I could not pick up the pace.

There weren't many spectators. There were plenty of water stations and the volunteers were great.

I would recommend this race to someone but to only run it for fun. << At least those that are not used to the altitude since I thought it was tough.

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(2018)
"Byline Bank Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K"
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I've done this race in the past. It used to be the Magellan Development Chicago Half Marathon. I did the 10K in 2011 and the half marathon in 2009 and 2010.

A friend of mine picked up my bib and goodie bag for me. I sent her a copy of my ID and it was very easy for her to get it for me. I signed up for the 10K and instead got a bib for the half marathon. Not a problem as I ran the 10K anyway.

It was a new start line for me (Maggie Daley Park) since in the past it was at The Park at Lakeshore East. Both locations are very close to each other so it wasn't a big deal/difference getting there.

The half marathon began at 7am and the 10K at 7:45. I saw plenty of port-a-potties and there was no line for them. Of course it seemed empty since most of the runners were already running.

The 10K is a great distance race. I didn't feel cold while running. However, once I was done I got very cold. Unfortunately I didn't participate in any of the post-race activities. I took a few pictures and left. I wanted to take advantage of the beer, breakfast, and the spring flower station.

I love the medal featuring a spinning Navy Pier Ferris Wheel and the free race photos. I also love the color of the shirt. Perfect for spring!

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(2018)
"Soldier Field 10 Mile"
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This race is one of my favorites in Chicago. I love the location and the distance. This one was a HOT one compared to the other times I've run it.

I received NO communication from RAM regarding packet pickup or any other race information. Luckily I looked for the info on the website.

A friend of mine picked up my bib and shirt from Fleet Fleet Old Town since I dislike going to that location.
It takes me about an hour to get there and then another hour to get home. I prefer the South Loop location.

I left my house at 5:30am. Perfect time to avoid the traffic and still manage to park for free in the parking lot. One of my favorite things about it since parking is around $20. If I had to pay, I would have taken public transportation.

That start was inside the stadium. We had access to the indoor bathrooms which is nice. By the time I got inside, most of the runners were already lined up so there were no bathroom lines. I was in corral K but moved to L. I was in the 2nd wave and I didn't start till about 7:30am. Too long of a wait. I understand the reason behind it so maybe I just need to run faster so I can get an earlier start. :-)

I knew it was going to be a HOT day but I wasn't really prepared for it. It was nice and cool inside the stadium but one I was out I could feel the heat. Oh, and it was crowded. Too congested. Plus, it was annoying to see walkers in the middle of the path. That is one of my pet peeves.

I was feeling OK till about mile 3. Then the heat just got to me. By now my goal was simply to not pass out and finish it.

I got annoyed at the turnaround point because the announcer teased us that we looked like we could use some ice. I thought for sure we would get some ice. We didn't. Rude.

The volunteers were wonderful. At every water station, there was water and Nuun ready for me. I never had to wait. One volunteer was nice enough to fill up my water bottle with Nuun.

The finish is inside Soldier Field. I was happy to run into the tunnel leading inside. At least now it was shaded and I was almost done.

I got my medal and a bottle of water. I also got a goodie bag. I stayed for about 20 minutes to see some friends and then went home. I was hungry and tired. I wanted a burger and a beer. No, not Budweiser. Usually I do not pass up free beer but I was not in the mood for Budweiser.

Overall, it is a great race and would recommend it to everyone to run it.

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