Latest reviews by Dane D

(2016)
"Great beginners trail race! "
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This was my first 10k, and first trail race. First, I will say that it wasn't advertised well as a trail race, so I had my road gear on but I suppose partly my fault for not inquiring.

The 5k started first so I had ample time to check in and get my bib and shirt. The shirt was simple but who would ever turn down having another tech shirt!

Starting of the race: folks gathered and they had a quick award for best costume as it was a themed luau race. The buzzer went off and away we went. The first hill wasn't too bad and actually went quite well. As we made our way along there was quite a bit of ups and downs with the hills and trails through the forest. It had rained the night before so there were substantial puddles across the entire trail at times and there were a couple of trees to hop over along the way as well. The last mile was fairly flat and last 0.5 miles were paved so you could push through for the best time.

After finishing there were cups of fruit, plenty of water, cupcakes and best of all a finishers medal! Overall, I'd say this was a great 10k for a beginning runner or someone who wants a fun run for the weekend. For that purpose, I'd definitely run this again. I had a great time!

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(2016)
"Fun mid-season/mid-mileage race"
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This was my first timed race and longest distance at the time. It was a chilly morning and rain lingered. Checking in and receiving the bib and a nice water bottle was a breeze and we'll organized.

As the race began we started out with a steady climb up a hill, one of 3 hills of the course. There were folks along the way to point out where to head next. There was one water station along the course that was passed twice.

After the race there was a nice spread of water, bananas, apples, cookies, donuts, etc. There was a local chiropractor there offering free assessments and massage. A couple of nutrition vendors with samples. The race medals were awarded in a nice ceremony.

Overall, it was a fun day and the people were great. I'd recommend this race for anyone who wants to join in for a good community racing get together.

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(2016)
"Best 5K running series of the area!"
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This was my first 5K experience with Run Around Scranton. I had gotten their early, but parking was difficult. Once I found a spot I made my way to the restaurant and registered for the race. They had really nice tech knit shirts that were free, so how can you go wrong there?!

As time grew near we all gathered and off we went! It started with quiet a nasty uphill climb, but then flattened out for the next 2ish miles. There was one significant downhill followed by a drastic uphill climb - had to walk that one... The Scranton Police did a phenomenal job controlling traffic and keeping us runners safe! As we ran through neighborhoods folks were on their porches cheering us on which was really great for a relatively small local run.

The runners who had finished stuck around and cheered on those finishing up. It was such a supportive group! This was a great race and I look forward to future races with the Run Around Scranton group.

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