Latest reviews by Bridget Gaug

(2018)
"This race was a Rockin' good time! "
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Packet Pick up- The packet pickup area was well organized. I liked that the volunteers directed you which section of the room to go to first and made sure you weren’t waiting in line for what you thought was a packet only to need to turn around and stand in a different line. Each group of bib numbers was broken into smaller lines which helped to keep the size of lines down. Altogether, it took less than 10 minutes to get through the whole thing, including signing my waiver, which I could have done at home.

Expo- I try to get to expos early in the morning, which helps with the crowds. By noon, a few thousand people were milling around the expo hall, which made it was hard to get to most of the samples. This is fine, I try to bring all my race day needs from home, but a free coconut water would have been nice. There were tons of areas for photo ops. The part I loved was seeing all the different medals from the other Rock ‘n’ Roll races, plus all the heavy medals you can earn depending on the number of Rock 'n' Roll races you run in a year. Make sure to go to the expo early, especially if large crowds stress you out.

Transportation- Since I got to the expo late, I missed out on getting a ticket for the shuttle that brought runners directly the start line. This miscalculation caused a bit of stress because I was staying about 2.5 miles away. A 5 a.m. Lyft ride turned out to be the answer. Based on what I saw when arriving, the buses brought people directly to the start line, which eliminated the uphill hike many runners had right before a race.

The start line- This is small, but was my favorite part. There were over 20 corrals, which is great because it means you don’t get push along too quickly. Every runner had a corral number assigned to them on their bibs, but these numbers were ignored as the start grew closer and runners arrived last minute. Since each corral started in 3-4 minute increments, I was able to start my run at the right pace without being pushed forward in a crowd. I loved this!

The course- I loved the half marathon course. Both the half and full marathoners ran together until about Mile 8. The course was filled with spectators (including a house at Mile 4 house giving out shots of tequila). The spectators were loud and tons of fun. I don’t think I remember too many stretches where there weren’t people cheering. The last three miles of the half marathon course was mostly downhill, which is great after 10 miles. There were a few hills but nothing that stood out as being significantly steep. I found myself pausing my Spotify playlist when arriving at each musician to hear the different styles of music being played.

Course Aid- It was a hot day, so I was keeping an eye out for every water stop I could get. They were well spaced out and well stocked. I was a huge fan of them making sure that we knew which one had water and which had Gatorade. Very helpful in case you have not trained with a specific drink.

Finish Line- That downhill finish made for a strong push at the end. You can hear people cheering for you on, and it made the last third of a mile fly by! I felt like a rock star (pun intended). They move you through the finish line area, allowing you to get your medal, Gatorade, and chocolate milk (yum). Surprisingly, at a race with 30,000 runners, it was easy to find my husband after the race.

Swag- The medal was very cute. I loved the small sparkle in the wave and the guitar pick shape. I only wish the half and full marathon were different sizes. I know when I ran my first marathon I loved that my medal was different than the 5K and half marathon. The standard race t-shirt was simple and what you would expect. There was a massive selection of finisher shirts available at the post-race party, which were pretty affordable.

Overall- This race was a ton of fun and out of my typical environment. I can see why people love the Rock ‘n’ Roll race series so much. They are well organized and offer excellent crowd support. If you are a music fan, love big races, and the sun, you should check this one out!

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(2017)
"Small races with amazing views"
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I just ran the half marathon of the 2017 Bay to Brews Race. It was a well-organized race that I would do again. I enjoyed how small the race was which helpful for someone who likes ease from getting from parking to the start line. Parking was easy and a short walk to Rogue brewing. The race started on time and was a beautiful course. It was a double loop (going with the 10k runners thru the first loop). There is only one real hill and it is pretty brutal. Going up on gravel was challenging but it was good to know what it was like for the second loop. If you are looking for a race where your last mile has both an ocean and bridge view this will be for you.

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(2017)
"A rainy and wet fun race"
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I ran this race the weekend after running another half marathon. My boss had received a free entry from a raffle and didn't want it to go to waste. I knew going into this that I was just going to be running it for fun and you can't beat a Halloween themed fun run!

It was pouring and chilly with some gusty winds. But that didn't keep anyone spirts down at all. People were excited and welcoming. Parking was easy and getting my bib the day of was quick. I loved that I could choose between and long and shorts sleeve shirt when I registered. I have so many shorts sleeves that a long-sleeved shirt was welcomed.

The course was easier than I had expected with no major hill that I can recall. The aid stations were not only abundant but they were energetic and amazing. Any spectators were amazing and so excited. It was such a great mix. The cherry on the top was the undertaker at the last 1/10 of a mile telling you that "the end is near." It was a great way to finish the race.

I was surprised that more people weren't waiting for the sports therapy table but that could be that I am on the slower side and they had already been there. Or the pouring rain drove people to their cars. Either way I could say I "enjoyed" my time. It was great after but during reminded me of the cobwebs that must be on my foam roller.

Overall it was a great time and a great October race!

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(2017)
"Second year and this is a great small race! "
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This is the second year I ran this race. This time I did the 10k race. It is a great race that is put on by the University of Maine in Orono Maine. I was lucky for both times to run this race in that I was able to run the actual course many times because I lived on campus.

The expo is very small has a few local places there. One really awesome thing they have done is put everyone who is running name on the scoreboard so you can get an awesome picture by the stadium with your name above you.

The race starts directly on campus and parking is easy because there are several lots on campus that are not more than a 10-minute walk. The volunteers are campus employees and most of the people running the race are from Maine. It has a very friendly and family feel to it. The course goes thru the college town and you are next to the river for the first 4 miles or so. At that point, the half and full marathons keep going straight and you make your way back to campus by going on the bike path near campus (my personal favorite). There are even spray-painted messages on the path to keep you going. You end the race by running through a giant inflatable bear head and right on to the track for a quick finish!

I am a huge fan of this race and love to see how much the school supports this race! If you want to see Vacationland (Maine) and want to run a local race this is the one for you!

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(2017)
"The flat plains have hills!"
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This race was surprisingly hard. Most people think the Kansas is flat but they would be surprised that the only happens once you get a good 2 hours out of KC. This race was no exception.

The expo was a perfect size. It wasn't overwhelming and large but there was a lot of vendors. You could easily get in and out if you wanted or you could stay and walk around. It was easy to get your shirt and I loved all the Wizzard of Oz themed items. So cute! I loved the race shirt but my spouse was less of a fan (but he only likes black shirts).

Getting to the race was a bit of a mess. We were staying about 5 miles away from the start line and did not anticipate all the traffic issues. We got stuck on the highway (with everyone else trying to get there). This resulted in being about a mile away and trying to find parking. I was kicked out of the car be being too much at the time and had to do my warm-up run to the start line. Race management was good and knew that most people were stuck in with the same issues so the race was delayed by about 30-40 minute. Which gave my family time to find their way to us.

The race started and it had lots of hills at the start which were fine. At one point we were running on cobblestone (not my favorite). The spectators were amazing. Lots of families and fun signs. The final two miles was a challenge because you go right up a hill and then a slight incline for the last bit. Super hard to kick with that.

Overall my heart still loved the race and the medal was out of this world amazing!! Huge with a moving tornado for the half marathon! It sounds like they are changing the course so I would do this race again. But in costume!

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