Latest reviews by Kim Prytherch

(2020)
"Running the Race as a Legacy Member"
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I ran this race as a BibRave Pro.
The race had crazy good communication leading up to the race. So many emails and posts to their event page, with all the pertinent details.
The expo was smaller this year but still smooth like clockwork. Bib pickup was a breeze, next was legacy swag (mug, chocolate, and bonus medal) and then the cozy hooded jacket. I’m bummed they didn’t have thumbholes this year but that’s totally a first world problem!
Oh, and I had to bump down to the 5k a couple months ago and the process was smooth and easy. So simple!
Race day I parked near the convention center due to after race plans, but there were tons of places to park near the finisher village. Easy peasy.
The race started on time. It took us about 9 minutes to get to the start since we were last corral, but it’s chip timed so that doesn’t matter.
The race was super hilly. This is expected for any charlotte the so no surprise there. Lots of neighborhoods and it finished up running back into Charlotte which is always beautiful. The last half mile is all motivational signs which I always love.
There was one water/Nuun stop which also had chocolate although I almost missed it! That would have been tragic!
The finish was well organized, although somehow I managed to finish along with some divas who hogged the cameraman so no feee photos for me! I have to be more aware next time!
I got my water bottle, bling, and headed for me chocolate mug. This year they were heavy duty compostable cardboard. Love it! We are our yummies and there were some photo opps as well.
Great race and run very well! Looking forward to year 4!

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(2020)
"Disappointing Trail Race in 2020"
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I’m super sad to write this review, and I’m hoping I can come back and amend it later.
We were offered a few times to pick up our bib and shirt in advance but then we were told last minute that the shirts were not ready so I held off and went last minute to get my stuff. They didn’t have my size and tried to give me another shirt but we were told they didn’t order any extras so I wouldn’t accept it. I didn’t want someone else to have no shirt because of me. I do this race for the shirt, it’s so cute! I was told that they would have my shirt a week later but two weeks later and I’ve heard nothing. Ugh. I have posted to their event page and will make changes to my review once I hear back.
Race morning was warmer than usual, but I didn’t bring a water bottle because it’s a 5k and they have a water stop. The water stop was at mile 2.2 ish. They had no cups left and the jug was mostly empty so they told me to hold my hands out and drink from that. It was maybe two sips worth and there were people behind me.
The 5k was well marked by the 20k course was not and several runners for lost and ran extra. The food was good but they ran out of some of it before the last 20k runner finished which made me sad for her.
This is usually a well run race but this year it was a dud for me. I will likely be looking for a different race for New Year’s Day 2021.

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(2019)
"Amazing Romp Around the Queen City"
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What an amazing inaugural event. The expo was small but well run. They had food trucks, and some shaded seating, although I wish there was more. The expo was inside a building that had no AC so shade was highly desired after! The live music was fun and the food truck was amazing. Expo parking was a breeze. I loved the tee, I am a fan of cotton and it fit great, plus it was cute!
There was a free beer per runner.

Race day the hubs dropped me off and picked me up, so I cannot comment about parking. The bathrooms at the Charlotte Knights' stadium were open so we got to use real toilets. The race started promptly at 7:04 (It's a Charlotte thing) and we were off. We got to run past Panther's Stadium on opur way to 277, which was closed down for the race. SO MUCH FUN running on the highway, even though it was hilly. Back into the city for the last two-ish miles, back past Knights' and Panther's Stadium for the finish. The aid stations were on point. At the forst one we were given reusable cups and were told to keep them, they were refilled at subsequent stations. FUN! The cup will come in handy, as it folds up and can be stowed in a pouch for future use. I kept it in the outside pocket of my Nathan Belt between uses during the race. At the end we were given reusbale collapsible water bottles. My only complaints: only bananas at the finish (i HATE bananas) and the course was a wee short.
I will be back in 2020!

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(2019)
"A Mountainous Adventure "
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We arrived at the camping area Thursday around 5. We were directed to park and remove everything in 5 minutes. There was quite a bit of yelling about it, which was a little frustrating as our car was loaded with most of our camping gear and it took some time to unload it. There was a shuttle to the parking area which seemed to move pretty quickly. I never had to take it so I’m not sure but I heard no complaints.
After we set up camp we hit the village to get our swag and check out the merchandise tent. You had to walk up two huge hills to get there unless you paid extra to Glamp. (This is an observation not a complaint!) it was very mountainous and they did a great job with what they had. After watching a super dorky safety video, we moved on to the swag tent. The tees were kind of ugly lol but they were tech which made many happy although I missed the cotton. There were cozier. There was also a bag of other swag, I think it was blister bandaids, emergen-c and some granola bars? Our captain put them aside and in the rush to load at the end she forgot to hand them out, so I’m not sure.
The merch tent had a lot of tech as well. I did get a comfy basic tee with the Ragnar symbol on it but not much said Vermont, not even the finisher shirt.
They had lots of fun events going on all weekend but since you had to climb all those hills every time I didn’t do any! I did partake in the food trucks, although some more with meat would have been nice. Mostly vegan options. Also they had a great recovery tent with $40 unlimited leg compression sleeves. I used that a lot!
They had free dinner on Friday night and free ice cream although the dairy free sold out fast and I can’t have dairy. They had lots of choices though and it was Ben and Jerry’s!
The race!
They were on the ball with the race portion for sure. It went so smoothly and the signage on the course was spot on. It was insanely difficult and beautiful and I loved all of the trails. It never felt dangerous or unsafe in any way. They had a water stop on each loop although I wished that the red loop one was sooner! I totally get why it was where it was. it was at the bottom of a hill, which was handy. They allowed us to double up in the end to avoid incoming storms and we finished just in time.
A few complaints: the volunteer in the parking lot yelled at us repeatedly about walking too close to the road where the big scary cars were. At no point were there actual cars, and we are all adults who know how to cross a street, but there it was. Nobody enforced the quiet times however. It was near impossible to sleep at all! But we were safe from those cars lol
The bling was a super cool camping tool, and this year it came in a leather sleeve. You cannot fly with it in your carry on, it has a saw blade on it. Be sure to check it!
You have the same five minute rule for leaving the camp so be sure and pack up fast, it is strictly enforced!

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(2019)
"Pretty Flat, Fast, and Fun Half!"
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I travelled to this race and stayed at the host hotel, where the expo was held. The expo was small, but well organized. I got my bib and shirt with no problem. There was a small snafu with the parking pass because the woman couldn’t find my name (in her defense, it’s a rough name to spell). After that was ironed out I was good to go. They and anything you might have forgotten at home at the expo plus some local vendors and Jeff Galloway was there.
You had to be at the parking lot by 5:30 which I wasn’t thrilled about and on my first pass at the lot they wouldn’t let me in. I had to turn back and get on line. I didn’t have my pass in the windshield but no one asked me for it, they just yelled and waved me on!
We parked and sat in the car for 40 minutes and still had almost an hour til the start. There was a tent set up that was a little warm and we hung out there until it was time to go.
The race started on time and we were off, the first and last 2.5 miles are on the roads and the rest is trail. The road portion is slightly hilly, which is a subjective term! I didn’t mind them but if you train on flat roads they might seem difficult, especially coming back. The trail portion was hard packed dirt and perfectly lovely. There are parking lots and roads to cross so plenty of places for spectators. The water stops were well manned and some had gels and some had stroop waffles which I loved!
At the finish, someone announced your bib number advice you crossed and the RD shook your hand! The medal was gorgeous.
Post race food was chocolate milk, pizza, beer and Irish soda bread! Yum!
If you BQ they announce it as you finish and you get a special finisher shirt. I love these little extra touches!
Overall a great race!

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