Latest reviews by Kim

(2018)
"Downhill FunFest in Colorado"
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I ran this race with a group of friends and turned it into a fun long weekend.
Parking for the expo was a bit of a pain, you could not park close by so there was a bit of a hilly walk. The expo was small but well planned out. My friends very easily upgraded to the Full while there. I am not that loony. Bib pickup was quick and easy, and there was a snow cone truck outside which was the highlight of my day!
We stayed at the host hotel and they provided a party bus to the start. There were tons of porta potties, and they had mylar blankets for us so we wouldn't freeze while we waited. They also had hot chocolate somewhere but I never went to look for it.
The race started on time and uphill which was a little surprising since the race is advertised as all down hill!
The scenery was amazing, the signage was spot on, including signs with funny sayings on them.
The water stops were on point and the volunteers were so cheerful.
The aid stations had plenty of Deep Blue for sore muscles but no vaseline for chafing. I know it's my job to have it on me, but when I asked they kept offering me the Deep Blue as an alternative which was a little frightening.
The finish line had amazing food... pizza and french toast and donut holes, but they ran out before most of my friends finished the full! Ugh!
Bling was gorgeous but the photo spots they set up were down a long flight of stairs! Yikes!
Overall a great race though and we all signed up for the Vegas race in 2019 already!

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(2018)
"A Star Wars Nerd's Dream Come True"
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I ran all 3 races, but I will post about the half marathon.
The expo, as always, was an amazing experience. They have been perfecting it over the years. You come to the merchandise building first although you can go to the buildings in any order you want. There is one for the bibs and one for the vendors as well. It is very well organized and the lines move very quickly. I may have bought way too much at the merch building. There were also ample Photo ops including Jabba the Hut!
The signage was on point so you always knew where to go.
Race day transportation was spot on as always.
They kept us very entertained while we waited our turn to start.
The course had tons of character stops, and the aid and water stops were on point.
The food box at the finish was delightfully full of different treats.
The bling. Omg. I did the virtual challenge so I got 2 bonus medals and the lines were short and moved quickly.
I look forward to running again in 2020.
Photo is from the 10k.

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(2018)
"A Hilly Romp Around South Park"
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The packet pickup is at Dick's Sporting Goods at the South Park mall. The signage is never good but luckily they have it in the same area upstairs every year so it was easy for me to find.
Parking on race day is a breeze because it's a mall parking lot so there is plenty of space to be had.
The race starts in the road behind the mall and heads right into hilly Chatlotte. Half marathoners and 10k runners start together and then the 10k runners turn off to finish. The course is very well marked! We all finish together as well so the speedy runners of the half might pass you as you finish the 10k. Because of the half, the 10k runners have a very generous pace limit.
You finish back in the parking lot and this year there was a crazy amount of food and giveaways for the runners plus music. We stayed to cheer on the half marathoners and there was still plenty of food for them as well .
Very well run race and I hope to run it again in 2019, probably the half!

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(2018)
"A Hilly Chocolatey Romp through Charlotte "
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I received entry as part of being a Bib Rave Pro.
I attended the expo on Friday. Parking was easy and if you went in and out within 20 minutes it was free. I met a friend for lunch and then hung out at the expo awhile, so it ended up being $10.
The Expo was easy to find, lots of signage, and as usual the bib pickup was quick and painless. My friend needed help with his bib and jacket and they resolved it quickly, even though it was his error.
The expo was small but they had merch and a running store was there with anything you might need for race day. They had some sweet treats to try, and you could trade your jacket for another size if you guessed wrong.
Race morning I carpooled with friends and we found free parking near the start with no problem. There were signs everywhere directing you to the start.
We found a large group of porta potties easily and the lines moved quickly.
We arrived in just enough time to pee and lineup, and the race started quickly after. It was rainy but not terrible.
The water stops had treats at them. I got chocolate chips, flavored marshmallows and candy hearts. A friend said she got m&ms but I didn't see them. The stops were well manned, except for one where they couldn't keep up with the demand. They were trying hard though!
The course was well marked, I always felt safe, and the security was on point. The course was super hilly, it's unavoidable in Charlotte.
The only downside was the scenery. It was mostly neighborhoods, which was nice, or the business district, which was boring. We didn't run past any of the stadiums, which are always fun to run past. I did see a cool sculpture and little free library, which was fun.
After the finish and the medal, you had to walk quite a bit for the treats but the area had lots of cool blow ups for photo ops, and the chocolate was worth the walk. It was a nice way to stretch your legs.
As challenging as it was, I will definitely return. The free pics were amazing and they offered a great discount for returning.

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(2018)
"Princess Race Weekend"
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I have done a lot of Disney race weekends but this was my first Princess. I was registered for the challenge but I was injured so I only completed the 5k and 10k.
The expo was well run as usual, and challengers were given bib boards and a luggage tag which was a nice surprise.
Disney provides buses to the start if you stay on property, so travel was a breeze. The course is always well marked, and the time limit is generous. You get to run around the Boardwalk and it ends in EPCOT, as do all Disney races. The medal was gorgeous (Merida, who was also on the course!) and the food boxes are always on point. Disney flat out spoils you.
The buses are waiting to take you back to your hotel (if you are staying on property) and they are always super comfy and not too far a walk from the finish area.
There is always plenty of water stops and several character stops as well, although the lines are usually pretty long.

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