Latest reviews by Kim Prytherch

(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)
"Mother Nature Crashed this Race!"
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A couple disclaimers first!
I ran this race as a BibRave pro, I was given free registration. As always, all opinions are my own!
The weather sucked. It was in no way dangerous, but it was miserable and it definitely changed my enjoyment of the race. It was also in no way the fault of the race company!
So let's get started!
The Expo was within walking distance of our hotel which is nice, so I can't say anything about parking. I do know that parking was available right across the street, from a previous race in Atlanta. They had an amazing system for bib pickup which I always marvel over. You stand on any line, if there even is one (there wasn't when we arrived). They scan the QR code from your email, a label prints out, and they slap it on a bib. Done! You go to the swag table next for your cozy fleece jacket.
They had lots of vendors and we had fun testing out Kind Bars and visiting the sweet station with samples from race day.
Race morning it was pouring. Legit pouring and at times it felt icy and painful. I didn't pack well and my clothes were not warm enough, no poncho, because before we left the forecast said light rain and 10 degrees warmer. Shame on me!
The race had warnings on their website and were super fast to reply on their Facebook page about the conditions. Again, not dangerous, just miserable, so the race must go on.
They were offering the option of running the 5k and still getting your 15k medal. Hmmmm.... already considering this before we even left the hotel.
The race company had music going, and dancing, and they were doing their best to keep everyone motivated.
Corrals were easy to find, and they checked our bibs as we entered to be sure we were properly placed. The anthem was sung and we heard from Taylor, who benefited from Make a Wish. They kept everyone motivated and made sure we knew that mile 1.7 was decision time.
Did I mention the rain and cold? Ugh.
I cannot comment on the scenery because I spent the whole time looking down. Lots of puddles y'all, and I didn't want to step in one!
The aid station we passed was well manned, and on My side they had little cups of chocolate chips! Yum! I heard that there were marshmallows as well but i wasn't really looking for them and didn't see them.
All of the streets were well marked and well manned and I always felt super safe. Atlanta is hilly, and there was one big one at the beginning and end of the 5k. It can't be avoided in a city that hilly!
At the finish line we were given our medal if we had a 15k bib, a bottled water, Nuun samples, and they had cups of water as well. Straight ahead was the tent with the giant treat mugs. The only thing missing was a Mylar blanket at the finish. It would have been so welcomed!
The merch tent was open and plenty of room was available to huddle for warmth. I was waiting on my bestie to finish her speedy 15k there, and it was nice and dry, but just a little foggy! It was so kind of them to let us huddle there!
My favorite part of the race was the free pics. Mine weren't super amazing but a photographer did catch a funny moment in the corral. There were plenty of them out on the course too, and they were all super nice!

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(2017)
"Girls on the Run is So Much Fun!"
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This is my 2nd year running this race as a GOTR coach.
Because I'm a coach, I don't go to traditional pickup, we are given our bibs prior to the race.
On race morning, parking is very easy. There is a huge parking garage as well as businesses to park in. The area is closed off for Christmasville so it's super safe. They have an amazing DJ beforehand to get the girls moving, it's ver vorganized for meet ups with your team, and everyone is having so much fun!
The race began on time, tons of girls and their families running the streets of Rock Hill. The course is very pretty, the water stop is well manned.
When you finish, they give you bling, water and snacks and of you are with GOTR you get your tee after. It's very organized and the line moves quickly.
Afterwards, Christmasville is open and you can enjoy everything they have to offer!
A perfect morning!

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(2017)
"A Hilly Fall Race Favorite!"
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I can this race with my running club, it was our goal race.
The Expo was fairly easy to get to and there was a designated parking garage with an expo rate. I parked easily and had some Starbucks while I waited for my friend to show up.
The Expo had a lot of vendors. There was a fun booth to make a 360' video with props that we had fun with. The bib pickup was easy and they had markers so you could write your name on them. The shirts were also easy to pickup. I'm wasn't a fan of the shirt, but they had nice merch so I bought one there.
Lots of vendors with giveaways, race ideas, gear, photo ops etc. My swag bag was overflowing!
Race morning we parked easily and walked a short distance to the race start. It was cold! We started on time, and the half and full runners ran together for the first 11 or 12 miles.
The course was well marked, safe, and beautiful. Definitely hilly though!
The finish was well run. They had a background for photos, food and drinks, and a huge bottle of chocolate milk. A DJ was playing music and there was plenty of places lounge around and wait.
They are very strict about the time limit and will take down the finish line right when they say they will.

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(2017)
"Four Thanksgiving Miles"
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I did this race with a bunch of the people from my running club.
There was no expo, just an easy pickup in the parking lot the day before the race. Parking was easy and the tee was basic but comfy cotton.
Race day parking was a little less convenient but still not bad. There were a few lots a short distance away, and you could park and walk over.
The race was a 4 mile loop, and there were lots of walkers and runners so it was a nice group. It was a fun way to start Thanksgiving off, and the bling was nice. There was a one mile fun run afterwards, the kids running it were so cute! Definitely going back!
The course is hilly, it's Charlotte after all!

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