Latest reviews by Kim Prytherch

(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 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 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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(2018)
"A Fun Romp Through McAlpine Park"
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There was no expo for this race, packet pickup was at the Charlotte Running Co store and was quick and painless. The shirt was a long sleeved cotton hoodie that was a delightful shade of green and super comfy.
Parking on race day was a breeze and they had all kinds of tents set up at the race from different running companies and other health related companies. There was a 4k and an 8k, so you did one or two loops depending on which race you were running.
The course was well marked, and the scenery was beautiful. I am not usually a fan of double loops, but I did like knowing where the hills would be, and the lake was gorgeous.
The finish was well marked, so important when you are running a double loop, and the volunteers were on the ball.
The medal was nice and there was water and snacks at the finish.Plenty of Porta Potties to be had, I never had to wait. The parking lot was easy to exit.
Definitely will be returning to this race!

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