Latest reviews by Lisa Johnson

(2020)
"Fun Mileage Challenge with lots of mini challenges"
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I really enjoyed this virtual race series, I chose the 500 mile challenge and completed it in about 2.5 months. Fun with weekly mini challenges to keep me motivated and logging my miles in a timely manner. The race shirt is nice and has mile markers we passed during different milestones along the way. Lots of ways to win running shoes and other fun running related items, I didn't win but I did know someone who won in one of the mini challenges and got a pair of shoes. Would definitely do this again, even if I was not confined by covid.

For my full review of this race : https://organicgirlruns.com/2020/09/13/california-coast-500-virtual-race-challenge-review/

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(2020)
"Very Miami Half Marathon!"
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I completed my 3 year challenge to receive my 305 half marathon interconnecting medals this year! Already signed up for next year. If you live in Miami or love visiting Miami, this race is for you, brings a lot of Miami culture to the half marathon. Course is hilly/well you do run over a bunch of bridges from Miami Beach into downtown Miami and then back to Miami Beach, its a loop course and lots to see among the way. The volunteers are excellent and there are dj/music stops along the way to keep the party moving. After the race you can bang a pot and pan when you PR just like when the Miami Heat win the NBA championship. Lots of photo ops during the race and at the after party and just steps from the actual ocean you can take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean. I cannot say enough about this excellent race series other than sign up ASAP!

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(2020)
"Great shakeout for the half/full with awesome views"
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I have ran this race many years and never have found any complaints with it, this year was no different. The weather was cool and the course was beautiful, ending in South Beach with an excellent post race party at Nikki Beach. The crowd had great energy and the volunteers were awesome! Medal is pretty and has the same ribbon design as the big races the next day, a great race to involve the whole family in, whether they are a runner or a walker.

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(2019)
"One challenge I take on every year!"
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7 years in a row now. I guess I kind of love this race because I keep signing up year after year. I may not have made my goal time this year but I had fun like I do every year on this course.

Plenty of well lit porta potties by the start but not in the corral area like in the past. Fast and easy packet pick up at 2 local running stores and Nike store available of the course of 3 days and on site on race morning. Very convenient!

Enough water stops on the course with djs and pacers had music for their pace groups. Even a water sprinkler tent set up at mile 8 to help cool down before you hit the MacArthur bridge for the 3rd bridge on the course. Shade for the last 2 miles through the marina area and part of South Point Park.

Medal issue but was handled well with notifying the runners a few days before and having a temp medal and Starbucks giftcard from UPS due to shipping issue. Medals will get to us in a few weeks so I am not worried, things happen but the mishap was handled well in my opinion.

Fun post race party with food options and great snacks as well as a beer garden. I will be back next year for sure for my "5" medal to complete the 3 year challenge. And FREE race photos uploaded within 24 hrs!

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(2019)
"Fun times & second fastest marathon "
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I have been running the marathon/half for the past 5 years and every year things go smoother and smoother on the course. Back end of the course was flipped this year which was very good for us middle of the pack marathoners to save our eyes from the blinding sun on the causeway. Plenty of hydration on the course (I stopped at almost all the last half stations) Plenty of spectators for the first 12.5 miles and a nice calm quietness for the second half. Always love the pineapple on the course for a natural and healthy treat. Post race nutrition was great, boxed meals with an option for vegetarians (always a great surprise!) and nice photo opps at the post race party. FREE photos are also part of this race's charm as well as quickly uploaded.

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