Latest reviews by Vanessa Junkin

(2022)
"Fun event but lots of wind! "
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Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Atlantic City Marathon to as part of being a BibRave Ambassador.

Of course, the weather cannot be controlled at a race, but the wind really had a major effect on this race for me! The course goes through an industrial-type area for the first eight miles, which includes a tunnel, some ramps and a couple off-boardwalk casinos. The hills of the ramps in the beginning were a bit of a surprise to me, but after that, the course was very flat (and I'm from a flat area). Around the Mile 8 marker, runners got onto the Boardwalk and continued for about five miles until it ended. We then went onto Atlantic Avenue and kept running the same direction, turning around near Mile 16. There was a strong headwind after that, with only a slight reprieve during an out-and-back section with a rectangle loop in Margate City. I enjoyed the Boardwalk miles and being able to see the ocean for so much of the race.
I liked the swag, which included a quarter-zip, a nice medal and free race photos.
There were a ton of aid stations. At least one or two of them were just grab a cup and go (most, but not all of them had people handing out the cups), but the volunteers were helpful. I'd heard at the expo there was Vaseline, and I had to ask a volunteer for that, but she was able to get it for me.
I thought the race was well-run. However, I was one of the slower marathoners, and by the time I finished, the post-race beer was gone (there was still Truly, which I had) and the heat sheets were also gone. I also got a banana and water but don't remember seeing other food.
My friends and I walked from our Airbnb, so I'm not sure how parking was. The expo was small and had some fun photo-ops.
Read more on my blog at She Runs by the Seashore dot com.

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(2022)
"Love this race! Run it every year! "
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I love the Run, White and Blue 5K, and this was my seventh time running this race. One of my favorite parts of the race is the large spread of food afterward — ice cream, pizza, chicken, beer and more. The swag is a basic T-shirt, but this race is also very affordable and I really don't need more swag.
The course is super flat and goes around the Delaware Tech Owens Campus in Georgetown. It's not a super exciting course, but it is good for trying to run a fast 5K. The course includes a loop around campus and another loop that is mostly the same but slightly shorter. This means runners pass by one water stop twice and one once — three water stops is a lot for a 5K!
Parking is relatively easy but you might have to walk/run a little bit to get your bib. Parking is free and in the campus parking lots.
The race, always held on a Thursday evening, is managed well and I keep coming back year after year!
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(2022)
"Fun, with prettier course!"
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I always enjoy the Dogfish Dash! This was the race’s first year back in-person since 2019. I ran it the day after completing 40.3 miles at the 24-hour Pemberton 24 event, so I did not race it — just participated as if it were a fun run/walk.

The course was 3.8 miles this year — a new distance. I thought the course was more scenic than in the past. I enjoyed the views and a rail trail section. The course starts and ends at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. It’s pretty flat, with a few hills that are noticeable to someone from a flat area (like I am).

I always like the unique swag at this race. I’m using the tote bag now (I’m writing this from the airport), and I also got a shirt and reusable water bottle. Two beers and a small food buffet are also included (the number of beers has gone down over the years — from four, then three beers).

There isn’t enough room for everyone to park at the brewery, but I was able to park pretty close by at a local school. Parking is free.

You do have to pick up your packet before race day. I couldn’t make it on the offered days, so thankfully a friend was able to get mine.

It’s a fun event and definitely a must-run for Dogfish Head fans! Registration usually opens in April and sells out quickly.

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(2022)
"Great way to celebrate Labor Day Weekend! "
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The Mike Sterling 10K is one of my favorite races! This was my 11th year in a row participating. It's a fun, small-town race. It's also super affordable, at $25. There are custom awards for the top finishers, along with age group awards. There are also some great door prizes, although I didn't win any this year (prizes included running shoes, a bushel of crabs, crab meat, Smith Island cake and more).

The course is scenic and has water views, goes through neighborhoods and then ends with a little more than a mile on Crisfield's main strip. It is pancake-flat. It's easy and free to park right near the start. Swag included a T-shirt and a crab mallet with the name of the race on it.

I think there were three official aid stations, and volunteers were great. Everything was also well-organized. The race went smoothly, it was easy to follow the course, and there were plenty of porta-potties at the start. Packet pickup was held the night before at Wellington Beach in Crisfield. People could also pick up their packets on race morning, but they weren't entered to win the running shoes.

The race includes a 10K run, a 10K ruck and a 5K walk (participants must walk the entire 5K to be eligible for prizes).

I would definitely recommend this race! Check out my recap at She Runs by the Seashore dot com.

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(2022)
"A challenging course but a fun time! "
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I've run the Naylor Mill 7K each year it's been around, and this was the sixth year. It's always on a Friday evening in August, so it's usually super hot. Last year was especially hot. This year, it was cooler, at 82 degrees.

The race is run primarily on the Naylor Mill Forest Trail, with about a half-mile of running around the baseball/softball fields first. This helps spread people out and get near others of a similar pace, since it is hard to pass once you get onto the single-track trails. There is also a short portion of the race that is on the grass and sidewalk at the end.

The trails are very challenging, and this is definitely the area's hilliest trail. There are surprisingly steep hills that are part of this single-track trail system. The course was cleared and well-marked, but I still had approximately a 17:30/mile pace for a 7K, when my 5K road pace is currently just under 10:00/mile.

Runners have to carry water, and there is one aid station along the course where you can have your bottle refilled, which was great. Afterward, people could enjoy bacon, scrapple, scrapple sandwiches and donuts. I was also given an ice pop and water bottle.

The scenery is nice, although it's hard to look around much since you have to make sure you don't trip and fall. It's pretty, though.

The race is affordable, and swag included a nice T-shirt, sticker and customized bib. There was a packet pickup the night before the race at Two Scoops Ice Cream & Waffles, and people could also get their packets on-site before the race began.

Although it's always challenging, it's fun, and I will keep coming back! Read my full recap at She Runs by the Seashore dot com.

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