Latest reviews by Danielle

(2018)
"Fun times in Seattle"
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Here is my full review if you would like more detail https://runningformylife2015.wordpress.com/2018/06/12/review-rock-and-roll-seattle/

Overall, I liked this race, it was well run, the course was tough, lots of hills and couple of them were VERY steep. The views were amazing, I found that I was very well informed about everything pertaining to the race. The app worked well and people were able to track me. And the park where the after party was, was beautiful with lots of space to hang out and stretch. Plenty of portopotties and other then a few spots I generally did not feel squished with people.

I know they are pricey races, but I thought this one was great, and it was a great travel race. Also, Seattle is an awesome city to visit, tons to do and lots of great food

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(2018)
"Tons of Fun"
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First off, if you want to run this race for time, MAKE SURE you are in one of the first corrals, if you aren't then just be prepared to walk. But I really recommend doing this as a fun race, cause OMG it is so much fun. It is a 7.5 mile party, the costumes are on point, there are tons of naked people (yes naked) and the houses along the route throw huge parties. Then you run through Golden Gate park to finish, and while there are less spectators, the views are amazing, it is a gorgeous park. If you are going to run a race in Cali, you should really do this one, you will not be disappointed and you will have some great photos and stories to tell.

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(2018)
"Such a Beautiful Race"
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I got very lucky with the race this year, as it was peak bloom during the race, and OMG was it beautiful. The race starts and ends in the front the Washington Monument. And that is about where is everything it set up (bag check porto potties and such) but part of the area was closed off this year. so things were a bit far away from the start. It was cold, about 34 degrees at the start, but the sun did come out, so running was actually nice, you were just really cold waiting in the corrals. The route is really nice, not very hilly, pretty flat, but you are always with a crowd, so just be prepared for that. You get to run by monuments and see all the blossoms, we even saw a bride and groom getting pictures done. I would recommend this race, plus a weekend in DC is just great, so much to see and do there, you won't be bored

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(2018)
"So much Wind"
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This is a lovely race, small, but lots of people out to cheer you on. The day I ran it it was 20 degrees out and quite windy. So getting started was COLD. There is some room to hang out in the gym before, but not a ton, so I kinda just walked around outside to keep warm. The race itself is nice, nice route, some hills, but nothing crazy difficult. Plenty of water stops, but that is it, they don't have gatorade at all. The miles along the beach, while beautiful to look at, are so very windy and OMG it was like running into a wall for 3 straight miles. Overall, I liked the race, just be warned that New England in March can be brutal weather wise

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(2018)
"Well run Race"
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So in my quest to run a race in all 50 states, I picked this to be my Alabama race, and I am really glad I did. I flew in on Friday and I stayed at one of the race hotels, The Westin, I got a discount on it and it was a really nice hotel and near many places to eat and about a 5 minute walk to where the race starts and ends.

The expo is small, but nice. Easily got my number and swag (a nice shirt) and if you wanted a bigger or smaller size, shirt swap was right near by. Went through the expo fairly quickly but still enjoyed it.

The race itself was really nice. It is self seed and I hate self seed but this isn't a big race so I understand. It is a bit hilly, nothing crazy, but be prepared for that. You get run by lots of historical stuff, which to this history nerd, is super cool. You also run through a lot of different neighborhoods and it is a really great way to see a lot of Birmingham. There wasn't a ton of crowd support, but it was rainy that day, so the weather may have had an affect on that. But people were still out cheering us on. Plenty of water stops and plenty of volunteers. The roads we ran on were closed, but not all the roads connect were, the local police did a great job of directing traffic and I even saw one cop doing some push ups with runners. The chute at the finish was smooth and the medals are so cool, it's a Benz logo, I mean, come on. The field where the food and people where was a giant mud pit (rained all weekend) so that wasn't cool but they can't help that. I didn't stay for the after party, I wasn't feeling right so went back to my hotel.

I would highly recommend this race, especially if you are not into BIG races. This is a nice mid size race and it is very well run. Birmingham is a fun city to visit and has some nice stuff to do, just know there really isn't any public transportation.

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