Latest reviews by Danielle Fogerty

(2021)
"Hilly and Curvy"
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*Due to Covid the course this year will not be the course next year, so please remember that*

The race itself takes place at the Canaan Valley Resort, and if you are traveling I suggest you stay there. It is a lovely resort and has everything you need, and you can walk to the start and finish line, so win win.

The race was very hilly and lots of looping back and forth from the start, you mostly ran on the golf course and so you had to stay on the cart path, I was mostly alone, so this wasn't hard. The views are lovely, all they could do for water was bottled water so that made drinking a tad difficult. again, Covid. You basically kind of ran the same course twice to do the half, so it wasn't amazing, but it wasn't terrible and I Understood why. I was really happy to finally run an in person race.

Overall I felt they did a great job putting this on with all the issues in the world. Bib pick up was at the resort, the shirt I got is super nice. I walked out of my room at the resort to the start line in about 5 minutes. And they had us mask up until take off, and they split the race into 2 days so less people were running each day.

With everything going on, they did a really great job, just please next time, make sure the finish line isn't at the top of a steep hill.

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(2020)
"Great Time"
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I enjoyed this race, even though it was virtual and I am just not a huge fan of the virtual. The race had a great virtual after party where they had live music and gave away great prizes. Hoping next year I can run this in person

Don't have the swag yet, but it looks quite nice and I will update once I have it

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(2019)
"What an Amazing day"
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When they say NYC knows how to put on a race, they were not kidding. I had such an amazing day running through the streets of NY. I did run this race for Charity, the V Foundation for Cancer research, and I raised enough to get a hotel for 2 nights, so that saved me a good chunk of money. You can still donate, click here https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/teamv2019/daniellefogerty to do so.

This race is pricey and staying in NYC is not cheap, but if you can do it, do it, cause it is so very worth it.

The Expo was very easy to get to via the Subway. We went on Saturday afternoon, got right in, and got my bib quickly and was off to explore the expo. It is very easy to get around and while fairly crowded I didn't have too many issues getting to booths I wanted to see.

Race morning I took the Midtown bus, the lines to get on the bus are very long, but they move quickly, make sure to have your bib on and visable, and make sure you bring the proper bags (the clear ones they give you) seriously, they tell you this 1000 times follow directions please. I will say my only issue with race day was the bus ride, we sat on the Bridge for a good 30 minutes before we could get to the drop off area. Didn't enjoy that. Once I got the race village you have to go through security, so again CLEAR BAGS and have your bib showing (I did have a sweatshirt on over my race shirt, so I just lifted that up to show my number, and that was fine). I sat around, ate my bagel, drank some water and chatted with people. They then announced it was my corrals time to take off, so I got my color and letter area and got into my corral. Just a warning, they do shoot off a cannon when the runners take off, and it will scare the crap out of you.

Running up the first bridge is just awesome, the views, amazing. Running through Brooklyn is just awesome so many people out cheering you one, there were almost no quiet spots, it was so great. Plenty of water stops (they start at mile 3, no water on the bridge) Queens was amazing as well, still people out cheering you on, funny signs. Then at mile 15 you get so the queensboro bridge....DUN DUN DUNNNNNN it's quiet and it's like a long slow uphill I didn't think it was ever going to end. But finally, you go downhill and you are in Manhattan, and on First Ave, and HOLY PEOPLE BATMAN. So so so many people, cheering, music, screaming, dancing, it is so great. I got to my see my BF at around mile 17.5 and that was amazing. You then cross into the Bronx and again, plenty of people out there, cheering you on. Then you go back into Manhattan and start heading for central park. again, so many people. And that is when you need it most. I saw my BF again around mile 24 and after that I was on my way to the Finish line, which was awesome.

After the race I picked the poncho option so after I get my medal and food I headed with the rest of the poncho zombies to get those. And a shout out to the volunteers who not only hand you the poncho then help you put it on. The volunteers through out the race were amazing but I really loved the poncho people.

If you couldn't tell, I loved this race, seriously if you can, go do it

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(2019)
"You run into another country"
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I so thoroughly enjoyed this race. You get to run into Canada and then underwater back to the US, let me tell you about it

The expo was nice, smaller but still had a good amount to see and do. Lots of cool stuff to buy as well. Getting your number and swag was easy and well marked, due note, if you are running the full or the international half, you have to bring the proper ID with you to get your bib, you also must have that ID with you for the race.

Race morning was pretty good, finding bag drop off was fairly easy and they had plenty of volunteers running it so it went quickly. Getting to the corral was easy and very well marked. The give you 2 minutes between each corral so you are not super squished by people when you take off. At mile 3 you start to run up and over the Ambassador Bridge, which is the biggest hill in the race and you are now on your way to Canada. Do know there are Border Agents out watching, and you should not wear a water pack as they might pull you out to check it over, so just save yourself the troubles and don't bring one. Also, you get to watch the sun rise as you run over the bridge which is amazing. Once you are in Canada, you run a few miles there, until it is time to go back to the US and you run in the tunnel, to get back, so you run under water...cool right. At the end of that, the Border Agents are cheering you on and giving out high 5s. You then head off through downtown and through many other parts of Detroit. People are out cheering you one, and there is music through out the race as well. The water stations are well stocked with plenty of volunteers to hand out water and gatorade. You then get to run on Belle Isle and along the Detroit River Front and man the views are amazning. After then you turn back into downtown Detroit and get to the finish.

I really enjoyed the race, it was well run, everything seemed to go very smoothly. And running into Canada and back is just a really cool experience you can't get any where else. Also FREE RACE PHOTOS!!!

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(2019)
"HIlly but Fun"
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In my goal to race all 50 states this was my Iowa race and I picked a good one. To start for both the expo and race, they have free parking areas where you can park and then they bus you to the expo and race. I used that and it was great, saved me some money and trying to navigate a city I don't know.

The expo isn't big but it is nice and well run. Still some stuff to see there and the bib/shirt pick up is easy and smooth. The downtown area where the expo is has plenty to see and do after.

The race is hilly, like very hilly, and it is in July so it is hot, so I wouldn't go into this race trying to get a PR but you can enjoy it still. The city of Davenport comes out for this race, tons of people out there cheering everyone on. Lots of hoses and water guns and people handing out Popsicles. There were plenty of aid stations and they all had plenty of cold water.

The afterparty is big plenty of food and water and plenty of room to walk around and not be squished.

The medals are really nice and so are the race shirts. Overall I really enjoyed this race, and would recommend it

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