Latest reviews by Samantha Roderigues

(2018)
"Super Fun Way to Start the New Year"
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This race was a small race, full of crazy people who knew how to start the New Year right!

There was no finisher swag other than FOODS, but the awards were SUPER cool! They were trophies made with local beer cans called "Pour Judgement".

There were no aid stations (it was short and honestly too cold for volunteers to be stuck outside. They would have been handing out cups of ice instead of water.) unless you count the end! Lots of food and drink there!

The course was around Colt State Park which is always really pretty! It was cool to see it in the snow since it's usually a summer location.

There were a few inclines, which I wouldn't say would be very tough normally but in the freezing cold and with some spots being covered in a layer of snow it was more difficult.

Parking was fine and free. If you got there early enough you could get a spot at a restaurant near the start. I ended up at the school around the corner, which still wasn't very far away.

I really like Rhode Races race management. They are always awesome! I'm glad they set up a race for us crazies in the -6 degree weather!

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(2017)
"Freezing Fun!"
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I signed up for this race because a friend asked me to run it with her and am really glad I did! It was definitely a cold start, but warmed up a bit. I found it very enjoyable anyway!

No t-shirt, instead you got the choice between a really nice, running baseball style hat or a lined winter hat! You also got touch screen comparable gloves, a cool finishers medal, free zoo admission, free beer, and I saw a photographer so I am assuming race photos!

Plenty of aid stations with water and Gatorade. It was cold though so I didn't need hydration.

The course goes mostly around the zoo/park and pond so the views showed some nice Fall woods and water scenery! It does have some small sections by the highway and through town.

I didn't go to the expo if there was one. They did have an after party with lots of food!

It was a decently hilly course. Rolling up and down but nothing too serious. Really good for people who enjoy the challenge of some hills.

Parking was at the zoo parking lot so it was nice and close to the start/finish. It was free and there was plenty of spots.

Race management was very organized and put on a great race!

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(2017)
"Good Race, Bad Day"
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For swag you got an awesome neon blue long sleeve technical t-shirt, socks, and a finisher medal! They also give free race photos!!

They had aid stations every two miles-ish with both water and Gatorade. They also had one at about the half way point with a few types of fuel.

The course went through many different types of scenery. A winding wooded road toward the beginning, along the highway/main road for about a mile, through mansions in the countryside/along the water, and actually running along the water.

For being labeled as a flat course it seemed to be on a slight incline a decent amount, but I also was having a bad day so it may just have seemed harder than it was.

There seemed to be plenty of parking at the actual beach and along the beach right near the start for free.

Packet pick up as well as the whole race was well run. They blocked off a few major intersections for the race and they were traffic controlled really well.

Overall it was a fun race, just not my day. Some bonuses: They had 1/2 mile markers as well as the usual mile markers. They announced your name as you crossed the finish! At 2-3 points you loop back past where you came from and can see/cheer on friends running at a different pace than you.

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(2017)
"Round 2!"
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Overall it was a really great race! I did it last year, but had a bad day and didn't realize how awesome of a course it actually was until this year!

As usual they gave out a nice technical t-shirt, a finishers medal, and free race photos!! This race was the final of the Rhode Races series so I also got the final piece to my giant medal, a long sleeve cotton tee, and a North Face wind breaker! (I also got a hat for doing three races in the series.) Doing the whole series gets you A LOT of cool swag!

Aid stations were about every 2 miles, had very helpful volunteers, and had water as well as Gatorade.

The scenery was really pretty! You run by the water and down nice wooded roads most of the race! I'm really happy I ran it again and actually paid attention to the scenery this time.

I didn't attend the expo. I know the previous day's packet pickup was at the Whalers Brewing Company so that sounded pretty neat.

There was some incline, but nothing crazy. I think the longest hill was at around mile 2. There were a few very short, slightly steep inclines spread about randomly (but very short so not bad).

Last year I got there earlier and parked at the beach which was really close and free. This year I was too late for the beach, but I easily found parking at the park across the street which was just as close and free.

Both years this race was super well run!

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(2017)
"5 years and counting!"
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I've done this race for about 5 years now and will be back for more!! The obstacles are challenging and fun! Be prepared to get wet and dirty. The open heats are chill and just run for fun. You can choose the time for your heat (with the later times having the mud muddier). If you miss your heat you can ask to be placed in a new one.

You always get a nice cotton v-neck shirt, a finishers medal, free beer, and usually lots of awesome free race photos!

There's water at each mile.

The course is a motor cross course. Near the start you go through some woods. The rest of the course isn't much for beautiful views, but there are awesome views of the obstacles. One year we had a friend who wasn't running act as our photographer and he was able to move about the course edge getting a lot of good photos.

I don't believe there is an expo. The after party is really cool/fun!

Again, it's a motor cross course so there are some HUGE hills and some smaller, but steep and rolling ones. I believe they are somewhat considered obstacles too because they are so intense.

There is tons of parking, but you have to pay.

I'd say race management is awesome as this race is always a great time!

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