Latest reviews by Stephanie Boyd

(2018)
"You never forget your first 50K - The Pistol does not disappoint!"
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This is a 10 mile loop course with multiple distance options. The course is set in a park setting and is on a paved trail. Hands down, this is the most organized race I've seen. From the communication prior to the event (you are never left with unanswered questions) to the personalized attention I received from the volunteers during and after the race, I am just in awe. The expo is smaller, but great swag for runners and also includes a guest speaker (this year was Catra Corbett who is an amazing ultrarunner), lots of free activities, swag giveaways, and a spaghetti dinner. The event loop starts and ends at a school gymnasium, where you can hide from the elements before and after (or during) the race. Parking is all located close to the start/finish line/expo area. There were 3 aid stations on the course and they are packed with everything that you need (water and tailwind provided as liquid hydration). The park is fairly flat with a few hilly portions, but it is not a technical course by any means. Everyone is so nice and supportive; I think this is a great race for newbies but probably also seasoned ultrarunners because there were alot of returning runners to this race! I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to jump to the next distance in their running journey.

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(2017)
"Color me happy - Racing for Retts"
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I ran the Color Run this year to raise awareness for Rett Syndrome. This is not a 5k for serious runners-the race is not timed and there are no awards for age groups! What you will find are MANY happy volunteers and participants.
Packet pick-up is a breeze. There were a little over 5000 people registered for this event. The packet pick-up the day before, well there were no wait lines. A little different for the day of the event, but the start times START at 8 and waves are released every few minutes for 30 minutes so you don't have to worry if you are a little late.

This race is great for little kids, strollers, adults and those who want to run a fun, stress free 5K. There are water stations on the course, but beware they are water bottles, so you will have a bottle to hold until you find a trash or recycle can. The course is flat and you go through 4 color stations and a foam station before hitting the finish line party. The finish line party includes a HUGE color explosion every 15 minutes and great music. It is generally a fun, positive atmosphere.

The swag is great- a cool t-shirt, snacks, coupons, etc. And you DO get a unicorn medal at the end for those that love bling. A great race for families to do together and raise money for a charity.

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(2017)
"Flat and fast - The Owensboro 10 miler"
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The Owensboro 10-miler is billed as the oldest race in the state of Kentucky. My husband is from Owensboro, so we decided to make a weekend trip home to visit family and run the race. The race is local and small, there were around 200 people registered for the race. Packet pick-up was at a local running store and was very easy and quick. The swag bag included a running shirt as well as a water bottle and coupons to local stores, including a discounted massage.

The race was at 7 am CDT, which was ideal as the temp as at 79 degrees when we started. The course is an out and back scenic loop, with a finish at the scenic Smothers Park on the Ohio River. Police support was large (one lanes of major highways were shut down for runners), but overall crowd support is low, which is expected for a race this size. The course is flat and fast, so that made this race bearable in the heat.. There were water stops around every 2-3 miles along the course. The finish line included music, a cheering crowd, lots of snacks, water, gatorade and chocolate milk. There was also a massage tent for runners post-race! The medals are large for a 10 mile race. There were also lots of awards for overall and age group winners. I was able to take home a 2nd place award for my age group. Overall, it is a nice local race for those wanting a 10 miler under their belt. My only wish was that communication was better; you had to keep checking Facebook for updates on the race; there were no email updates about start time, parking, etc. This could make it difficult for those coming from out of town who were not familiar with the packet pick-up location, race start line, etc.

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(2017)
"First timer takes on the MingoMan Triathlon "
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Let me start by saying this was my first triathlon experience, so I do not have a comparison to other types of races like this. I will say for a first triathlon, it was quite a leap as the swim was in open water and the bike was 21 miles, which is quite different from other sprint triathlons I had read about.

The race takes place in Delaware State Park and MingoMan Park in a small Ohio town. The parks are beautiful. However, due to recent heavy rains, the swim portion of the triathlon was cancelled the morning of due to flooding; it was not safe to swim and the Army Corps of Engineers closed the beach. While disappointing, we arrived in Delaware ready to tackle our first duathlon! The town is small and quaint; we stayed in a hotel close to the park. The race company (Greenswell) was very kind and professional.

I arrived hoping I was in a sea of newbies, but quickly realized that was not the case. Many training for half IM and IM use this race as a training race! Regardless, everyone was very helpful and encouraging, which reminded me that every triathlete had to start somewhere.

I am not able to rate the swim portion due to the cancellation, but the beach area is beautiful. The bike portion is quite lovely-it is flat by most standards and except for the test bumps on the first few miles, it was smooth sailing! The course takes you out of the park, down a state road and then into country lanes. Be forewarned, this is not a closed course, so you do contend with vehicles on the bike course. Luckily, traffic was not high in the area during this time of the day.

Once you transitioned from the bike to the run, you are directed into a park for the run. Sprint participants do a 3.1 mile out and back while the Olympic participants complete the same 3.1 loop twice. It is fairly shaded and there are 3 water/gatorade stops, which is nice so I didn't worry about carrying water or nutrition. The run is through the small downtown area, so there are lots of residents on their porches/sidewalks to cheer you on.

Overall, this was a great experience for me as a newbie. I plan on going back next year for a redemption race and get the swim portion of this tri under my belt!

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(2017)
"My Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon Adventure!"
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As many of you know, I am an ambassador for the 2017 #KDFMarathon. I cannot say enough about how well organized pre-race communications and the expo were. The expo location changed from downtown to the fairgrounds this year which made for extremely easy (and free) parking for expo events. Packet pick-up was a breeze; I didn't have to wait in line at all! I did love seeing the vendors and all of the races upcoming in the fall--there were lots of giveaways and freebies in the expo!

When people ask me "How was it?", meaning the race itself, consistently my first answer is "Interesting!". I say interesting because I cannot think of a better word. We had an almost 2 hour weather delay, which I had not experienced before and then once we did start running it was very humid. But, that is the weather in Kentucky in the spring-unpredictable!

I love this race because of the scenery! You are able to see so much versatility in Louisville on this course, including a run through famous Churchill Downs! The water stops are frequent (powerade and gu are also provided at several points across the course). The course is fast and flat and is also a Boston Qualifier race, so for those with a goal to BQ this could be the race for you! There is great race support, especially for the mini-marathoners!

This is a great race for locals as well as out-of-towners. The race precedes the Kentucky Derby, so there are all kinds of fun and free things to do if you want to make a destination race out of it. I highly recommend this race for all running levels from novice to elite. It is just a really fun race to run!

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