Latest reviews by Stephanie Boyd

(2022)
"Minions Run Virtual 5K"
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I signed up for this race for 3 reasons: 1) It is VIRTUAL which means I can run it anytime, anywhere - which fits in great with my training schedule. 2) SWAG - the price is right for the amount & quality of the race swag. 3) MINIONS. Who doesn't love them?

It is freezing in January in Kentucky, so I opted to complete my run on the treadmill. I loved that I didn't have to cancel/postpone a race due to ice on the roads that week - when it is virtual, you can do your race inside! You can also opt to run farther than 3.1 miles if you want. The flexibility of this type of run is great. They even include a bib number for those of us who like to keep our bibs on our medal racks.

I loved the swag-the pom beanie and the hat are super soft and fun. I get compliments on the beanie a lot.

The virtual support included emails and instructions on how to log our miles on race day to complete the Minions Run. It was super easy to do. Now I am just waiting on that fun finisher medal to come in the mail and complete my celebration of yet another 5K!

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(2022)
"Once in a lifetime race!"
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This was my first year running Hood to Coast; I was a member of Team Knockaround (a sponsor for the race)! We had an amazing time. I was Runner 9 and enjoyed all of my legs, although my leg at 2 am was so dusty I couldn't really see anything. But I could smell the forest and feel the energy and that is all I needed. The energy is amazing and my teammates were the best I could ask for! I thought the race management company did a great job at communicating all of the basic information and anything I couldn't find on the website, my team, or other Facebook groups easily helped me to prepare in terms of what to pack and expect. The exchange stations and volunteers were awesome and I honestly feel like the drivers of the vans have the hardest job out there but they were also amazing. You can't beat the scenery and the energy of this race. I dare you to at least do it once (warning: you are probably going to want to do it more than once)!

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(2022)
"A 10K virtual with elevation! "
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I signed up to run this race due to the unique elevation challenge. I couldn't travel to the race this year but it looked like fun and the swag seemed like a great deal.

Pros: It is virtual, so you can run it anywhere, anytime. I used this race as a training run for a different race, so it worked out well for me in terms of my race calendar.

Cons: It is virtual. :) Honestly, I have completed several virtual races. This one did not have much hype or ways to keep me engaged as others did.

Tip: Plan out your race route in advance so you don't fall short on the elevation gain. Requirements: 1,000′ in elevation gain and 10 kilometers

I didn't receive much communication about the race; I think 2 emails. However, the website was easy to navigate when submitting my race results. As for the swag, I did receive my medal, which was of nice quality but did not receive a shirt (that could be because I was short about 82 ft of elevation gain). I doubt I do the virtual again but would like to go in person and would recommend others try the in-person option as it is highly rated.

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(2022)
"The Louisville Triple Crown 15K is back! "
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This was the return of the Louisville Triple Crown 15K since COVID and so many people were excited to see it return!
I have to say that the expo is super easy to access and the swag (pullover quarter zip) & medals were very nice.
The course setup itself was great- the water stops were well ran, it is flat as a pancake with only a few turns-it is an out and back so lots of cheering on occurring! The downtown portion is scenic while the majority of River Road is not. But, that did not dampen people's spirits!

This is a nice 15K, which Louisville needs more of and I recommend it, especially for those training for spring half and full marathons!

Free photos were a bonus AND the race has a local charity that benefits from proceeds.

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(2022)
"A race recap of the Pistol Ultramarathon 100K"
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This was my first year to run the Pistol Ultra. I love everything about the race, especially the race management/support you receive during the race. The volunteers are great and the aid stations are well stocked any time of day.
This year was different as they had to move the start/finish line due to construction but it was still a great race. You can see my reviews of the 50K and 50 miler here as well. I hope to get back soon for the 100 miler.

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