Latest reviews by Stephanie Boyd

(2021)
"Making My Miles Matter: 2021 MMIW Virtual Event"
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I was fortunate to hear about this event when I started following Native Women Running on social media. The event was created to show support/solidarity for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, 2-Spirits, and their families. Bringing awareness to the fact that the CDC has reported for Native American women; murder is the third leading cause of death was enough of a reason for me to sign up for the race.
Although it was a virtual event, here are some of the things I loved about this race:
- I feel I learned so much and was able to help share statistics about MMIW as well as share stories from their families.
-I was followed and supported on social media by race organizers.
-Prior to the virtual race, I received a soft, red event t-shirt in the mail as part of my registration. Red is the color used to represent the MMIW mission.
-You could sign up with a team to support one another in the event efforts. I signed up with several BibRave Pros to run this event.

On the morning of the race, I decided to run 10 miles to highlight the fact that native women are murdered at 10 times the national rate. I was able to also share a video before my run along with some others on my team to help spread awareness and support the virtual event.

I highly recommend this event. This year the event raised over $3000 that will go to MMIW USA -- the mission of MMIW USA is to bring home our missing women, girls, two-spirits, and relatives, as well as help the families of murdered relatives cope and support them through their grieving process. They provide guidance and hands-on support. I highly recommend supporting this event!

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(2020)
"Scooby-Doo Run Family & Pet Virtual 5K"
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This was a great virtual race experience from registration to the finisher's certificate download. I ran this with my son and 2 dogs and we had a great time training for it and running it. The communication was clear, the items shipped on time and the swag is great. The race kit came with a race bib, finisher's medal, aluminum bottle, and a long-sleeved hoodie shirt in a tech material. We also were able to get a cute matching collar for our youngest dog.

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(2020)
"Medford2Medford: Running solo across Massachusetts (virtually, of course)"
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I must admit I did not know about Dave McGillivray's feat of running from Medford to Medford until this race. It is really inspiring and one of the reasons I signed up to run 142 miles solo as part of the Massachusetts2Medford Challenge.
Pros of this race: The interactive website and map, the race management communications, and the swag. I loved my gaiter and medal-great quality. I also loved that this race kept me motivated to run in August, which is the hottest month of running in Kentucky I think.
Cons of this race: That I couldn't run it in person! :) Maybe one day. I really cannot think of any negatives I had with this virtual race experience. Top notch!

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(2020)
"Running The Virtual AllState Hot Chocolate 15K in Louisville"
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I was excited to be able to take part in the 2020 HC15K held in Louisville - it was the inaugural year for this race in our city! Granted, running it virtual due to COVID wasn't how I envisioned it, but I was ready to take on the challenge just the same. I actually ended up running this race in the middle of a virtual race series I was doing, so I had ran many miles this week, but it was a great fit with a 15K distance-not too short, not too long. I actually forgot how much I love this distance.

I picked a route that incorporated my neighborhood and local area in case I needed to make a pit stop during my race! (It was a warm morning, so I am glad I started early, but the benefit of a virtual race is you aren't ever late to the start line!).

The things I really liked about this race were:
1) The communication: the race management company was very proactive in their communications to runners via email and on social media. I always felt like I knew I was up to date with any changes.
2) The SWAG - I loved the packet I received which included race nutrition, a hoodie, bib and of course, CHOCOLATE. I had some mini dark chocolate and 2 packs of hot chocolate milk as my post-race reward.
3) The medal - This medal is super on brand and unique-I don't have another one like it!

I recommend this race -the quality is great for price that you pay and there is a local charity that benefits from proceeds. See you in 2021 Hot Chocolate 15K!

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(2020)
"Will Run for Chocolate! at the 2020 Virtual Allstate Hot Chocolate Indianapolis"
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This was my second experience with this race and running company. I opted in for the virtual Indianapolis option hoping to run the race in Indy as my son had a scheduled hockey game that weekend. I love running in Indy-there are so many great places (I even wrote a blog about it)! The hockey game ended up getting canceled, so I opted to stay close to home and run this one in the end.

I have nothing but great things to say about the race management-their site is easy to use and they keep runners up to date via email communications. All the info I needed was always a click away. I received my race swag (which is always amazing) about a week prior to the race day (10/10/20).

On race day I picked a beautiful park that wasn't crowded. The great thing about virtual racing is that I can sleep in and start when I want, which to me is an advantage because I am not an early morning person! I started off a little slower than I wanted and didn't catch my groove until around mile 5, but after that it was smooth sailing! I loved having my hot chocolate for after the race (and on Monday morning to celebrate AGAIN).

I recommend this race for those who are looking for a good virtual option that has nice swag and a great charity-St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
Another unique aspect is that they still hold a post-race party-it just happens to be virtual, so that you can learn more about the race, listen to great music, and fun trivia for some really nice prizes! That is just an added bonus that they don't have to do but I find it is something other virtual races are not always doing, so an added incentive to register for another year!

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