Latest reviews by Stephanie G.

(2018)
"Camaraderie and Hills! "
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Packet Pickup: Super quick, no line. Easy to navigate the expo hall - registration/pick up on the first floor, expo on the 3rd.

Location/Scenery: Having the start, finish, and expo right around the Steel Stacks in Bethlehem is really cool and makes for great pictures. I didn't explore too much into downtown Bethlehem, but there are a ton of coffee shops and restaurants to choose from, along with a lot of host hotels in the area.

Expo: For some reason I always have expected this to be a large expo but it's pretty small. There are approximately 15 vendors and they range from Lululemon to The Vitamin Shoppe to the local running store Aardvark to Blue Diamond Dog Food. I was happy to see a local vendor selling screen printed t-shirts, but wish there was more of that. I was also disappointed that Runner's World didn't have a booth set up - last year they offered swag and books for purchase, which was a nice touch after seeing their products represented in the magazine.

Course: This course has hills. So many hills. They say that there aren't any hills after mile 7 but I remembered there were several steep inclines after that which I would still classify as a steep incline :) There are a lot of nice cheering spots with a ton of people, but some stretches through residential areas where not too many people come out.

T-Shirt/Swag: As a half marathon participant I only received a shirt, so I can't speak to the other swag items for the 5k, 10k, and Trail Run. This year the t-shirt was cotton instead of a tech shirt. At first I was surprised, but after feeling the material I no longer cared... that shirt is so, so soft and cozy - not a gross cotton t-shirt that I'd never wear again. I wore it all day post-race!

Overall: This is a fun race with a lot of friendly, celebratory runners who are having a good time. It's not overly competitive, there aren't assigned corrals, and the hills don't attract a ton of PR-chasers. I really enjoy the camaraderie of it all, but did wish that the expo and seminars had different offerings. Love the shirt this year, great medal, and well-organized. Easy parking in town and in the lots near the race start/finish. My only 'complaint' was that I definitely missed having Bart Yasso MC the weekend - I did feel like there was a stronger Altra (presenting sponsor) presence at times as opposed to Runner's World. Overall, I highly recommend it for beginner's and seasoned runners alike. See you next year, Bethlehem!

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(2018)
"Organized, Festive, and Well Done! "
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This race is SO well organized and run. Philadelphia Runner does an absolutely amazing job!

The packet pick-up and expo is a breeze; Held at a local brewery, it's a nice way to kick off the event. Plenty of parking in the area as well as a photo op station and a booth for items for purchase from PR.

The t-shirt that was given out this year was a gray cotton short-sleeve with the PR 10k crest in yellow/black. The cotton is actually quite soft and cozy and a nice alternative to the tech shirts.

Parking can be a bit tricky by the start since it's all residential, but if you know the area you can probably find something with no problem. I'd still suggest taking a Lyft or public transit to the start line instead of risking it.

The race goes through scenic Philly and features so much camaraderie. Plenty of water stations (since it's August) and the ice cold wash cloth handed out at the finish is my absolute favorite.

Instead of medals, PR offers differ post-race swag. This year it was a geometric poster design featuring the sights and runners. I like that it was something different, but it was a little cumbersome to carry after running.

The after party is great but can be a bit hectic - lines are long, very crowded - but honestly, it's a celebration and that's exactly how it plays out. I highly recommend attending even just for a few minutes before leaving.

I highly, highly recommend this run for all levels of runners! The City of Brotherly Love never disappoints, and neither does Philadelphia Runner with this awesome production!

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(2018)
"One of the best races around! "
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What can I possibly say about Broad Street that hasn't been said before? It's considered one of the best races in the country, and with good reason. As the largest 10 miler in the US, it attracts runners if all levels to participate in the run down Broad Street!

The expo at the Convention Center is chaotic but wonderful. It's crowded but as organized as it can be, and it feels like you're at an expo for something much larger than a 10-miler. The expo is huge, taking up the an entire expo hall at the convention center. The corral leading you into the expo is where you'll pick up your swag back - a t-shirt along with a booklet of info for race day and a handful of coupons and offerings for future races and other discount codes.

As far as getting to the race, plan this carefully if you are from out of town. The start can be hectic and taking the subway can be an absolute disaster if you don't time it right. We typically park at FDR park in South Philly (closer to the finish line) and take either a school bus shuttle (circling the park) or the subway to the start line. The subway is INCREDIBLY crowded and many times it will stop without enough room for people to get on -- if you can get on a shuttle, do that!

The run is iconic, so expect the best - spectators line the street from start to finish, so you're never without a cheering crowd. There are port-a-potties all along the course in case you need to stop. DJs, local bands, high school bands, and more come out to provide a soundtrack.

The beginning of the race is very congested due to the size of the race, so don't be too discouraged if you're playing frogger for the first mile or so. I always try to use this run as a fun experience, and if I PR or have a great time that's just an added bonus.

The finish line features a chute where you're corraled into a section for food. Medals are also handed out at this time.

I highly recommend this run for runners of all levels with all different goals - it's an amazing experience from start to finish!

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(2018)
"Scenic, Fast, [Mostly] Flat, and Fun! "
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** As of 2018, this race is now called the Mud Hen Half Marathon **

This race is a great "shore" race, especially if you've never been to the Wildwood area. I grew up and still have family in the area, so I didn't have to worry about a hotel room. I will say that parking is a breeze and the convention center parking is super convenient. There is plenty of street parking that time of year as well, and if I remember correctly, all meters are off.

Pick-up at the convention center is smooth and easy. Friendly staff and a small but fun expo area. Shirt and swag is always something festive. The shirt this year was a long-sleeve black tech shirt, and they allowed me to swap sizes once I saw I clearly had picked the wrong one.

The race begins at the Wildwood Convention Center and tours through the streets of residential Wildwood. It does go over a couple of bridges on the causeway, which are the only gradual inclines on the course. It's flat, fast, and offers a lot of scenic views. The only trouble with going over the bridges and running along Ocean Drive is that it can be incredibly windy - I've run it 3 years now and have always had windy days, no matter how beautiful the weather. The course is an out and back with slight detours, so while it offers a lot of scenery most of the course will be repeated heading back in. Parts of the course also go through the Wildwood boardwalk - which definitely adds a lot of bounce to your step and more scenery. I love getting to the boardwalk and heading into the finish - it's the best part!

The chute is full of energy and spectators and they call your name out as your head in. DelMo Sports does an awesome job with this event - I highly recommend it to anyone interested in doing a race in New Jersey, for both seasoned and beginner runners alike.

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(2018)
"Amazing Organization & Race! "
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Back on My Feet is an organization that uses running as a tool to help the homeless community become more independent and connect them with a community. It's an amazing, worthy cause worth celebrating and I was happy to participate in the race!

I picked up my race packet at the Philadelphia Runner in Center City. Parking is extremely limited, so I would recommend taking a Lyft or public transit, otherwise you will likely have to park in a garage. I did receive a usable shopping bag but opted out of the t-shirt for a lower entry fee.

There is limited parking near the race start, and staff members at Phila Runner are more than happy to offer suggestions. The race start was crowded but well organized with plenty of bathrooms available. The scenic course takes you down MLK Drive starting and finishing near the Philadelphia Art Museum. The location is perfect for a 5-miler. Overall, it's very well organized and well run. I would highly recommend this race!

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