Latest reviews by Randy Birnschein

(2017)
"The Only Thing Better Than the Race is the After Party"
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I signed up for this race as a backup plan for Richmond in my quest for a BQ. Unfortunately, I didn't get the results that I was working for but this race was an AMAZING time.

I arrived in Rehoboth Beach on Friday evening and had no problem finding a place to park on the street close to where the packet pickup took place (which was also where the post-race festivities occurred). Packet pickup took all of a few minutes and was very simple to navigate.

Race day weather was perfectly cold. It was easy to find the starting line, which was shared by both full and half runners. The course is flat and fast with a nice mixture of pavements and hard packed trail. The course is interesting enough. There are parts where you might feel alone (some prefer that) mixed with parts containing enthusiastic and friendly spectators (one of which was Bart Yasso this year).

The race has a fun finish back in town and the post race hangout is easy to get to once you finish. You are given 3 beers in the party tent (Dogfish Head...YUM). The food is pretty legit. I had a hamburger and not much else, but there were plenty of REAL food choices (not just fruit and bars).

There is a great party atmosphere in the tent. People are there to CELEBRATE! It's definitely a fun time. It was a bit crowded, so if that's not your cup of tea there are places elsewhere in the general vicinity.

All in all, the disappointment of a failed BQ attempt wasn't enough for me to have a GREAT time in Rehoboth. I highly recommend it, whether you're looking to PR or just have fun.

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(2017)
"Cool, flat and fast. A PR waiting to happen. Fun for the family too!"
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I've run the CASA Superhero Run 5k for 2 years now and it's a race that I don't plan to miss. I'll be honest that I don't generally travel far for any 5k, but if I happened to be in the area I would certainly run it.

The course is an out and back that starts at Percival's Island in downtown Lynchburg. It's a paved trail surrounded by fall colors. The course is super flat, so it's definitely set up for some speedy 5k times.

The kid's fun run is great as well. My kids really enjoyed it. People dress up in all kinds of interesting and fun costumes (kids and grown ups alike) and there are a few activities and giveaways set up as well.

The overall and AG award medals are pretty cool and I really like the t-shirts as well. I ended up liking them so much that I don't run in them. I wear them casually.

I hope that some of you are able to make it out to Lynchburg to run a race sometime. If not this one, then one of the many others. Lynchburg has a great running community.

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(2017)
"Great race in a cool little town"
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The High Bridge Half Marathon was a very enjoyable experience. I arrived in Farmville at 6:40 to pick up my race packet. They were very prepared, so without a clue as to where anything was I was able to get my stuff, use the restroom (a must) and get to the start line with plenty of time to spare. The weather was absolutely perfect for a race day, we were cold to start but not freezing. From what I hear, I was very lucky to run the race this particular year as it can usually be hot and horribly humid.

The course is a tightly packed gravel that I found to be awesome for running and racing. The reduced impact was definitely noticeable and I had no trouble with it. The course is boring in a way because it's really just a long, flat, straight line where you turn around at the halfway point. However, the High Bridge is AWESOME. It's about a half mile long with an awesome view.

The course is very PRable. I got mine! Although the course is flat overall, I think that it seems to be a very slight incline going out and a slight decline coming back. That sure helps.

The finisher medal is a fairly typical medal, as are the award medals. The shirt is a typical moisture wicking shirt with a fairly cool design. One perk was that AG award winners got their choice of previous year "retro" shirts, so I got an extra. There were also beer vouchers that could be used at a local restaurant that day. You were allowed to have any beer that they had on tap and they had some good ones! The food was excellent too.

All in all, if you have a day to spend in a little town you've probably never visited and you want to run a race with a unique view from the High Bridge, you should give this one a shot. You might even get a PR out of it.

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(2017)
"Tough, Humid and Challenging. A Great Training Test."
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First off, let me say that you will probably not enjoy this race. The course and conditions make this race a challenge for any runner. It's not particularly scenic. It doesn't have a ton of spectators. I usually tell people that I don't like it.

That being said, the Lynchburg Half Marathon is a great race to run. Many runners are often training for a big event. We have goals. We work hard in the summer to be ready for whatever we decide to take on in the fall. The Lynchburg Half is the perfect race to test your training.

It's a small, local race so of course it will be missing some of the things that are fun about larger races. The packet pickup is at our local running store, Riverside Runners. There's no "Expo", but it's a pretty great running store. The shirt is always a good shirt. Some of my favorites are from this race. I like some of the shirts so much that I refuse to put them in my smelly running shirt rotation and I wear them casually.

The course is well organized, marked and has plenty of volunteers to keep you going the right way. The course is mostly flat, but there is a long climb up a gravel road that will test you. There are other less significant climbs throughout the course as well. The good news is that you get to run down the hill that you had to climb and the last 3-4 miles are all flat or downhill.

This year's finisher's medal is AWESOME. They haven't always been awesome, but I think more emphasis is being put on them than in the past. I look forward to collecting more of them.

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(2017)
"Well Organized, Interesting Course"
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The Commonwealth Games 5k is the 6th race of a 7 race series that takes place in Lynchburg. This particular race takes place on the campus of Liberty University. There's a big hill right at the beginning, but if you make sure not to put too much into that, the rest of the course is fairly flat. The course is well marked and there were plenty of volunteers to make sure we didn't get off track.

The race is well organized, as are all races in Lynchburg. Race directors have been doing this for quite a few years now and have the support of a great local running store, Riverside Runners. Shirts are nice and soft but are the moisture wicking type. There aren't finisher medals, but the AG medals are awesome. They look like legit medals.

One perk to this race is that if you win an award, you are eligible to participate in the State Games of America. More info is available at CommonwealthGames.org/sga2019.

I would certainly recommend this race to anyone in the area. Lynchburg is for runners.

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