Latest reviews by Randy Birnschein

(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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(2017)
"The ultimate test of intestinal fortitude"
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The Krispy Kreme Challenge is a race that should be experienced by all. Such child-like joy and excitement! The thought of running 2.5 miles, then consuming a dozen donuts, followed by 2.5 miles back the way you came sounds horrible but it's so worth trying. There is a "challenger" entry as well as a "casual runner" so you have the option of not making a pig of yourself with the donuts. There's a costume contest as well and people bring their "A" game for it. I've run the KKC 8 times and don't intend to miss it any time soon.

Donuts: Delicious! The "hot light" isn't on and it's the middle of winter, but they are as fresh as it gets.

Course: Nothing to write home about. It's from the NC State campus to the donut shop and there isn't a whole lot to see. There are a few hills, but nothing too scary. I wouldn't worry, because you have no chance at a 5 mile PR with those donuts involved.

Expo: Not much to it at all. Like nothing to it. They sell some KKC gear and that's about all there is.

Shirt: The shirts can be clever but for 7 of my 8 years it's been a white cotton T-shirt with green lettering. 2017 was a white cotton T-shirt with black lettering.

Finisher Medal: They've only had finisher medals once in all of my times running the race and you had to pay $5 extra for it. Not a bad deal since the early entry was only $20. The medal is pretty awesome though.

To reiterate, you will not regret running this race if you like donuts and have a soul. So much fun!

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(2016)
"A Great Race Since 1974"
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Honestly, I'm a little bit biased because I live in Lynchburg. That doesn't change the fact that this is a great race. The organizers do a fabulous job. There's a great food spread for finishers. The finisher medals are always top notch. The spectators are great. The course is a killer, but a ton of fun to suffer through. There are massages! It seems as though the whole city of Lynchburg is there to be a part of it. The evening before the race, there are kids' runs of varying distances and a ton of activities for the families to enjoy. This event is more than a race. I encourage anyone to pay Lynchburg a visit and have a great time.

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(2015)
"So friendly, so fun. "
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I've run the Richmond Marathon 3 times and have signed up for 2017. The spectators are some of the best. They cheer loudly and even offer snacks and adult beverages. The course is interesting enough with only a few areas lacking in crowds or scenery. Richmond is also a great place to celebrate a race well run. Sign up and you won't regret it!

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(2014)
"Beautiful, Historic, and Fast!"
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What a great race! I'm not totally biased because I was in the Navy hehe. Seriously, DC is such a great city to run a race. So much to see all around you. The course is pretty darn flat. This was a big PR for me at the time. The race shirt was a long sleeved shirt. The medal was pretty cool. I can't think of any reason NOT to give this one a chance. You won't regret it.

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