Latest reviews by Stacey F

(2017)
"Great Race! And Awesome shirt!"
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This race was – dare I say – a near perfect run? It felt easy, I could have kept going! No tummy troubles, no dehydration, nothing. I didn’t go crazy and run it too fast at the beginning either like I did last month. It went by super fast, too.

PROS:
- The long-sleeved hooded shirt is a shirt that I actually wear a lot. It looks cool and it's nice quality.
- Packet pickup was easy - just swing by the running store in Jackson the night before and you're good to go! Super simple.
- The volunteers helping along the course were friendly and many were dressed up in costumes which was nice and funny.
- The food afterwards was good. Other than water/gatorade I didn't eat any of it but B did and really enjoyed my "ticket" that came with my entry.
- Parking was easy - we did arrive early to the race start so that may have been a factor - but for us we parked not even a block away from the start/finish.

CONS:
- The course really wasn't all that interesting. Some neighborhoods. Some streets. Some other streets. A medical center, and yeah that's about it. Nothing super scenic here to look at! BUT it did give B a couple of access points where he could snap some photos along the course.
-Though lanes of the roads were closed off to car traffic, the roads and intersections were open. Police and volunteers kept things running smoothly but, I have to say, I do appreciate a race where I don't have to worry at all about car traffic.

Verdict: I'd run it again. :)

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(2017)
"Fun race to kick off the series! "
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This was my first NRC race AND my first trail race. Bells Bend is a great park and provides plenty of parking, actual restrooms, and a scenic - mostly flat - course. Running through old farm land, the walking trails can be a maze but during the race they were well marked and easy to follow. Most of the run is in grass though some areas were quite muddy and others had a fair amount of dirt/gravel. There is NO SHADE on this course and on a hot day, SHADE was all I could think about! Plenty of runners at this race and plenty of space to spread out.

It was fun and I look forward to it next year!

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(2017)
"Crowded & Hot Run!"
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RNR races are BIG RACES with large crowds! I prefer smaller races so that definitely influences my opinions here!

PROS: The race is well organized and well marked. There are multiple opportunities for friends/family who are cheering you on to see you along the course. The tshirts and medal are nice! The post-race area offered a ton of free food/drink options!

CONS: Some areas along residential streets (specifically in the Belmont area) were SO incredibly crowded - too many runners, bicycle/motorcycle police officers riding the course and tight aid stations. If I could have skipped the area connecting runners from Belmont Blvd to 12th Ave I would have! It was frustrating! Though the race encourages runners to line up in corrals SO MANY PEOPLE IGNORE THAT and line up where ever they want to. I spent the bulk of the race dodging walkers who had no business lining up at the start of the waves.

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(2014)
"Rain and Single Track Anxieties!"
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Soooo I ran a trail race this morning. In the rain. In freezing temperatures. AND I managed to overdress. I was stripping off clothes left and right. LOL.

This was the final race in the 6 mile series for 2017.

The race was ok and my usual #1 critique of trail races still applies here: for the first 2 miles or so, people were SUPER AGGRESSIVE when passing or when coming up behind you. The entirety of this 6 mile race was on single-track trail which I get: passing is challenging. I had trouble passing people, even. But I was still courteous and said “on your left” and tried to not get in their way and definitely tried to speed up when passing so I wasn’t just leap frogging in front of someone and then slowing them down. The vast majority of people who passed me in the first 2 miles did none of those things and without touching me basically pushed me off the trail so they could get by. Numerous people squeezed into space in front of me that caused me to slow down. Others came barreling up behind you and stayed on your heels until you had no other choice but to stop running and step aside. It was super irritating. I think I’m going to look a lot more closely at trail race descriptions in the future and stay away from single track trails. It’s just too much.

There was a descent amount of elevation change on this trail (+/- 1100ish). The red on the map attached is Gain and the green is Loss.

But, goodness, at the end of the race, a tiny bit of blue sky peeked through the dreary clouds and it was gorgeous.

Of the four races in this series, I ran this one the slowest. I’m not 100% sure why other than the super cold temperatures and pouring down rain. That was definitely a factor. But shouldn’t have impacted my pace that much. But I guess it did. I think it was also the issue I talked about earlier: lots of people on single track, muddy, trails. It was very hard to pass so the first few miles I ran a little slower than I knew I was capable of. And people were being super aggressive and that raises my anxiety level so much.

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