Latest reviews by Tyeese Gaines

(2018)
"Nice course, well-organized"
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It was a nice turnout with a Zumba warm up before the Half marathon and again before the 10K. The half started at 8am, the 10K at 8:30am and the 5K at 8:45am. Packet pickup was well-organized. I opted for priority pick-up, where they mailed me my bib ahead of time. The only thing I had to pick up on race day was the Dri-Fit tech jacket (which was nice!).

The starting line and finish line were at the same place for all 3 races. The course had a few minor inclines, which were manageable. During one section, we had to avoid a few splatterings of large poop along the trail, otherwise, it was OK. The turnarounds for the 5K and 10K felt a little strange, but there was someone standing at the 10K turnaround which helped.

In general, there weren't a lot of people telling us where to go at the turns and not a lot cheering us on. One of the race volunteers mentioned that it would be hard for spectators to cheer us on because we ran most of the race inside of the Historic Preservation.

I would run this race again. I'm considering the half marathon next time!

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(2017)
"Fun race. Great finisher mug!"
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Due to traveling, I had my packet mailed to me ahead of time, so I missed the Expo. On race day, finding the corrals was a bit confusing. But, the race itself ran smoothly (I did the 5K). LOTS of runners, a bit crowded. Definitely chilly! There were a few walkers in wave 1 that you had to weave around, but it was manageable. Only a couple of slight inclines on this course. I also used the real-time tracking alert and my results were sent via text as soon as I crossed the finish line! (although the Facebook option didn't work). The band was fun, and the finisher's mugs were yummy! I would definitely recommend this race.

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(2015)
"Run through the tunnel!"
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This was a fun race. It was really cool to run from New Jersey to New York City through the Lincoln Tunnel. They closed down one of the tunnels, cleaned it, and pumped air through it until there was no hint of exhaust. They did a great job... you couldn't tell it is one of the majorly trafficked roads into Manhattan. Packet pick-up was super easy. Parking was tough, however, and we had to park a pretty good distance away on a neighborhood street. The course itself was just through the tunnel and back -- not too difficult from an elevation standpoint. I would do this again!

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(2012)
"Thousands of women descended upon Disney!"
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I got to wear my colorful tutu and run with tens of thousands of princesses (and a few princes). Seeing all of those athletic women descend upon Disney was amazing. I would definitely do this again. The expo was great, fun vendors. Race day was well organized. The shuttles got us to the races from the various Disney resorts without having to worry about parking. My son did the kids race on Saturday which was fun too. Great experience!

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