Latest reviews by Jacquelyn Deschamps

(2018)
"My 3rd year doing this race and it didn’t disappoint "
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This was my 3rd year doing this race and I plan to continue this tradition year after year. Our whole family drove down from Buffalo to Cleveland. We spent the night at the doubletree Lakeside. Our friend that lives in Cleveland picked up our packets ahead and brought to hotel. I did have a friend that picked her packet up race morning and she had no issues.

We arrived race morning to find some of the most amazing race costumes. The theme this year was the Bumpus Hounds so dogs were welcome to run and even earn their own medals. I’m not really a dog person I’ll admit but loved seeing all the dogs. They were so cute. It really added to the fun vibe.
My mom and son ran the 5k for the first time. I did the 10k. There was one water stop for the 5k and 2 for the 10k. The views on this race are so beautiful. I love running by the big Cleveland sign.
The medals are so beautiful. Up to par with a Disney run. The entertainment prerace was exciting and I love they have the movie playing on a huge screen at the finish. The huge inflatable pink bunny was a great touch!
The swag included a long sleeve cotton shirt. Tech would be nice but I’m happy with this one. Also we got a drawstring Christmas Story Run bag. Inside was a small bottle of hand sanitizer, chapstick and a light bulb. Also included is free admission to the Christmas Story House. That’s a 15.00 value. This really is a lot of bang for your buck.
I recommend touring the house later on in the day when not as crowded. And only issue I heard was the busses back from the 5k seemed to be running slow or not enough. Last year that didn’t seem to be an issue. Friends and family ended up taking an uber because they didn’t want to wait in the cold. Running the 10k that wasn’t an issue for me.

Another fun year, can’t wait to do it again

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(2018)
"My 3rd year doing this race and it didn’t disappoint "
Overall
T-Shirts/SWAG
Aid Stations
Course Scenery
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Elevation Difficulty
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Race Management

I did a video recap of this race if you were interested in watching. Here’s the link:
A Christmas Story Run 2018 Recap, Cleveland Ohio

This was my 3rd year doing this race and I plan to continue this tradition year after year. Our whole family drove down from Buffalo to Cleveland. We spent the night at the doubletree Lakeside. Our friend that lives in Cleveland picked up our packets ahead and brought to hotel. I did have a friend that picked her packet up race morning and she had no issues.

We arrived race morning to find some of the most amazing race costumes. The theme this year was the Bumpus Hounds so dogs were welcome to run and even earn their own medals. I’m not really a dog person I’ll admit but loved seeing all the dogs. They were so cute. It really added to the fun vibe.
My mom and son ran the 5k for the first time. I did the 10k. There was one water stop for the 5k and 2 for the 10k. The views on this race are so beautiful. I love running by the big Cleveland sign.
The medals are so beautiful. Up to par with a Disney run. The entertainment prerace was exciting and I love they have the movie playing on a huge screen at the finish. The huge inflatable pink bunny was a great touch!
The swag included a long sleeve cotton shirt. Tech would be nice but I’m happy with this one. Also we got a drawstring Christmas Story Run bag. Inside was a small bottle of hand sanitizer, chapstick and a light bulb. Also included is free admission to the Christmas Story House. That’s a 15.00 value. This really is a lot of bang for your buck.
I recommend touring the house later on in the day when not as crowded. And only issue I heard was the busses back from the 5k seemed to be running slow or not enough. Last year that didn’t seem to be an issue. Friends and family ended up taking an uber because they didn’t want to wait in the cold. Running the 10k that wasn’t an issue for me.

Another fun year, can’t wait to do it again

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(2018)
"My 3rd year doing this race and it didn’t disappoint "
Overall
T-Shirts/SWAG
Aid Stations
Course Scenery
Expo Quality
Elevation Difficulty
Parking/Access
Race Management

I did a video recap of this race if you were interested in watching. Here’s the link:
A Christmas Story Run 2018 Recap, Cleveland Ohio

This was my 3rd year doing this race and I plan to continue this tradition year after year. Our whole family drove down from Buffalo to Cleveland. We spent the night at the doubletree Lakeside. Our friend that lives in Cleveland picked up our packets ahead and brought to hotel. I did have a friend that picked her packet up race morning and she had no issues.

We arrived race morning to find some of the most amazing race costumes. The theme this year was the Bumpus Hounds so dogs were welcome to run and even earn their own medals. I’m not really a dog person I’ll admit but loved seeing all the dogs. They were so cute. It really added to the fun vibe.
My mom and son ran the 5k for the first time. I did the 10k. There was one water stop for the 5k and 2 for the 10k. The views on this race are so beautiful. I love running by the big Cleveland sign.
The medals are so beautiful. Up to par with a Disney run. The entertainment prerace was exciting and I love they have the movie playing on a huge screen at the finish. The huge inflatable pink bunny was a great touch!
The swag included a long sleeve cotton shirt. Tech would be nice but I’m happy with this one. Also we got a drawstring Christmas Story Run bag. Inside was a small bottle of hand sanitizer, chapstick and a light bulb. Also included is free admission to the Christmas Story House. That’s a 15.00 value. This really is a lot of bang for your buck.
I recommend touring the house later on in the day when not as crowded. And only issue I heard was the busses back from the 5k seemed to be running slow or not enough. Last year that didn’t seem to be an issue. Friends and family ended up taking an uber because they didn’t want to wait in the cold. Running the 10k that wasn’t an issue for me.

Another fun year, can’t wait to do it again

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(2018)
"Turkey Trot on the coldest Thanksgiving on record "
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If interested check out my video recap of this race. https://youtu.be/DvqzNo_Crss

This is my fourth time doing this race. I figured I’d give a review of this year’s experience.
The packet pickup for this race is so easy. You can pick up bibs as of Monday before Thanksgiving. I had several friends doing the race and picked up their bibs for them as well so they didn’t need to drive to the YMCA to get. It was very easy. Runners roost had had a store set up at the expo with some really great deals. There was also a small section of Buffalo running themed merchandise. I got myself a great sweatshirt I wore to race knowing how cold it would be.

Before the race we parked at Target in North Buffalo. It’s about a 5 minute walk to start. Because it was so cold we stayed in car until about 8:50. Race started at 9:00. This helped us stay as warm as possible.
I did the race with my cousin who let me know she’d probably be walking the majority of race. Doing this race as a back of the packer, we had a great time and didn’t feel pressure to be fast.
I noticed one possibly two water stops. The costumes were amazing. This is a race you can go all out and fit right in. There is also some sporty fast runners as well. A great mix which makes it really fun.
There are no medals for this race. I wish there was but given the size I can see why it would be tough.
The after party at the convention center was really fun. They had a great band playing, free beer and some snacks (cookies, bananas, apples, and yogurt).
They provided shuttles to take us back to the Target parking lot. The line looked long but went really quick and once one shuttle filled one was right behind it. I would def recommend this race. It’s a fun Thanksgiving tradition no matter what your fitness level.

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(2018)
"Run through Cedar Point- a fun affordable race "
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As someone who has done many rundisney races I will admit sometimes just a regular race can be a bit boring in comparison. So I am always looking for races that offer a little extra or some pizzazz! So when I came across the Run & Ride race series I thought wow this sounds like fun. Running and an amusement park.
Since Cleveland is the closest to me of the Ride and Race series we decided to do the Cedar Point Quarter Marathon. I do wish it was a 10k. The whole quarter thing throws me off a bit. 6.6 miles.
This race is a great deal if you like amusement parks. You get a free ticket for the park day of race and can add on an additional day for 15.00! It cost me 80.00 to run the race with 2 day park tickets.
We had about 8 ladies in our group so we all split a suite at the Breakers Hote right on property. Note: we still had to drive to expo and to race start.
The expo wasn’t really an expo, just a place to pick up bibs. They did give you a coupon for something similar to a fast pass for some attractions. That was a Bonus! This year they didn’t do shirts for the Quarter Marathon they did baseball hats. This actually made me super happy. I love this hat and wear often. But I heard many complaints from others.
Race morning was very easy, It wasn’t as crowded as I thought a race at Cedar Point would be. I thought there’d be more costumes but not too many. We kept it simple, but threw in some Charlie Brown. They had some Peanuts characters walking around prerace. Who doesn’t love character photos?
The race began and we initially ran a huge loops around parking lot. As we approach mile 2&3 we ran through the park. This was really fun. Lots of great photo ops but I had a good pace (for me) so didn’t stop. However I did notice a few photographers on the course. We exited the park and made our way down the causeway. A beautiful view with water on both sides of us. I did a previous year and it got quite windy here. This year wasn’t so bad. But there was quite a few bugs that kept making their way to my mouth! I’m happy I had my sunglasses. I also noticed a couple photographers on the street. The road part of race is a there and back. When you get to about mile 4 your turn around. Those doing the half continues longer on causeway. I think that may get a bit boring.
I didn’t realize running this it was a Quarter Marathon. I thought it was 10k so I was pushing for a PR and when I didn’t see finish at 6.2 I was gasping for air to get in that extra .4 but made it and got a PR!
Post race they had some great food!! They had bagels with cream cheese and big bottles of chocolate milk and water of course. They had a big pavilion with picnic tables to sit at near by while waiting for others to finish.
I really recommend this race, the medals are cute (could be bigger) and would be nice if they changed a bit year to year. But overall this is a great race.

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