Latest reviews by Jackey Deschamps

(2018)
"Running with coworkers "
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Not your typical 5k This is a unique race as it’s done with business or corporations. You can only run if your business participates. I did this race many moons ago and recently wanted to get my company involved. You need to sign up a team. Luckily my manager was onboard. Which also meant having a tent and paying for tables chairs ect for the prerace post race fun. We also made our own shirts. Many companies do the same. Parking can be tough but they do offer shuttles. Since I helped plan I got there around 3pm and was able to find parking within walking distance. I think this race is more about community than the actual run. It’s a big party. There are so many people and if you really want to run it get to the start early. I wouldn’t expect a PR at this one due to crowds. But a great chance for walkers to do a 5k without pressure to be fast: there is no medal. I wasn’t a huge fan of shirt design though they are tech shirts. It’s a great event, you need to start looking into months prior and again need your company to do. Hopefully Team Southwest Airlines BUF will do in the future.

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(2018)
"Do you like the movie Shawshank Redemption?"
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Do you like the movie Shawshank Redemption? Do you like running? Then this is the perfect race for you. I am a huge movie buff. When I heard about this race I knew I’d want to drive 4 hours to Ohio to participate. I’ve done this race 2 times. Both were in May however in 2019 for the 25th anniversary of the movie they are moving to July.
The race takes place near the prison where the movie was filmed. You get a ticket to tour the prison with your race fee. They give tech shirts. In 2018 they added a little fun and decided to divide half the runners into guards and the other half into prisoners. I did with a group of friends and we all planned to dress up as prisoners and I found out I would be on the guard team so had to change my costume. It had to match my bib afterall. They do encourage costumes and even have a costume contest. It is a really fun prerace atmosphere. With a lot of space, ample parking, fun music and great post race treats.
Let’s discuss the course. I’m from Buffalo and it is very flat where I live. This course is hills hills and more hills. Just a warning. But you run through the town of Mansfield. A cute small town, also with a few filming locations from the movie. They had a few water stops and we’ll manned by police to keep roads closed. Its a pretty big race and I did notice some walkers so if this race excites you but afraid you can run it I think you’ll be ok walking the whole thing.

The medals are amazing. Almost on par with a Disney medal. They’ve had different designs each year so always exciting to wait for the unveiling.

I mentioned they had the prisoners vs guards in 2018. The winning team got a discount code for the 2019 race. Luckily it was me! The guards won! In 2019 with the anniversary they are going to have several actors from the movie there at the race. I highly recommend this one.

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(2018)
"Everyone’s Irish at the Shamrock Run"
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Note: I did do a video recap of this race if you were interested in viewing. https://youtu.be/TlWgZgEXJN0

This is the second time I’ve done this race and both times it’s been COLD! You sign up for this race thinking it’ll be warmer in March, it never is! 😩
But with my new Goodr Shamrock shades I needed to be there.
The expo is at the Old First Ward Community Center, a small neighborhood just south of downtown Buffalo. The volunteers were so sweet. They had some really nice running jackets for your entry fee. This was the 40th so possibly even nicer than usual. When you go to the center they have all the former race shirts through the years hanging. I actually really love some of the thin soft cotton shirts from the early 80’s. I wish they’d recreate. But the jackets were very nice as well!
Before the race they have some tents set up and everyone is cramming in the community center to stay warm. This became an issue with trying to get out before the race. It was packed. Next year may be smarter to wait warm car longer but that’s also boring. Parking may be an issue if you arrive late, mostly street parking and could end up being quite far from start.
This is just a real fun party atmosphere. Lots of race costumes, silly wigs, hats and you always find that crazy guy running on underwear!
I don’t recall water stops. I’d bring water if I were you. I recall first time I did I was so thirsty and thought I was approaching a water station and it was beer! Oh I wish I liked beer sometimes!
After the race there was a big party in tent. Got quite crowded which kept us warmer, with free beer. Again I wish I liked beer😂. They also sold hotdogs which my brother kindly bought me. Since I didn’t have cash.
There is no medal for this race. But I still love the party and vibe and would try and make an annual tradition for me. We need something to get us through these long cold winters

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(2017)
"Perfect for getting into the Christmas Spirit! "
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I've done this race the past 3 years and can't say enough about how great this one is. The medals are gorgeous. Yes I run for bling. I love that before the race we have somewhere warm to wait until shortly before race time with real bathrooms. The mile markers are cute and I love all the costumes people wear. I'm an avid rundisney runner and this is one of the closest races I've run that has the same fun vibe. There is some gorgeous photo ops along the way, and the whole family joins in as we go to the Christmas Story house later that evening. We drive to Ohio from Buffalo and get a hotel in downtown Cleveland. It's def a great way to start the Christmas season!

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(2017)
"Great thanksgiving tradition! "
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I've run this race a few years in a row. It's a great way to start off thanksgiving day. Though every year as I'm standing out in the cold I wonder why I do. But then sign up again. It's a fun race. All types of runners and so many people. The race shirts are super soft long sleeve cotton. This is a shirt I wear often after the race. I love all the crazy thanksgiving themed costumes. The after party at the convention center is crazy crowded but fun. Parking is good at local target plaza and shuttles back are convenient. This is a huge Buffalo tradition and always fun to be a party of

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