Latest reviews by Jackey Deschamps

(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)
"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)
"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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(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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