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)
"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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(2017)
"Mighty Niagara Half "
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I was looking for a fall race and this one was very close to home. So my cousin and I decided to sign up for the Mighty Niagara Half in 2017.
The expo for this race wasn’t really an expo. We went to a gym to pick up bibs. I didn’t notice anything for sale. And I don’t recall ever wearing the race shirt since so must not have been that great.
Regardless it was simple and easy with is always a plus.
The morning of race we got there very early as we tend to do. Parking was easy for us. I’ve heard others had it tougher. Which is why I always get there early. There was music playing and runners just hung out a bit prior.
The race began and we made our way through the village of Lewiston. This part was really fun. I love seeing people outside cheering.
We made our way onto the road and they had some course entertainment along the way which was great! Mile markers were visible. As the race progressed it got quite hot. Looking back I probably should’ve carried my own water but there was enough stops the heat was just getting to me. We ran through Fort Niagara which had some beautiful views. But the last 3 miles were hot and boring. Just made it a bit tough at the home stretch. They had a party at the finish but I wanted to wait for my cousin to cross and see her finish.
My only real complain was by the time the back of the packers were crossing most of the after party was wrapping up. So they didn’t get to enjoy the music, and celebration. That is a pet peeve of mine at races.
The medal is beautiful. Note: if your not from this area you won’t actually see Niagara Falls on this course. It’s still beautiful and the falls are a close drive.
This race is for a great cause. That is also a huge plus. Hospice Niagara.
I do recommend this race though. It would make for a great little destination race weekend. I did do a recap video if you wanted to check out
https://youtu.be/eZZExd-ABNk

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