Latest reviews by Katherine Coffman

(2019)
"Great race, challenging but manageable! "
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Race day was BEAUTIFUL and I was so excited to run with Lindsey. She made this one of my favorite race days ever.

The aid stations were awesome, they were stocked with both water and sports drinks and as ALWAYS, Kansas City is so welcoming to runners. The hills did not disappoint. They were challenging but completely manageable and we had a blast, chatting and running.

After we got our medals, cool towels, and snacks, we headed over to the pancake stations! Seriously finishing a race with pancakes, whipped cream, and strawberries! It was awesome, my hubby snagged that post race beer and hot dogs as his payment for being the best photographer ever.
Him and I spent the rest of the day playing in Kansas City and just enjoying the party! We will be heading back to this race for sure! I would suggest it for anyone wanting a fun race, that is well run!

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(2018)
"Great race with hills!"
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This was a great race for me! I went down on Friday, and the race hotel let us check in 4 hours early, so that we could park and put our bags away. Speaking of the hotel, it also had a noon check out, so I was able to take a shower before we left town on Saturday.
Friday, we headed to the expo that had tons of great vendors, including a vendor that made custom finishers shirts. It was a nice touch, if you wanted something extra to remember the weekend by. At packet pick up, they issued numbers as they went, so I was able to pick up my friends packet and mine in under 5 minutes.
Saturday morning, we got up early and headed down. The race hotel was about a block from the start and was so convenient. They had tons of bathrooms and the race got started in a timely manner.
The crowd at this race is amazing, tons of cheering, and community involvement. They also had great aid stations, and many of them. The course was well marked and you knew which direction to head for your distance. I was thrilled at one of the last 13.1 aid stations, they had gummy bears and all the way to the end were volunteers with candy.
The hills! I don't ever look at elevation maps because it sycs me out. There were some monster hills but it had an amazing downhill finish, which helped me. I came away with a half marathon PR!
The party at the finish line was awesome, you could make a tie dye shirt with Aftershokz, drink a beer, eat some BBQ and listen to great music.
I would 100% suggest this race to anyone looking for a fun and challenging street race.

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(2018)
"Not my Favorite Race"
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This was not my favorite race, I will say that a lot of that stems from the fact that the very first color station blasted my right in my face and ear. This meant that I had to find a clean cloth from a police officer, to keep the color from going into my eyes/contacts.

So we will start with parking. This was a downtown Omaha event, which means parking is limited. It was $8 for parking at the event. I opted to park in free parking about a mile away, which wasn't a huge deal for me since I needed the miles for training, but would not have been convenient, if I had brought my daughter.

The race swag was great, I got a nice shirt, a great medal and at the end of the race, I got 2 things of Dr. Teals bath salts. The course was also fine for what it was, it isn't the prettiest parts of downtown, but it was also less than 3 miles. The worst part for me was how short the race was from an actual 5k. This bothered me, even though it wasn't a chipped race.

The organization could have been better, they didn't announce for people to line up and there was no organization to the starting process.

Needless to say this was the first and last time that I will run this race.

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(2018)
"Fun Race, with lots of goodies!"
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This was my first time running this race, but I have run a race with this management company before. They are great. It was very hot, the race started at 7:30 am and it was already 80. The team made sure to remind everyone that they needed to hydrate. There were many water stations, and one had a hose with a soft sprayer, which was great and the one right before the final hill had wet sponges, that felt like a life saver.

The scenery is nice, you start and end with the baseball field, and go around a lake as you run. It had some elevation but not too rough. There was a little expo with lots of freebies, including a rehab place doing tapings and a chiro helping people stretch.

The food was super yummy, there was corn on the cob and water melon, along with a lot of cold water or beer, depending on what you like.

There was also was a free photo booth, and there will be free race photos.

All in all, this is a super fun race where I ended up with a shirt, water bottle and coozie. The only thing that I wished that it had was medals for finishers.

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(2018)
"Great Value Half Marathon"
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This race was a challenge, due to the weather.  It was about 34 degrees and mid way through the race it started sleeting.  It was a big day for me though, since I got a half marathon PR by 20 minutes!!! So this will always be a race that I remember!

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The course was and out and back on a bike/running trail.  So it was well taken care of and pretty flat, which is great for a PR.  There wasn't much for cheering stations, since it was hard for people to get on the course and because it was so bitter cold.  They had water stations every 2 miles which was nice, and it was easy to navigate since you never got off the trail.  I wasn't a huge fan of the bridges, because they would the older wood style but this is really a me issue, and with the rain they were a little slick on the way back.  The starting line is very narrow but they did a pretty good job of getting people through, with some congestion.

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This was a well organized race that was done by the same great people that put on the Nebraska Marathon.  Packet pick- up the day before was easy and at a local running store that is in the middle of town.  We received a great "warning" email with what would happen if they had to postpone the race, since there was a chance of bad weather.  I made it to the race and finding the starting line was super easy.  They also did a great job of sticking it out for us, slower runners, and making sure that we didn't feel like everyone had left when we finished.  I was met with a great staff of volunteers at the finishing line and even had this amazing video put on Athlinks for me to download.

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Value is where this race really shines! It was only $35 for the half marathon entry and I received a GREAT shirt and medal. I think this is a great PR half or a training half since it is a great deal.  They also had a 5k or 10 mile option!

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