Latest reviews by Katherine Coffman

(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!

The Course-
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.

Organization-
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.

Value-
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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(2018)
"Well Organized and Fun"
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I had so much fun at the Leprechaun Chase 10K, in Ashland, NE!!! The reason this turned into such a fun event, I got to meet up with some great runners that I have connected with via social media. This was the first race that I got to run with them, and it was a blast. So below are my thoughts on the race and more about the race itself!

LEPRECHAUN CHASE® – A 10K RUN WITH A TWIST
The Leprechaun Chase® isn’t just a 10K with kilt-wearing bagpipers—this is a chase of lads versus lasses. The race kicks off with the lasses in the first wave, followed by the lads (5½ minutes later.) Whoever crosses the finish line first wins a free green beer for their gender. Who will it be this year? The pot o’ gold is in your court.

BY THE WAY, THE GIRLS TOOK IT THIS YEAR!!
The Course-
This is a beautiful course that starts at the Strategic Air Command Museum and goes through Mahoney State Park. You actually start the race in the hanger with the planes, which is very cool. That mixed with the beautiful scenery, makes this a race worth running! There was a mix of terrains, from grass, concrete, wood bridges. Though, I wouldn’t classify it as a trail race since the majority was street running.

Organization-
This race was so well organized. There was quite a bit of parking in many locations, along with shuttles running between the parking and the Museum where the race started. Pink Gorilla Events are always a great group, and run their races like fine tuned machines. There were also lots of water stations, and great post race snacks. It can be a little tight getting out of the park at the end of the race, but they had officers and volunteers stationed at intersections to help keep it moving.

Value-
This was a great value on a race. It was $38 when I entered, and I received a cup and shirt. I am also running the BRIN series to get the blackout medal for this series. Overall, this is a great race, with amazing atmosphere! I would suggest it to anyone that is looking for a fun March race.

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(2017)
"Great for a New Runner!"
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This was a great event, lots of downhill and a very cool run over the river from Nebraska to Iowa. Also ran through the historic downtown Omaha area, which is beautiful Finished with a finisher beer, great shirt and amazing medal. They also have so many water stations and restrooms on the route, it is great for a newbie!

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(2017)
"An Amazing First Race"
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This was my first race ever! It was a great one, since the staff was so helpful. Packet Pickup was a breeze and the day of parking was a very large lot across the street. It was amazing to see the different survivors and strong people overcoming lung disease. This is truly a race for everyone, it doesn't matter if you walk the whole course or are the 1st place finisher, the crowd is amazing. You run through some very historic and beautiful parts of Omaha and into the UNO campus. With the finish being at Aksarben village where there are all the normal snacks, along with CUPCAKES!!!! This was a race that was near and dear to my heart, as my mother suffers from COPD.

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