Latest reviews by Rory Leigh Correa

(2018)
"Holy Hills Batman! "
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Summary:
​The course of the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K: San Diego is a hilly, challenging yet fun course that winds in & out of San Diego hitting landmarks along the way such as the San Diego Zoo.

Packet PickUp:
​Upon arrival at the San Diego Civic Center, I was greeted by signage directing me to exactly where I needed to go! In the area outside of the Expo Hall, there was a booth to sign up for 2019 race (at a discounted rate) & a huge inflatable candy bar! You could hear the music coming from the hall. As soon as I entered I was directed to Bib Pickup where it was the fastest experience ever! When registering for the race, you are provided a QR code (don't worry - they send it again right before the race with your confirmation details) - so you just scan the code, show your ID & you are good to go! 

Swag/Extra:
​After I got my bib, I was directed to the area where I would grab my goodie bag. On the way was the booth/table where you could grab your Legacy stuff. I'm pretty true to size so I grabbed my Medium 1/4 Zip & bag & headed out to do my usual expo laps. For those who where unsure, you can head over to the gear swap area & try on sizes until you get the perfect fit. Other cool areas were the Nuun Hydration & Sweet Treat Stations. All kinds of chocolate treats! Just a preview of what was to come on the course. :) I'm not big on Expos, so I did 2 laps, took a few pics & headed to my hotel for a shakeout run. After the race we received our results & FREE race photos - which turned out absolutely amazing!

Course:
Holy Hills Batman! This course is challenging! Make sure you train for hills! However, this course gives you a little bit of everything that is great about San Diego. Part of the course goes right through the San Diego Zoo

Medal:
Each Allstate Hot Chocolate race participant receives the beautiful chocolate bar, but each city has their own specific keychain that you receive with your medal. Pretty cool huh? For San Diego, its a tiny surfboard with palm trees. So Cali! After getting your medal, you get to head over to the Finisher's Mug tent to grab your signature Hot Chocolate Mug! Now, it comes prearranged so you don't get the option to say 'No' to the Chocolate (I wasn't feeling well after & didn't want to dip anything in chocolate - *gasp* I know!) but it does have some yummy treats: 1 small cup of Hot Chocolate, 1 Banana, 1 Rice Crispy Treat, 1 Bag of Pretzels & 2 Piroucrisp cookies. I currently use mine as a pencil/pen holder on my desk. :)

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(2018)
"The World's Fastest 5K For Sure!"
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Summary:
If you are looking to PR your 5K, this race is it! Fast, Flat & Scenic the route takes you along the Pacific Coast & finishes with a nice downhill for your speediest 5K yet! For the All Day 20K - you run 4 separate races. For the 5K, you run 1 of the 4 Races with your Age Group. The First 250 Finishers in each Age Group also receive an Extra Medal!

Packet PickUp:
The Expo was outdoors & in the center of the event! I was super late due to the usual LA to San Diego traffic, but other than that the folks at the Rock n Roll Marathon Series have packet pick up down to a science! I received my Bib number prior, so I stepped into line, showed my ID & had my Bib. Then you walk through the Expo to get your Race Shirt. There are plenty of sizes & they do allow you to swap if neccessary. Now this is where things get tricky. I purchased a VIP Package, but no one could tell me where to pick up my wristband. Luckily, there was a list & wristbands available at the VIP area when I arrived on Race Day.

Swag/Extra:
I HIGHLY recommend the VIP Package if you are running this race. Typically I cannot justify the extra cost, but for this event it totally makes sense! Since the 4 different 5Ks are by Age Group, you have to wait for your heat. If you are running all day, you will want a nice, warm place to hang out in between races. This year VIP was held at Paon Restaurant & it was awesome! Free food, drinks & clean bathrooms. VIP Gear Check was so easy that I was able to grab my bag in between each race for anything I needed. As a general tip - If you are attending a Rock n Roll event, I suggest waiting until Race Day to purchase your momentos - as they tend to markdown merch 50% Off or more on Race Day. I was able to pick up 2 shirts, a Pint Glass & 2 Enamel Pins for all under $25.00. As for the Participant Shirts - 5Kers received Short Sleeve while the All Day 20Kers received Long Sleeves. At the end of the race you are greeted to a receiving line where you get your medal (5K Only), have your picture taken & then proceed to grab a bottle of water, a bottle of Gatorade Endurance, a bag of pretzels & a banana. For the last race of the day there were also PowerCrunch bars. For the All Day 20K, the medals were given in a separate area (which I didn't like) along with a branded towel.

Course:
When they market this course as the fastest 5K - they are right on! The course has minimal elevation & a short downhill at the end ensures a speedy finish!

Medal:
This year, all the Rock n Roll Series medals are Guitar Picks. For shorter distances, like the 5K, its a large disk. At all Rock n Roll events you can get your medal engraved, as the back of the medals already have the Name & Time fields on them.

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(2018)
"PR in Palm Springs!"
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I love #HEROES6K events, not only is it for an amazing cause but the race is very well put together!

Palm Springs was my second #HEROES6K event & this one was held on my birthday! Before the run, there are so many snacks - just out & available for participants. I grabbed a banana & some chocolate milk to enjoy live music before the race started.

Course:
An out & back course that takes you to the base of the mountain & around the surrounding neighborhood. There is a pretty big uphill that makes for an amazing downhill on the way back.

Swag/Extras:
FREE Race Photos

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(2018)
"Party & Run in the heart of DTLA!"
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Packet PickUp/Swag/Extras:

The park opens for participants at 3PM - so this is more than enough time for you to grab your gear & enjoy the festivities before race start! They also had MAJOR discounts on prior years apparel.

Course:

The 5K is an out & back route that takes you through DTLA. The 10K course is also an out & back route and includes the 5K course.

Conclusion:

The 9.3 Challenge is totally worth it! In addition to receiving a third medal to commemorate, you also receive a super comfy hoodie. It's made out of the 'moisture wicking' material, so you can wear it on runs!

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(2017)
"Orange County Team Relay - 10K (2017)"
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A quick out & back course. For those most part its flat & speedy, with a few hills both ways. Along the course we received fuel from Clif - I grabbed Mocha for the extra Caffeine. The best part about this race are all the Pre & Post Race Activities. For example, there were about 5 food trucks to choose from - Free Food! Free Race Photos! Free Beer! Free Massages! As for Race Swag, in addition to your usual tee - a nice durable tote & a super slim water bottle.

For extra bling, You can also run all 4 races within the Lexus Lace Up Series to receive the Lexus Lace Up Challenge Medal.

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