Latest reviews by Jenn Savedge

(2020)
"Wonderful race that made me excited for the IRL event!"
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This was my first virtual marathon and boy did I make a lot of mistakes! It is not easy to tackle this distance on your own, but I am so thankful to the folks at the Missoula Marathon for the support before and after the event that helped me get the job done.

Communication was fantastic and race organizers were very clear about their response to the pandemic and what runners could expect. Post-race, my medal and shirt arrived promptly. The shirt was smaller than expected and the race made arrangements to have all shirts exchanged for participants who wanted a larger size.

All in all I found the virtual marathon distance to be very challenging but I was glad to have the support of the Missoula Marathon staff to help me through the process. It definitely made me excited to run the race in person next year!

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(2019)
"All the fa-la-la fun!"
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My oldest and I had the most amazing time at this race and we've already vowed to make it an annual tradition. This event is perfect for both runners and non-runners alike. My teenager does not enjoy running, but she loved the fun of this race. She loved the aid stations that included sprinkles (gum drops) for Team Nice and coal (chocolates) for Team Naughty. I loved the flat, fun 5-mile run. And we both were blown away by the holiday lights. So beautiful and fun!

The expo, held right before the event at the Virginia Convention Center, makes it super easy to pick up last minute supplies and get yourself together before the run. The after-party, held in the same location is a blast with soup, beer, and other snacks/drinks.

I truly can't recommend this race enough and I am already looking forward to bringing the whole family out to enjoy it next year.

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(2019)
"150 miles of fun!"
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Had a great time running the GAP Trail Relay this year on a team of 6. The race was very well organized with well-stocked aid-stations at most exchanges and loys of fun little surprises (like one exchange in volunteers handed out boxes of hot delicious pizza!) The trail is very dark at night but the race allows pacers and they allow the group to run in any order during the race. So your team can switch up legs or two people could run together if that's a concern. Hands down the best part of the race was the after-party. German beer, hot pretzels, pierogis, and a guy playing the accordion! Such a fun way to end the relay adventure!

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(2019)
"Bring on the heat!"
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With super high temps in the forecast, I wasn't really expecting to run face at this race. But fortunately, the weather cooled down significantly by race morning and I was able to snag my first ever sub-2 half!

Here are my takeaways from this fun, fast race:

The Expo: Simple to navigate and super fun to explore. Bib and t-shirt pickup are located right at the entrance so if you need to zip in and zip out, that’s doable. But there are also tons of exhibitors so if you need to pick up some gear or want to do a little shopping, you will have plenty see and do here.

The Race: I heard that this race was flat and fast and it certainly lived up to its reputation. I had also heard that Garmins tend to go a little wacky in Chicago and that held true as well. Fortunately, the course is very well marked, but if you are relying on your Garmin to keep you on pace, you should know that it may be off by a pretty wide margin.

Race support was phenomenal, starting with the emails that were sent before the event, alerting runners to the weather conditions and letting us know that there would be extra water, salt, sprinklers, and cold sponges on the course. That was a relief! On course, it felt like there was plenty of water as well as the fun entertainment RnR is known for.

Post-race fare consisted of the usual stuff – water, Gatorade, chips, bananas, and granola bars. It was a spacious location so there was lots of room to spread out, meet up with friends, enjoy post-race beers, and dance to the bands.

If you’re looking for a fun race weekend that culminates in a potentially fast race – Chicago is a solid choice. I’d run it again in a heartbeat and keep my fingers crossed that the weather gods would shine on me again!

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(2019)
"2019 Pittsburgh Marathon Relay and Full Marathon Review"
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This was the second time that I ran the Pittsburgh Marathon and once again this race pulled out all of the stops in terms of race management and course support. Volunteers and locals come out in droves to support this race and you really feel welcomed and appreciated. They were even out there in the wind and rain and that's saying something!

In addition to the full marathon, I also participated in the Marathon Relay, and I love how race organizers make it easy (and legit) to do both. The only requirement was that I was the first runner of our relay team and that way I was able to tag out with Runner 2, take off my relay shoe tag (for timing) and continue on my merry way. I wore both bibs for the first leg of the race and then just tossed the shirt that had the Marathon Relay bib. It worked out perfectly.

I did not attend the expo this year because my daughter (who was also on our relay team) was taking the SATs, but it was very easy for one of our team members to pick up all of our packets as well as my marathon race packet so that was awesome. Swag included a sweet race tee (BLACK AND GOLD...YES!), a medal, and some custom Goodr sunglasses that are black and gold with the Pittsburgh skyline on the frames.

I wrote more about the course in my last review of this race, but it's worth repeating that while it is a bit hilly, those hills are totally doable as long as you throw a few hills in your regular training routine.

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