Latest reviews by Samantha Thierry

(2018)
"Always LOVE this series"
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As you can see, I love this race series and couldn't rave about it any more than I already do. You get great swag and delicious during and post snacks. The only flaw, which was also on my end, was the parking situation. This year the race was in Forest Park, which I thought, "awesome, there will be tons of parking." I got there an hour early but it seemed like everyone else got there the night before, because it was already packed and crowded. I was frazzled trying to find a spot to park that wasn't miles and miles away (I also had no idea where I was compared to the start.) So since I am directionally challenged and wasn't too familiar with the start and where I was in comparison, I got to the start of the race way late. But the silver lining was that this race goes by corrals and I really ended up in the right one because I've been having knee trouble. So I wasn't racing to catch up, I got to relax and start about 20 minutes after I previously would've had I got in my assigned corral. This race is SO FUN and honestly the parking was the only thing I could even complain about and that was partly on me of course.

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(2018)
"Do you love hills? Then HILL YES this is for you! "
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I thought this was organized to a T. The only issue we had prior to the race was getting to the parking garage access, but having free parking made up for it. The expo wasn't as large as I expected it to be and thought there would be more vendors selling items. With that being said though, I absolutely LOVED the lululemon collab that was provided to purchase. Loved having more race gear and loved the race pullover! As far as the race goes, the course was absolutely gorgeous and I never once felt bored. There is one spot that was similar to cobblestones and made your ankles yell, but it just gave more challenge (as if the hills weren't enough.) This is definitely a hilly course, but I'll be honest and say the downhill finish makes up for it. Aid stations were everywhere I needed them to be and the best part were the gummy bears. I even walked to enjoy them (no shame!) I wish I would have trained better for this race because I know it wouldn't have been as painful for me. I would recommend this race! Also loved the free high quality photos!

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(2017)
"Be One With the Animals!"
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This is a race I do every year because I love to support the Zoo, but also because it's a great race. I will say that every year the shirts are almost the same, just different colors. Nothing fancy about them and there isn't an expo. The price is cheap for the race though which makes sense to not have extra things like an expo. The BEST part of the race is that you get to go into the Zoo before it opens to the public and see the animals when you are done running. I get done running towards the beginning and therefore it feels like we have the zoo all to ourselves. Definitely perfect for photo opps! They have a great area post race for refueling and you can grab chocolate milk, banana, yogurt, bagel/muffin and then they have sponsors/vendors right in that area for you to check out. The awards are stuffed animals. For example, first in your age group was a normal sized stuffed animal, then medium for second place and third place was beanie baby sized. So adorable!!

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(2014)
"The SWAG though!!"
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This race is worth your money. I always try and find races that I know I'll get my moneys worth. The jacket is always great and the expo is fun! The environment is great and I love to run through downtown and feel the city. Then you have the post run treats! I love the medals! Chocolate bars are so cute and I just love chocolate, so I loved the post run treats!

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(2014)
"What a great atmosphere!"
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I really enjoyed this race and can always count on a great atmosphere full of spectators everywhere along the course. You can definitely get great race photos as you normally can spot the photographers in advance to move closer to them. The expo in the past has been difficult to park, mainly because you'll pay to park in the garage. However, I'm able to find parking on race day and get a nice warm up run in. The porta potties are conveniently located.

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