Latest reviews by Samantha Zimmerman

(2021)
"Another Year, Same Great Race"
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I’ll start with the short and sweet. I love the Hot Chocolate series. Such great treats and swag. I love the finish line treats and come on, free race photos!! I think I had at least 25 to choose from!

The expo was at a different location and was spread out. I did miss Union Station because it’s always decorated for Christmas, but that’s okay! For the most part everything at the expo was the same! Always check out the discounts on previous swag!

The race itself was great as always. I enjoy running through Forest Park. You do always have 2 pretty decent inclines and I was able to make it up the first without walking LOL!

Spectators weren’t really allowed this year due to COVID so there was less excitement, but it was still exciting to do an in person race regardless.

I will always recommend this series.

For an in depth review you can check out my blog: http://www.myfeetinmotion.com/hot-chocolate-st-louis-2021/

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(2021)
"What a New Challenge!"
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First off, I wasn't able to fully complete the challenge, but I had a blast!! At first, I had signed up for the double route (659 miles,) but then I found out I was pregnant and well, running didn't quite happen. I then dropped down to the West-to-East route (224 miles.) I am still continuing my journey along this route, but have almost made it halfway on the route. This is me saying that even if you didn't complete the route by an end date, you can still have a blast and let me tell you why!

The race directors are amazing and had great communication during the challenge. They kept you up to date on the guidebooks, if the site was down and when it returned to track miles, and also when to expect your swag. I also loved that they offered webinars throughout the challenge and did a great job reminding participants when they were. I wasn't able to participate live as I was always at work, but I loved having them for later.

The swag was great and I was very impressed by the quality of the half zip. The best part about this virtual challenge is that since I have the guidebooks (reason I was intrigued to sign up,) I can continue along the route I am on, but also complete the other route on my own time. It's a fun challenge that doesn't have to end!

I would recommend this virtual challenge to anyone who is looking for something different and would like to take a "trip" throughout Illinois.

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(2021)
"AMAZING!"
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I was so thrilled to have the opportunity to sign up for the Friendsgiving Friends themed virtual race. UH YES! I am in my postpartum running journey, so a virtual race and one that offered 1 mile, was perfect for me. Since I wasn't sure how capable I would be of a 5k, I signed up to just commit to one mile, as I knew I could walk a mile at the least. I was sad that it was raining the morning of Thanksgiving so I had to complete my mile on the treadmill....I mean I didn't have to, but I didn't want to go out in the storm. It was tougher than I wanted it to be and I did have to walk, but I challenged myself to go faster when I was running and got my fastest mile post partum. The race management was great and communicated what we needed to know. They shipped us our swag bags so we could have our gear in time, instead of waiting for the medals. I was appreciative of this because I lived in the cozy sweatshirt all Thanksgiving day. We still haven't got our medals yet, but with shipping issues, it's not surprising and completely understandable. This was such a fun race if you love FRIENDS!

My complete blog review is here: http://www.myfeetinmotion.com/review-of-virtual-friendsgiving-run-2021

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(2020)
"Always a blast even virtually "
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This is my review for the virtual 5k! Unfortunately due to COVID the race was virtual but they delivered the experience! This was my third year legacy so I received a water bottle and an extra medal in my swag kit. My swag and everyone else’s included a great jacket with zip off hood, 3 mini dark chocolate squares, 2 packs of hot cocoa mix, a honeystinger waffle, nuun sample and the finishers medal which opened up to hold a piece of chocolate. This was all bundled with your bib in a drawstring bag. I was so thrilled to have the hot cocoa post run while sitting around in my cozy jacket. I have posted a review on my blog but also included my experiences at the in person race as well. So if you want to check that out you can go to www.myfeetinmotion.com but I honestly will tell you that if you are reading these reviews to decide if you should do this race then look no further and sign up now! Seriously. I love this series!

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(2020)
"Turkey Trot Gone Virtual"
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Ram races always puts on great events and even though this wasn’t in person, I knew it would be still be great because of the amazing swag. I know I am going to get great swag when I participate. There was an option to add on a blanket and dog collar and the blanket looked so cozy. I just got the regular swag pack and the jacket, medal and hat were great. I always recommend sizing up in the swag because the women’s jackets are quite fitted. I was glad to have the opportunity to run a Turkey trot still even if it wasn’t an in person race, which I am still uncomfortable doing anyway. Definitely recommend this race!

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