Latest reviews by Corey Queen

(2018)
"My First Big Ten Network Big 10K!"
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The 2018 Big Ten Network was on Sunday August 12th, 2018. This was my first Big 10K, but it won't be my last. It was a lot of fun.

The weather, which was in the 80's and humid, also featured a nice Lake shore breeze to help cool you down. It was great running weather. Also, Bill Murray was the Master of Ceremonies, so having him launch out your corral is pretty amazing.

This is Chicago, so that means relatively no inclines, which coming back from an injured knee, I greatly appreciated. A weird thing about this race is, as packed as it is with runners, it is a relatively quiet race. Looking at my footage of the race, you can hear the boats out on the lake, it is so quiet. It's the first race I did, where even though spirit is encouraged, the runners don't really talk to each other. This is neither good or bad, just giving a heads up.

Even though I don't have a Big Ten school, I picked IU because it is close to me. But it was fun to see so many people representing their schools. I not only recommend this race, I recommend getting your friends together to enjoy a weekend in Chicago!

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(2018)
"Everything a Large City Race Should Be!!"
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This race is a MUST for any and all runners. I can't say enough how excellent the IndyMini crew does with this race. It is also Indianapolis, so no hills. From the moment that you walk into the expo to the moment you are hanging out at the post race party, you are made to feel loved and wanted, as a runner. Please check out my full video review, where I talk about how amazing this race is!! I will run this race very year.

My Blog review
http://bipolarfatherathletemarathoner.blogspot.com/2018/05/2018-oneamerica-500-festival-indymini.html

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(2018)
"LOVED This Race So Much, I Didn't Even Realize That I PR'd Until The Next Day"
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This was my first Rock n Roll Race and I LOVED IT!! The aid stations at every mile were so well stocked, I never carried my camelback with me at all! Lots of water, Gatorade, SIS gels and even bananas at some. Plus the volunteers were so amazing! They really need to be commended. The community support was also wonderful. People set up their own aid stations, orange slice stations and cheer stations! I honestly don't remember too many dead zones where you weren't getting love.

Now the couple of heads up for anyone wanting to run this race. HILLS, HILLS, HILLS! Even a hill at Mile 25, plus we had a headwind too. YIKES! Parking in Nashville was ridiculous. I paid $23 for the race expo day, and then I didn't even end up going to the headliner concert, because that night the city changed all of their parking to "Event Parking" and was charging $30!! You couldn't park at any of the meters either. SO be warned.

This was an amazing race and you can go to my blog to see my full video review! http://bipolarfatherathletemarathoner.blogspot.com/2018/04/my-bibravepro-review-of-2018-rock-n.html

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(2018)
"This is a MUST race!!!"
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I loved everything about this race EXCEPT the weather (no one can control that). I opted for my packet to be mailed to me ($15 extra) so I didn't have to stay the night in Nashville and could just drive in for the race. I wish more races had this option. As bad as the weather kept getting (I was getting flash flood warnings on my phone while running) the volunteers were AMAZING!! They not only withstood that crazy weather, but they offered such amazing encouragement to the runners. Seriously, I can't say enough how enthusiastic and encouraging they were for us runners. I had been preparing for hills, o the inclines didn't really bother me, but if you are not used to inclines, I would train on a setting of at least, 5 on a treadmill and you will be fine. Weather and all, this was a wonderful race with AMAZING swag!!

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(2017)
"Carmel makes sure the Runners feel loved!!"
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This was the first time I have run Carmel, but it WILL NOT be my last. From the expo, to the race bag, to the treatment of the runners in the entire city, this is one race weekend that makes magic for the runner. Being middle Indiana, it also means it is a flat course. Parking was less than 100 feet from the start/finish line which was GREATLY appreciated. This is a must race for new or experienced runners!

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