Latest reviews by Lacey Timony

(2019)
"Good For First Timers"
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The Cabela’s 5 Mile Run took place on June 26, 2019 at Cabela’s in Hamburg, PA. The 5 mile course was an out and back with the course winding around the Cabela’s building then into a residential area.

The country road course offered hills with a +378 foot elevation gain and scenic views of horse farms. There were 2 water stops along the course and plenty of race staff to direct traffic around runners.

Same day packet pick up was quick and easy. The starting line offered more than enough port-a-potties.

The race finish line offered a party with a DJ and 2 free Yuengling beers to all 21+ finishers. The DJ paid attention to how many runners were on the course and the finish line tear down did not happen until every runner crossed the finish line. This run is good for first timers, slower runners or walkers.

Pros: Free beer, port-a-potties, good for slower runners
Cons: Hills (If they aren’t your thing)

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(2019)
"Gorgeous Course"
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I participated in the 2019 Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon in Solvang, CA. Solvang is a city of 5,245 people located in the Santa Ynez Valley portion of California, about 2 hours north of Los Angeles. The race is named “Santa Barbara” Wine Country Half, though the race is about 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara.

Race registration starts at $80 and is open for 2020. The race expo was held the Friday before but race day packet pick-up was an option. The race starting line offered plenty of free parking options.

The course was a loop from Solvang to Santa Ynez and back. The course was fairly hilly with an elevation gain of 819 feet. After the run there was a wine festival which included a free wine glass, tastings and a live band.

The course was GORGEOUS, I stopped multiple times to take gorgeous pictures. This race is great for a girls weekend or RUN-cation getaway.

Pros: Wine, Gorgeous Course, free parking, lots of port-a-potties
Cons: None!

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(2019)
"Hot Chocolate Review"
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This year was the inaugural Hot Chocolate Series race in Brooklyn. This was my first time running in a Hot Chocolate series race and my first time in Brooklyn.

The race took place on Saturday April 27, 2019 in Prospect Park. The expo was held the Friday before the race. I was not a fan of a Friday expo, I had to take a day off from work to attend or pay extra to have packet mailed. I know the race directors have permits and other logistical situations to consider, however, race day pick up would be helpful.

The expo was very small, it offered a few venders such as Nuun, Honey Stinger and Hello Fresh. The expo offered helpful information for race day. At the expo, I was able to ask for directions and parking advice. This helped me tremendously on race day.

The course was a loop around Prospect Park, the 15K completed 2.5 loops and the 5K completed 1 loop. There were a decent amount of hills and the course was very scenic.

The course and start/finish line offered plenty of porta-potties. There were plenty of aid stations along the course which offered chocolate or marshmallows, Nuun and water. The after party is where we received our chocolate mug! It offered hot chocolate, chocolate dip, banana, rice crispies and pretzels. YUM

Finally, the SWAG of this race was unbelievable. The jacket is gorgeous and comfortable. The 15K finisher medal is really cute, it’s a chocolate bar with a bite mark. All finishers were emailed free finisher photos, I love my finisher photo.

Pros: Swag, Porta-potties, aid stations, chocolate after party, scenery
Cons: Friday packet pick-up

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(2019)
"1 Start, 2 Races"
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The Rutgers Unite Half Marathon & 8K took place on Sunday April 14th 2019 at the Rutgers University campus in Brunswick, NJ.

The fairly small race expo was Saturday on the Rutgers Campus. Campus was busy and thriving with multiple events happening on Saturday. The expo was easy to find and parking was easy and free. Everyone working the expo was extremely friendly and helpful. Packet pickup was a breeze, easy and quick. I was able to find a deal on a new pair of Saucony sneakers.

The day of the race offered two parking choices, either the starting line or the finish line. I suggest parking at the starting line and being shuttled to your car after the race finish. The finish line parking option is a downtown area with street parking being by permit only or residential. The shuttles were quick and efficient.

I really enjoyed the half marathon course. There was one starting line for the half marathon and 8K, but the different distances started in different directions. The 13.1 did an 8 mile out and back around campus, then recrossed the starting line to continue to the final 5 miles to the finish.
The finish line ceremony was fun with plenty of food options, such as, pretzels, Sunchips, granola and apple slices.
I really enjoyed the size of the race, it was big enough to enjoy but small enough to not be overcrowded.

Pros: Plenty of porta-potties, efficient shuttles, enjoyable course, race size
Cons: Parking at the finish line

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(2019)
"Raising the House"
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Palmerton 5K

The Raising the House 501(c)(3) charity is named after a football coach and teacher from the Palmerton School District who passed away in 2013. The mission of RTH provides financial assistance to students and families within Palmerton when a hardship situation may arise.

“Raising the House” 5K Race/Walk took place on March 21, 2019 at the Palmerton Borough Park in Palmerton, PA. Registration started at 8:45a and the race had a 10am start which is late enough for the temperature to start warming up.

The Facebook event did not provide directions, a PO Box was listed as an address and Googling “Palmerton Borough Park” shows 3 results, none of which matched the Google search. However, a Google map with directions was available on the race directors website. I looked on Google maps at the corner of 3rd and Franklin in Palmerton and saw the Living Hope Lighthouse Church was close to the intersection. I used the Church’s address in my car’s built in GPS. Parking at the park was easy and free.

An email was sent the Thursday before the race reminding runners about packet pick-up and information about an additional pick-up on Friday. Race swag included a comfortable long sleeve shirt.

The price of the 5K was $25 and after March 8 the price increased to $30. The run was not chip timed without an official starting line. The course offered an official finish line with balloons and a timing clock.

The course was scenic through a residential area with minimal traffic. The course was a loop with a few small hills and a total elevation gain of 161 feet. There was 1 water station along the course and plenty of port-a-potties at the park near the start and finish line.

Food at finish line included hoagies, apples and granola bars. A full-sized water bottle was given to finishers at the end.

When I arrived at the park to pick up my race packet I saw pre-race activities, like yoga, stretching and warm up. I didn’t see anything online about pre-race activities.

Pros: Plenty port-a-potties, scenic loop course, traffic control, after race food
Cons: Directions

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