Latest reviews by Lacey Timony

(2020)
"My First Virtual Run"
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was registered for Pittsburgh 26.2, however, due to COVID-19 Pittsburgh Marathon was switched to a virtual race. I did not feel strong enough to do a full 26.2 mile marathon virtually without race support, therefore I decided to run the 13.1 half marathon distance as a virtual run.

I planned to do my virtual 13.1 distance on the original race date of May 3rd in Hamburg, PA. There isn’t much to report on the run itself. I ran on the Bartrum section of the Schuylkill River Trail. I wore my Brooks Launch Pittsburgh shoes. I took a few GUs with me and I hid a water bottle under a car tire for a small break at mile 9.

I had a few running friends who were also completing virtual runs. We all ran separate distances and paces but came together at the beginning and end for a group photo. The Pittsburgh Marathon offered Truly’s at the finish line and I had a few too many at my finish line. (Shout out to my guy for being my post run DD)

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(2019)
"Christmas City Classic 5 Miler"
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This review is a little shorter and sweet. I took part in the Christmas City Classic 5 miler along with a few friends. It was a great time and great way to spend a Saturday in December.

The Christmas City Classic is a traditional race with over 20 years of history. It is voted the #1 Themed Race in the Lehigh Valley. The race offers both a 5 miler and a 5K option. Both the 5 miler and 5K start and finish at the Bethlehem YMCA, the 5K starts first followed by the 5 miler.

The best part about this race is the people who participate. Everyone dresses in a Christmas themed custom which is both hilarious and fun.

The race swag offers a long sleeved t-shirt, Philly soft pretzels and cookies. The 5 miler had one water stop along the course. Restrooms at the start and finish are available both inside or port-a-potties outside. The race proceeds benefit the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Pros: Fun costumes
Cons: Not a fan of different start times

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(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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