Latest reviews by Lacey Timony

(2021)
"Fast and Flat"
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The Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Run for 2021 was an in-person live race in Washington Crossing, PA. The 4 mile out and back course was on a flat section of the Delaware Canal Path. There were a few icy patches from previous snow storms, but overall the trail was in great shape. The course a flat and fast and perfect for a PR.

The starting line was socially distanced with everyone wearing masks and standing 6ft apart. The race director had a seeded start by bib number which was based on the runner’s self-report pace. Masks were required until the runner crossed the starting line and had to be worn as you cross the finish line. Age award groups were split into 5 year increments. Due to Covid-19 precautions, no spectators were allowed. The entry limit was capped at 500 and the race sold out :)

Normally the race concludes with every runner eating a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup, hence the name, however due to COVID precautions this year each participate was granted the ingredients to make their own grilled cheese and tomato soup at home.

The race director, Pat McCloskey is a friend of mine. Check out his website and additional races at runBUCKS

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(2020)
"In Person 5K "
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Due to COVID-19 effecting events and the cancellation of many races, I’ve decided to focus more on the 5K distance race. The Maple Mistress 5K was held on Saturday Oct 24, 2020 at Saucony Brewery. This was an actual in person race in 2020. All participants and staff wore masks and maintained a 6 ft social distance.

The out-and-back road course included a few hills and competitive field. There were no water stops along the course, I’m assuming due to COVID policies they are not allowed.

At the end of the 5K every participant received a free beer, I used mine to try a hard kombucha. There were food and wine trucks on location as well as food available at the brewery.

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(2020)
"Costumes Optional"
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The Spooky Schuylkill 5K took place on Halloween Day 2020 in Landingville, PA, yes a real race in 2020. Costumes optional. The starting line was a socially distanced, rolling start with a mandatory mask rule, masks were allowed to be removed during the race as runners distanced apart. The race was chip timed and allowed runners to start between 8am - 11am. Final results were tallied based upon chip times and winners were determined.

The course was a modified out-and-back, it was more of a T shape. There were people dressed as zombies placed around the course. There were not any water stops along the course, I’m assuming due to COVID restrictions. At the end of the race all participants were emailed a link to check results.

As we move in 2021 and beyond, I’m making an effort to support local races. In the past, I would skip local races and opt for bigger races in nearby cities. With more focus on health in a COVID world, the support of health in local communities is important.

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(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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