Latest reviews by Lacey Timony

(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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(2019)
"Central Park"
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The Central Park Half Marathon was held Feb 24th 2019. I paid $65 early registration, there are 4 different prices depending upon time of registration.
Through 12/13 $65
Through 2/10 $75
Until online registration closes $80
Race Day  (if available) $100

This race is in its 6th year and is part of Triboro Challenge which includes Queens Half Marathon April 13, 2019, Brooklyn Half Marathon Saturday Oct 19, 2019.
NYC Runs offered free finish line photos and video available on Facebook.
It was really confusing to find the bib pick up, starting line and finish line for spectators. The maps on the race website was generic and didn’t account for all the small trails through Central Park. I saved "Springbanks Arch" on Google Maps and used it for public transit directions. I used Uber to the start because I was unsure of travel time via train.

The race offered plenty of port-a-potties throughout the course, which is important because NYC has a lack of public restrooms. The course was 2 x 5-mile loops through the park with the final loop being a little shorter.

I asked people on my social media to tell me their favorite places in NYC, below is a complied list of responses.

Things to do in NYC:
Blind Tiger
Carmine’s Italian Restaurant
Guggenheim Museum
Bodies Museum
Bow Bridge Central Park
Roosevelt Island Tram
Jekyll and Hyde Club
Beer Culture
Butter
Lamb’s Club
House of Brews
5 Napkin Burger
South Street Seaport
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Times Square
Movie Spots

Pros: A run in Central Park; port-a-potties on course
Cons: Confusing directions

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(2018)
"LBI 18 Miler"
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The LBI 18 Mile Run takes place on the first weekend of October on Long Beach Island, NJ. This is perfect timing for tri-state area runners who are prepping for late October or early November marathons. Marine Corps Marathon, NYC Marathon and Philadelphia Marathon are popular within the Philadelphia, NYC and New Jersey area.

The LBI 18 Miler course is a point to point race starting at the south end of Holgate and ending at the north end of Barnegat Light. Participants are directed to park their vehicles near the middle of the island at St. Francis Community Center and take shuttle buses to the start line. The late starting time and the early shuttle buses are perfect for runners who want to gain a few training miles before the start of the race.

The course is flat and fast. Gear drop is available at the starting line and shuttle buses are available at the finish line to get runners back to their vehicles. There were plenty of aid stations along the course, even a few “unofficial” spectator water stations. At the half way mark the water stations switched to Gatorade. No gel stations were available during the race.

The race ended at Old Barney, which is a nickname for the historic Barnegat Lighthouse. There was not much of a race “party”, though it was a great place for family and friends to meet up after the race. Overall, the race was well organized and easy to navigate. Packet pick up was offered the day before and plenty of race day parking. The shuttle buses were convenient and easy to use.

Pros: Easy to park, easy to use shuttle buses,
Cons: No gel stations

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(2018)
"Small race"
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The Hazleton Town and Trail 13.1 run takes place in October. The race offers a Kids Fun Run, Youth 1 Mile, 5K, 10K and 13.1, I ran the 13.1. The small race had 30 total runners. The first 4 miles weaved through a residential area with small hills. The last 9 miles were an out-and-back on the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails.

Only 1 porta potty was available at the starting line for the 5K, 10K and 13.1 runners. There was a second porta potty on the trail during the last 9 mile out and back.

I would suggest more porta potties at the start to accommodate the 5K, 10K and 13.1 runners. The race bling was GREAT and offered a long sleeve tech tee, magnet and medal.

Cons: Not enough porta-potties

Pros: Bling, long sleeve tech tee, magnet

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