Latest reviews by Lacey Timony

(2018)
"March For the Fallen"
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The March for the Fallen 14 mile and 28 mile hikes take place on Ft Indiantown Gap, PA in September. Ft. Indiantown Gap is a US Army Post located in Lebanon County, PA. The March for the Fallen was advertised at my work though fliers, though further information details were hard to find. This course included a 14 mile or 28 mile option both with heavy weight rucksack and light weight (no rucksack) divisions. The flier mentioned running as an option, but not specific details as to whether the run was limited to the 5K distance or offered in the longer distances. I emailed the race director with no response, I finally reached out to a volunteer who said he has seen runners on the course in previous years. 

The registration tent was difficult to find the day of the event. Directions online read “come off highway I-81 and follow signs” however, the signs were difficult to see due to very dense fog. Strickler Field has no Google or Apple maps address therefore GPS was no helpful. A photo on the Facebook event listed USO, however, when I arrived at the USO I was told I had to go across a field to register. 

Every mile marker displayed the photo and name of a fallen veteran. The course offered race support every 2 miles with full water bottles, fruit and port-a-potties. The course map showed a loop, however, the course was out and back. The course was extremely hilly and rocky and was definitely too rocky for running. There were no medals at the finish, however, registration offered a traditional military coin. 

Pros: Scenic course, great race support, supports fallen veterans 

Cons: Rocky course for running, not much information, hard to find

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(2018)
"Via Half 2018"
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This was my second time running the Via Half Marathon. The Via Marathon takes place in September and offers both a 13.1 and 26.2 option. I registered at the race expo, race day registration was $115 but was advertised as $105 online. The race swag included a cotton t-shirt. The flat course is point to point and entirely on the scenic D&L Trail with soft crushed stone and the final miles on pavement. The 26.2 course is a Boston Marathon qualifier. The half marathon and full marathon have different starting lines, but the same finish line. The full marathon starts at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. The half marathon starts in downtown Bethlehem in the same location as the popular festival Musik Fest. The race takes place on a Sunday, therefore, parking meters are free in downtown Bethlehem.

This is a review of the half marathon option. Race support was abundant and port-a-potties were plentiful along the route. Bag check was available at the half starting line and clear plastic bags were given to each runner at the race expo for bag check. Since the course is along the D&L Trail there are few spectators, however, the scenery is gorgeous.

At the finish line, every finisher receives a free beer and buses shuttle finishers back to their respective starting line to pick up their cars.

Overall, this half marathon is fast, flat and good to use for training or to complete a goal of running a half marathon.

Pros: Flat, trail course, porta potties, race support, free beer

Cons: Price, swag

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(2018)
"Unorganized"
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This was my first time running the Sol Lipton Run Fest in the Half Marathon option. It’s been on my bucket list because it’s a local run in Pottsville, PA with proceeds staying locally. The race was unorganized, there was no official starting line, we all simply lined up behind a motorcycle. Chip timing started .25 miles into the race. There’s no official website for the run with information, just a small Facebook group. The race cost $43 online and the t-shirt swag was a short sleeved cotton tee.

The course included challenging hills, however, it was not well marked, some intersections were unmanned, with only a handful of runners it was difficult to determine the course route. There were plenty of water stations and restrooms were available on the course during a loop. I was afraid to drink water for first half until I saw a restroom on a loop, I did not want to break away from the pack and get lost along the course.

Traffic was not stopped along the course, I was honked at and cars drove by close and fast. There is a 3 hour time limit, however, water stations and roads were opened fairly early with runners still on the course.
The finish line was across a busy intersection without any traffic control.

Overall It was a cheap race. I would probably do it again simply because it’s close to home and the course is challenging, but it’s more of a “training run” atmosphere than a race. Do not expect a PR on this course.

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(2018)
"Saucon Valley 10K"
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This was my second year running the Saucon Valley 10K. My two girlfriends and I have made it a tradition to gather together for this race.

The Saucon Valley 10K is held on Labor Day each year. The registration is $40 on race day. The race swag includes socks and a cotton tee. The course is an out and back rail trail through a nice residential neighborhood. There is minimal traffic, however, the trail crosses roads but the race provides road guards. 

This race does not offer chip timing. The starting line is spray painted orange line on the ground and the finish line includes a time clock. At the finish line there are bagels, gatorade, water and fruit.

Overall, this race is a nice morning run perfect for friends who want to get together.

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(2018)
"Flat and Fast Race"
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The Lacey 5K took place on August 25, 2018. Pre-registration cost $25 with online registration and included a nice tech tee. This race is an extremely popular local run. The course was a flat and fast course. Many runners had fast finishing times. In some races, 10 minute miles will get you an age group win, NOT IN THIS RACE.
The finisher celebration included Jersey Mike subs, Wendys drinks, and other yummy food. After the awards there were plenty of giveaways, like a bicycle!

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