Latest reviews by Lacey Timony

(2018)
"Dirty German 25K"
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The Dirty German Endurance Fest takes place in Pennypack Park in Philadelphia. The race offers a 25K, 50K and 50M. I ran the 25K which cost me $55. The start line pavilion was difficult to find and an address for GPS sent out in emails were not correct.

The race course was a 25K loop which crossed a creek 3 times, the first creek crossing was in deeper water. I heard a few women comment “if I had known this was on the course I would not have registered”

Race support was abundant and offered more than enough for a 25K. At the finish line all finishers were given a 32 ounce growler. Post race food consisted of german sausage, potato salad and banana bread. The post race party entertainment was German music.

My only compliant is that for $55 my growler should have included 32 oz of beer. I run for beers.

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(2018)
"Pittsburgh Half "
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The Pittsburgh Marathon offers a full marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 5K, kids marathon, toddler trot and dog walk. This race is very expensive, I paid $115 in January and prices increase to $135. There are plenty of great AirBnB option available in the city for less than the price of one night at a hotel.

Expo was large and the swag included a free long sleeve tech tee and tumbler. Lots of great freebies and booths to purchase items. I snagged some free Rachel Ray dog and cat food and purchased a new pair of Saucony Guide ISO.

Everything about the run was nearly perfect. Run support along the course was abundant. If bringing spectators, know corrals were locked and spectators were not allowed in the corral before the start. Bag drop off was quick and easy, a special Fed Ex clear plastic bag was provided for gear. I would recommend bringing a draw string bag to put into the clear plastic bag to make it easier to carry items after the race. Crowd support was great, scenery and course were excellent. Pittsburgh is known for it’s bridges and the half marathon course crossed 3 bridges.

The after party was large with lots of available food and recovery items, such as, bananas, bagels, cookies and water. My only complaint is that the beer tent was not free and it costs $5 per Sierra Nevada (I run for beers).

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(2018)
"Hatfield 10 Miler"
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The Hatfield Five & Dime race held in Hatfield, PA (30 miles outside Philadelphia) featured 2 distance options, a 5 miler or a 10 miler. The course was a flat and fast 5 mile loop, which can be mentally hard when doing the 10 miler. The course was flat through mostly residential areas, which was a nice change and fairly scenic, the course was not boring. There were a few port a potties along the course in the park, restrooms were located at the finish line which would also be mile 5. Plenty of water was available along the course and race support was plentiful. 

The Hatfield Five & Dime also offered a 1/2 mile kids race and wheelchair race. The race cost $35 in advance or $40 day of and included a tech tee and finisher medal.

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(2018)
"St. Luke's Half Marathon"
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Course was nice and relatively flat. Bands along the course were entertaining though some were playing slow, boring music, definitely should be upbeat for runners. Race support along the course and restrooms on the course were great. Getting to the designated parking lot in the morning was difficult due to closed roads. I’m unfamiliar with the area and the closed roads were very confusing trying to get in / out. The start was easy and fast, the after party did not offer too much. Overall, the race was good.

This was my 11th half marathon, I ran this race as a long slow distance training run as part of my full marathon training.

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(2018)
"Nice Race"
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The Kutztown Fools Run featured a 2 mile walk, 5K and 10 miler distance. The 10 miler cost $30 and included a pink tech tee. The registration fee goes towards scholarships to Kutztown University.

The course was mostly country roads with hills, be prepared to run hills. There were plenty of water stops along the 10 mile course, however, no restrooms. I drank a lot of water and had to veer off into the woods around mile 6. Traffic was not closed off during the entire race, however, race support was excellent. Lots of cones and marked off areas for cars and people at nearly every intersection. People along the course also made sure cars traveled slowly.

The 10 miler featured the Bob Focht Memorial Mile, I have no idea who Bob Focht is and why he gets a Memorial Mile, I think this information could have been made more prevalent to runners. A pamphlet of “Who’s Bob” in the race packet would have been nice. The website can be improved, directions, starting address and time of runs were hard to find. I personally think this information should be front and center on any website.

Overall, great experience for either a training run or pace race. Price was reasonable, parking was easy and race support was excellent.

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