Latest reviews by Barbie Lawless

(2019)
"Race quality has declined"
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I first ran this race in 2015 and I had a great experience with the exception of my health at the time, so I was looking forward to running this year to redeem myself now that my breathing difficulties have been resolved. I liked this race because it is an evening race and those are hard to find, plus in 2015 the post-race party was epic. However, this year... First, before the race, there were only 8 port-o-potties and they were positioned in full sun. So using the potties proved very difficult as it was easily 30 degrees hotter in there than outside (race day temps were in the high 80's/low 90's). Packet pick up went well. Race course is awesome, the one aid station was excellent while the other one seemed very unprepared. Most of my complaints are with the post-race. They ran out of beer!! That was extremely disappointing to me. I am on the slower end of the running spectrum, but they should ensure there is enough for everyone to have their fair share. I found out from the results tent that I had come in 3rd place in my age group so I stuck around for the awards. They went through the 5K awards, which went 3 deep, but when they came to the 10K, they only gave awards to the top finisher in each age group. Again, super disappointing. I am not sure why they did that. I mean, I know in my heart that I won, but it would have been nice to be recognized. So while I did redeem myself in running a stronger race than I did in 2015, I cannot see myself returning to this race. This was not the same race I ran back a few years ago. There are SO MANY races in Florida, I will take my entry fees elsewhere.

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(2017)
"Hands down, favorite local race!"
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I have been running this race since its inaugural year in 2015. If you are looking for a fun, local race, this is the one you are looking for! They have one member of their congregation dress up as a Dreidel, and he gets a 2-3 minute start ahead of everyone. Then you are off, working hard to chase that dreidel and beat him! Only runners that beat the Dreidel get the prize at the end of the race!

Afterwards is the best post-race party with all the latkes you can eat :)

A great way to kick off Hannukah and the holiday season, plus a challenge to run your very best! I have PR'ed twice here in the hopes of gaining the prize!!

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(2017)
"Awesomeness all around!"
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I love this race and keep coming back year after year! A good solid half marathon! The bling is absolutely the best with a different I Dream of Jeannie bottle every year!! I can't wait to collect all of them! I know folks tend to complain about the beach portion, but to me that is my favorite part of the course, I lose all sense of time and space out on the beach, and I am totally in the zone and at peace with the world!

I just wish the race shirt would be a little better, every year with a white shirt that is see-through, so I never wear it! However, I love that we get a hat!! Not many races offer that and I think that is something that sets them apart from the rest!!

Always a good vibe, good times, great post-race food and drink! I highly recommend!!

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