Latest reviews by Laurie Hess

(2018)
"Buck Ridge Burn Half Marathon Race Report"
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A few weeks ago my speedy friend Diana asked me if I would be interested in running a trail half marathon with her. I checked my calendar, decided the date worked, asked my hubby Bill if he was interested (yes!) and said I would love to. This race fit into my schedule really well. I have an intimidating 25k in two weeks, and I figured this race could serve as a tune-up.

I would definitely highly recommend this race. The course is tough, with lots of mud, rocks, stream crossings, roots, and climbs, but not ridiculous. It is a trail race. The vibe is friendly and fun, the volunteers were amazing, encouraging and helpful, and the course was extremely well marked – probably the best marked trail race I have ever run. It would be almost impossible to get lost. The price was very reasonable and the aid stations were well stocked and well-placed. I have no complaints at all. I hope to do the race again next year!

To read the full race report, go here https://meditationsinmotion.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/buck-ridge-burn-trail-half-marathon-race-report/

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(2018)
"Rock the Wall 10k Race Report"
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My husband Bill and I drove to Pottsville, PA this morning, about an hour from our house, not knowing whether we were going to do a road race or a trail race. Rock the Wall was originally scheduled to be a trail race with 5k and 10k options, but our area got hit hard by a freak spring snowstorm last week. The race director sent out an email asking the racers what they wanted to do – run the trail race in the snow or switch the event to a road race. I (of course) voted for trails. Trail races in the snow are actually a lot of fun. The snow cushions rocks and roots, making it easier to run. Apparently, the majority of my fellow racers disagreed. Read the full race report here https://meditationsinmotion.wordpress.com/2018/03/24/rock-the-wall-10k-race-report/

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(2018)
"Lucky Charm 5k Race Report"
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I ran the Lucky Charm 5k in Harrisburg, PA on March 18, 2018. I would definitely recommend this race. It was very well organized, the race director responded quickly to emails, it had a fun, festive atmosphere, and a flat, traffic-free course. You get a very nice medal, a cool gender-specific shirt, and a free beer at the end! To read the full race report go here: https://meditationsinmotion.wordpress.com/2018/03/19/the-lucky-charm-5k-race-report/

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(2018)
"Naked Bavarian 20 Mile Trail Race Report"
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I want to say right up front that I ran the race fully clothed. (No one would want to see me run 20 miles naked!) The "Naked" in the name of the race refers to the race being a no frills, low cost trail run. There were no T-shirts, no medals, and few awards, but the race only cost $30.

The weekend before the race was very wet in our part of the country. It poured for a few days. Streams and rivers overflowed their banks. The ground was saturated. Then two days before the race, it rained again, and the rain was accompanied by gale force winds. Trees were down, people lost power, but we were (thankfully) spared from snow. We got an email from the race director Friday evening assuring us that the race was on.

After a 200 meter jog on a park road, we entered the woods and ran on single track. Most of the run was in the woods, which was good. The trees and terrain provided some shelter from winds that were blowing out of the northwest at 30 miles per hour. We ran on a mixture of single and double track and soon got to the first aid station.

The race course was a lollipop shape. The first seven miles and the last seven miles were the same trail, run in different directions. In between, there was a seven mile loop that was the lollipop.

To read the full race report, please go here:
https://meditationsinmotion.wordpress.com/2018/03/05/naked-bavarian-20-mile-trail-race-report/

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(2018)
"Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k Race Report"
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There are not very many races that I do more than one time. I like to experience ones I haven’t yet tried, and there are so many races to select from. Ukrop’s is one of those exceptions. This is the 8th time I have done this race. I think it is fair to say that it is my favorite race.

The race announcer does a great job getting everyone pumped up before they start. He called our wave to the line, and we were off. We ran a short distance on Broad St., then turned onto Monument Avenue, where the majority of the race is run. Monument Ave. is a broad boulevard with a wide grass strip down the center. You run up one side of the grass strip and back the other. The course is almost pancake flat, and there is so much to see as you are running. Almost every block contains cheer squads like the Rockin’ “Grannies”, who were rocking out to some thumping music.

For the full race report, please go here:
https://meditationsinmotion.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/ukrops-monument-avenue-10k-race-report/

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