Latest reviews by Alison Johnson

(2018)
"A Must Run For Everyone!"
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I ran this race because I went to college in Eau Claire, so the idea of running through my old college landmarks was really exciting. Given that this is a smaller race, my expectations for the race management, course support and spectators were not that high. However, this race totally blew it out of the water! The race management was amazing. They held weekly Instagram and Facebook Live sessions leading up to the race, answering questions about the course, logistics, the relay, training, etc. The expo was super easy to navigate, race day buses to and from the parking lots were perfect, and the general atmosphere of the starting and finish line were great. The course is very scenic, not too hilly (two big hills, but not too bad), and the Blugold Mile is something you won't soon forget. I would recommend this race to everyone. And I mean everyone, as they have a distance for all...kids run, 5k, half marathon, marathon relay and marathon.

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(2017)
"Beautiful Course!"
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I loved this race. The run up and down Summit Avenue is beautiful, and the energy along the course is strong. Twin Cities in Motion does a great job keeping the atmosphere energizing for all of the weekend races, whether it is the 5k, 10k, marathon or kids race. It’s such a beautiful time of year here in the cities so the leaves on Summit are in peak colors. I highly recommend this race to everyone!

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(2016)
"Such a Fun Winter Race"
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This is such a fun break in the winter. Great reason to get outside and enjoy the trails. This race is a very small race, but because it is so small the race director adds a lot of personal touches to the event. The course winds around the fat tire bike trails in Elm Creek Park Reserve. The trails were a mix of packed snow, loose snow, ice, and bare ground. Definitely a challenging course but so fun! I've done this race twice now, and will definitely be back!

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(2015)
"It Doesn't Get Better Than This!"
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This marathon met every expectation I had after hearing the hype for years. I got in via the lottery and although my race time was not what I wanted, I still had the best race ever. The logistics were so well planned out, the race village is amazing, and the course/spectators along the course just will never be beat. This should be a bucket list race for everyone...it is worth it!

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(2015)
"Flat, Fast and Fun!"
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My father lives in Waterloo, so I come down and run this race every year. The race starts in George Wyth State Park, which is beautiful. The only downfall to this is that there is one way in, and one way out. So, make sure you get there early as traffic going into the park gets really backed up. I actually jumped out of my dad's car and ran a mile to the starting line as I would have never made it in on time to start the race with the rest of the runners (and I went early!). The course is almost entirely on trails through beautiful parks and I can honestly only think of two hills along the whole course, and they are small. I have my half marathon PR on this course, and expect that many people get their PRs here. The post-race party is also fun and we always stick around for it - delicious pizza, beer, and a fun atmosphere. Great race and I've ALWAYS had perfect weather!

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