Latest reviews by William Brent
Let's talk about the Indy Mini and 500 festival.
The good: there's too much good to only have one thing
The bad:... it rained the whole time?
I registered for this race maybe 6 months ago (possibly longer) and I wish I would have signed up for the Vip...but I didn't...and that's life.
Communication leading up to the race was perfectly timed and it was always enough information. Thanks to the reminders; I was reminded that I was doing 2 races today!!! (because it being 6 months ago I completely forgot that I was doing the challenge)
The challenge was a 5K followed by a half marathon and they almost expertly execute this feat.
In the email and the participant guide they tell you to route yourself through runner services and follow the signs. I would only suggest that they have a couple more signs routing folks around the metal people. The volunteers are so jazzed to hand out medals at the end of the 5K and you feel really bad turning them down...so there should be a designated channel instead of just a rough guideline if you get challenge folks around back to the start
This is the 1st expo I believe I have been to all year...and there were a lot of people there!
I think I forgot how crowded these things get.
I want to say that there are close to 30000 participants in the race on Saturday between the 5K and half marathon and while I know it would be hyperbole to say they were all there at 5 o'clock on Friday night...it felt like they were all there at 5 o'clock on Friday night
Despite their big crowds I was able to get my bib, get my wristband for beer and get out really quickly.I kind of know how I want my expo experience to be and because I drove 12 hours to get to the expo I really didn't feel like hanging around a whole lot...
Despite my wanting to leave quickly; there were some really good vendors. I think Orange mud was there; which is kind of cool for a road race, and I wound up stopping to get some nutrition for the race in case I needed it.
The course is actually really good. I was a fan of going around the zoo... I would have loved to have gone through the zoo but it's probably not practical...
The 5K is the 1st mile of the half marathon and the last pile of the half marathon and then obviously a mile in between
There are a lot of things that I really liked about this course
it was fast and relatively flat which was nice
going around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was kind of epic.
I will tell you that something that will stick with me and something that I think is really impactful is the mile when you get into the Speedway. I can only think of a handful of times where I've been emotional during a race and this was one of them from mile 6 to mile 7 There are pictures of fallen service members which just touched me.
There was music every half mile.
I can't explain it; but there was a this really neat feeling of running past fire trucks holding up water and Gatorade signs… like something out of a movie about a small midwestern town…
The finish festival was legit. There were massage tables and beer and music and food trucks! If it weren't so wet; I would have spent a lot of time there.
This is a great race and a great experience.
I suggest the JW Marriott. They treat runners super well and you can roll out of bed and be at the start line.
I had to steal this quote from my fellow BRP This race is well worth the trip simply based on the history, the tradition, and a very unique 2.5 mile section. Beyond that, this event is incredibly well organized, there is pretty decent crowd support, and it is very evident that the City of Indianapolis (and even the State of Indiana) truly get behind this race.
The good. This didnt feel like the first year this race was run. The folks putting it on did a fantastic job!
The bad. Uhm. If I needed one...the mile markers were a bit off?
Registration: this filled up fast and I almost missed registration. The event sold out and talking to the race director they set a hard cut off to ensure t shirts, medals and post race food was available.
It was a run sign up website so all my info was saved and it was easy to do.
The race director sent out a few, well worded (and a bit long) pre race communications. The information was helpful and relevant.
Parking was a dream. It was a field next to the start finish line and was expertly manned!!
The course was really flat. There were a couple of bumps going over the turnpike which were welcome (imho).
The finish festival was really nice.
They had food trucks and lots of bagles, banana chips and water
I want to start by saying I am a huge fan on the hot chocolate events.
I have done 3 this year and have not been disappointed.
The good: you get tons of slag
The bad: it's hard to park it Brooklyn
This format might be different than my normal race review; but I have to tell you I really enjoy running in Prospect Park.
You forget that you're in a big city; there are waterfalls and tunnels in the middle of the park!
Maybe not at the start of the race; but definitely after the finish; there were hundreds of people with dogs and kites and frisbees and you forget that you're a Brooklyn
The Course itself is pretty flat. there's one tiny Hill when you make your loop.
For this race they started the 5 and 15K at the same time. Which was nice because I think the field would have felt empty if there was a staggered start.
I would say feedback for the race management team would be that there was some confusion on where the start of the race was. Before getting to the park I looked at the website and saw where the start was and just walked to where it said the race started and I got their fine
The only negative or critical feedback I have is that there was not a lot of cheering.
That doesn't speak so much to the hot chocolate boats but more to the community.
Okay second critical feedback is there isn't a good deal of parking.
If they have the race clearly again next year I can beat the street sweeping but how many people know that...
I think they did a decent job laying out the finish line but again with it being the 1st year I think there are some things that were present at Seattle and Philadelphia that were missing from Brooklyn.
I think if they come back for a second year those small missing things will be ironed out and the race will be on par with all of the other cities.
The good the race is well executed
The Bad; holy people bat man.
Let's start at the beginning.
There are really good transportation at parking options. I believe the race and its management team do a very good job of leveraging public transportation the use of busses and the parking spaces available.
That being said I did not anticipate it taking your Li 40 minutes to park.
Add if you can imagine it taking 40 minutes to park just picture the porta John lines...
For some reason I also did not anticipate how many people ran this race. It was over 2004 the full marathon but there is also the relay and a 1/2 that started at the same time. And while I really like having big group starts I probably would have planned differently had a really done the man.
Communication from the race management team was actually very good I have been signed up for this race for 6 months and they shared relevant information frequently but not too often.
The course was flat.
Almost painfully flat.
By ewis fast
So full disclosure I ran A15K the day before so my legs were a bit tired I think that I would have really enjoyed the half marathon but no last couple of miles in the marathon really hit me hard
There was a lot of winding in-and-out of neighborhoods. I am ticipate it a lot of each viewing but that really only hit the last 2 miles of the course
I felt like the majority of the course was a walking tour of lifestyle of the rich and famous because you're passing these opulent houses and I don't know about you there's not a chance in heaven than I could ever afford one of those.
Era couple of meat twists and turns that brought us around picturesque areasReally hoping for that iconic boardwalk run.
I think one of my favorite parts was going through 1 of the seemingly abandoned buildings because you're running on a tile floor for about 30 or 40'
I believe there were a good amount of water stations I think that the volunteers that hand out the supplies were for the most part good.
2019 has been a difficult year for race expos for me and I did not get to go to this one but the race management team allowed someone to pick my vim up for me and I thought it was really cool that there was Kathie in the swag back
The finish line was cool I was a little thrown off by the inability of me to carry a bag through the finish festival I either had to get my bag and leave or get what I wanted for my bag put my bag back on the gear check truck and then go around the finish vessel
Also the beer garden was a big cramped in tiny. And I'm cool with having to pay for a second beer if I want it but my wallet was droppingly in my checked bag which I couldn't bring with me...
I also really liked be finish line spread they had your bananas and they had your water but they also had ships and protein bars and I felt it was a step above your standard race finish
I mentioned earlier that I liked their parking structure.
I also liked how this race bust people from the finish to the start both Before & After the race depending on which parking option you selected
Over all I weighed recommend this race to someone maybe the half marathon over the marathon but it's a good.
This race is probably one of the more scenic and beautiful races I have run.
As a matter of fact Jeff Galloway was at the race with me and remarked on the community support and scenery being 2 of the reasons this makes his must run marathon list.
The good: Everything. Seriously though they do a fantastic job of supporting you and providing resources and well it's a very scenic course.
The bad: Well I get think of almost a 1000 badd things every foot of elevation change.
Don't get me wrong the toughest road marathon designation is what made me want to do this race. But somewhere Around peak number 3 you wonder what you got yourself into...
Registration is pretty simple it's administered by active.com and they allow you to add the amenities such as Vip which I recommend and post race concert while you're registering.
There is also the ability to tack on the slowest 5K..A post race walk..And you also have the ability to register well in advance and save some cash or up until the Monday before and spend all your money...hint hint...
Communication from the race director and staff is not overloading or overbearing they do a good job with timely announcements and reminders.
I didn't go to the expo this year. I'm kind of bummed out by that but it isn't a big deal because they offer race day pick up for your bib and T-shirt. I remember it being kind of small last year but it's still nice to walk around and see what local vendors are offering as well as some of the partnerships that the race has.
Packet pick up in the morning was really easy and everyone receipt for pleasant bag check was easyAnd even though this is a pretty big race it had all the hospitality of a local race.
Parking if you get there early is free at the parking lot right next to the finish line... Guess what I did...
It is well marked.
there's hundreds of volunteers...I think over 600 volunteers.
the aid stations are stocked with Gu, water, electrolytes, bananas, oranges and a couple of mimosas.
The best part about the course is the community involvement. I think that's the best part about the race.
The finish festival in my opinion rivals that of a rock and roll race. Of course there's a massage and stretch station and of course there is water and chocolate milk... But there's pizza bagels trail mix...
There are ice baths for your feet!!!!
Kiddie pools filled with ice and water!!
Of course there's beer and I'm as much a fan of Michelob Ultra as the next guy but the Variety of craft brews available are amazing.
The concert is amazing
And I recommend you splurge on the VIP area because it is cool to have your own special area your own private keg of beer.
New will question your sanity while running this race the line the race is over you'll be glad you did it and you'll be itching to sign up again