Latest reviews by Michelle Haarhues

(2018)
"Small but Mighty"
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It was a last minute decision to do Runapalooza this year but I am glad I made the decision. This was a well organized run...hats off to the race management.

There were four distance options: 13.1m, 10k, 5k, or 1m. The half was an lollipop route and the other three went on the same course but as an out and back. The 10k (as well as 5k and 1m) were all on a multi-use path so there was no interaction with vehicles. It was also a very shady path which helped keep the temperatures down.

The half marathon group took off first, followed by the 10k then 5k then 1m. The timing was great because each group was finished and on their way out of the facility when the next race finished. This kept any congestion at the finish line to a minimum.

At the finish line was a bottle of water, a cold towel for my neck, and my medal. I have never been to a run where they give you a cold towel but more runs should think about it. It was such a relief after my 6.2 miles. And speaking of 6.2 miles, this run was right on the dot with mileage. I have done others where the distance is ‘close’ to what they advertise but this was exactly 6.2 miles. Yeah race management (again!).

The water stations were spaced out well and were available both directions and for multiple races. My only ‘complaint’ with one water station was that the water was too cold. This sounds weird, but taking in super cold water when I am run upsets my stomach and gives me brain freeze. Cold water is ok but super cold is too much. I am sure they wanted to make sure the runners were cool.

Back at the finish, breakfast was waiting for me. I had a breakfast taco (bacon or veggie option), oranges, bananas, and bagels. I was ready for that!

Also at the finish was the results, online and up on a big screen. You could walk up and they would enter your bib number and display your information.

The race management does a great job with coordination and taking care of the runners. I have only done one other run by this company before, but I will reconsider and seek them out next time I want to sign up for a run.

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(2018)
"First Timer"
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This was my first time running any distance for the Colfax Marathon weekend and it was a pretty good experience. The t-shirts are always cool. I see people wearing them around town which prompted me to sign up for the run.

Scenery - it was ok. I was on the relay team running down Colfax. There is not much to see there.

Expo - There were a lot of vendors and a lot of swag. It was like a maze and you had to go from start to finish. I went to get my t-shirt from the other side and was not allowed to go backwards. I understand the reason behind that, but I had to walk through the expo, exit, walk around the stadium outside, then come back in and start through the expo a second time to get back to the point I needed to be. That was SUPER annoying.

The other ‘complaint’ was the food at the end of the run. I was on the relay so at the point I handed off the baton, there was limited selection of food. The marathon, final leg of the relay, half marathon, and 10 mile run all ended in City Park. There was sandwiches, fruit, ice cream, and on and on at that point. I did not have access to this area so I could not have any of the goodies at the finish. I got on dry bagel. :-( There needs to be a way to let the team members go through the finish to get some of the treats.

It was an overall pretty good experience and I would do another run, although I am not sure what distance. All I know is that I am going to finish at City Park so I can partake in the goodies.

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(2018)
"I love running at sea level"
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The overalll experience was really good. They provide hotel discounted pricing which is right outside the start of the run. There were several water stations which can be a small thing but much appreciated.

I train in Colorado and love going to sea level to run. Providence is easily accessible from Boston if you are flying in from out of state.

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(2018)
"Sneaky"
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This is another staple in the Denver running community and this year was the first year I did this run. I am not sure what I was waiting for. I would recommend this to everyone.

This year, just like every year, they have a great t-shirt. I got a really cute long sleeve blue t-shirt that is super soft. It has become one of my favorite long sleeve shirts in my collection.

There are three starts for different distances (10mile, 5 mile, and 5k). The course is laid out well and the starts offset enough that everyone finishes around the same time but you are not running over each other. You have enough room to sprint to the finish without having to weave around slower runners.

Some people think parking in Cherry Creek is not very convenient. The mall has several multi-level parking lots and parking is free before noon on run day. It is easy to get in and out of the mall parking lots, avoiding runners and the post-race party.

The course is also laid out well and there are more than enough aid stations for the run. They do a great job positioning them where they can be accessed from two sides with runners going opposite directions.

My only complaint about the Cherry Creek Sneak was the ‘free’ photos. They offered free photos to all runners but they have not associated bib numbers to the photos. You have to search through thousands of photos to find yours. I thought it was just me or my bib #, but I looked through other runners and nobody had any photos associated with their account. If you want a photo, have a friend take one because you probably won’t get one on the course unless you are one of the top finishers.

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(2018)
"I resolve to..."
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We started off the year with the Resolve 5K in Denver. This run, like many in Denver, is held at City Park just east of downtown Denver. The good part about this is that it is all inside the park so you do not have to deal with any cars or have any police to control traffic. It is a relatively flat course so you can run a pretty good time. The bad part about being in City Park is a lot of runs in Denver are in City Park. I get bored running the same route for all of the organized runs.

The t-shirts were ok...nothing special but not horrible. The log is nothing great and with all of the runs out there and fun shirts available, I expect a little more. You get a technical shirt which was a bonus.

There is a lot of parking at the school across the street and in the neighborhood so getting to the run was very easy.

The group that manages this run does a whole series but they have not really moved forward and kept up with the other runs throughout the year. This is just an ok run in an ok series. It is the first of the year and gets us running...which is always a good thing.

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