Latest reviews by Karen Brady

(2019)
"Glass City Marathon - A must run marathon!!"
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If you are looking for flat and fast marathons...if you need the state of Ohio to be crossed off your list...if you are looking for a good BQ race...look no further than the Glass City Marathon. I took a chance on this race, and it paid off. The expo is small, but has a lot of good stuff inside. The swag bag is amazing. They offer a 5K that you can use as a shakeout the day before the half and full marathon kicks off (I did this, btw). The race itself is beautiful and well supported. People who are cheering on the sides of the road will shout out your name. This is also a great first marathon destination because they give their first time marathoners a VIP experience for sure. Plenty of water stops, fuel (they handed out Honey Stinger gels), and lots of love on the entire course. And nothing beats the feeling of crossing that finish line inside the University of Toledo's football stadium.

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(2018)
"We don't turkey trot...we have a foot feast!"
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This is a Thanksgiving morning tradition for me. The race starts at 9 am, SHARP. And this is the race I most look forward to every year. There are some challenging hills on this course, especially in the first 3 miles...but you get a nice downhill heading into mile 4 and it's relatively flat as you come in for the big finish. There isn't much going on at the expo, but the people there are helpful, friendly, and informative. The weather varies every year, but plan for it mostly to be cold. And it's a great way to kick off Thanksgiving. If you're in the top 500 finishers that year, your name is put on the back of the shirt the following year. It's a nice treat for sure!

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(2018)
"This city is just FUN"
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I ran the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon last year and had registered for it again this year...then at the last minute decided that I would bump up to the Marathon distance, since I was still in marathon shape coming off of Chicago. If you want a great marathon, RUN THIS ONE!! Honestly, it's just fun. It can get a little backed up and bottle-necked at points on the course, and most of it is urban landscaping...but, man...everyone would cheer loudly and proudly for everyone as they came through. I loved running the half. But I REALLY love running the full!

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(2018)
"Run Like The Wind"
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So nice, I've ran it twice. Love this race. Chicago loves their marathon and each neighborhood you run through really lifts you up and embraces the spirit of the marathon. LOVE that this is a fast and flat course, save for the hill at Mile 26. That hill is EVIL. The expo is huge. I had trouble getting to my corral on race morning because the Gate I was sent to was bottlenecked and backed up due to there only being a few security guards there to check bags. UGH. I almost didn't make it to my corral before it closed. It's a fun and great race. If you didn't qualify on time, enter the lottery for sure . And it's a Abbott World Major...so earn that star!

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(2018)
"Running in Paradise"
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Small expo, but big on scenery. I ran the full in 2016 and the half in 2018. Both years I was greeted with a rainbow on the course. The course is challenging, but beautiful. There are hula dancers and drums as course entertainment. And nothing will ever top running through the tunnel of trees. You can tell this island LOVES this race. Also...finishing on the beach is the best. If you want a good destination race...this should be it.

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