Latest reviews by Virjinia Harp

(2018)
"Honoring Vets at the DAV 5K"
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I believe this was the inaugural event in Kemah, Texas but it did not disappoint! Packet pick up with intimate but it was very well run! Local races in the area usually have super nice volunteers and this one was no different! I checked in and picked up my goody bag with my t-shirt and race day instructions. Because this race aims to raise funds for an awesome cause, they did not provide timing chips. A clock was set at the start and finish line so you could see the gun time if you wanted to check your time.

The course made a loop with started and ended at the Kemah Boardwalk. The crowd was a good size and parking was close and free! Seriously, Kemah looks out for their visitors. I had no issue finding parking and it was literally steps away from the starting line. There was a Starbucks open nearby where many people grabbed a cup of coffee or used their bathroom. The facilities in the boardwalk were also open so there was no lack of places to go!

The streets were completely blocked off for runners and walkers. There were friendly Kemah police officers at every intersection and helpful volunteers at the water stop and turn around point. Most of the course runs through a neighborhood and it’s an out and back course. There were signs at every mile and a great group of runners and walkers alike!

After the finish, there were many volunteers handing us water and snacks! The title sponsors USAA also handed out neat reusable water bottles too! Another thing that stands out about the DAV 5K is that only veterans and servicemen get medals. I think that’s really neat because that’s what the race is about! We are there to honor them and it was super sweet to see vets get their medals.

The atmosphere was great, the weather was on our side, and the race organization was absolutely amazing! I truly hope they have this race again next year because I will tell all of my friends and I will definitely be back!

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(2018)
"Celebrate Christmas In July!"
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The Christmas In July 5K is a race that is organized by the Houston Salvation Army. It is truly a quick out and back course that supports a great cause. While the race itself is small, they do an excellent job managing the event. The parking is close to the start/finish line and it's free! You receive a race t shirt as well as a nice finisher's medal.
The course is run through the streets of Downtown/Midtown with police officers on every corner. You will run a bit through residential areas but the course is clearly marked so it's hard to take a wrong turn. The volunteers this year were wonderful and made every effort for a great race!
The post race festivities were close to the start/finish line and it was very easy finding your race results. After the race, there were tables handing out warm breakfast tacos as well as coffee, fruit, snacks, and Kind bars. There were more than enough goodies for every participant and various of other fun vendors as well! This is definitely a race I recommend to anyone looking for a fun theme race!

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(2018)
"Kick Off Houston Rodeo"
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This was a great way to kick off the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Rodeo season is a major event here in Houston and why not start it off with a race? The cost of the event was very reasonable. I truly enjoyed the course because it ran along Allen Parkway. The race start took place near City Hall and if you finished the race early enough, you could stick around for the parade!

All runner received a technical running shirt. It was made of great material and was very breathable. After the race, all finishers were welcomed to Buffalo Bayou Park where plenty of goodies were available from vendors. This year, you were given a bag and could walk from tent to tent to receive snacks, fruit, ice cream, and drinks! There were also post run massages and games for the young ones!

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(2018)
"Last Minute Race But Awesome Experience"
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I was originally signed up to do the longer portion of this race but had to change it last minute due to unforeseen circumstances. However, that didn't affect how much fun I had at this race! The race expo was absolutely amazing. Everything was well organized and you received an awesome pullover sweatshirt. It was very nice and I enjoyed wearing it after the race. What's a hot chocolate race without some chilly weather? The weather in Houston was actually nice and cool on race morning. There were also some showers so the park that the race was stationed in was a bit muddy. However, the course was fine and it had no impact on the energy at all! There were many participants and a lively crowd. The 5k course was simple to follow and this followed a very popular street that many local races take. Once I finished, I was able to obtain my finisher's mug with hot chocolate and plenty of snacks. It was a well organized race and one I'll do again soon!

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(2017)
"Quick and Easy Course"
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I was lucky enough to run this race with GREAT weather. It was a chilly morning but I truly think that helped me get that PR. The start of the race was very well organized with enough porta potties for everyone. I was able to use the facilities and still make it to my corral with plenty of time. The course is a popular route along Allen Parkway that many local races utilize. There are some "hills" but it's not too unbearable. Due to the nice weather, I was pretty speedy and the time flew by. The medal was very nice and I love their easy snack pick up after the race. I waited about ten minutes tops before getting all my goodies afterwards. I recommend this race to friends and cross my fingers for great weather!

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