Latest reviews by Ashley Veale

(2019)
"Beautiful Race!"
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This was my first time running the 305 Half and it was a great experience! I signed up with BibRave as a local runner from the west coast of Florida and talked my friend Mer into running it with me, too!
I had kind of been training for this race, even running a different race at a longer distance in preparation the week before, so I felt pretty good about it.

Mer and I got up Disney race early on Saturday morning to go to packet pickup, which was a no-fuss easy type of experience. Parking, on the other hand, was not. We found a nearby parking garage with a flat of FIFTY DOLLARS, but we were already in. We had plenty of time to take our things back to the car, hit the bathrooms, and try to fuel up before the race.

The race had corrals lined up by time, so we find a nice comfy spot in the back to start in and went from there.

Everything on this race went smoothly and I had no complaints! I think it would have great it more spectators were out on the course, but other than that the scenery was beautiful!

Every aid/water stationed was well equipped and there were bathrooms at each one, which is always a plus for me! The local police department was at every major intersection, blocking traffic for us and it really felt like the whole race was very well organized and put together.

One of the huge things I took away this was that the race director and organizers know how to make runners happy! When we got the email about receiving temporary medals because of a shipping mix up I was skeptical. Though the medals were not race quality, you could definitely tell that they worked hard to make it work for runners. The Starbucks gift card was also a nice touch along with free race photos on Athlinks!

I'd definitely put this race on my list again.

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(2018)
"Beautiful Course"
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The Turtle Trot is one of my favorite races to do because it celebrates the beauty of Florida. I love the trail. It's easy to run and, like I said, it's beautiful. There's no expo or real "swag" with this race since it's put on by a little group called The Friends of Lovers Key. All proceeds go to keep the park intact, so I don't mind that there's no swag. There weren't as many water stations this year, which was a little disheartening. It was pretty hot out, especially for an early May race.

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(2018)
"All About the Fun"
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Disney races are some of my absolute favorite. I love that the Princess Weekend is centered around women and you get to celebrate those strong women for all three races. I only ran the half marathon, but it was a lot of fun. The Expo is always top-notch, though the swag was a little less that it had been in years past.

I love running through the parks and seeing all of the people there. Even if they aren't actually there cheering for you, they are still cheering! Unless they are just park goers who had no idea there was a race. Then they are just looking at you being all sweaty and weird. Running is such a fun sport because there are so many different levels of it, but everyone is still very encouraging. One of my favorite things about Disney races is seeing everyone’s running outfits and just the joy (really) of running through Disney. I will always recommend a Disney race to people just because it’s such a huge event and it’s always a lot of fun.

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(2017)
"Beautiful Course"
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I've done this race twice and have had great experiences with it. The course around the beach is gorgeous, but it does get very hot with not coverage within the last two miles with no water station toward the end. They always gives great shirts and finisher medals to everyone. It's definitely family friendly with lots of great vendors around after the race.

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