Latest reviews by Adam Fleisher

(2019)
"Giving hope to others"
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Achilles International CT Chapter Hope and Possibly races are an empowering and motivating experiences. Achilles International helps disabled athletes compete in mainstream sports. Our athletes range from visually impaired, wheelchair, prostectics, to TBI, and mobility impaired. We have guides out helping our athletes. It is an amazing experience.
The 5k course has minimal elevation. There is one aid station (about half way point). There are no port-a-potties on the course. The roads are open to traffic, but there are police and volunteers all over the course.
You start the race next to a charter school. The loop ends near the gym.
The 10k is a double loop.
There is food, vendors, giveaways, and awards after the race. There is a PT company that does pre and post race stretching. Everyone receives a shirt and a finishers medal.
There is ample parking, lots of bathrooms, and the gym stays open to keep you cool.
Because this event takes place during the summer it could be extremely hot and humid (97 degrees in 2019) or it could rain. Be prepared.

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(2019)
"Summer Solistice 5.5 mile Trail Run"
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Get there early to get a good parking spot. Port-a-potties are in multiple locations. In the description of the race there are no aid stations (trails so there is no way to set up aid stations). It is recommended that you bring your own drink(s). There is post race food. Swag varies from a shirt to socks. You can purchase a shirt separately.
There are two distances to choose from 3.3 or 5.5 miles. Each course starts off the same and the 3.3 miles goes to the left.
The 5.5 miles has lots of inclines, declines, rooks, roots, branches, fallen trees, and mud. It is hot and humid. Bring bug spray. If not expect to be attacked.
The beginning and end of the race is a paced road. Uphill to begin with and down hill to end. There are division awards. (No awards for disabled athletes). This year it was a hat.
I loved this run and looking forward to participating in it next year.

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(2019)
"Chesterfield Gorge 100k Ultra"
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This race has a 30 hour time limit. On Saturday the 50k, 50 mile, 100k, and 100 mile race starts at 6:00am. On Sunday there is a 25k. All races end on Sunday at noon.
The course is 7.75 out and 7.75 miles back. The terrain is extremely rocky. 1 loop has about 1000 feet of elevation. At mile 5 you start what is called the boiler room. 2.75 miles of running in the sun. You go back the same way. It is draining.
There are 3 aid stations along the course. Water, Gatorade (endure orange), a food. The volunteers are incredible. You sit down and they take of everything.
The race a maximum of 200 runners. The race fees goes to a charity. You get a race cup. No shirt, no bling, just bragging rights.
Parking is not that great. Either camp out over night or arrive early.
When you arrive at the end of a loop you have to give your bib number. Great tracking system. Nobody could cheet and get away with it.

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(2019)
"Mystic Half Marathon-don't let the scenery fool you"
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This is the third time I have run the half. The race shirt was great, along with the medal. 3 different packet pickup dates. Along with discounts at running stores.
Most people make a weekend of the race. Groton is beautiful (along the water). Pleanty of parking.
Same day bib and swag pick up. Race starts at 7am. You avoid the heat and humidity. There are pace groups for the half.
The first 5 miles are not bad. At mile 5 you hit your first hill (and challenge). You get a nice down hill. After this you keep going up and down hills. Make sure you are hydrating all race long. (Nuun and water at every aid station. Gu is added at mile 7).
Save some energy for the last mile plus. Mile 12 you run up hill, hit the top, and enjoy a nice down hill finish. You enter the finishing area and loop around past a cheering crowd.
There are overall winners, age groups 3 deep, Athena, Clydesdale, and disabled athlete divisions. Breakfast foods are the post race meal. Lots of booths and free items (food, drinks, stretching, and massages).
I highly recommend this race. It's put on by the Hartford Marathon Foundation.

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(2019)
"CT Trailmixers Spring Fling"
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First off this is a cupless race. If you want something to drink you need to bring a bottle or two (one per aid station). One aid station has food and drinks (so many choices...candy, chips, cookies, soups, brownies, hot food, water, soda, and other hydration) and the other I saw water).
Each loop is 3 miles. Since it was pouring everything turned into mud. The course starts off on grass (mud), you run onto a field (mud), you cross water (more mud), and hit a single trail (surprise more mud), at this point you a climbing up. The single track goes up and down until about mile 1.6-1.7. You end up on gravel (kind of muddy). This turns back into single track-to grass-to single track-to gravel and grass (all very muddy). You arrive back at the timing mats ready for another loop.
There are port-a-potties and a "real" bathroom (that is what a sign said).
If you love a challenge, mud, water crossing, roots, rocks, gravel, grass, elevation, fun people, and a good time than this is your race.
Just remember to wear trail shoes and a great pair of socks.

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