Latest reviews by Donna Cantrell

(2018)
"New York State Summer Run Series Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve 5K"
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Hey runners! Looking for a Long Island run with an easy price tag? Choose the New York State Summer Run Series. Tier One entrants (who purchase a bib for 8 races for $70) will find that the Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve 5K offers a scenic and historic course (a Gold Coast site listed on the National Register of Historic Places). With mild grading, the sometimes uneven path winds past salt marshes, a horse farm, and bird habitat. Unfortunately, water stops during this year's series have been spotty, and due to 80 degree temperatures ta the start, an additional stop would have been appreciated. Post-race goodies include chips, apple sauce, water, SODA (why??), and typically a cup of light beer is included. Unfortunately, the beer truck did not make it to this race! Tailgating on this beautiful preserve is an added bonus; be sure to have your family/spectators bring folding chairs and blankets. (Advise them that opportunities for spectating along the course are limited.)

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(2017)
"Disney Princess Half Marathon Fit for a Queen"
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Thinking of breaking in your glass slippers for the very first time? Disney Princess Half Marathon lives up to it royal reputation. Beginning with a grand expo (as in HUGE, perhaps too huge for many) which offers seminars from the runDisney guru Jeff Galloway, to runDisney princess-like merchandise, to products that fill any runners' last minute needs, this four-day weekend running event welcomes tens of thousands of runners. As in 52,000 for the half marathon alone. This makes transportation to the race tricky. Disney provides free buses and monorails to the starting area for Guests staying at their resorts, but expect to depart your on-site hotel at about 3 am to make it through security and to your corral on time for the 5:30 am start. Bag Check is available for your belongings, provided they are presented in clear plastic bags. Expect your fellow princesses (and princes) to be adorned in their favorite regal garb; everything from crowns to tutus makes the grade. The course meanders through the Walt Disney World theme parks and surrounding roadways, and multiple Disney character photo ops are available. (Expect long lines here!) Well-stocked HEALTHY snack boxes, bananas galore, water, and Powerade are distributed post race. Another perk of this race is the gorgeous, princess-themed medal. Really fit for a queen!

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