Latest reviews by Bryan Galgano

(2018)
"Ran out of medals!"
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I have run 3 RnR Half Marathons in the past (San Jose, Savannah and Nashville) and loved them all. The organization, fan support, course and medals were all awesome!!! Chicago was distinctly different from the past 3. I loved the course and the rain dampened the fan support obviously, but it was a fun race. However, the problem comes in with the race management. I love the RnR Series because of the medals. The medals are one of their major marketing strategies. Runners pay a premium for RnR races for this reason. I was excited to be completing my first remix challenge, runners who run on both days receive a third medal. However, even though they gave each remix runner an arm band to wear Sunday as proof of completion, they ran out of medals. They ran out for many runners. Minor issues like their shirts are exactly the same from city to city just the color changes, and many of the things I enjoyed purchasing in the past have been cut from the expo are amplified when the Race Series that says "Run For The Bling" runs out of bling. After race weekend when I emailed RnR as I was told to do by staff about receiving my remix medal in the mail, customer service was unresponsive and when they responded unhelpful. Sad to see from a race series I have loved for years.

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(2018)
"First time, won't be the last time!"
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Can I give the race management 6 stars??? I recently moved to Atlanta from SF and regretted never running Bay to Breakers, so I knew I had to try the Peachtree. I was worried about such a massive 10k, especially as someone in the middle to back of the pack. But the race start was so smooth, the aid stations were always stocked and what a beautiful and challenging course! The one thing I left feeling more then any race I had run previously was that I was running with a group. There were always lots of people in front of me and behind me but somehow I never felt closed in. What an amazing experience. Can't wait for next year!

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(2018)
"Great Race in a beautiful park, for an awesome cause"
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This is my second time running the Heroes 6k in Brook Run Park. It is a scenic course with some undulations but nothing too steep or high. It is like running a trail course but mostly on sidewalks in the park. Very well organized and they really upped their swag game this year. If you are near to this or one of their many other races throughout the country I highly recommend!!!

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(2018)
"My Favorite Race"
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Let's just get the few cons out of the way (some of which are beyond any race organizer's control):
1) Traffic (luckily I was visiting and had a nice hotel spot, but beware if you need to drive to get places)
2) Recently, I feel like the RnR expos do not live up to what they once were. Access is often difficult and parking is getting more and more expensive. Also, the options for swag have changed and not for the better in my opinion.
3) Course ends relatively far from the start, but the geography of the city seems to make this necessary. Still makes for a hard walk back after some of those hills.
My negatives end there. This race has it all, unless you are looking for a PR. Fan support is the best around and really makes a difference on a hot day. Spectators really did their homework, many signs made me laugh out loud. The course shows so much of this amazing city. Amply stocked aid stations, including perfectly timed oranges, helped me through those two last miles. All this and a great staging area for the finish make for as perfect a race as a runner could dream.
My only concern recommending this race wholeheartedly is I have had bad experiences at RnR races since Nashville that felt like cost saving measures that may hurt experiences at RnR races in the future. I am hopeful I am wrong and look forward to that being the case at the Virginia Beach race in September.

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(2017)
"Cool way to see the Atlanta Beltline"
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Great flat 10k. The scenery is quintessential Atlanta scenery. Runners run in Piedmont Park and on the Beltline, which is Atlanta's walking path around the city with art installations and great views!!! The course finishes perfectly near restaurants and breweries on the Beltline, easy parking to get to the start and finish. It is part of a series with a 5k & 8k on the other side of the Beltline earlier in the year.

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