Latest reviews by Phong Chieng

(2022)
"Well Organized Race"
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This was my first time running a half marathon in over 6 years and everything turned out better than expected. Bib pickup was easy, I actually forgot to register for the race and had to do it at the pickup location. But the people working were very helpful and got me registered right away.

The communication leading up to the race was very helpful, I was able to plan ahead and park right next to the start and finish lines. I did not have to deal with traffic which can be stressful right before a race.

The start went off without a hitch, with no crowding from the other runners. There was hydration throughout the course. The course was mostly flat which helped as well. Overall, it was a great experience!

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(2022)
"Very organized, fun race"
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I thoroughly enjoyed running the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K this year. I had no issues at the expo and was able to get in and out (but I did forget to register but was able to do it at the expo). I was able to find parking and get to the race on time. There were a lot of people at the race, but it wasn't crowded. There were signs and volunteers throughout the course. It was a seamless race experience and I would highly recommend this race for others. The finisher jacket and medals are the best!

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(2021)
"Organized and great vibe!"
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Great way to kick off in-person races again. This was a local race that I ran a few years ago and to be honest, it felt very similar to the initial experience even after a pandemic. Safety precautions were in place and everything was organized very well. Happy with this race and hope to run it again in the future!

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(2020)
"Kaiser Permanente San Francisco 10K"
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I ran the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco 5K in 2015 and had a wonderful experience. This year, I decided to run the 10K and had just as good of a time. This was a very well-organized race and a perfect place to run fast and PR in the 5K, 10K, and half marathon. You also get to run in Golden Gate Park and since you're there you might as well stay and enjoy the park and nearby restaurants. The finisher's medal was neat with the tiny windmill and it looks like a stand so it can sit on a table.

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(2020)
"Irivine 5K"
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It was nice to run a small, local race for a change. The bib pickup was a breeze as well as parking near the start line. There were volunteers at most of the major turns for the course and there were spectators throughout cheering us on. The race photos were free and the medal was shiny and vibrant. Overall, it was a fun race!

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