Latest reviews by Courtney Werts

(2019)
"WOW-This race Earns it's title as America's Toughest Road Race!"
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We drove in and arrived 1/2 hour to spare to pick up our race packets on Friday night. Packet pick up was easy and quick, volunteers were nice. There were some vendors but not many and because how late we were some of the shirts were picked over but that's to be expected.
We stayed at The Hotel Roanoke & Conf Center, Curio by Hilton which was 0.2 miles from start so the walk was nice in the morning.
We got down to the race and the bag drop was a little odd, they wanted you to use a tiny zip lock baggie, wasn't very practical. You could also swap your shirt size if you needed to which was nice because they did run a little small.
We got to the start line and we started a few minutes late but no biggie. The race started with a little hill and they just kept coming!!! The support alone the race was fantastic! Some locals came out and had stands with food, drinks, candy and lots of cheering!
The hills were insane! The pic I attached is from our hotel and the circled area is the Roanoke Star-that was first hill you went up to give some perspective.
The race ended were it started and the food area was not well labeled. When we finally stumbled upon it there were tons of choices and plenty to go around. Lots of fruit, pizza, bagels and drinks. I would say one of the better I have seen.
The medal could be a bit more enticing for what you go through to get it but not a huge deal.
I can honestly say I am so glad I did it but not sure I would do it again, I couldn't walk for a week I was so sore!
But it was fun and Roanoke is a very friendly city and the event was really done well and really organized.

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(2018)
"Experience of a Lifetime"
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Being from the United States and getting to travel to China to do a race was just amazing. The entire experience was great. The experience started at the hotel where packet pick up was. There was no expo pre-race and you got your race packets in a hotel room-first time for everything!! They were super nice at the pickup and let us exchange our shirts (sizing was a little different than we are used to). We were treated like VIP the entire time.
They shuttled us in buses to the race. There was so much going on there it--much different than any other race I had been to. The language barrier was a bit difficult trying to find bag drop and the starting line but other than that I would say it was very organized. This is where the expo was and there were just a few vendors. The full marathon race was an out and back but you ran alongside the water and it was beautiful.
There were tons of aid stations along the way-some with the race and others were spectators and race groups. They had all kinds of different food along the way-including sushi!
The finish ended with an amazing medal and goodie bag, massages, ice blocks and cupping.
If you ever have the chance to go I would HIGHLY recommend it!!

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(2018)
"Favorite Race!!!!"
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I look forward to this race all year. Even though it is usually cold weather (which I don't enjoy running it!) this is still a fav. race of mine.
The expo is easy and quick. I love the fact that you can exchange your jacket if you got the wrong size. I liked the mens jacket color and I ordered too big but the exchange was simple! I love getting a jacket for this race, I wear it all year long. The expo is small but has great vendors, it would be nice to see some more there still this is such a big race.
Parking is pretty simple. You can pre-purchase in a garage or take your chance when you get there. I didn't pre-pay and I parked in a lot that was just 2 blocks from start/finish.
There are tons of port-a-johns at the start/finish. Bag drop is right there and the start is set up in Corrals.
The route was a little different than the past years, it wasn't any more or any less exciting than before but there was a lot of space. The race did seem to end about 1/4 mile longer than expected and I did hear several people mentioning it.
The end of this race of course is the best part (aside from the jacket!). The medal is a nice, heavy chocolate bar (15K medal only) and some water right at the finish. Then a short walk (bit muddy but that can't be helped!) to the hot chocolate and the melted chocolate and treats!!! We were mid finish time for the 15k and they had already run out of bananas. I didn't mind because I don't eat them but others were disappointed. Then they ran out of other treats which I would say for the price paid, they should make sure there are enough goodies--that is what is promoted.
Overall, I love this race but somethings could be improved.
But I will do it again next year!

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(2018)
"Fun , Easy Race"
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This is a fun race at the Oktoberfest in Columbus at the Expo. This is not a serious race. If you like to dress up then this is the race for you! It is a 4 miler total race.
The beginning of the race starts with the tapping of the keg and off you go!
The scenery is nothing special, you are running through the expo center area=barns, some animals and hay. You do a loop twice and this year it was REALLY short. I am not sure what was different this year but it was almost 1/2 mile off.
There aren't a lot of water stations but enough, the crowd support is at the beginning/end of the race but not really anywhere else. It is all flat terrain, no hills which is nice but nothing exciting to look at. The biggest perk would probably be at the end of the race-Beer and Brats=YUM!

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(2018)
"An Event to Remember"
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This is an experience that anyone should do at least once. This is all about empowerment and celebrating Breast Cancer Survivors. It should be said that this isn't a race, there is no clock, no winners, but it is a 10 mile course each day.
The packet pick up was easy and right by the water. There were a couple vendors but not really an expo. The packet included a hat, I was a little bummed for the price that a t-shirt wasn't included as well but we did end up with 4 medals in the end (plus the option for an additional virtual race medal)
The support on the course was great on the first day, lots of people cheering, giving us all kinds of drinks, shots, candy--so fun!
The second day was a bit more of a running course and not as much crowd support.
The third day was almost all beach which was gorgeous.
Overall this is a great race to do with friends and know you are supporting an amazing cause.

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