Latest reviews by Chloe Keidaish

(2023)
"Miami Famous"
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This was my 10th year running my hometown half marathon - my favorite race of the year !!! Miami is always a ton of fun on a spectacular course. This is the second year I received a VIP entry package from BibRave and it is really packed with tons of value !!! My VIP status gave me a separate check in station at the Expo with no lines, lots of extra swag including race branded hat, socks, courier bag, and fanny pack. VIP status also gave me entry into Corral B which starts at 6am sharp, whereas corrals further back start much later. After the race I loved the VIP finish area with mimosas, brunch, photo booth, massages and seating right at the finish line.

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(2022)
"Miami Famous VIP Experience"
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Miami Marathon & Half Marathon really rolls out the red carpet for its VIP runners, taking #miamifamous to a whole new level. This was my 10th year running Miami and this year I received a VIP entry to the already sold-out race through BibRave as a BibRave Pro. To start with, there is a VIP booth at the Expo entrance where you can easily gather your race packet and extra swag. But for me the best part was getting guaranteed access to Corral B for an early 6am start, when some corrals start as late as 6:45 - runners here know that it is best to beat the heat. I also loved the VIP finish area where I sipped mimosas and had brunch right at the finish line where I could watch my friends come in. The VIP access can also be purchased for your friends and family so they can enjoy the amenities while watching you cross the finish line,
The Full VIP Weekend Experience includes:
Premium VIP Swag – bomber jacket and messenger bag
Fast Track VIP Packet Pickup
VIP Bib
Access to the Private Expo Lounge
Free hair braiding and pre-race massage
Light Refreshments, Charging Stations and more!
VIP Cocktail Reception
Early Start VIP Corral B
Private Gear Check
Access to the VIP Pavilion
Light Breakfast and Lunch
Private Restrooms at the Finish Line
Finish Line View
Post-Race Massage and Recovery

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(2021)
"Stunning Scenery in Black Hills National Forest"
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I can't rave enough about this marathon, it is one of the most scenic races I've run. The race takes place in Black Hills National Forest starting at in Wyoming and crosses into South Dakota. It is a fast Downhill course with an elevation drop of about 3500 ft.
The race director does a spectacular job for a small event. Top notch race swag included a race logo canvas bag, Goodr sunglasses and a soft cotton t-shirt..
I highly recommend staying at the Spearfish Canyon Lodge located at mile 12,, the shuttle bus to the race start picked me up there.
The race starts at 6:30 am at Cement Ridge Fire Lookout Tower, which has a bird's eye view of the great plains in one direction and Black Hills in the other.
Smokey the Bear was on site to take pre race pics and officiate the race start countdown. The first Half of the race is on dirt/ gravel roads though the forest and the second half on pavement down Spearfish Canyon.
Finish line festivities were also top notch, with homemade grilled cheese sandwiches, fun photo ops and nice medal and awards.
It is also a fantastic racecation, the Black Hills have so much to offer: Mount Rushmoor, Crazy Horse Monument, Cathedral Spires / Needles Scenic Highway, wild buffalo in Custer State Park, Historic Deadwood. We also hit up Devils Tower in Wyoming and Badlands National Park..

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(2020)
"Fun and Festive Holiday Race"
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There's no better way to get into the holiday spirit than running the Mount Dora Half Marathon !!! This race goes all out with a Christmas theme including a giant Santa to greet the runners on the final stretch, a Christmas tree finish line, candy cane and nutcracker performers, and a snowman. The medal and swag are top notch - this year's theme was Rudolph the reindeer wearing a Covid mask. And my favorite takeways from the race are the super fun photo booth strips and the free finish line picture can double as your Happy Holidays Card. The course itself is on rolling hills lined with spectacular oak trees draped in Spanish moss.
And Mount Dora itself is an incredibly cute historic town in Central Florida not far from Orlando. There are many beautiful old buildings, main street and square all decked out in holiday lights. The town is full of cute eclectic stores and great restaurants. I stayed at the Lakeside Inn which is the oldest continuously operated hotel in Florida built in 1883. It is set on a lake with sunset views, and classic veranda lined with rocking chairs, and right at the start finish line.

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(2020)
"Perfect Small Town Race with Windmills"
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When the Boston Marathon decided to go Virtual, I knew immediately that I would find a small town race to run it in for course support and safety. Holland Haven popped up on my radar immediately advertising their race as an alternative for Boston runners. The location looked fantastic and a similar course as Boston - point to point from Grand Haven to Holland, with some rolling hills. I registered immediately knowing there was a great risk that even this smaller race capped at 300 runners could get canceled due to the pandemic. But race director Eddie Kline was determined to make it happen, and he kept everyone updated almost daily on his conversations with local authorities. Right down to the last week he had to make big changes to the race plan to satisfy health officials - this included dividing one marathon into three separate events starting an hour apart with waves to socially distance runners. The race went forward successfully with 291 finishers. The course was extremely beautiful, well supported with volunteers and the race medal is one of my favorites !!! Holland is a super cute small town well worth the visit with fantastic restaurants and breweries. Be sure to visit the nearby lighthouses on Lake Michigan and the Windmill Garden in Holland.

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