Latest reviews by Brittany Jackson

(2019)
"Fun Family Race"
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Giants Race Lou Seal Challenge
I had a blast running the 5k and 10k this year at the 2019 San Francisco Giants race! I was unable to make it to packet pick up, but a friend volunteered and was able to get my packet for me. She sent me so many great photos and it looked like they put on a great pre race party! The race itself was really good. So many fun people and a great atmosphere!

Parking was made easy with the parking pass that was offered through the registration link. Parking in the bay area can be pretty bad. So if you ever decide to run this race I recommend it. It was only $15, which is cheap compared to what you will pay for other lots nearby. I drove down the race from Sacramento the morning of and traffic was not bad at all. I am sure getting there an hour early helped with finding great parking in the huge lot that they had. The location of the race was great. It started right outside of the ballpark and ended inside the stadium. The only part I would say was not so great were the roads. I witnessed three people trip and fall. Not only is the race pretty packed but the roads were a bit bumpy. Running with a little caution was necessary, but didn’t seem like to much of a distraction.

As previously stated the race was pretty packed. But everyone was in good spirits and pumped up. My mom and nephew waited for me at the start and were able to get some pretty cool merch form the announcer who was throwing stuff out to the crow. Freebies are always great! At the finish of the race they were loaded with goodies. They had my favorite….chocolate milk! They also had yogurt, cliff bars, fruit, and other yummy snacks to refuel with. 10/10 on the post-race party!
The weather was great, a bit warm for the bay area but no fog or mist. It was really chilly when we first got there, but by time the second race had started it was warmed up and I had to shed one of my shirts and run in my tank. Make sure to check the weather the night before so you can dress accordingly! The course itself was nice and flat which was a nice change for running in SF.

The aid stations were sufficient and had water and electrolytes with lots of happy helpful volunteers. They also had a bio freeze station which I thought was great! There were police all around to make sure the roads stayed safe for us to run on. Which again can be a little bit crazy in SF so it was comforting knowing they had us covered.

Entry in and out of the ballpark was rough on the legs following the race. I went back in after I finished to cheer and watch the finishers coming in. There was a huge staircase in the front with two flights of steps, followed by more stairs. However if you walked around there was an escalator that skipped some of them, but no signage to indicate this. After running back to back races the last thing I want to do is walk up and down a bunch of stairs. Thankfully we fund the escalator.

The medals…oh man the medals! They handed out some serious swag for finishing the different challenges. I walked away with three, but if you check out their IG you will see all of the options to earn more. One downside was that if you didn’t run the San Jose race and the San Francisco combined you missed out on one. I ran the Sacramento race and the San Francisco one and there was no extra medal. That was a bit of a bummer, but I love the three that I walked away with. There was also a bobble head in our packet pick up which was pretty cool!

I would highly recommend this race to any fitness level. I ran the 10k and walked the 5k with my mom. We both enjoyed the race and had a great time. If you are looking for a fun family race or just a fun flat course to get some great mileage and medals on this is it!

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(2019)
"5k/Half Challenge "
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This race was one of the better ones that I have done when it comes to completing a challenge. I opted to run the 5k then the half marathon immediately after (was about an hour in between for me). It was a lot of miles, but I would do it all over again, and plan on returning next year!

The expo was GREAT! I was able to find parking close, and get straight in. I came at the tail end of it on Saturday. There were a number of different vendors and lots of free goodies! I was relieved that the staff and volunteers were pleasant and helpful despite it being close to closing time. My mom and I made our way around after picking up our shirts and bib.

Race day…the shuttles are probably my only disappointment about the race. We stated right across the street from where the shuttles were picking up so it made it super easy to get to the race. Unfortunately the shuttles were running about 45 minutes apart and once we boarded the driver had no idea how to get to the race due to the road closures. In my mind I was thinking “how did they not provide a map to the driver”. Runners who were running the full marathon ended up being late due to the lack of planning. Thankfully my race started a little later so I was able to make it on time.

Both of my races were great! Despite my lack of training and the extra miles from doing combined races I managed to let the road carry me right along.

The 5k started right on time and mom and I walked it together. There were a lot of runners but also a lot of walkers. I love that the race catered to both! The course starts off going around the lake. It’s a really pretty way to kick of the start and the course went all the way around in a loop so we got to enjoy the views for most of the race. The course was mild and not to challenging, a couple hills at the end but nothing too bad. One thing I was very excited about was all of the photographers along the course. Usually you only see one or two; there were about three or four. The finish line was well equipped with snacks as we came through to grab out medals. Which leads me to my next favorite thing, the medals? For a 5k it was a nice size and we got the claim the 10 year anniversary medal so it was extra special.

After we did the 5k I rested for about 45 minutes and headed to the start for my half marathon. There were a lot more people running the half than I expected, but it was a good thing. With being a little slower I love having other runners around along the race. The course was pretty flat for the most part. The first three miles went by so fast! They had super neat graffiti like mile markers so it was something to look forward to get to the next one. Throughout the course all the way up to the finish there was neat murals and things to look at as we ran through the city. The cheer stations were fun and the aid stations were ready for us runners as we came though. The course was marked properly and I have zero complaints about the half marathon. Same as the 5k the finish line was fully stocked and refreshing as I come through to grab my medal(s). That’s right! I earned three medals! All of which were well worth the miles!

All around this race was great once we got past the shuttle ordeal. The weather was great and made for a wonderful race morning and afternoon. I would recommend the Oakland Running Festival for runners and walkers of all ages, there is a race for everyone at this event! I cannot wait to return next year!! Thanks BibRave for allowing me to be a part of such an amazing event!

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(2019)
"Fun For Everyone "
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Super fun, and the course is nice and flat. Packet pick up was Saturday, and was pretty easy to find. There were a hand full of vendors, not to exciting. The shirt design was cool, but the sizing was a bit off. But race morning defiantly made up for that. Parking was easy (small charge) and they had music going at the start line to get everyone pumped up. The course was decent, very flat fast course. I LOVED LOVED LOVED that they had mariachi bands and kiddos playing along the last mile of the race. The medals were worth the miles for sure. I recommend this race to families, it’s a fun one!

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(2019)
"“The Chocolate Made Me Do It”"
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This race became a favorite the first year I did it back in 2015. Mom and I have done 3 hot chocolate races since. This year was equally awesome as expected! Made it to the expo on Saturday and was able to navigate it easily. The volunteers guided us to where we needed to go and the vendors were informative and friendly. The swag bag is one of the best parts. I never wear my race shirt on race day, but this year it was chilly and I broke the rules and sported my cozy cute zip up! (See pic). Parking on race day was pretty seamless, but I do recommend getting there at least an hour early to find a spot. The race started on time and the start corrals were easy to navigate. The course is pretty challenging for a 5k, but the views and the chocolate aid station make it worth it. We had to walk a little far to get to our hot chocolate afterwards, but again. No biggie. Totally worth it! The mug was full of sweet goodies! I’ll see you next year Horn Chocolate SF!

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(2018)
"The Firemen Though.."
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I will definitely be returning to this race next year. On the starter face day I got there early and it was super easy to get to the start line and the view was amazing to watch the sunrise come up over the water. Going into this race I thought that there would be elevation given it’s in San Francisco but the course is completely flat and super easy to run. I have to say the best part of the race is getting the giant metal and taking the photos with the fireman that or waiting for you at the finish line.

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