Latest reviews by Nilesh Tharval

(2019)
"I hope shortfall will be implemented in next version!"
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Raleigh half the first event by organizers, I really enjoyed running on Neuse River Greenway Trail route. This course was strategically selected to offer the flattest and fastest half marathon course in the Raleigh area.
The start was on the roads inside Buffaloe Road Athletic Park. Runners head down towards the Neuse River Greenway Trail, where they head North (turn left) for approximately 6 miles before turning around, heading back towards Buffaloe Road Athletic Park, where they took the path back up the right side, before finishing the final 400 meters on the track, in the style of the Olympic Games. Finish was perfect.
for me everything was perfect expect eh parking experience.
I reached there at 6:45 am at Marsh Creek Park (3050 N New Hope Rd, Raleigh, NC 27604), there suppose to be two shuttle buses to reach start, however only one bus showed up and volunteers were picking participants by their personal cars and dropping at start. because of the race started 15 min late. at 8:15 am. I finished race with decent timing of 1:54:10 hours, not mush snacks after race only half banana and water bottle. wanted to rush home as soon as possible due to other commitments. so waited for shuttle (was first in Q). hopped in shuttle, more runners and their family jumped in. bus started and what he just scooted like he is flying and we ended up in mud, it was so scary moment for my in my life. for a moment thought I will met with my get my first ever auto injury with god grace nothing happened. I decided to walk down to the parking place which was 3 miles away from the finish line. I know it was so difficult after running 13.1 miles.

it was one of the worst experience.
I may not participate in this race next year. dot want walk or put my life in danger for just getting transported to start line.

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(2019)
"2020 will try for marathon on this route!"
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This was my first the Tobacco Road Half Marathon and I really enjoyed it. Race Management sent ample emails to communicate leading up to the event. Expo was small, but well organized; got your bib number, went the area marked by your number, You checked in, went to another area for your parking pass, went to another for your shirt no problem with size, I like the vibrant green color. I got my BIB and parking pass without any problem. Other side of expo where products displaced I feel it was bit unorganized, layout was not so free flowing!!
Race day parking pass, It gave me access to one of the closest spot to the start line. My biggest complaint about race was they told us that even with a parking pass they could not guarantee our spot if we were not there by 5:30 am! It was cold out so I decided to sleep in car for an hour. The start line was well organized and the Half and the Full started at the same time at 7 am.
The Half and the Full followed the same route for the first 2.5 miles on the roads and the rest is on trail around 8 miles. The road portion is slightly hilly and tricky towards finish line, keep in mind last few feet are downhill that so much relief.
There were a few places of crowds leading to the trail, but once you got onto the trail, space became limited, it was the other runners, and gray trees to keep you company. The miles were marked clearly and regularly and there were several aid stations with Water, Gatorade and Gu packs. The route is flat, if you are aiming for your PR this is the route. The trail surface is packed gravel I ran one of my training run on this trail, advantage being local.
At finish line there was lots of cheering, an announcer called everyone's number. I finished race with 2:00:43 not my PR however with all shortcomings and challenges in last 4 week I would say it was PR without proper training nevertheless I crossed the finish line without injury. The Runners Village where there was lots of food/drink options. Standard fruit, Papa John’s pizza slices, free water bottles, Gatorade, juices, coffee and a Beer. There was also a good band playing on stage at the end of the Beer Garden.
Next year will try for marathon on this route! Over all enjoyed the first race of this year for me.

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(2018)
"Must run to get feel of Raleigh area"
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This was my second Oak city run, all my office collogues run this race some of my office Top management team come down to run this race from Germany.
it was good experience running with office colleagues.
Arrived on time not earlier as the day light saving change happen on same day. Organizers sent lot of reminders about it.
race started ontime near bell tower, start line is crowded as marathon, half marathon and 10K starts are same time. after 1 mile you can see less crowd and most of the slow runner you left behind.
initial half mile you running down hill, and then up hill.
you will pass through Raleigh downtown. I like Raleigh downtown section. towards finish line it it uphill its testing you abilities.
I was able to finish my 10k 52:10 min. not bad last year it was 64:30 min.
I highly recommend this race.
for 2019 I registered for half marathon however I will miss this race because I will be running TCS NYC marathon on same day.

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