Latest reviews by Leslie Hammond

(2020)
"Pride Celebration!"
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The race communication was great, and the swag was even better!
For me virtual races are made even better with the swag. The Pride Stride swag included a 1/2 zip pullover jacket, a bum bag, wrist sweat bands, a fan, & sunglasses all adorned with the Pride Stride logo.
I can’t wait to run this race in real life!

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(2020)
"From 1/2 to marathon"
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This is the first race I have ever run in Austin. This year I did the half and next year I’ll be doing the full.
The crowd support was amazing! If you’re not familiar there is a motto for Austin- Keep Austin Weird. There were people in costume dancing, live music, and very creative signs. Sometimes after a few races you see the same sign messages over and over but not in Austin.
The scenery was dope- I was able to get some cool pics at the start line was the state capital building is the background.
Post race was awesome- plenty of food and drink options.
The coolest thing about this race is the medal actually doubles as a belt buckle.

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(2020)
"Put on for your city- Houston"
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Hands down the best race in Houston! This is a mostly flat course with tons of spectator support.
The race provided plenty of support with email and access to free training guide, as well as running tips.
I was so happy with all the swag (2 shirts, medal, finisher glass, plus freebies).
The Chevron Houston marathon is a very well organized race- it didn’t disappoint.
This year my father-in-law reached Legacy status (running the race 10 years), which comes with additional swag. My goal is to also reach Legacy status.

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(2019)
"Not what I expected"
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To say I was disappointed is an understatement. The course and entertainment was very different from what was stated.
The course changed this year and if I wanted to just run through neighborhoods with no crowd support I could have done that on my own. The scenery was poor.
I was really looking forward to the Live entertainment but even that wasn’t as advertised. I was just so disappointed with this race.
Even the finisher an medal didn’t live up to the Rock-n-Roll series expectation. The shirt was way too big and looked cheap. The medal was tiny.
There was no post race meal just a few snacks (mandarin oranges, goldfish, granola bars) and full sized Gatorade.
I would not recommend this race - there’s so many other options.

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