Latest reviews by Katelyn Gingrich

(2019)
"Fantastic and Unique Half!"
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The race management were very communicative and providing many emails with updates leading up to the race. Parking was an ease on race morning. While the race was getting ready to start, hot air balloons were launching closely nearby. Amish families hand out the water and Gatorade on the course. Keep your eyes open for horses, one-room school houses, horse-powered farm equipment, a camel, and “road-apples”. The medal is my most unique! It’s actually an old horseshoe that was removed from a local horse. Following the race is a free community picnic that all the runners can take part in. The food was delicious and plentiful. This is definitely a must-do race!!

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(2019)
"Great Course and Support!"
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Despite the rainy day, this race was a fantastic half! I had a PR on this course even with the rain and rolling hills. Truly the course support along the way had an impact on my performance as there were many people cheering along the way. The swag was nice this year with a spinning medal featuring a photo frame (there’s free race photos for this event) and the hooded sweatshirt as the race souvenir. Definitely a cool race to do if you’re in the area or like me, completing the King Crab Challenge!

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(2019)
"Fantastic Race Weekend!"
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My first Disney race weekend (and it certainly won’t be my last). I did the fairytale challenge (10k and half) and both races were perfectly run by the race directors. Plenty of aid stations and you can’t beat the opportunity to run through Magic Kingdom! Expect long lines for the characters, but I resorted to just taking pics of the characters as I ran by since I didn’t want to wait in the lines.

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(2018)
"Family Tradition "
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My favorite race each year, and this has been a yearly tradition for quite a few years to do this on the morning of Thanksgiving Day. The tech long sleeve shirt is fantastic and will surely be one of your favorites too. The course itself is very flat and perfect for setting PRs if you can handle the cold November morning. Post race refreshments are one of the bests in my book. You receive the typical fruit and potato chips, but also Clif Bars, muffins, hot cocoa, and soup to warm you up after this endeavor.

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(2018)
"Fantastic day!"
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This was my first half marathon and it was definitely a tough one! Like all NYRR races, aid stations were aplenty and there were even two Gatorade gel stations on the course. It was beautiful seeing the Verrazano bridge towards the end of the race. Perfect time of year for a half so expect cool running temps.

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