Latest reviews by Keri Roeder

(2019)
"Beautiful Course, Hitting Some Hills!"
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This was my first time running this race, but it was a beautiful course! Although it’s all on paved paths, you get the feeling of trail running for some portions of it. There are some hills to add some variety and keep the course fun and challenging, but nothing too crazy.

The post-race cookout was an awesome touch, and the swag for this race was ON POINT. The leaf medal was the reason I signed up for this race, and it did not disappoint. The quarter-zip long sleeve technical shirt was also awesome, and I look forward to wearing it for some of my fall runs! I would highly recommend this race for anyone looking for a pretty course to hit up next Fall!

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(2019)
"Fun, Scenic Course"
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This was the first year since the race was renamed as the Norton Sports Health 10k, which is the second in the Louisville Fall Runathon series of races. This race goes through the Parklands, and offers runners some pretty scenery on paved running paths...with plenty of hills to keep things interesting. The hills weren't too daunting in and of themselves, but there were several of them on the course.

Race communication was pretty minimal, and packet pick-up was a fairly utilitarian affair. That said, the race medals were pretty nice (the Fleur de Lis is a Louisville icon). And the festival afterwards was pretty nice, and the Egg Lawn was a great place for it! All in all, a fun race, and a great second leg of the Fall Runathon.

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(2019)
"A Flat, Fun 5k!"
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This race was a quick 5k along River Road, starting at the scenic Louisville Water Tower. The parking was easy, and the race itself was pretty well-organized, the course was well marked, and packet pick-up was a breeze.

It’s a great, flat race that is mostly shaded (which is great, since the race is at a hot time of year). There were bagels and bananas at the end of the race, along with Lousville Pure Tap water. I don’t know if I would sign up for this as a stand-alone event, but it was a great first race in the Louisville Fall Runathon series!

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(2019)
"Flat Course in Scenic Small Town USA"
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If you’re looking to set your pace on a flat course, this is your race. The course itself isn’t the most scenic, but it is nice to be able to run through a cute little town, and the view running over the bridge is great! The race is very well-run and well-organized, with thoughtful communication and good course identification. It’s carefully thought-out and executed, with nice swag and the chance to compete for an additional medal if you’re a top 100 finisher.

The time of year makes this race a little dicey for me. This year, the heat was just a killer. There are several parts of the course that are running on blacktop or cement with zero shade, so some miles towards the middle of the race are more challenging than others. I will say that there were too few portable toilets on the race course...I didn't see any on the half-marathon route, and a few water stations on the full-marathon route had one toilet each. Definitely could have used a few more!

To combat the scorching heat, race organizers and local families set up a TON of water and aid stations, which were life savers. I will say, the food available at the finish line was minimal and the food/beverages and at the after party had limited options available.

All in all, I probably won’t do this race again solely due to the likelihood for high temperatures on race day. But the race itself was great!

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(2018)
"A GREAT Fall Race!"
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I would like to personally thank Indianapolis for its flatness. Truly, it is a gift to all runners. The course was FLAT, and there were lots of opportunities to take in scenic views. The trees had exploded into riotous fall colors, and it was beautiful to run through some of the scenic neighborhoods amidst the reds and yellows and oranges of the season.

The race is well-organized, and they are very informative with their pre-race information. The race festival for packet pick-up has a ton of vendors, and there’s something for everyone. The race had great volunteers with lots of water stops (endurance gels and bananas were offered towards the higher mile markers, as well).

I would recommend this race to anyone whose training gets them ready for any of the Fall full or half-marathons. There is good swag (I wear my Monumental beanie hat for all of my cold-weather runs,) and ample food available afterwards. I’m already signed up to run this year’s full!

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