Latest reviews by Lisa Perry

(2021)
"Best loop race around!!"
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The race is held on a 3.75 mile loop on a paved path around Cooper River Park in Pennsauken NJ. The course is mostly flat and you will run as many loops of it as you can/want in 12 hours or 24 hours. I decided to run the 12 hour race and it was my first time ever running this far or long in my life. My friend had run the year before and convinced me to sign up. Most of my friends that don't run thought i was crazy but was really looking forward to this race. You can bring whatever you want to keep at the start/finish area because each loop brings you back there. The thought of not having to carry a ton of stuff while I run appealed to me big time. I ended up buying a plastic tub to store my fuel, extra shoes, socks, body glide, sunscreen, etc all race day essentials and then also brough a cooler with a ton of ice, extra water - plain and others that I added my tailwind too. The ice really helped out big time on race day as it was SUPER HOT! The race itself also has an awesome aid station at the start/finish filled with many different types of hydration and a ton of good food (bananas, pretzels, chips, PB&J, cookies, gels, candy, oranges, etc) and then one halfway around the loop with just hydration. Bib pickup was either the night before at the local runnign store or again on race day before the start which makes things super easy. I went over with my friend and then my hubs was going to then take me home at the end of the race. Race started at 7am sharp so we ended up getting there about an hour early to get ourselves ready. One of the nice parts about this race is that it's your race, you can run as many loops that you want in the time frame. You could hang at your area for as long as you like to after each loop was done. For most of my loops I stopped back to my area to fill up my water, make any changes to what I was wearing if I needed to, grab more salt tabs or food, if i could eat at that time. You could also then see others that were back at their area and wish them well. It was so awesome to feed off of other runners energy or cheer them on when you knew they needed it knowing that when things got hard for you someone else would be there to lift you up. I did what I needed to do to survive this race and I loved every single minute of it! I highly reommend this to anyone that is interested in running a loop or certain amount of time for an ultra. The race was very low key and overall one that I plan on doing every year that it's available. For your entry you get your bib, which by the way has a nice personalized positive note for you on the back, a t-shirt and a medal. Depending on how many loops you do you get a skeleton charm to attach on to your medal when you finish. For 1-9 laps you just get your medal, for 10-14 laps you get the bronze skeleton, for 15-19 laps you get the silver skeleton and for 20+ you get the gold skeleton! I ended up with 15 laps so I scored the silver one!

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(2021)
"Awesome low-key local race!"
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I've run the half marathon of this race 3 different years and loved it! This year I decided to tackle the full on marathon because I was training for an ultra marathon in August and thought this would be a nice race to run an easy paced marathon. The expo is very low key as well as the swag. The race director wants to be able to keep the prices affordable, which he has and this is one of the ways he can do this. Aid stations are amazing and have a variety of offerings. It's normally pretty hot for this race so they tell you multiple times not to expect a PR and helps give you a good perspective of what to expect for race day. This year we had a pretty nice day weather wise, no rain but it became very humid as we were running the race. They also host an amazing after party at the local German club which gets you a free beer and something to eat. I won first place female in the MASTERS category so I scored an authentic german cuckoo clock!!! I will probably end up running this race as long as my schedule allows for many years to come.

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(2021)
"A fun course to tackle your first or 20th 50k!"
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This was my first ever 50k and I was told by others that this was a good one to run. They offer 3 different distances: 25k, 50k and 50 miles. We all had different start times with the 50m starting at 7:15am, the 50k at 8am, and the 25k at 9am. To give you an idea of race size here is how many finished in each category: 129 50 mile runners, 219 50k runners and 444 25k runners. Bib pick up was a breeze and was right before the start of the race, got a few pictures, went to the bathroom, stretched a bit and then it was time to head to the start. Each distance runs 1 extra loop with the 50 milers running a bit more each loop. You can park right outside of the trail along the main road so that was a non issue. They wanted the 25k participants to park inside the park because they would finish first and allow non racers to have a place to park since it's not closed off for the race.

The first few miles were a little tricky with me being a newbie to the trail and seeing lots of mud and puddles, and then we came to a stream and everyone was running right through it, and I think I said out loud are you kidding me LOL! Thankfully, my trail shoes weren’t too bad off though with being completely soaked. I know that my regular shoes would have felt 10lbs heavier. I do recall telling myself that not only was having fun and finishing with a smile on my list of things to accomplish for this race, NOT FALLING WAS ANOTHER at this point. I couldn’t believe how muddy and wet some sections were and how dry others were. It had been a bit of a rainy week prior to the race. I was glad though that most downhill sections were dry because I found going downhill to be the toughest with trying to be fast yet not fall!

I had read a bunch of reviews that others had posted about this run from years past and have to agree with them that the 1 mile paved bike trail that we had to run on for each loop was extremely painful. After running on the softer surface for most of the race and then going to that was pure hell for the feet. However, it’s only 1 mile so I told my brain to shut up and get it done.

Around mile 12 I reached this cool area that on their site they call the rollercoaster section. It was a single track that had a lot of turns and was really fun to run. Once I got through there, I was on my way back to finish the first loop, so exciting! I do love running a loop course because the second time around never seems so bad knowing that you have already done this before. Interestingly though I saw some things the second time around that we both didn’t remember from the last time.
All in all, this is a great race and I will return next year to tackle it again. Maybe next year I will try the 50 miler.

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(2021)
"The BEST SWAG EVER!!"
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I had always heard about this race over the years but my race schedule just didn't align with being able to run it. Fast forward to 2020 and all in person races came to a screeching halt. I had been thinking of running the local one in my area. When the opportunity came to take part in the virtual race I jumped on it. I had to see what the hype was all about! I was thrilled when the swag back arrived. The lush jacket felt amazing on, and the medal was gorgeous with a piece of chocolate in the middle. Plus, we were given extra chocolate, nuun sample and a honey stinger waffle. I can't wait for bigger in person races to come back because this one has chocolate stations along the course! I highly recommend this race series!!

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(2020)
"An incredibly fun way to run a half marathon!!"
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My husband surprised me with a trip to Disney for my birthday weekend and also signed me up to run the princess challenge - the 10k on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday while were were there! That's my kind of birthday celebration!!! I had never run a RUNDISNEY race before so this was a first for me. I was super excited and bought some accesories before race day so that i could run in a different princess costume for each day. I was Belle for the 10k and Anna from frozen for the half marathon.
The expo was top notch and had some many vendors to check out. I didn't buy anything and kind of regret it because I then wasn't able to get stuff online after the race was over. Things to know before hand!! However we were in and out and got everyhing very easily. Swag was nice in my opinion, I ended up getting 3 race shirts, one for each race and then one that showed that I did the princess challenge. Then I got 3 medals and the medals are AMAZING!! You may not care about medals, but I love my medals and these are beautiful.

The one thing about the disney races is that they start super early.. like 5:30am. So I was up around 3-3:30am to get ready, then catch the bus to the start then get to the corral and be ready. The hardest part was waking up, once I was up I was super excited and couldn't wait to race! My hubs came with me and stayed with me until the very last second I had to get into my corral. He then waited around for me until the race was done, what a champ! I was seeded into the A corral for the half marathon based on my time I submitted from a previous half marathon. It was amazing to be the first corral to go off! At first as I was going along I wasn't going to stop at the character stops and get pictures but then I decided to start because I thought when am I going to be back here again to run this race? It could very well be a once in a lifetime thing for me. I'm happy that I ended up geting a bunch of photos with the characters along the way, it sure kept things interesting. My favorite though was running through the princess castle!! It was an amazing weekend of running for me and I'm so glad to have experienced this. I hope to run some other disney races once things get more back to normal.

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