Latest reviews by Colin McShane

(2020)
"The "TOUGH" Mudder"
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This was my first obstacle race and let me tell you the name does not lie. "Tough Mudder" get used to getting dirty and getting wet to make it more challenging to do certain obstacles and throughout the heat get ready to feel a little gross.

The course volunteers and people around you are very supportive. You want to help every individual you come across. It is all about teamwork, you have teammates but every person I came across was my teammate in my opinion.

Plenty of aid stations between water, Gatorade, Fit aid, protein bars. There is a 5k option and a 10 mile option highly suggest the 10 mile option as it is a good workout and accomplishing at the end.

This race is usually in the middle of year in the small outskirts of Massachusetts.

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(2020)
"The Yeti Ultra 24 Hour Challenge will change you"
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I was keen at doing this at first but from friends egging me on and seeing former teammates tackle this challenge I knew I had to get in on the action. The 24 hour challenge is every 4 hour hours you run 5 miles making up an ULTRA distance challenge. At first your body will not feel much but through all the legs of the miles you will start to feel it halfway through. It will mess up your sleep schedule a little bit, but it is so rewarding and the swag is awesome a medal and tech tee!

You can run it, walk it or on a treadmill. Personally I ran it outside because I wanted the full experience. I ran in a rainstorm and boy did that make for an epic picture.

Next year everyone should try this at least once in there life.

Feast like a king!

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(2020)
"Vitrual but a Goodie!"
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I ran the vitrual 10k as many races are still not be able to be put on. The race director and social media has been keeping runners informed to keeping safe and also uploading results when they feel comfortable.

Vitrual races may seem like a challenge since they are no runners around but it helped with multiple post a day and seeing other runners tackle their goals.

The giveaways are awesome too!

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(2020)
"Elevation at the Beginning and a hidden hill at the end"
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The race starts off at a high school where you can warm up as when I ran there was still snow on the ground. Did not stop me from wearing shorts and a singlet to warm up as the sun was out. There is about 300-400 runners as it is a small little half marathon in Raynham MA. You will want to train in a little bit of an hilly elevation as it can be hard in the beginning but especially at the end there is a hidden hill around mile 11 to really try to wind you. There is plenty of water stops along the course roughly every 1.5-2 miles with Gatorade and Water. Crowd support is really good as it is a huge running club along with volunteers and high schoolers.

Get adjusted to the cold and realize the first mile or so will be a little cold! Fun swag for AG winners . Plenty of food to go around as the awards are being handed out in the cafeteria where they are giving out meals.

Recommend a good race to get adjusted in the cold and also a challenging experience through rolling hills.

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(2020)
"It makes Boston Look Easy!"
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This race is no joke it is in Derry, NH and you would not expect there to be that many hills compared to others states and other parts of the New England area. YEAH RIGHT! The race is held in the beginning of Jan so be prepared to layer up. Right off at the beginning of the race there is a 5 Miler and then a 16 Miler. So it can throw off some runners it threw me off however it is one of the most inspiring and overwhelming courses I have run. The Elevation after I looked at my Garmin was 2,500 Feet in over 16 Miles. The race management has been so well and there is always a huge buffet after. (Pancakes, Apples, Bananas, Eggs Ect. They also handed out multiple GU'S throughout the course.

The Crowd support is from multiple different schools districts, individuals and people that have been involved with the race since the beginning.

I would highly recommend this course as a tempo for Boston or a challenging race as it WILL kick your butt but you will feel so good and rewarded after.

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