Latest reviews by SHERRY BOESCH

(2021)
"My favorite local half marathon!"
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Packet pickup was super easy and held at Louisville Slugger Field. There weren't many vendors there this year which was a little disappointing, but I'm chalking it up to another COVID thing. One other change this year is that instead of shirts, participants received Boco branded neck gaiters. I personally prefer a race shirt, but again, I can understand why this change was made during COVID times.

The course also changed this year (I'm assuming COVID related). I love the old course so this was a little disappointing, and there were a few things I definitely didn't like. First, the new course was promoted as flat (HA!). Second, part of the new course went on the Butchertown Greenway, which was in extremely poor condition. You really had to watch where you were going.

All that aside, this is still my favorite race! The after party is amazing with live music, bourbon tastings (included with your registration), and pizza. We legit stay for about two hours and have a blast.

You also get free race photos, which is an awesome benefit!

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(2021)
"Great local race that supports an awesome cause"
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This is the fourth year in a row that I've run this race, which supports the Colon Cancer Prevention Project. My sister-in-law, Audrey Rusin Cook, passed away from colon cancer is 2017, and so my husband I run this race every year as a way to honor her memory.

This year, the race returned to in-person. Packet pick-up was a breeze - you simply drove up, rolled down your window, and they handed you your packet.

One thing I really like about this race is that it starts later than most - 9am. Now, if it had been summer time and really hot, I would have appreciated an earlier start. But since fall weather is just now hitting Louisville, I was more thankful for the extra time to sleep!

This race may be pretty small, but it's well-run. The course was marked was marked well, which I appreciated because the group of guys ahead of me kept getting further away and I'm always nervous I'll take a wrong turn. Luckily, the signage was perfect and they had a couple of volunteers in spots to ensure participants knew where to go. There was one water stop, but I didn't utilize it.

This year in particular was a special year because I ended up winning 1st Female Overall, and my husband got 2nd Male Overall.

My only complaint about this race is that the shirts aren't great (I usually donate mine), and this year, only the winners received medals. But other than that, it's a great race.

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(2021)
"Fun trail race"
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While I've run several of DC Timing's races, and several at Waverly Park, this was my first time running Hotter Than July. Because we're still in COVID times, they offered in-person and virtual. If you did in-person (I did), you picked a wave. My husband, my friends, and I all picked the 9am wave.

I was a little irritated at first because they sent an email a few days before the race saying that all participants had to be there before the first wave at 7am. I understand why - parking is extremely limited at the park, and the start/finish was right by the parking lot. However, I wasn't planning to show up two hours before my wave, so I emailed back to tell them I couldn't. Apparently they received a lot of feedback about that, because the email that went out the day before the race simply asked folks to carpool (we did) and remind them to be careful and watch for runners.

Packet pickup was the day of the race, and we were expecting it to be hard to find someone since we didn't start until 9am. However, as soon as we walked up to the picnic table, two volunteers met us and got us set up. I started to get irritated again because the volunteer who helped me saw that I ordered a small shirt, and she thought she had given away the last small, but she found one. One of my friends also ordered a small, and the volunteer ended up giving her her shirt. I'm guessing this happened because people wanted to trade shirt sizes, but I would assume they would wait until everyone had picked up their packet before they let anyone trade. I definitely would've been upset if they hadn't had my size that I specifically requested.

We were about 20 minutes early, and they told us we could start whenever we wanted, so we headed out. The trail was well marked with arrows, which I definitely appreciated. I get lost easily! My friends and I did the 1/4 marathon and there was also a 1/2 marathon option that was just a second loop, so several folks passed us doing their second loop. We encountered one aid station that had water and some fruit in little cups. I normally don't stop at aid stations but I loved having a chunk of watermelon mid race!

We definitely took our time on the trail so I wasn't expected there to be much fanfare when we finished, but several people had hung around and they clapped and cheered for us when we finished. Women from our running group were volunteering and handed us our medals. The last few DC Timing races, the shirts have been lesser quality, so I was happy to see that these shirts were their famously soft tee-shirts that I've gotten used to.

Overall it was a good race and a fun time!

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(2021)
"Awesome WW Swag!"
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This was my first time participating in the Virtual DC Wonder Woman Race, but it's been on my list for years! In the past, I'd seen several friends and people I follow on Instagram posting about how cool the swag was, and I was dying to get some for myself!

They offer both a 5k and a 10k option, and since I'm currently training for a marathon, I opted to do the 10k so I could work it in as a training run.

The communication from the Race Management has been great. Immediately after registering, I received an email to confirm my shipping information for the swag, and they've consistently sent emails to remind me about other perks associated with the race.

The swag arrived fairly quickly and it was awesome as I'd hoped! There's a super cute, fitted, zip up hoodie, a headband, and a cool WW themed medal. But I'm the type of person who won't really look at her swag until she's completed the race, so I made myself hold off.

I ran the 10k a couple of days ago at a park near my house. One of my favorite things about a virtual race is that I can pick when and where I complete it. I'm super busy at work these days, so I loved this flexibility.

I highly recommend this race to any WW fan. You won't be disappointed in the swag!

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(2021)
"Well run and organized live race in COVID times!"
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In order to safely hold the event in-person this year, the race organizers had to do things a little differently. Instead of everyone racing on the same day, they spread the half marathon across four days (Thursday, April 22 – Sunday, April 25) and the marathon was held on Saturday, April 24. Runners signed up to start at a specific time. While I don’t remember the timeframe, I think it was something like 7 – 11:30am. There were waves every 15 minutes and a maximum of 50 runners per wave.

When I had to pick, I had no idea if I would be vaccinated by race day (spoiler alert – I was!), so I purposely picked Thursday at 8:45am hoping it would be the least crowded.

Packet pickup was a drive-thru event spread across three days. Because I went on the first day and the only weekend day for packet pickup I thought it might be crowded, but there was no wait at all! Volunteers directed every car to one of the tents, and after verifying our identities, we were given our bags.

One thing that wasn’t well advertised – and about the only complaint I have about this year’s race – was that parking in the Lynn Family Stadium lot was $10.

Our corral wasn’t crowded at all – maybe 15 people total. The marshal explained that we needed to keep our masks on but as soon as we crossed the start line, we could take them off. He apologized that there was no horn or fanfare, and that he would simply yell, “Go!” when it was time. And then it was time!

The course this year was different since the race was spread over four days. This year, after leaving the stadium, we ran across the Big Four Bridge and made our way to the Greenway, which runs along the Ohio River. I wasn’t especially excited about the course, but one good thing about an out and back is that you pass other runners – which means you can cheer each other on. And I did just that! Nearly every runner I passed, I told them, “Great job!” or “Way to go!” Seriously – that was the best part of the race.

Overall, I thought the race was incredibly well run and organized. I’m glad I ran on Thursday because it wasn’t crowded at all. Other than the charge for parking, my only other complaint is that I’m not a fan of the shirt. The design shows the four bridges in downtown Louisville, and it’s forest green. I love green, but what do you wear with forest green? Regardless, I’ll definitely run this again.

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