Latest reviews by Bradford Zinnecker

(2018)
"Great Late Winter/Early Spring Race"
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I believe this was the first year for this late Winter/early Spring race. Until about 10 days ago, there was enough hard packed snow to still cross country ski. Then the rain and higher temps came. Race management did a good job to rearrange the course and offer a solid race. Low key trail race without a lot of the usual, and oftentimes unneeded hype and paraphernalia of many races. Shirts/sweatshirts weren't done well, so race management decided to have them redone instead of handing our inferior product. I appreciated the honesty. Simple snacks afterwards, ample parking, several raffles. Race course included several sections of mud, hills, flats, technical and fast terrain. A good mix.

Nice first race of the season, or if you've already been competing, then a nice weekend trail race. Start time was later in the morning which made it convenient and relaxed as well. All trail races should be this simple and enjoyable, easy to go, compete, and have fun.

Find my full review at http://trailrunningfaith.blogspot.com/2018/04/2018-racing-season-sloppy-fools-4-mile.html

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(2017)
"Another Great Day on the Trails"
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This was my second year at Mendon Trail Run. Last year I did the 20K, but this year I wanted to see what I could do in the 10K. I love these trails, one of my favorite places to race and train. A lot of rollers and eskers keep you honest. It's a beautiful area and the Rochester Orienteering Group and Medved Run/Walk do a great job with this Fall event. It's your basic, simple Fall 10, 20, 30, or 50K. There's not a lot of hype, but there is a lot of people and a lot of camaraderie, and a lot of excitement. Nice long sleeve tea, hot broth/soup for afterwards/during longer events, plenty of other snacks, and good race management. Simple to get to, simple to run, simple to enjoy. Fuller review here: http://trailrunningfaith.blogspot.com/2017/12/2017-racing-season-mendon-trail-run-10k.html

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(2017)
"Great Afternoon Trail Race"
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The Midsummer Night's Madness Trail Half (see my further review here: http://trailrunningfaith.blogspot.com/2017/12/2017-racing-season-midsummer-nights.html) is a great local race just outside of Rochester, NY in Mendon Ponds Park. The trails here are great and I got to explore some new areas of the park in this race. It was a 3 leaf clover race, meaning you went out and did 3 small loops totaling up to the distance. This made it very convenient for refueling every few miles at the main start/finish area. Plenty of people on hand to help and lots of goodies at the aid stations. Course runs up/down, along eskers, through the woods, and even a bit of mud. It wasn't too hot this day, though it definitely could be this time of day this time of year. Only real bummer was that they were unable to get a liquor license for the event, so the craft beer fell through. Otherwise, another great trail race in W NYS.

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(2017)
"Awesome Challenging Event"
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Great event run well by this popular company. I did the vertical challenge. Sign up was easy and included links to local places to stay and fun things to do. Packet pick-up was easy. The location was awesome and beautiful if not challenging.

Swag included an awesome and large medal as well as a nice long sleeve 1/4 zip technical pullover.

Food included plenty of snacks as well as a free beer.

Parking was a breeze and my wife and son even got to ride to the top of the mountain for free in the gondola to watch me.

There were also plenty of give always after the race, timing results online, and pictures too.

The course was extremely challenging, just 1.25 miles long, but 1500 ft of gain, insane.

Well done by this group! See my full review at http://trailrunningfaith.blogspot.com/2017/08/2017-racing-season-under-armour_22.html

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(2017)
"Great views and well run race!"
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The Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon is a great course. Not too much elevation and lots of great views of the surrounding waters. Packet Pick-up and parking were fairly easy and convenient if you were patient with the parking part. Day of parking was easy as a VIP. Swag was super great, extra cost if not a VIP, but some nice stuff including a bag, beer glass, tech tee with skyline at night and pier view at daytime. If you forgot anything and needed it, the expo, while small, had everything you might need.

On course, plenty of hydration stations, places to get wet towels, and medical personal if needed. The course itself was sort of like a figure 8, with both loops having their own special views and personalities including the Old Port/Western Promenade and then the Back Bay areas.

Finish line results were quick with the Race Joy app and it was easy to get around to the food tents even with up to 4000 finishers in the two events. The beer was good, 2 cans to each adult finisher. The food, while good, was limited and not as much I would have expected. The only downer in the whole day.

Overall, a very beautiful course, well run event, and ease of venue.

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