Latest reviews by Emily White

(2020)
"Motivating challenge for a great cause!"
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Team In Training is a cause near and dear to my heart, so I jumped at the chance to participate in this 30 day challenge. It was just the challenge I needed to get my mileage up for the month of September. It was easy to sign up, and a pleasure to spread awareness during Blood Cancer Awareness Month. My activity was easily tracked through Garmin, and automatically uploaded into the dashboard. I got a few girlfriends together, and formed my own team. I would definitely do this again next year!

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(2020)
"Fun, Festive 10K"
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This race has some uniquely Arizona touches, from a singing cowboy to native american hoop dancers at the start. The scenery is nice, running along the Scottsdale greenbelt, alongside the golf course . It finishes on the field at Scottsdale Stadium, which is a unique experience.

Packet pickup is a breeze, and the post-race food is more than just a banana. Granola bars, chips, fruit bowls, yogurt, and hard seltzer! Race shirts were nice soft technical shirts, which I appreciate. Merging with the 5k participants was a little bit of a bottleneck, but not bad. Overall, this race is very well organized, and I'm sure I'll be back again next year!

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(2019)
"Spectacular run through wine country"
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This race is fantastic. This year, they moved the start to the same basic area as the finish. It made it SO easy for participants instead of the point to point course.

Packet pickup was Friday afternoon and was also available early saturday morning. At pickup we received our bib and shirt. Also there were craft beer and cider samples, shopping and yoga.

I ran the relay, I was the 2nd runner, and I ended up running about 7.45 miles. I was bussed to the transition point. The course has plenty of rolling hills and a few big ones, but the scenery you pass through - vineyards, pastures, mountains and cows - was beautiful and well worth it. Plenty of water stops along the route. There were a lot of relay runners, and management payed just as much attention to the relay folks as to the regular half marathon runners.

Finishers party is incredible. We received a custom wine glass, and there were unlimited samples from a half dozen local wineries. It was crowded, but their was a live band who really played great music. It would be nice if there was more food available inside the finisher area, even for purchase.

The setting in the Dutch village of Solvang made for the perfect girls or couples getaway. Excellent food and a wide variety of craft beers and wineries makes for plenty to explore. I can't recommend it more!

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(2019)
"Laid-back race in a uniquely Scottsdale setting"
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This was my first time doing this race, and I'm so glad I did! I decided last minute to run it, but this race will be on my list for next year!

Packet pickup is super easy. They only advertise pickup on Friday afternoon, and parking is a bit challenging. However, it is open Saturday before the race, and it's just as easy if not easier to do it then. There was one small gear booth full of really nice shirts, hats, etc. But the whole atmosphere in downtown Scottsdale at the stadium just makes you want to stay and play.

The shirt is high quality technical material and I will totally wear it again.

Race morning, things were well organized. There were fun uniquely Arizona experiences - a singing cowboy serenading us, and native American hoop dancers.

The course runs mostly on the Scottsdale Greenbelt, a paved path that runs alongside the golf course, ponds and apartments. Not bad! We had perfect weather!

The race finishes on the field inside the stadium. There were plenty of post race goodies, including an ice cold local beer. it's 5 o'clock somewhere, right? Whether you are a baseball fan or not, it is a very fun, inviting atmosphere to be in.

And when the race is over, you are in the middle of all the Old Town Scottsdale fun! Head out for brunch or the local shops and art galleries. It's amazing! I will definitely do this race again!

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(2019)
""Wonder"-Fully Fun Inaugural Event"
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This inaugural Wonder Woman Race was full of fun experiences.

However, packet pickup had a few bumps in the execution, as to be expected with a first-time event. Location for packet pickup was pretty congested in downtown Tempe at Tempe Beach Park. Packet pickup was only between 2-6pm the day prior, it was 80 degrees, lines were long and a little disorganized. The race has great swag, though, with tech tanks with the wonder woman logo. There was also a merchandise tent with a ton of branded goodies for sale.

Race day really made up for it. It was a sea of red,tutus and sparkle skirts. So much girl power! The 5k and 10k started together, with Lynda Carter counting us down virtually on the screen. The course itself was very well marked with fun WW flags at every mile marker and arches to run through. It was a 9am start and a very warm day. In the future, I hope they move the start time a bit earlier. Finish area was quite congested with the convergence of the two distances. The medal is a nice spinner, but has no date or location on it. I'd love to see them do a bit more customization in the future. There were plenty of snacks at the finish, plus live music. They offer free race photos which is always a plus!

This is definitely a fun race to try!

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