Latest reviews by Jenny Banaszak Louzon

(2018)
"Pleasantly surprised"
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SO since I worked for a company that also had a race division for 8 years, I get picky when it comes to races. I loved everything about this race, and was so surprised. First of all it opened up solider field parking garage so you could park there. then packet pick up was also easy. They had a high school choir singing Christmas carols, there were blow up Santa's everywhere. They had corral starts, there were cookie and candy stations on the course and at the finish line. And for race swag you received socks, hat, beard and t-shirt. And running on the lakefront with 1000s of santa's was fun. Also the race was competitive. You don't normally see people running in Santa suits running hard. I am not in shape to run fast but I like to try my best and I like it when the race has fast runners , it keeps me honest.

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(2018)
"Make sure you get into an assigned Corral "
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So if you are one of the people that enjoys doing Shamrock to start the season, and Hot Chocolate to finish the season. This may be the race for you.
I was in corral B , and I choose to start with my friends in Q. The problem I didn't realize is how congested the race would be with walkers. I am fine with people walking, I run/walk, however I feel race etiquette for walkers is staying to the right. The race started in waves and I thought Ram did a good job with the start for so many runners. However in Corral Q everyone started off walking, it was me and a small group of people who started out running slow, it was very dangerous trying to dart around people. Many were walking holding hands, so not much room to get around them. I have stayed away from Hot Chocolate because I have heard of congestion problems. After the race it was a pretty long walk I thought to get my Hot Chocolate. I will say thought race staff was super helpful directing people and telling them where to do, walking to the end there was not a line at all to get my Hot Chocolate. and if it had not rained the after party seemed very nice. I will also give props the hoodies are cute, the mug your goodies comes in is cute, and there is a band at the after race party. So the even itself is a good event.

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(2018)
"ITS Dark!!!"
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I don't have any pictures and do to having a bad cold I had to walk the race instead of run. I have wanted to do this race for several years, However 2016 was the first and only year I was able to do it. Its an October race that starts at dusk in the historic rosehill cemetery. Since it is an neighbor hood run, and I lived close and could walk over, I am unsure if you could park anywhere, maybe on one of the nearby streets. It has a great atmosphere being in the cemetery at night, everyone has glow sticks, however it was very dark and easy to fall. I would recommend having a head lamp if you ran it.

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(2018)
"a 5k with donuts everywhere"
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I signed up for this 5k last minute. I was super happy with the entire experience. They had donut selfie stations set up. on the course there were 2 donut stations. The course was at Montrose Habor, not the easiest to get to if you don't have a car or uber. afterwards the amount of free food was crazy, there were donuts, iced coffee, potato chips, bananas and yogurt.

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(2018)
"6hr Solo Run"
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So in 2014 or 2015 I first noticed this run and wanted to do it, but I had been unable to do it due to various reasons.
I realized about 3 weeks ago that the race was coming up and I decided the time was now. Was I in any short of shape to train to run for 6hr in 3 weeks no, my longest runs had been about 10 miles, but I decided to sign up anyways.
There are several events, a 5k, 6hr solo run, 6 hour relay, 12 hour solo run, and 24 hour run. I will say the relay looked like more fun, but last minute is hard to put together a team.
Different distances start at different times, the 6hr event started at midnight.
Then event is a 1 mile loop in a park near the High School.
Set is an area for tents along the on hill you run up( on every loop), I didn't bring a tent and wish I would have especially because it started raining at the end.
Your wear a chip that counts your loops, only full loops count.
They had a aid station set up where you cross the line to count your chips.
the aid stations had pretty much everything you could want, and they varied the food every few hours. PIzza came at midnight, pancakes came at 6am.
Its not how long you run, but how many laps you complete that determines the age group awards.
Swag is your choice, they have t-shirts, water bottles, hats, winter hats, and a few more things. How many swag items you get was determined by when you sign up.
Course Scenery: was fun, the path can be dark and was lite with christmas lights and christmas blow ups, christmas music was playing, and many people decorated their tents.
I definitely want to do this event again, but be in shape to run the entire time, and maybe find a few people to do the relay with.

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