Latest reviews by Krissy Murphy

(2015)
"Sand + Super Swag = SUNsational Race!"
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I won a last minute half price entry to this race just a few days before the fact, so I figured, "why not?" I never ran a full 5K on the sand, so thought this could be a fun event, especially as I ramp down "racing" for the summer.

Everything about this race was SMOOTH and well organized! I attended packet pickup the afternoon before at the Fit2Run downtown, and didn't even have to wait in line. The swag bag had a nice t-shirt and a KIND bar - score! Plus, the race used CHRONO-TAG so no stress about timing.

Race day, I found easy parking (it took place at Siesta Key Beach) and upon arrival, we were offered pre-race refreshments (snack bars, water and powerade) and there was even a fun photobooth on hand.

The race started on time and with about 160 finishers (estimated) it was a smooth operation. All finishers received medals (very cool!) and there was a small awards ceremony about an hour after the race started.

Post-race, there were more snacks, plus cool swag from sponsor GTE financial (including free sunglasses and towels).

All volunteers and RDs were super friendly, and the vibe was incredibly positive. I would recommend this race to anyone - walkers, runners, families - it was a fun event, and really, you can't get much better than running on the beach, right?

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(2015)
"Great local race with fab awards!"
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I haven't been training a lot, but I *had* to check out this race, since it was as local as you could get - just 1.2 miles from my front door!

This race takes place at the Pineview School for the Gifted - a really big campus, with (as you might guess) lots of pine trees. :)

The race itself has a pretty scenic course - out of the campus, down a quiet street, through a nice neighborhood, then back to the campus via a shaded, pretty pine-lined path with a finish on the track!

As a fundraiser for the school, it was very well attended (800ish participants) and for the $25 registration fee, it was definitely a great value - a nice tech shirt, a full spread of finish line snacks (including Panera Bagels and Coffee, Whole foods yogurt parfaits, popcraft popsicles, sunni bunni froyo, chocolate milk, etc).

The icing on the cake was a 1st place AG finish today! Woot! And since I ran there...I ran home, trophy in hand. That was pretty cool.

Will definitely run again.

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(2015)
"Great Value, Fantastic Cause"
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A coworker and I thought it'd be fun to check out this new race with our pups! Since it was my "zero" week off of running, it was great to have a low-key event to look forward to (1/2 mile dog walk).

There were a few events going on at this event:
- 1/2 mile kids run
- 1/2 mile dog walk
- 5K walk/run

Held in scenic Payne Park, this event was well-attended, and very well organized. I loved the easy parking (street and garage) plus the format (kids, dogs, then run). The course for the 1/2 mile events was one loop around the crushed clay track, and the 5K included a little detour outside of the park, plus two loops on the course.

More great things:
- Low cost
- Nice swag (tech tee for registration in any event, plus Achieva tchotchkes)
- Food truck! Your registration included a ticket for the breakfast food truck (the pancakes were great!)
- Dog tag medals for the dog walk (cool touch! Kids also got finisher medals, and AG winners in the 5K)

I would definitely recommend this race - it benefits local schools, and even had a doggy costume contest (prizes donated from Trader Joe's!)

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(2015)
"Great People, Kind of Weird Race"
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This was my second 50K, but first road 50K. I wasn't sure what to expect, really, but had heard great things in the past about the Florida Road Race series, and looked forward to checking it out.

Since this race was just hours ago, there are still a bunch of jumbly things in my mind, but the pros and cons are as follows:

- PROS:
Easy packet pickup
Friendly volunteers
Lots of aid stations with FOOD! Water, Gatorade, Oranges, Pretzels, Mini Brownies and more
Friendly course marshalls/police
First few miles were BEAUTIFUL (bridges, water, resort area)
The finish! Love the winding overpass finish (same as Iron Girl ) and the finish line area.
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Post-race experience (pasta! soda! I loved it)

-CONS:
The start!! It was very congested, and everyone was lumped together and we had to fight to spectators, 5 milers, 13.1ers and 26.2ers to even get onto the road to start
The Pinellas Trail portion of the course. I didn't feel 100 percent safe on it, TBH. Lots of stray, or unleashed cats and dogs. Rude cyclists.
No medical support. At mile 21, I had experienced some female issues, and hoped I'd see a place to grab ibuprofen, etc., but I didn't see any anywhere. Don't know if I missed it.
Course terrain. Holy overpasses!!

I didn't have the best race today, but I still enjoyed the challenge of a 50K, so I was glad I did it, but wouldn't repeat it.

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(2014)
"A race that lived up to its name!"
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I have been looking forward to this race since I registered in April for $5 with the Best Damn Race (BDR) crazy registration blitz! I was originally slated to run 13.1, but after I had to change race plans this fall, I transferred to the full a few weeks before race day (with no issue).

I had never been to Cape Coral, but according the Google maps, it was about 1.5 hours from home, so it made for a nice, not too long drive. We arrived the evening before for bib pickup (the expo was outdoors, and lasted til 7 PM) and it was in and out and on our way without any stress.

Race Notes
(+) The swag for this race rocked! Nice shirts, awesome bling, and great sponsors made for a pretty sweet race bag (a can of Redbull? Sweet!)
(+) Course support was great - fantastic, positive volunteers and very enthusiastic ones at the aid stations!
(+) Loved NUUN being at each aid station! And my favorite Salted Caramel GU!
(+) Amazing participants! I did not encounter one unfriendly runner. Many of us were out there encouraging each other as the sun started to get warmer, and I met lots of nice people at the post race party, too.
(+) Great support on social media and email.
(+) FREEEEEEE photos!

The only Cons?
(-) Course itself was kind of boring. Good for running fast, but residential/resort areas weren't super exciting to look at. With a medal featuring a boat, I had hoped for a few water views.
(-) Beer at finish line was Mich Ultra. I still drank it (LOL), but after 26.2, I'd love something that didn't taste like water ;) Haha!

Really, even finding a second CON is a reach because this really was a fantastically well-run event/=.

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