Latest reviews by Jordan Guzder

(2014)
"More turns than bands, but I still enjoyed my struggle."
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I'm torn by this race. My result for it was not my best and I blame my choice of a Brazillian Burger on Friday night and a lot of Merlot Saturday night while watching Rocky III. I also learned to not be dependent on my GPS as it was all over the place while running the first 5 miles in the loop. However...when looking from the outside, the race was great. You get to see some good parts of Chicago and it was organized well. I did not like that there were no bands till mile 5. I wear music so it didn't hurt me but for others that expected it, I'm sure it was disappointing. I prefer last years course but things change and we must adjust.

For anyone looking to do a half in July in Chicago, I would suggest this. It is fun and post race show was cool too. I prefer different beer but oh well. I look forward to doing it again next year to get a better time. I also love doing Chicago races cause I get to be a part of so many PRs of friends and it's amazing to see their joy.

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(2014)
"Car wreck and then a PR in the Emerald city"
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I don't know where to start. Best marathon experience to date. Got into a car accident the night before and woke up 6 hours later and went on to PR the race. Scenery was amazing. Mt. Rainier was off in the distance at every turn. Going around Seward Park was very peaceful. Heading out and back on the floating bridge was cool too. Going back into downtown and seeing the stadiums where the Seahawks and Mariners play was nice. Last bit of running was done on highway 99 right on the sound was trippy cause as we headed down the tunnel, that is where I was the passenger in a totaled car accident the night before. Seeing the skid marks and the black paint on the wall where we hit was giving me flashbacks. Running past the crash site just fueled me more. Finishing that last bit running up Mercer on that incline makes the Roosevelt hill in the Chicago marathon seem like a decline. Yes, the course had some hills, but I love hills. It was so beautiful and first marathon where I am pretty sure I was smiling the entire time. Post-race celebration at the Seattle Center was kick ass and the music from The Presidents of the United States and Sir-Mix-A-Lot was off the hook! I would do this race again and suggest it to anyone to experience what Seattle has to offer.

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(2014)
"Great nieghborhood race with cheers from Rahm Emanuel"
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Always a great neighborhood run. Good weather, well supported too. I enjoy running through the small neighborhoods of Ravenswood and Lincoln Square. A nice treat to see Rahm Emanuel out there cheering the runners on as this goes right through his neighborhood. Only complaint is the course. Too many turns...almost like 10 on a 5 k course. I prefer minimal turns. Besides that I do this race every year and it is a great time.

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(2012)
"Best Trail Race"
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First REAL trail race and it was amazing. Single track made it an adventure and I enjoyed it. Course was beautiful and the scenic view at the top was worth the climb. Post race was food and Summer Shandy were tasty on this beautiful day with great friends. Very well organized. I expect this level of attention to details from more expensive city races. But for only $55 when I singed up, well worth the money. I will be going back this year to do the FULL marathon loop for this race. Can't wait.

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