Latest reviews by Sarah Mohler

(2016)
"Sweet Race! "
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Overall this was a wonderful, fun, and very sweet race!
Everything was organized really well, we got TONS of swag, and had a good time.

Swag - The 15k got a cute finisher medal in the shape of a chocolate bar. It has the city we ran the race and spots on the back to engrave your time!
All participants in the 5k and 15k got a really nice finishers jacket that is fleece lined. You picked up your cute bib, jacket, and reusable draw string bag all at the expo. They also had samples of chocolate dipped marshmallows, hot chocolate, and tiny chocolate bars at the expo! Did I mention, there was chocolate everywhere we turned??
Then at the finish line they handed out bottles of water, we got in a short line and go out Hot Chocolate mug that had a cup of Hot Chocolate, chocolate to dip marshmallows, pretzels, a banana, and other goodies into. So much yummy chocolate!

Expo - the expo was about the size I would expect for a 15k. A few vendors, some race branded gear, and a DJ playing some uplifting music while you browsed. The Expo was at Fair Park and we had to pay $5 for parking. It was easy to get in and out of the expo really quickly because everything was so nicely organized.

Course Scenery/Elevation - the course wasn't very hilly. There were a few rolling hills after mile 3, but not too bad at all. It's mostly flat. The scenery wasn't much to write home about, but there was chocolate or marshmallows on the course in 4 different spots! So that was nice to look forward to.

Aid Stations - they were good. Plenty of water and Nuun on the course. You could even sample Nuun at the Expo.

Parking - Parking on race day was a little hectic. But we were warned at the Expo and in Pre-Race emails that we needed to get there at 6:00am. I know that sounds early for an 8:15 race, but I agree, they were right. We didn't listen and tried to show up at 7, and didn't have much time to spare.

Overall, I highly recommend this race! If you aren't motivated to run for a medal, run for all the chocolate you get at this race!

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(2015)
"Best Year Yet! "
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Overall this race wins for most improved race from last year! The RD and Tulsa Run team went above in beyond in correcting the issues that went wrong in the past.
Parking in downtown Tulsa was free and easy to get to and from the start/finish line. We parked in a Church parking lot about 2 blocks away.
The course is more scenic than in the last few years, you get a peak at some of the beaut of midtown but you do have some hills do deal with so train those hills!
Aid stations were stocked with plenty of water and Gatorade this year. I definitely needed the sugar/electrolytes on the course and I'm glad they were there.
The expo is a smaller expo but still has a few vendors. Packet pickup is super easy. We were in and out in about 10 minutes and we were able to do it on our lunch break.
The t-shirt is a nice long sleeve tech shirt with a really cute Halloween themed design this year since the race landed on Halloween.
The other swag included a nice pre-packed snack box which is an improvement over the last few years. People at the back of the pack get the same food as those at the front of the pack, which isn't always the case!
I can really tell the race management team was striving for improvement in all areas this year and I applaud them for listening to the feedback of the runners and striving to make it better!

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(2015)
"New Tulsa Marathon with a Great Medal! "
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This was the very first year for the Golden Driller marathon.
This race also had a half marathon and a relay. The relay was a team of two, both people ran 13.1 miles.
Overall
I'm glad I was a part of the inaugural race! The medal is great too! The medal is the Golden Driller who is famous around Tulsa. See pic below.
T-Shirt/Swag
We got a nice tech shirt in our race registration and a great medal. Can't really ask for more. The shirts were a little big though.
Aid Stations
Aid stations had water and Nuun. They were a little far apart. But the volunteers were great!
Course Scenery
The course wasn't very exciting. It was on our paved running trail system. It was an out and back. There was one big hill that you hit twice, but the rest was pretty flat.
Expo Quality
There isn't really an expo. There is a packet pickup at the local fleet feet store who puts on the race. There was also race day packet pickup.
Elevation
The course was mostly flat with 1 hill that we ran twice due to the out and back nature of the course.
Parking
Parking was free and there was plenty of it for the race. It was so close to the finish line I could throw a rock and hit it.
Race Management
Fleet Feet Tulsa always puts on a great race! They are typically smaller/local events, but they don't disappoint!

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(2015)
"Fun Race in the Land of Oz! "
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This is a great race! It is Wizard of Oz themed and each year the medal has been a different character from the movie. This year (2015) it was Dorothy! See pic below.
T-Shirt/Swag
We got a nice technical fabric shirt that fit nicely. They had womens and men shirts so that is always a positive.
Aid Stations
A++ on the Aid stations! They were handing out Gu, vaseline, baggies for your phone and other candy/snacks along with water and Gatorade.
Course Scenery
The course was good. A lot of miles were spent on a paved trail so it felt like you were out in the woods.We also briefly ran through downtown Olathe and through some residential areas. We did run into some large mud puddles on the course that made it difficult at times, but overall good course.
Expo Quality
The expo is small. Just a few vendors. It is held at a Hotel in the lobby so there isn't a lot of room. It is more of a packet pick up than an expo.
Elevation
The race is one of the flatter marathons I've ran, but I wouldn't call it 100% flat. We had some rolling hills.
Parking
Parking is at Garmin Headquarters and is a very short walk from their parking lot to the starting line. Plenty of free parking!
Race Management
They put on a great race. It's a smaller event but I enjoyed it! Great volunteers.

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(2014)
"A Must-Do Race!"
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I seriously can't recommend this race enough. The course was great, the scenery was wonderful, and the swag was awesome! We even saw a rainbow on the course!

The Medal
I think this is the first medal that I have that is two-sided!
When we crossed the finish line we were handed a shell necklace right away. Then we walked further into the finisher area and picked up our cotton finisher t-shirt and medal. It was a pretty smooth process.
The medal is about the size of my palm so it's not the biggest medal I have, but not the smallest one either. I love how it perfectly represents Hawaii and even though the sponsor (JAL = Japanese Airlines) is on the medal, it's not the main focus of the medal.

The Start/Finish Lines
The start of the Honolulu Marathon is like no other start I've been a part of! The race starts at 5:00 AM so it is still dark for a couple of hours at the beginning of the race and instead of using a starting pistol THEY USE FIREWORKS to kick off the race!!!

The starting corrals are different in the fact that they do not assign corrals. You just line up using the honor system and the signs they have posted showing about where you should stand if you plan on finishing in the 4 hour range, the 5 hour range, and so on. We lined up towards the back of the 5 hour range.

The finish area was in Kapiolani Park. There were vendors selling more race gear, food tents, the finisher shirt tent, the medal tent, and even a GIANT Jumbo Tron which was on a time delay so you could watch yourself finish the race!

The Course
The course was mostly flat with the slight hill around mile 8 or 9. I wouldn't really call it a big hill. Just a gradual incline as you are running near Diamond Head. You hit it on the way back as well, but we almost didn't notice it at all. This is definitely a flat course with plenty of scenery to keep you occupied! We even saw a rainbow on the course!

The Swag
Every runner in the finish area was welcomed with the smell of warm and fresh Malasadas! It is sort of like a funnel cake ball covered in sugar.
All finishers got a cotton t-shirt, a medal, a malasada, a shell necklace, and our bib.

The Expo
The expo had signs in English and Japanese. It was definitely big enough for all the runners and vendors and really easy to navigate. It was also easy to get to from our hotel so that was nice.

Overall
This is a huge race! It has over 31,000 runners so be ready to do some weaving in and out of people for most of the run. I highly recommend this race for beginners or advanced runners. The course is awesome. We got lucky and had nice weather too. A light and cooling rain/mist was perfect! If you are looking for a race to celebrate a milestone or an anniversary or just a nice race-cation, YOU MUST DO THIS RACE!

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