San Francisco Giant Race (Half, 10K, 5K, & Kids)

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Disclaimer: I received free entry to the SF Giant Race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews.

The San Francisco Giant Race will be held on September 9, 2018.

Promo code:

RACESF2018 gets you $10 off half, 10K or 5K.

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I’ll be running the 5K if you want to give me a shout out when you see me. I’ll be wearing my bright orange BibRave shirt.

  • This is a super family friendly race with lots of distances, including a Kids/Family Relay.
  • Virtual races available. Run/ walk on your own schedule.
  • Benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
  • Swag includes shirt, finishers medal, & a Bruce Bochy bobblehead!
  • Scenic route along the water.
  • The flattest course in San Francisco.

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Come and join the fun!

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Big Bunny 5K 2018 in Cupertino

The Big Bunny 5K was loads of fun. It was my first year doing it. I love themed races, and I wasn’t going to miss out on dressing up as a bunny. My outfit included a bunny shirt from Gone for a Run, FlipBelt Crops, Zensah leg sleeves, BibBoards, and Brooks sneakers.

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Expo

The expo was small with some local companies present. It included a local yoga studio, other local races, and informational booth with kids programs.

Swag

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I picked up my swag on race day. The line was very long. They did have a system in place, but they really needed more people helping out. The shirt was a dark blue with a pocket painted on the shirt. I have to say it was one of the worst race shirts I’ve gotten. This race did include a finishers medal and age group medals. There was a kids race on a smaller course, which was very cute.

Course

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The course was all through residential streets. They did not close fully those streets and we had to on a couple of occasions tell drivers to turn around. It’s amazing how stubborn people can be. The entire course was flat and some of the homeowners came out to cheer the runners on and wish them a Happy Easter.

Aid Stations

There was one water station along the way, which was plenty for such a short distance. There were some portapotties at the beginning of the race and none throughout the course.

Atmosphere

It was a family-friendly event. There were many mom, dad, kids, and grandparents running or walking together. There were raffle prizes at the end. The firefighters were there and encouraged runners as they made their way to the finish line.

Post-race

After the race, there was plenty of green areas for people to sit and recover and wait for the raffle prizes to be called. Kids had some toss games to play with and plenty of space to run around and enjoy the day.

A definite repeat for next year.

Heart & Soles Run 2018

Heart & Soles was a local San Jose race that took place on March 24, 2018. It had two distances: 6K and 10K. The starting line was located on the campus of Santa Clara University. I arrived early and had no problem finding a parking spot. There were plenty of people already there. As I walked over to the event, I noticed that there were several tents set-up. There were a variety of vendors present at the event from beef jerky sales, other races, to athletic shoe stores. There was a large section with complimentary tea and coffee. There was a sweat check on site.

I did the 6K. The route took us out of Santa Clara University campus and onto closed off streets. We eventually arrived at Avaya Stadium, Home of the San Jose Earthquakes, where our route looped inside the stadium. That was the best part! I had never been inside that stadium and enjoyed the experience. The team mascot was present to take photos with the runners and there were plenty of good photo spots within. The route then turned back and return back the same way we went out.

In the end, we were handed our medals and they were a variety of Kind Bars, apples, and water to get rehydrated. There were both runners and walkers and even dog owners. It wasn’t a high-pressure race, instead, it was a good event to get some exercise without it being intimidating or stressful.

Go Green St. Patrick’s Day Race

This was a small local race with less than 300 runners. I picked it because it was close by and because of the theme. I love holiday or themed races. I enjoy dressing up and seeing what the other runners come up with.

The weather was 41F at the starting line. Way too cold for it to be Spring, but at least it wasn’t raining.

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Swag

All runners received a long-sleeved technical shirt. Women’s shirts were white and men were grey. I wondered why the race was called Go Green and yet our shirts weren’t green. There was no finishers medal in this race. Instead, runners received a pint glass. Runners who placed in their age group received a bottle opener medal.

 

Course

The race was at Hellyer Park in San Jose. The course was paved and flat the whole way. I did have to make my way around other walkers, runners, bikers that were on the same route.

Aid Stations

There were two water stations along the 10K route. The cups were filled with water and ready to go. I hate having to slow down and wait for someone to pour the water. Luckily, I didn’t have to go through that this time.

Atmosphere

Many people came to the race dressed up in something related to St. Patrick’s Day whether it was green, leprechauns, or some other character. There was even a group dressed as French mushrooms (that’s the white costumes). I’m not sure how that fits into the theme, but it was festive.

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Post-race

After the race runners, 21 and older could enjoy a beer in their new pint glass. There were plenty of fruit and snacks to refuel on as well as bottles of water. Overall, I thought the race was well organized and well done.

How did I do?

Not bad. I was happy with my results.

 

Race Review: Sedona Marathon

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Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Sedona Marathon race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

Expo
The expo was in a big open location under a tent. I appreciated that it was open until 8 pm on Friday before the race, however, it would have been nice to know ahead of time that you can pick-up your bib on race day. I flew in on Friday and almost didn’t make it to the pick-up. A stressful experience that could have been easily avoided.

There were a handful of vendors selling everything from Sedona socks and t-shirts to runner specific gear like recovery sandals and hydration packs.

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Swag
Swag included a t-shirt, bib, and finishers medal. I learned that the medal we received is actually part of a 4 piece set. So, I will definitely need to come next year to claim the next piece of the puzzle.
Course

The 10K course was not too hard. There were some hills, but they were doable. I just made a point to go faster downhill and take my time going uphill. The course was on a paved road the entire time.

Sedona is at a high elevation, so the air is thin with no humidity. I actually got very dehydrated after the race. I know now to drink more water. The scenery is the best part, it’s breathtaking! I kept looking around as I ran and being amazed.

Aid Stations
I felt like there were plenty of aid stations throughout the course with both electrolytes and regular water. There were also many volunteers along the race cheering runners on with both handmade signs and cowbells.

There were a lot of portapotties. No long lines waiting to use the restroom, like in other races!

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Atmosphere
Everyone was so nice! It was a friendly environment. Many tourists came in that weekend just for the race. The locals were very kind and welcoming.

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Friends

I met up with two other fellow BibRave Pros, @rundeweyrun and @azsungoddess. Dewey did the full marathon, Emily did the half, and I did the 10K. BibRave was well represented that day. It’s always nice to meet and connect with Pros in-person.

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Post-race
There was a beer garden available. I’m not a beer drinker, but there were many people enjoying having a cold beer after the race. There were vendor food trucks available, for those that had worked up an appetite. Some food options that I saw available were pizza, loaded fries, and pork sandwiches.

After the race was done there was plenty to do, since Sedona has been rated as one of the top 10 most beautiful locations in the U.S. There’s a lot of opportunities for sightseeing before or after the race and even if you don’t have the time for that, you will love just looking around at the beautiful red rocks that surround the town.

Run-cation

I made this race a weekend trip. I flew with Jim and Chiquita, our 4-year-old chihuahua to Phoenix. We then rented a car and drove to Sedona. We stayed at the Sedona Rouge, which is a pet-friendly hotel.  There was a potty area for her right outside our room, which was very convenient. Chiquita stayed in the room during the race but was otherwise with us. The stores and some restaurants in town were pet-friendly, so it made it easy for all of us to walk around town.

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Chiquita has her own Instagram account. Click here to take a look.

 

Carb DM 5K Review

Expo:
This was a small race of about 130 people, so there was no expo. It was clear that the intention of the race was to come out and enjoy time with loved ones, support the cause and exercise.

Swag:
The swag was a t-shirt and a bib. No medals were handed out. There was no goodie bag or samples. Typically, fun runs are like this, so it wasn’t a surprise.

Course:
The course was a 5K in Coyote Point Recreation Center in San Mateo. It was mainly a flat rate, but it has a hill that put you right above the ocean. The views were ever changing as you passed one mile to the next. It passed by a marina where you could see sailboats to your right, so it wasn’t your average park run.

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Aid Stations:
This race promotes diabetes awareness, so it wasn’t surprising to find two aid stations named “low stations” with both insulin and juice bags. There was one water station on the course about half-way through. However, there were plenty of snacks before and after the race.

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Atmosphere:
Many people were there as a family or with other runners. It was a friendly environment where people were out to have fun and get exercise.

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Post-race:
Once I passed the finish line, a person ripped off the bottom half of our bib, since it was our first time doing this race, we didn’t know what was that for. There were no chips on the bib. The time was manually kept for the top runners and posted on a board by the finish line. I didn’t stay for long after finishing the race. Based on the photos of the event, it seems like there were prizes raffled out. I thought prizes at the end meant that they were going to hand out medals to the top finishers. Had I known that it was raffle prizes, I might have stayed longer.

There were many tables set-up, but as in many races, the volunteers didn’t know what they were supposed to be doing. A recommendation for next year would be to have someone oversee the volunteers to ensure a smoother process.

There was plenty of parking spaces. You did have to pay $6 to park, but it was announced via email ahead of time and the organizers encouraged people to carpool to save on the parking fee.

I would be happy to do it again next year.

No More Pins With BibBoards

Disclaimer: I received BibBoards to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.

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If you’re a runner, you’re very familiar with using safety pins to attach your bib to your shirt for a race. You also probably know that using pins means getting poked and puncturing multiple holes in your race shirt. I’ve tried other alternatives to pins, like magnets, and they just were too heavy and were a pain to put on correctly and to take off.

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BibBoards makes it so much easier. They are made of plastic. I originally thought that it was too light to do much, but I was wrong. I recently tested them out on a 5K race with my husband. We were both wearing BibBoards. His had a 13.1 on it because we’re doing the runDisney Dark Side Half Marathon in April and mine say I love to Run. They have other designs to choose from and you can even customize your own design. So, if you have a run group or something similar and want to have your own custom BibBoards made, you can! I’ve been authorized to share with you promo code #BibChat” for 20% off.

Check out my YouTube video below were Jim explains some tips on wearing BibBoards and what we learned from trying them out.