Race Review: Drumstick Dash 5K

Another Thanksgiving morning, another Drumstick Dash 5K in Milwaukee! Even though it’s usually windy or bitterly cold, I do enjoy this race and the fact it supports Feeding America, an organization that helps provide food for people who may not be able to afford it. Like the race motto says, “Move your feet so others can eat!” Bonus this year for folks who didn’t want to run a full 5K was the addition of the Half a Drumstick 2K.

Swag: Each year of this race they have always provided a long sleeve t-shirt, until this year. This year they went with a thin layered hoodie. I have to say that I have loved the t-shirts but the hoodie is a nice change of pace. The swag area though is why I don’t give this race a full five stars. I really wish they would provide a medal. I see so many other Turkey Day races giving medals, why can’t this one?

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Aid Stations: They provide one halfway through with water, which is plenty. It’s easily accessible as you run by and the volunteers are awesome and there are a lot of them there ready to hand you a cup. At the finish you receive a water, banana and a cookie.

Course Scenery: Always a fun race as you run around Miller Park and the surrounding neighborhood and then across the pedestrian bridge that connects the parking lots to the stadium.

Expo Quality: Small. It is located in the club lounge at Miller Park. There is packet pickup, obviously. There are a few cutouts to take pictures with and a couple of vendors. There was another Vision Management race set up to sign up for if you wanted to. Also a table for last minute registration was available.

Elevation: There is one substantial hill at the start. After that there are some rolling areas with small ups and downs. The final push to the finish line also as a decent incline.

Parking: Free! Miller Park parking lots are open for all cars, racers or just viewers.

Race Management: They do a great job with email updates and on Facebook/Instagram as well. No way you miss any information as they post often as race day gets closer.

 

Happy running!!

Run Madtown: What You Need to Know

Disclaimer: I’m promoting Run Madtown in Madison, Wisconsin as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

So, here we are. Only several hours away from you competing in either the 5K or 10K and maybe the half marathon the next morning. So, this post is all about the things you need to know about your Memorial Day weekend in Madison. Obviously, first things first, you need to pick up your packet. The following is a screenshot of the website. After that will be links for the three highlighted “here” mentions.

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http://www.mononaterraceparking.com/index.php/map-directions/

http://www.mononaterraceparking.com/

http://www.cityofmadison.com/parking-utility/garages-lots

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Now when getting your packet, make sure to check out the awesome expo and the exhibitors that will be presenting there for your pleasure. The following is just a listing and not the links to each exhibitor.

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So, after all that excitement, you will be ready and prepped for your races. But you will want to know where and when to be for the start. For the twilight 5K and 10K, that will be here:

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Run fast and finish strong so that you’ll feel pumped and gigged for that half marathon the next morning! And after you wake up, have that coffee/energy boosting drink and get geared up for the half marathon, you’ll want to head here:

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I hope you have a successful and fun run, no matter what race you are participating in. Make sure to enjoy Madison; it truly is a great city that offers a lot of good times. And be sure to hydrate!!! This weekend is looking like a scorcher out there!

Happy running!!

Run Madtown: The Nuts and Bolts

Disclaimer: I’m promoting the Run Madtown race in Madison, Wisconsin as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

The Run Madtown race event is a Memorial Day weekend occasion spanning May 26-27. There is a twilight 5K/10K that takes place on Saturday night along with a kids race beforehand. Highlights of the 5K/10K are that you receive a great finisher’s medal, a gender-specific short sleeve tech shirt, free digital race pics, free runner tracking through the event app and a free beer at the finish. You will also be given a required-to-wear glow necklace. Also, the first three finishers (both male and female) in the 10K will win cash prizes. The start and finish take place on Madison’s Capitol Square.

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On Sunday morning, the half marathon jumps into the spotlight. The highlights for this race include an awesome finisher medal, free digital race pics, free runner tracking through the event app, a gender-specific short sleeve tech shirt, a free beer at the finish, pace groups for all speeds and a kick butt post race party with live music! Also, the first three finishers (male and female) will win cash prizes.

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Time is running out for you to sign up and run one of these (or both) beautiful courses in Madison, Wisconsin. When you do sign up, make sure to use code RMRAVE18 and save 10% on your entry (kids race not included unfortunately). Here are some final details for both days and their races.

TWILIGHT 5K/10K

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Time: 8:00PM (5K) and 8:10PM (10K)
Start Line/Finish Line: Capitol Square
Course Close: 9:45PM

HALF MARATHON

Date: Sunday, May 27, 2018
Start Time: 7:00am
Start Line/Finish Line: Capitol Square
Course Time Limit: 3.5 hours after last runner crosses the Start Line

Don’t wait! The code works until online registration closes on May 23! Come run Madison and enjoy its beauty!

2018 Samson Stomp n Romp

Another year has arrived and with it another Milwaukee County Zoo Samson Stomp n Romp 5K, an annual race that helps support the zoo and its conservation efforts. I love the cause for this race (I’m a big animal person and love zoos that don’t just show off animals but do other things to protect and help them) and I love that you get to run through the zoo for the course. What I don’t love is how the weather always manages to stick it to ya for race day. Yeah, I know, it’s January and it should be expected, but, this year was just an unfair tease. The Thursday before the race it was 55 degrees outside. Race day that Sunday, small reality check as the start time temp was 8 degrees. Like I said, not fair. But, at least the course was clear (thanks to that warm weather) and there was no snow or ice.

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I went into the race this year hopeful (but also realistic) that I would place in my age group so I could win a sweet gorilla trophy but this wasn’t to be the year. I just haven’t hit a point in my training yet where I can compete with some of the speed guys out there. I was still around 4+ minutes off from being able to place. It’s frustrating but I am hopeful that I will hit that mark at some point; it is a goal to get one of those trophies, no matter how silly it may seem. And my mark, 23:20, was nothing to scoff at and for me, is pretty good.

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As for the race itself, well, it was cold. A lot of heavy breathing with that sharp cold air hitting the lungs and your breath puffing out into the air like you’re watching an old NFL Films game recap. Like I said, you get to run through the zoo and there are plenty of animals to view/look at as you run by. Noticeable to me this year were the penguins, polar bear, seals, caribou, tiger, camels and Japanese macques on their special island. I love getting to see the animals as I run by. I can only imagine they are wondering what the hell we are doing out there in the freezing temperatures. The course starts and finishes in the same place, so what is a downhill sprint to start the race is an uphill climb for the end, something that I always grimace at when I round the corner heading towards it. After you finish, you head to the zoo welcome center and enjoy some water or Gatorade, granola bars, coffee and yogurt bites. There is no medal for this race but that’s also how the zoo is able to put all the money from registration towards the animals.

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You do get a long-sleeve shirt though, so there’s that 🙂 And it’s a quality cotton shirt as well which can be saved for years or gathered up and made into a runner’s quilt.

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If you have the chance to run this race, a simple 5K, I recommend that you do. It’s fun. It’s for a good cause. And you make new friends…all grousing about the cold, haha.

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. I’d love to answer or banter with you!

Happy running!