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Runners' and walkers' comments and ratings about road races

These are comments submitted by participants at road races. These comments are designed to inform other runners and walkers of races about events they might like to attend and also to let race directors know what participants think about their events. There also is a form for these directors to use to reply to any comments. Hopefully critical comments will be of the constructive types so that events might try to correct any perceived shortcomings. To submit a comment, fill out this form. Race directors who would like to respond to any of the comments can fill out this form. The comment section will be updated every week to two weeks, depending on the number of comments received.

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Arlington Turkey Trot

Boopas 10K      Bold In the Cold     Bravest Race       Bud E. Bee Boo    Buddy Run 

CARE's Run For The Rescue    Carrollton RC Monthly Runs     Carrollton Trails 5K

Communities Against Crime    The Cowtown     Cox Running Club's Mother's Day Half, 5K

Dallas Defenders    Dash Through The Past      DRC Breakfast Bash 5-Mile     DRC Frigid 5K, 10K     DRC Half

Dreams on Wings, 2012, 2013    D.O. Dash    Don Zetnick Winter Run    Dorothy's Dash

Esperanza 5K

Fire and Ice Half Marathon    Firefighters For Freedom Fighters     1st Sunday $5 Run

FWRC Einstein Run 10K    Fort Worth Marathon, Half Marathon

FWRC Mercury 10K      FWRC Michelob Ultra 5K      FWRC Run To The V     Fort Worth Zoo Run  

Gary Burns Memorial 5K     Garland H2O    GHS Fillie Trot, 2011, 2012      Gobble Hobble      Great Prostate Challenge

Help The Homeless   Haltom Stampede, 2011    Haltom Stampede 2013    Honored Hero    Hot Dog Trot     10-4 For H.A.N.K.

Irving Marathon

Joe's Run     Jog'r Egg Nog'r

Kacie's Run

Lake Benbrook Half, 2011 2012  Las Colinas Cool 10K, 5K      Lone Star 5K, 10K 

Mayfest    Medal of Summer No. 1   MLK Day & Dream 5K   

Park Glen Turkey Trot

Radiant Sprint For Cancer 5K, 10K      Reindeer Dash -- A Pre-Christmas Frolic II  

Resolution Solution, 20112012     R.O.C. 100-Year 5K      Run To Fund

Santa Scurry 5K      Showdown Half Marathon    Sizzling Summer Half & 10K    SNAP Strut Your Stuff   Soles For Souls 

Speak Up for Kids Casa (Cleburne)     Super Bowl Sunday 5000   SWEat for SWE

Texas Half and 5K    Tour des Fleurs   Toys For Tots (Arlington)  Trail Blazer Two Fifths Marathon & 5K   

Tyler Rose Half Marathon  

Uptown Run    

White Rock Marathon     White Rock Half Marathon    Wounded Warriors Half Marathon

      

*****

Arlington Toys For Tots 5K, 2010

Date of event: Dec. 11,2010
Where? Randoll Mill Park
  Great venue, plenty of parking, great course with variation in topography, a good location for other runs. Minimal post-race refreshments, insufficient restrooms
J B
Would you recommend this event? Yes

Arlington Turkey Trot, 2010

Date of event: Nov. 25, 2010
Where? Arlington, Texas
Good inaugural event. The route was good, but the large number of runners was too much for the marked lane. The organizers should coordinate with the city and the Rangers to use their larger barricades and widen the route. I ended up on the sidewalk half the time. Cars kept trying to cut through the race because of the Cowboy game. Better traffic control and closing off completely the road on the west side of the Ballpark and Road to Six Flags on the north side of the Ballpark would help. I think the organizers did a good job considering the last minute change, but it will need some work before next year. My family and I will be back.
Scott Camp
Would you recommend this event? Yes

***

Date of event: Nov. 25, 2010
Where? Arlington, TX
This is the perfect location for a turkey trot, ample parking, great views of Cowboys Stadium and the Ballpark.The course is flat and fast. Because of the location this could become the premier Turkey Trot in N. Texas
Don Strout
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Bold In The Cold, 2011

Date of event: Jan. 8, 2011
Where? Grapevine, TX
Great event. Good course with rolling hills. Course well marked with plenty of monitors as well. Like the 8 a.m. start. Also liked that they take the old shoes for recycling.
M. Kercho
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Boopas 10K, 2011

Date of event: March 5, 2011
Where? Saginaw
The course had a little hill at mile 2 that was a nice change from all the flat courses around here. Race was very well put together with a lot of volunteers at every corner.
Tri Rider
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Bravest Race, 2013

Date of event: Oct. 4, 2013
Where? Trinty Grove, Dallas
A first time event - slow awards - posted results didn't match announced awards - mile markers not accurate, short course - interesting course
Karl Zuber
Star rating
1-5
2/5
Would you recommend this event? No

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Bud E. Bee Boo Run, 2011

Date of event: Oct. 29, 2011
Where? Hulen Park, Cleburne
This was a terrific race! It was nice to see where the money was going to. The volunteers were very special people! They were the ones we were running for! They were so enthusiastic-- I loved all of the cowbells that were ringing!! Great work! Great course... Will definitely do this one again.
Janice Joslin
Star rating
1-5
5/5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Buddy Run, 2012

Date of event: Aug. 4, 2012
Where? Haslet
Looks like a very good race!
Dick Harnett
Star rating
1-5
NA
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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CARE's Run For The Rescue, 2013

Date of event: April 13, 2013
Where? Gordon

They were confused to say the least. Jose did win overall. I won the masters with a 27:32 and the course was 3.25 miles.

Eddie Large
Star rating
1-5
4/5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Carrollton Runners Club Monthly Runs, 2011

Date of event: Nov. 27, 2011
Where? McInnish Park, Carrollton

Flat course for both the mile and 5K. The other runners are very friendly. Great if you want to run a small race and set a new PR. My only complaint is the course is not well marked; therefore, a little confusing for newcomers.

Danny Fuller
Star rating
1-5
4/5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Carrollton Trails 5K, 2013

Date of event: May 4, 2013
Where? Carrollton

The Carrollton Trails 5K is unusual because school buses carry runners to the starting line of its point-to-point, net downhill course. Actually, the buses carry runners both to the starting line, and then from the finishing area back to the parking lot at Creekview High School. Based on comments heard onboard, a lot of people thought the experience was novel - "there weren't any seat belts on buses when I was in school."

The course covers a concrete path through a nice section of Carrollton and runners got views of water, ducks, green spaces, and tree-lined residential areas. At least two runners shared that their GPS reported a net elevation loss of about 50 feet. There were no big hills, but there were a couple of tight 90-degree turns. Ken Ashby measured the course, so net descent aside, runners should feel comfortable in trusting the distance if they got a good time in the unseasonably cool weather. Mr. Ashby took the extra step of marking off quarter miles on the last mile of the course.

Overall male and female runners received a nice looking glass trophy, and all other winners took home a gender and age group specific medal. Age groups were in 10-year increments and awards went three deep. Results were available, if you asked, at the timer's desk after the race and were promised to be online within a couple of days.

Scott Bradley
Star rating
1-5
5/5
Would you recommend this event? Yes


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Communities Against Crime, 2011

Date of event: Sept. 10, 2011
Where? Legacy Park, Arlington
It was ladies day at the park. The first three runners to finish were all women! First time I've seen that. Fourth was a guy (poor guy). As always, Jeph (Yberra) and Ricky (Cox) know how to put a race on. It was a slightly different course, but still mostly flat and into the woods. Still a bit warm but, at least, not a 100. I've never seen so many prizes given away at a race to include two American Airlines tickets to anywhere in the USA. The awards took a while to get to because of all the prizes, but what the heck. Two things I want to see at a race (any race) are awards starting with the oldest age group and going down to the youngest, and where is the yogurt I used to see at all the races anyway? I've done this race many times and I'll be back nest year.
Barney Snitz
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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The Cowtown, 2011

Date of event: Feb. 26-27, 2011
Where? Fort Worth
Cowtown Executive Director Heidi Swartz said she has been almost overwhelmed by e-mails praising the new venue at Will Rogers. It's surprising that no one has commented here about not only the new venue but also the bigger and indoor Expo, and the splitting of the races to two days rather than cramming them all into one day. So, I will offer my comments. Actually, I believe everything could be summed up with one word -- GREAT. Am planning to run the half next year, and hopefully be in shape. I did the 10K this year and ran out of gas at the 4-mile mark. The 10K course, by the way, was nice. After a brief uphill near the start, it was mostly downhill or level for more than four miles. Kind of a tough finish, at least for me, with a couple of hills, but they weren't bad and they weren't too long. Loved the roomy Expo. Heard a few spectators complain about the lack of visibility at the finish area, so maybe Cowtown will improve that next year.
Charles Clines
Would you recommend this event? A big YES

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Cox Running Club's Mother's Day Half, 5K, 2013

Date of event: May 12, 2013
Where? Fort Worth, Trinity Park
Cox club puts on another fun well supported course.
Ninetoes Rodriguez
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Dallas Defenders, 2013

Date of event: March 9, 2013
Where? River Legacy Parks, Arlington

Great venue, well organized. Race started on time, lots of vendors, loved the accurate timing.

Mark Smith
Star rating
1-5
5/5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

***

Date of event: March 9, 2013
Where? River Legacy Parks, Arlington

Great race! It started on time. It was organized perfectly! We enjoyed watching the Olympic runners finish. I love that the race was old school and pull-tagged. Timing was accurate per USATF standards. Many runners forget that chip timing is not considered official. Thank you Dallas Defenders!

Joshua T.
Star rating
1-5
5/5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

***

Date of event: March 9, 2013
Where? River Legacy Parks, Arlington

Nice group of people! Great charity to support! Course was fast, flat and properly USATF certified. Will attend next year. If you want accurate timing according to USATF standards then this is the race for you. Kudos to the young lady that put it together. well done

Ryan Baldin
Star rating
1-5
5/5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Dallas White Rock Marathon, 2010

Date of event: 12/5/2010
Where? Fair Park, Dallas
Loved the move to Fair Park! Lots of history there. Parking was a challenge at 1st arrival but leaving was a breeze. The new portions of the course were a nice feature and the old course was just as awesome as ever! A TON of spectator and volunteer support! Heard that some half runners missed the split off and ran a portion of the full, however I myself noticed there were two BIG white signs indicating where to split so I don't know how that was missed? Some runners also had an issue with some of the later corrals starting almost an hour after the initial wave started. Maybe that can be fixed in next year's race (my corral started around 8:20. Just fine with me). I was so exhausted afterwards that I didn't notice what refreshments were available in the runner's village. I did hear that the selections weren’t what they used to be like in past DWRM. Finisher's long sleeve tech t's and medals were pretty sweet but also heard that some runners were left out in the cold (pun) without a finisher's shirt after running out. Something else they should correct for next year. All in all, awesome time and FANTASTIC experience!
Ant C.
Would you recommend this event? Yes
**

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Dallas White Rock Half Marathon, 2010

Date of event: 12/5/2010
Where? Fair Park, Dallas
I like the new start/finish area at Fair Park, but traffic going in almost made me miss the start. I'll take DART or get a very early start next year. It would be nice if they opened up some of the exhibit halls for a warmup area, especially on frigid days like this year. The half-marathon course was terrific, hitting several prominent sites with a few challenging hills around Turtle Creek followed by a nice steady downhill to the finish. Most importantly: Plenty of port-a-potties for such a large crowd. I thought the last mile was measured incorrectly, or possibly I really slowed down, even though it was downhill. The start was inspiring; all the music and hype moved me to think about doing the full marathon instead of the half, but cooler heads prevailed. Food and goodies in the warm exhibit hall afterward were excellent; the Half-M t-shirt design looked amateurish, but several people told me they liked it later, so maybe I just don't have an eye for that sort of thing. In a perfect world, this wouldn't occur on the same weekend as the Don Zetnick Winter Run, but they had to move the date this year to accommodate other events.
Charlie Hart
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Dash Through The Past, 2013

Date of event: April 27, 2013
Where? Loy Lake Park, Denison
I decided to try a new 5K race, the Dash through the Past, in Sherman/Denison because the course sounded interesting.

This was the first year for this event, so I expected that there might be some glitches. But that wasn’t the case. A local Boy Scout troop volunteered their time to help with parking (and later with the race course directions). About 150 runners participated in the 5K. The race started right on time. The course was hard, but fun. It was run entirely within Loy Lake Park, mostly on asphalt park roads, which were closed to vehicular traffic. Large trees close to the roads, combined with the hills, made for a scenic course. Loy Lake was visible from a part of the course, and the course also ran close to several historic pioneer log cabins.

The course was a figure 8 loop (approximately a two-mile loop). The north part of the loop was run twice, which made a total of 5000 meters (my watch showed 3.15 miles). The first half mile was the most difficult, with a vertical ascent of 50 feet.

Run Time Racing Services provided the timing and their D-Tag racing chips appear to have worked flawlessly.

I registered on race day, and the spaces on the registration forms were almost too small to write the information. Other than that, the race was perfect and I hope to be able to run in it again some day.
Charles McIlroy

Star rating
1 to 5

5 of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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D.O. Dash, 2011

Date of event: Oct. 15, 2011
Where? UNT Health Science Bld., Fort Worth
No dislikes. The certified course had to be revised with last minute road repairs and concrete trucks on Clarke. Demery Cox and the race director did an outstanding job of organizing and re-routing the course. I was pleased to have a tech type shirt and wish other race directors would evaluate and possibly provide this type of shirt. I am happy to pay a couple of dollars more for a quality running shirt. Finally, the race & staff always put on a quality race with great post-race activities.
Jim Engstrom

Star rating
1 to 5

5 of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes
 

Don Zetnick Arlington Winter Run, 2010

Date of event: 12/4/2010
Where? Arlington
A great event. Started on time, monitors on the course, a clock at the 5K point, and plenty of food and drink afterward. Good course with mostly downhill to the halfway point and then back up to the finish except for the last tenth which is down. Wish award ceremony could start a little earlier so it could end earlier.
Charles Clines
Would you recommend this event? Yes

Dorothy's Dash, 2013

Date of event: 11/16/2013
Where? Flower Mound
Well organized, good atmosphere, started on time, nice T-shirt, interesting course, good support and sponsorship, nice selection of food (including bagels, fruit and ice cream). Afterward, nice awards for top 3 in each age group, perfect weather. If there were mile split markers, I didn't see them.
Charlie Hart

Star rating 1 to 5

4 of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

**

Dorothy's Dash, 2012

Date of event: 11/10/2012
Where? Flower Mound
Great race, very family friendly. Well organized. Flat fast course
Lowell Koppell

Star rating 1 to 5

4 of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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DRC Breakfast Bash 5-Mile, 2012

Date of event: Sept. 1, 2012
Where? Winfrey Point, White Rock Lake
I ran the event but am not included in the results likely because my chip failed. It took many e-mails and several weeks to the DRC to get any kind of response; finally the response I got was they will not accept any results that didn't get picked up by their automated system. Apparently there's no back-up for a chip failure??? Even though on the DRC website I can be seen both starting and finishing the race in THEIR PICTURES! And the data from my Garmin very clearly shows I ran the race.

The response I got was actually from the DRC President, Kyle Wills. It's sad to see such apathy and lack of willingness to help on something pretty simple (adding me to the results doesn't affect awards at all) from the club president; I certainly won't be renewing my membership. .
Lowell Koppel

Star rating
1 to 5

1 of 5
Would you recommend this event? No

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DRC Frigid 5K, 10K, 2012

Date of event: Jan. 7, 2012
Where? Winfrey Point, White Rock Lake, Dallas

New registration system slowed things down immensely. There was no advantage to being pre-registered. But you know, things happen. Just wish it had been a timed race.

Karl Zuber

Star rating
1 to 5

2 of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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DRC Half, 2011

Date of event: Nov. 7, 2011
Where? Norbuck Park, White Rock Lake, Dallas

This is my favorite race in the metroplex. Every year it's well organized and the temperatures are ideal for a PR. Parking was limited but that forced me to warm up and warm down for a mile between the DART station and the start/finish area. The course itself is mostly flat, but it rolls enough to break up the monotony and I think a few fast downhills in the middle help me to keep my turnover high after my mind wanders. The race started on time but it ended two minutes after I wanted it to (joke!). Bag check was exceptionally well-run. I never have to wait for a massage at the end (provided by the knowledgeable, friendly staff of Chirosport). Great swag, long-sleeve colored tech shirts, plenty of food and drinks. The only negative was the large crowd forces you to start slower than you want to, but it's popular because it's so user-friendly.
Charlie Hart
Would you recommend this event? Yes

Dreams On Wings, 2012

Date of event: May 12, 2012
Where? Weatherford

Such a wonderful race for a great cause benefiting the Hemispherectomy Foundation and brave families that undergo radical brain surgeries. Challenging course in a great neighborhood. So well organized by the Hall family of Aledo, definitely my favorite race of the year.
Debra Thomas

Star rating
1 to 5

5 of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

**

Dreams On Wings, 2013

Date of event: May 18, 2013
Where? Weatherford

Awesome race for a great cause! Great door prizes, $50 Luke's Locker gift cards to winners, beautiful high quality medals. Love seeing all the wonderful Hemi kids & families!
Debra Thomas

Star rating
1 to 5

5 of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

Esperanza 5K, 2011

Date of event: March 5, 2011
Where? Plano
Great support, mile markers with time, great post race food/drinks, decent swag. Everyone received handmade medals for finishing and trophies for the overall winners and age group top three. Course is decent and flat. I would do this race again and definitely recommend it. Only con -- they started the race too early so some missed the gun go off.
M.A.
Would you recommend this event? Yes

Fire and Ice Half Marathon, 2011

Date of event: Oct. 6 2011
Where? Trinity Trails
Love the route. I know, I only paid 10 dollars, but there should have been more water stops. It became hot fast. No mile markers either. Also, no water at the finish. This was not safe at all!!!
Nina Bircher
Would you recommend this event? No

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Firefighters For Freedom Fighters, 2012

Date of event: March 24, 2012
Where? Bob Eden Park, Euless

What's not to like about an event that benefits the Wounded Warrior project? That alone would make me (x-army) do it. A couple of suggestions might suffice for next year, though. Not enough parking at Bob Eden if they want to grow bigger, for one. Grass can be SLIPPERY when wet. A 5K that is 5K, not a looong 5K. I might be spoiled but only overall, masters and WINNERS of the 10-year age groups leaves something to be desired for anyone who wants more than a T-shirt (even a really cool T-shirt). It's the inaugural so I'm sure it'll get better so I'm THERE next year!

Harold Jandreau

Star rating
1 to 5

5 of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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1st Sunday $5 Run

Date of event: Aug. 2, 2015
Where? Arlinigton

The price is cheap enough, but the only thing you really get is a poorly marked course. There are so many turns it is impossible to remember them all. I got lost and ran 4-5 miles. Unless this race becomes more runner-friendly, I don't think I will be doing it again.

Kendall Black

Star rating
1 to 5

1 of 5
Would you recommend this event? No

Fort Worth Marathon (the half), 2010

Date of event: Nov. 14, 2010
Where? LaGrave Field, Fort Worth
Good course training run. Poorly marked for the runners to see each mile and turn-arouind locations. No one was present to direct runners from the road onto the correct junction with the trail at the start of the race. Post race refreshments were minimal.
J.B.
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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**

Fort Worth Marathon (20-Mile), 2010

Date of event: November 14, 2010

Where? LaGrave Field, Fort Worth
  Typical Trinity Trail course...Nothing special about that. Poorly marked 20-mile course after it had been advertised as a perfect training run tune-up for the Dallas White Rock Marathon. I was not able to record my splits, especially at crucial points like 10K, 15K, Half and 20K mile markers due to the lack of course preparation. Came away from this 20-mile White Rock "tune up" still not knowing how I need to game plan on marathon race day. Would have been better off running my own 20 miler.

A C

Would you recommend this event? No

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FWRC Einstein Run 10K, 2011

Date of event: Jan. 23, 2011
Where? Trinity Park, Fort Worth
Good course, well marked. Great awards. Friendly and efficient race staff. Good timing system--cards on which runners writes their name, age and time.
J.B.
Would you recommend this event? Yes

FWRC Mercury 10K, 2010

Date of event: 10/17/2010
Where? Trinity Park, Fort Worth
Great course run on different surfaces. A little asphalt, cement and trail. Well organized and friendly volunteers. Unique Mercury silver dime awards. Also there were many good raffle prizes given out. FWRC puts on a super race every month.
M. R.
Would you recommend this event? Yes

FWRC Michelob Ultra, 2013

Date of event: May 19, 2013
Where? Trinity Park, Fort Worth
FWRC put on another low cost well supported race. Unique age group trophies. Suggest all walkers and runners do the Fort Worth Runners Club monthly races.
Ninetoes Rodriguez
Would you recommend this event? Yes

FWRC Run To The V, 2014

Date of event: Feb. 16, 2014
Where? VFW Post, White Settlement Rd., Fort Worth

This was a well-organized, very affordable ($8-$12) event on a loop course that I really liked. It ran along the Trinity River levee, crossed a dam, ran along the river some more, crossed another dam, then returned to the start point. There was absolutely no road crossing or danger of cross traffic, making it a very safe course for families, and the running surface was mostly soft crushed gravel. Runners were provided headbands and camouflage paint by the VFW to wear (if they were interested), adding some fun. It started on time in good weather. A sumptuous brunch with prime rib, bloody marys, eggs and other goodies was provided afterward for just $8. I'd do it again.

Charlie Hart
Would you recommend this event? Yes

Star rating
1 to 5

5 of 5

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Fort Worth Zoo Run, 2011

Date of event: April 16, 2011
Where? Fort Worth Zoo
This is the second year I've run this race. Both were officiated well. It is confusing on how they didn't actually have the awards this year and had to give certificates at the awards ceremony. The other thing would be traffic control and the people giving directions. If you were in the front runners, but not the first runner, the gap can get large enough where you can't see the runner in front of you. Several faster runners were led off course because of one police officer, around the 4 mile mark wearing his cowboy hat, acting if he wasn't really concerned with pointing the runners in the right direction. When confronted about why he let them go the wrong way, he told the runner it wasn't his problem. Very frustrating, to say the least. Some of those runners ran an extra .7 miles.

 

Ron Winzen

Would you recommend this event? Yes

**

Fort Worth Zoo Run, 2011

Date of event: April 16, 2011
Where? Fort Worth Zoo
Well organized race, Started when advertised, results were on schedule and accurate. Logistics for parking, registration,rest rooms and race start were convienient.
Dennis Maietta
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Gary Burns Memorial Run, 2013

Date of event: Oct. 26, 2013
Where? Frisco

Very well organized. Stiff competition among 2500+ runners
Chloe Ahlstedt

Star rating
1 to 5

4 of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

Garland H2O, 2013

Date of event: Sept. 21, 2013
Where? Garland
One of the most challenging 5ks in the whole metro area! Lots of hills, narrow course at times and definitely makes for a fun and reasonable challenge for serious runners. If your looking for fast and flat, this is NOT your course
Chris Merryman

Star rating
1 to 5

5 of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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GHS Fillie Trot, 2012


Date of event: Jan. 28, 2012
Where? Oak Grove Park, Grapevine
  It was a cool 42 with a cold wind blowing. Normal for late January! Plenty of parking because it started at the soccer fields, instead of the clubhouse. It also made for a more interesting run; especially the start on the path. Nice T-Shirt design, as always. Interesting medal design as well. Chip timed which made for FAST results, and HOT CHOCOLATE at the finish. What more could you ask for? Oh...I won a FOOTBALL, with GHS Mustangs on it, in the drawing. REALLY COOL! One of my favorite yearly runs and I'll do it again next year...yee haw!
Harold Jandreau

Star rating
1 to 5

5 of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

**

GHS Fillie Trot, 2011


Date of event: Jan. 29, 2011
Where? Oak Grove Park, Grapevine
  Well organized registration, great venue, friendly race staf. Very crowded simultaneous start with the 5K race on a sidewalk; the course layouts resulted in 10K leaders being blocked by slower 5K participants; 10K course was short (really 5.81 miles on a Garmin); age group awards ended in a single 50 and older category; no mile markers seen at miles 4,5,6. No course direction at critical turns!
JB
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Gobble Hobble, 2013


Date of event: Nov. 23, 2013
Where? Richardson
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Tony Colon

Star rating
1 to 5

3 of 5
Would you recommend this event? No

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Great Prostate Challenge


Date of event: Sept. 22, 2012
Where? Arlington
  First, let me say that the organizers did a great job getting sponsorship support and had some very nice awards for the overall and masters winners, as well as nice door prizes. The 10k was a challenging course with volunteers at every turn the first 3-1/2 miles. That's where problems began. This was the point where our course merged with the 5k'ers who had started about 15-20 minutes after the 10k. What happened at this race is what happens at EVERY race that merges faster runners into the back of the pack walkers/slow runners. The slow participants are unaware of the much faster runners approaching from behind and the faster runners spend the rest of the race dodging, weaving, splitting thru all the slow participants. In this race, the merger point is where places 4-12? were mis-directed to take a left turn off the course. I had been running in 3rd place overall the entire race and when I reached the 2nd of 3-U-turns I began looking to see how far ahead I was of 4th place. I never saw anyone who appeared to have been running fast enough to be such a person. Had I really run that fast the 3rd & 4th mile or had they all fallen off the pace so bad, I thought to myself. Imagine my surprise after I'd finished and looked at the results to see that I finished 4th and had not won the Master's division. I found out that the person listed as 3rd had "fast-talked" his way into 3rd place by showing someone his Garmin and saying he deserved to have his time inserted into the results, even though he had not run the entire course. I spoke to the Run-Far workers at the race and I thought I had their error corrected, but even after speaking to the Run-Far race workers regarding their mistake in the results and temporarily correcting it, the final results posted show the incorrect 10k Masters winner.

The final 2-1/2 miles of the race was a disaster due to the 2 races having merged, we were all running on a narrow park sidewalk and on top of that we had a u-turn at the end of that sidewalk, so now we were all running in two different directions on the narrow trail and the faster runners were having to run in the grass to get around slower participants.

This race had a great purpose, it just needs a lot better design of the courses to make it one to run again.
Chris Stewart

Star rating 1 to 5

3 of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Haltom Stampede, 2013


Date of event: Feb. 9, 2013
Where? Haltom City
  Liked: The organization of the race was VERY good.
Disliked: The course was hilly, pretty tough with the wind and cold etc.
Only had 1 award per age group. This was because they didn't have enough people to make the (ceramic) buffalo awards. That is understandable. They promised to have them 3 deep next year? Hope so. I talked to someone and told them that the finisher medals should have been used for the awards; not for participation. That is for kids these days, and that is not right in my opinion either, but....
I look forward to next year,if they award 3 deep.
Chris Kobos

Star rating
1 to 5

4 of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Haltom Stampede, 2011


Date of event: Feb. 12, 2011
Where? Haltom City
  Snow or no snow, it's still one of my favorite runs and a fun one. The finish is not like the old stadium, but still it's DOWN HILL. Some uphills and down hills, but not BAD HILLS. Mile markers were where they were supposed to be, police protected roadways, and the results were FAST! Enjoyed the post race, especially the pound cakes and awards ceremony. The long-sleeved shirt is always a keeper and a 25th anniversary MEDAL in the goody bag was a real topper. You can't beat the buffalo trophy, and I added to my herd. I'd do it again and I plan to be there next year.
Barney Snitz

Star rating
1 to 5

5 of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

Help The Homeless 5K, 2010

Date of event: Nov. 13, 2010
Where? Dallas
Hands down this race/course was awesome! Everything about it was great (volunteers, course, participants, sponsors).
MM
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Honored Hero 5K, Half, Marathon, 2010


Date of event: 10/24/2010
Where? Trinity Park, Pavillion #1
  Great cause, all proceeds go to leukemia lymphoma society. Medals were awesome, pancakes, hot dogs, muscle milk, fruit at finish. Plenty of water stops (every 2 miles), energetic volunteers on course and at finish, fun things for kiddos (face painting, bounce house, balloon artist. DJ played great music, good course along Trinity River on mostly soft surface versus the cement bike trail. Overall a solid 10 rating on a scale of 1-10!
M R
Would you recommend this event? Yes

Hot Dog Trot


Date of event: Aug. 6, 2011
Where? Weatherford
 


Good registration, friendly race staff. 15-minute late start; very good course with several hills; mile markers not visible,
confusing turn mid-race (no one there to direct runners) Good timing and quick results, average medals for winners.

JB
Would you recommend this event? Yes

Irving Marathon, 2013


Date of event: April 27, 2013
Where? Campion Trails, Irving
 

Gender biased

John McMan
Would you recommend this event? No

Joe's Run, 2012


Date of event: March 24, 2012
Where? Fort Worth Samaritan House, Rosedale and Hemphill
 

Did not like the 9:30 start time. Llast year it was at 8:00. Did not like that results were not posted in the paper. The 5K was well organized, but heard complaints about lack of water on 10K course, and lack of food after 10K.

Star rating
1 to 5

3 of 5
Deborah Ruiz
Would you recommend this event? No

Joe's Run, 2012


Date of event: March 24, 2012
Where? Fort Worth Samaritan House, Rosedale and Hemphill
 

Liked the same course. Good post run snacks. They need to have cold drinks. The drinks they had were not in ice or cold. I would strongly recommend they go back to 8 a.m. start. The later start time this year made for a hot run. I will be back.

Star rating 1 to 5

3 of 5
Ninetoes Rodriguez
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Joe's Run, 2011


Date of event: March 26, 2011
Where? Fort Worth Samaritan House
  Great race to usher in the spring after a rough winter, and people were up for that! The race started on time, slight uphill at first, followed by a mostly flat loop running through the hospital district. The sunny day blinded me to anything wrong about this race. The food and swag afterward were amazing, including sushi, tapas, beer, coffee, plus the usual sports drinks and fruit. Unique trophies (colorful carved parrots for the first three in each age group) and enthusiastic youngsters who medaled in their age group kept everyone entertained. Good race if you don't mind a crowded field.
Charlie Hart
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Jog'r Egg Nog'r, 2013


Date of event: Dec. 21, 2013
Where? Norbuck Park, Dallas
 

Muffy Fossil aka Murray Forsvall (in reference to the results)

Wally Capps

Star rating
1 to 5

4 of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Kacie's Run, 2013


Date of event: March 23, 2013
Where? Carrollton
 

This cancellation of Kacie's Run 5K at Standridge Stadium in Carrollton was a very poor decision by the so-called race official/organizers. Although it was raining, the severe weather threat was lifted at 8 a.m. I was monitoring the radar and forecast before I left from my home in Plano. I continued to monitor it once reaching the stadium.

The last lightning I saw was at 8:15. If you weren't going to run this race in the rain, why not state that ahead of time in the registration information? I have run in far worse conditions in my career as runner. Even delaying the race 30-60 minutes could have been a good option. Do you really think people would have minded waiting a little while? I doubt it. Runners, both casual and serious were waiting to run. The rain had let up considerably by 8:55 with no lightning, and I only heard a faint rumble of thunder.

Aren't the "organizers" smart enough to check the radar on their phones. If they did , they would of seen that the system was moving to the east with nothing more coming from the west. By the time I arrived home at 9:20 a.m., the sun was shining, with brightened skies. Let's see how many other races were canceled due to "inclement weather" so to speak. I see a lot of results posted, so I guess people ran in the rain. Very bad decision! Yes, it's a charity, and you have my money. So I guess no refund, so keep it. Very disappointed, as I am sure many others are as well. You really dropped the ball, and I will not even consider coming to your event in the future. No thanks to you for wasting my time, effort, gas money etc.

Chris Kobs

Star rating
1 to 5

1 of 5
Would you recommend this event? No

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Lake Benbrook Half Marathon, 2012


Date of event: Jan. 28, 2012
Where? Lake Benbrook
  Good event. Plenty of volunteers at all stations, from registration, chip pick up, water stops, chip removal. Gu and sports drink was available on course. Food after was tasty. Typical Benbrook run- cold, windy and the hills haven't gotten any smaller. Love it! Highly recommend
Ninetoes Rodriguez

Star rating
1 to 5

5 of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Lake Benbrook Half Marathon, 2011


Date of event: Jan. 29, 2011
Where? Lake Benbrook
  Usual tough course, which we like. A good gauge to where your training is. Post race chili was fantastic. Medals are unique and beautiful design. Understand there will be sports drink available on the course next year. Massage therapist was definitely a special extra. Recommend!
Ninetoes Rodriguez
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Las Colinas Cool 10K, 5K, 2010


Date of event: 10/30/10
Where? Irving, TX
  Everything about this race, fee, pre and post race activities and food, etc is outstanding. This year however they had a major issue with the 10K timing. It seems after the first 10K finisher crossed the finish mat they counted the slow 5K runners along with the 10K runners in the results. This delayed the awards significantly. Hopefully Run On will filter out the 5K entries from the results and re-post the results. (Note: Results have been posted, presumably with corrections made)
John Studebaker
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Lone Star 5K, 10K

Date of event: April 27, 2014
Where? Arlington, TX
 

This 5K race was almost four miles long. My time at 3 miles was 19:53 and it took another 6 minutes to run the final 120 meters. In 2014, the least they can dio is get the course right.


Tony Colon

Star rating
1 to 5

1 of 5
Would you recommend this event? No

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Lone Star 5K, 10K

Date of event: March 31, 2012
Where? Arlington, TX
 

Pre-race was not great. They listed packet pick-up in the registration form, but didn't have any information on the website or in their e-mails about where/when packet pick-up was, so I couldn't get my packet ahead of time. The directions that they post on the website of how to get there included roads that were blocked off for the race, and you couldn't easily get to another route because of other roads blocked off and no u-turn signs. They really should have given directions that took closures into consideration. Then because I couldn't pick up my packet ahead of time, (didn't know where to go) and the extra 20 minutes I had to drive around trying to find the entrance (bad directions), they were out of my size T-shirt by the time I got there (and I actually liked the shirt design so I'm bummed I don't have one in a size I'll actually wear). The safety pins were the giant diaper-size safety pins and ripped holes in my shirt...that was the oddest choice to me. Why would they get the large pins for bibs?

The race course (I ran the 5K) was nice and post-race was great. The band was good, snacks good, and lots of space. I also loved that there was plenty of parking and it was close to the start/finish line. I couldn't find results on their website or Facebook page (actually came here -- Clines Running Corner -- to find them!) which was another odd choice.

All in all, I think the race is a great concept and has potential to be awesome, but the management really needs to tighten up the pre-race experience and post better information on the website for it to get there.


Emily Tate

Star rating
1 to 5

3 of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Mayfest, 2011

Date of event: May 7
Where? Fort Worth

After fighting that wind on Saturday and seeing that I was third in my age group.
I was disappointed with the awards we received. A tile with the race logo wasn't much of an award.

Michael Polanksy
Would you recommend this event? Yes

Medal of Summer, No. 1, 2011

Date of event: June 25, 2011
Where? Oak Grove Park, Grapevine
It was too Humid, too HOT and too hilly. What more could you ask for? I like the 7 AM start. ALL races should start early in the summer. Parking was plentiful even with double the # of runners as anticipated. It was well RUN by the director (Jack Haase) and the cold water at the 1/2 way point and finish were REALLY needed. It's the same well marked route as the LGRAW and Fillie trots have been run on which are also a lot of FUN! Just $5 for no shirts, no bibs, no problem. The results were FAST and the medals are colorful. I'll do #2 too.
Harold Jandreau
Would you recommend this event? Yes

MLK Day and Dream 5K, 2011

Date of event: Jan. 17, 2011
Where? River Legacy Park, Arlington
Well organized. Great entry fee. Good course, well marked and good location. Took too long to get official results and begin the awards ceremony.
J.B.
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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10-4 For H.A.N.K., 2010

Date of event: 10/30/10
Where? Trinity Park, FW
  This was a very well organized and well run event supporting a great cause. Once again, Mrs. Nava (Hank's widow) was there to thank us for showing up and wish us well. The support on the course was excellent with National Guard members pointing the way at every turn and plenty of water and enthusiastic volunteers at each water station. I had a good time and ran well. I'll be back next year.
Robert Vigeland
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Radiant Sprint For Cancer 5K and 10K, 2011

Date of event: 2012
Where? Park Glen, Fort Worth
  This year was so much better than last year because they hired RaceChip Timing (McKinney, Tx) to do the results. The results were FAST compared to last year. This time results were ready in under an hour while last year it took 3 hours before they gave up and called it a day. I hope they hire RaceChip again next year. There were fewer runners this year but the weather was near perfect for it. The Pink T-shirts and finishing medals with pink ribbons were interesting as well. The race is about as roller coaster as you can get and not get lost doing it. It makes it fun as well as challenging.
I've done it before and can definitely recommend it to anyone. It will be even better when they're done with the highway constrution!
Barney Snitz

Star rating
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5 of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

Date of event:

April 16, 2011
Where? Las Colinas, Irving

Despite pretty good organization, this race fell short. Or should I say long. The 5K was 3.3 and the 10K therefore was 6.6
Final results also didn't incude paces to reflect this added mileage. This frustrated the serious runners; their timing devices reflected this. This course needs to be measured correctly or it will lose a lot of runners. It has already lost me. Also you don't do raffles 10 minutes before the start of a race, at the start line no less. Nobody could hear the announcements, nor did we care. People were focused to run, not to hear their bib #'s in a raffle,
Chris Kobos
Would you recommend this event? No

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Race Director's Response

 

 

Thank you for your feedback on Sprint for Cancer. I am sorry about the issues with this year's race. We are working with our race management company to ensure our length is accurate in future races. We will obtain USATF certification and take extra steps to ensure proper cone placement on race day. We are also looking into creating a loop course. I agree that the door prize giveway should not take place right before the race and we'll change this next year too. If you'd like to run the race next year or in the future, I'll gladly comp your entry and welcome your feedback. We feel strongly about making the race a positive experience for all participants while supporting local cancer causes
 
  Race Director: Jill Jung
 

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Reindeer Dash -- A Pre-Christmas Frolic II, Arlington, 2012

Date of event:

12/24/2012
Where? River Legacy Parks

Great Place for a race. Good post race recovery snacks and drinks. However, this race was poorly managed at best. Race started 37 minutes late. Bib numbers had no safety pins. Starting line was not defined. Posting of race results was very slow. Awards presentation was horrible. Mens age 40-44 was very last announced and the 3 top finishers announced were not even close to the 3 listed on the results. I waited until 11:29 a.m., 3 hours after start time, expecting to receive a medal for finishing in the top 3. Door prizes awarded prior to race rewards, which was horribly done. Not sure I will be entering any River Legacy races in the near future. Like I started with, this is a GREAT place to run, just a horribily managed event.
Kendall Hayley

Star rating
1 to 5

1 of 5
Would you recommend this event? No

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Race Director's Response

Let me address the points made one by one.

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“Race started 37 minutes late.”
I apologize that we started a little bit late. We had expected and hoped for about 100 race-day registrants, Instead, we got almost double that. So we had to scramble to handle that rush. However, to say the race started 37 minutes is an absolute fabrication! All our releases, forms, promo material, online info on the race explicitly stated that the 1 Mile start was 8:30 AM and the 5K start was 9:00 AM. The 1 Mile actually started a few minutes after 8:30 AM as we waited to make sure all race day registrants were accommodated. The 5K started at precisely 9:07:18 (the time stamp on the chip-timing system) – just 7:18 (7 minutes and 18 seconds) late. The only way one can claim that the 5K started 37 minutes late is if one failed to read or understand the published start times. Unfortunately, that’s something we can’t do anything about.

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“Bib numbers had no safety pins.”
It’s possible some racers could not find the safety pins, but that’s hard to understand. Yes, there were no safety pins in the race packets or on the bib numbers. But those who picked up their packets before race day were given 4 or more safety pins for each bib number. On race day, we had safety pins on the registration tables that people could pick up for themselves as they received their bib numbers. There were three registration tables – one for 5K pre-registered pick-up; one for 1 Mile pre-registered pick-up; and one for Race day registration – and each had packs of safety pins for those needing them. After the race, we had over 1,200 safety pins left over.

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“Starting line was not defined”.
This is definitely a bogus, wacky assertion! We’ve always placed a start sign at all our races, and this was no exception. There was a start banner beside the start line. And the actual start line itself was clearly drawn out in chalk, with arrows indicating the direction the race would go. Many racers somehow ignored the start banner and congregated ahead of it. But we did get them back to the correct line before the start.

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“Posting of race results was very slow.”
I will concede this point. However, the timing outfit explained that their preliminary results usually are full of holes, with a few times even wrong. So they wanted to validate the results as much as possible before posting anything. Maybe I failed to explain this adequately. We will try to do better going forward.

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“Awards presentation was horrible. Men age 40-44 was very last announced…”
We try to be free, innovative spirits who are not slaves to stagnant tradition. The usual practice at races is to announce results from the youngest racers to the oldest. That invariably means that the oldest always have their results announced last. We follow this pattern ourselves sometimes. But we try to vary the order at other times – and this was one of those. That is, start, maybe, with the youngest, then go to the oldest, then finish with the middle. One of these days we might even start with the middle so that the 40-44 may be the first to be announced. Who knows? This is a way to try new things and avoid sticking to the same old stale stuff.

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“...and the 3 top finishers announced were not even close to the 3 listed on the results.”
As I indicated above, the timing outfit warned that the posted, preliminary results would have problems. By the time we announced the results and made the awards, most of those problems had been corrected so that, obviously, there were differences with the posted preliminary results.

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“Door prizes awarded prior to race rewards…”
Many races do door prizes before announcing the results and giving out the awards. We do it that way ourselves, not necessarily because other races do it, but because it makes the event more inclusive. Our races are not merely athletic events for just the adult, diehard racing speedsters. They also are a celebration that attempts to involve young kids and very senior citizens (our awards go from 6 & Under to 85 & Over). Doing door prizes first is one way to engage everybody – both those who may never win an athletic, racing award and those who always seem to win those awards. Then, as a grand finale, we end the event with the athletic awards – including our “Souls & Soles” awards.

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We received several e-mails from other race participants, both locals and out-of-towners, expressing how they enjoyed the race, the low fee and the laid-back, friendly, fun atmosphere, plus, very importantly, the charity-benefiting aspect. And a few gushed that this was their first race ever and that they enjoyed it and are now hooked to road racing. That is why and for whom we organize these affordable, fun, inclusive, socially-engaging and always-nonprofit (cause or charity)-benefiting races – at River Legacy Parks and elsewhere.

Race Director: Jeph Abarra
 
   
 

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Resolution Solution (Fort Worth), 2011

Date of event:

1/1/2011
Where? Trinity Park, Pavillion 3

Good course. Sort of a loop as opposed to a boring out/back. Well marked. Champagne at finish was a nice touch. 10:00 am start was a plus since it was very cold earlier.
M Rod
Would you recommend this event? Yes

**

Date of event:

1/1/11

Where?

Trinity Park

A great way to start the New Year! I participate in many races managed by "RunTime Racing Services", they always do a first class job. A race is about doing many things well and RunTime never disappoints.

Mark Johnson

Would you recommend this event?

Yes

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Resolution Solution 2012

Date of event: Jan. 1, 2012
Where? Trinity Park, Fort Worth
Returning to competitive running after a 35 year absence, and this race was a great experience. Plenty of helpful people on hand to get me where I needed to be, good group of people to run with, very laid back. I was able concentrate on running, everything else was pretty well taken care of. Only problem I noticed was not enough toilets, but the organizers already noted that and promised to do better next year. I plan to come back.
Jim Klein

Star rating
1 to 5

4 of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

R.O.C. 100-Year 5K, 2011

Date of event:

4/2/2011
Where? Carrollton

Well-organized, accurate course. Fast, accurate results. Entry Fee $10. (Race celebrated Republic of China's Centennial)

 

Dennis Maietta
Would you recommend this event? Yes

Run To Fund

Date of event:

5-3-2014
Where? Coppell

Great event. Well organized. Great door prizes/raffles. 900+ participants.

 

Erick Ahlstedt

Star rating
1 to 5

4 of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Santa Scurry 5K, 2010

Date of event: December 3rd 2010
Where? Keller
Ran this race last year and it was awesome! Along most of the course were tiki torches. It was dark along the trails and the torches lit the way, made it really fun!
DC Scire
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Showdown Half Marathon, 2013

Date of event: Oct. 12, 2012
Where? Fairview, TX
 

Karl Huchthausen

Star rating 5 out of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Showdown Half Marathon, 2012
Date of event: Oct. 13, 2012
Where? Fairview, TX
I can’t say enough good things about this race. It was the best organized event I’ve participated in, and that’s remarkable considering that this was the inaugural year. The website was exceptionally well done and covered everything thoroughly, from course maps to elevation profiles to bio’s of the pace group leaders to parking instructions. The Race Director announced that it would start “when the clock says 7:30” and that’s exactly what happened. There were very disciplined pace groups for every ability and they all finished exactly when they said they’d finish. It’s a very challenging course with rolling hills, and the toughest uphills are at the very point when you start to wear out. With all the hills, the course is excellent training but don’t try to PR. Enjoy the scenery (longhorn cattle, ponies, alpacas, and a few well-kept neighborhoods). The SWAG was great: A baseball cap, technical T-shirt, impressive finisher’s medal, and discounts at the local merchants/restaurants within walking distance of the start/finish line. Beer glasses were presented to all the award winners (top 3 in each AG, plus Clydesdale & Athenas). And the award ceremony occurred promptly as scheduled, just 3 hours after the start time. There were shower trailers available for those who brought a change of clothes (and the website let you know they were available). Five stars for this one!

Charlie Hart

Star rating 5 out of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Sizzling Summer Half Marathon & 5K, 2011

Date of event: July 23, 2011
Where? River Legacy Park, Arlington
Let’s see, where do I begin? How about limited volunteers handing out race packets before the start as well as Run On’s start/finish line crew not being set up at least an hour before the scheduled 7:30 a.m. start, causing a 30-minute delay; trying to cram several hundred runners on a 4-foott path at the start was an accident waiting to happen; a “no name” brand tech shirt that was marked for my size but fits like a youth size, and basic finisher’s medals. That’s not even mentioning no mile markers of any kind (how the heck do you host a race with no mile markers?), no course monitors to instruct where to go, compromising the runners safety with limited water on the course on a record hot morning here in North TX (plenty of water at the finish but kind of useless when you're actually out on the course having ran farther than expected), no turn around signs of any kind. I guess the bright side is that I ended up running about 8 miles instead of 6.2. All in all, a poorly organized race that was supposed to be fun but ended up being a nightmare for some as I overheard one runner say. I will definitely not be back as a paying customer. More than likely as a bandit runner.

Anthony C.

Would you recommend this event? No

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Sizzling Summer Half Marathon & 5K. 2011

Date of event: July 23, 2011
Where? River Legacy Park, Arlington
This was the most poorly executed, unorganized race I've ever run. Maybe not having a packet pick up in Arlington also contributed to the 30-minute start delay. A race in Arlington and the closest packet pick-up from the park was Mockingbird Lane in Dallas?! At some point there has to be a cap on a run, especially in a place like River Legacy. No mile markers, cones, course guides are unheard of. There was no water for 2 miles on east trail until the turnaround for the half and then another 2 miles coming back. 10K runners were turning back at all different places not knowing where the actual turnaround should be. There were no trash bins along the course, leaving the course littered with trash. Although there were so many empty cardboard boxes at the pavillion. Not enough volunteers to put them out?? Won't be doing this run again.

SL Rivera

Would you recommend this event? No

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Sizzling Summer Half Marathon & 5K, 2011

Date of event: July 23, 2011
Where? River Legacy Park, Arlington
This was, by far, the most disorganized run I have ever participated in. (I've run over 500 races in the DFW area.) The packet pick-up was terribly set up. It took me over 45 minutes to get my bib and worthless T-shirt. How do you conduct a half marathon in July here in Texas and start it late? 7:30 is really too late, so add another 30 minutes to the starting time and it's ridiculous. There were no markers on the course, no monitors to make sure everyone followed the course and no turn around markers for those running the 10K. This isn't rocket science, how about some common sense?
I heard the guy on the mike before the start say "isn't this exciting? This is why we get up early in the morning." No, we get up early to start the race on time!!

Overall a terrible race.

Robert W.

Would you recommend this event? No

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SNAP Strut Your Stuff, 2011

Date of event: May 21, 2011
Where? Bob Eden Park, Euless
That was a LOT-OF-FUN. A small fun run. Yes it was HOT and HUMID but it's on a nice sidewalk throught the woods. The course was right at 5K with just a couple puddles but no lakes on it. Water point at the half, where you REALLY need it and water and food at the finish. I like the folks putting it on and RunTime is always VERY PROFESSIONAL (I like MIke P too). Lots of pics to choose from (Moving Pictures took them). I like the T with the big RED STAR and the red white and blue ribbon medals. This is the third time I've run it and I'll run it again. One small thing...get there EARLY,the parking lot is small and I'm ALWAYS late!

Harold Jandreau

Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Soles For Souls 5K, Arlington, 2011


Date of event: July 23, 2011
Where? Arlington
  Good neighborhood course with varied topography; miles were marked; adequate water supplied; late start--very hot morning. Race results took too long to announce; the 5K should start at 7:30 a.m. with the one mile fun run to follow.
JDB
Star rating 3 out of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes.

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Speak Up For the Kids Casa 10K, 5K (Cleburne), 2010


Date of event: 10/09/2010
Where? Cleburne, TX
  Courses were well marked and traffic control was adequate. Mile markers would have been nice. (There might have actually been some, but I didn't notice any). There were a couple of intersections that were unmanned, but the RD made every attempt prior to the start of the race to get these intersections covered. The RD was very welcoming for input to make this event a greater success in years to come. It is for a very good cause that our local community is supportive of. I would love to see this event keep growing. I'm afraid that this year, the addition of the 10K may have actually taken away from the 5K. The course was just challenging enough with a few hills spread throughout. It was the perfect time of year for this race...not too terribly hot. The goodie bags were well equipped. I really liked the trophies, and they made every attempt to put together a nice prize for overall winners. I plan on returning to this race for as many years as they have it, and I hope more people will make the short trip down here to run with me. There was plenty of parking spaces. If the race grows, more port-a-potties will be needed.
Cora Turner
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Super Bowl Sunday 5000, Fort Worth, 2011


Date of event: Feb. 6, 2011
Where? Fort Worth
  Cool awards, good refreshments, course marked well to avoid ice (left over from ice and snow that covered the D-FW area during the week).
Ninetoes
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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SWEat for SWE 5K, 2011


Date of event: Oct. 22, 2011
Where? River Legacy Park, Arlington
  Awesome event! Good location and good route. This was their first 5K event that they've put together and they really did an awesome job. I enjoyed it very much! =)
Adriana Martinez
Star rating 5 out of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Texas Half & 5K, 2014


Date of event: Feb. 2, 2014
Where? Irving Convention Center
 

Shame on you Mellew Productions! Last year's bad experience at the Big D Texas Marathon 5K continued at this race. Last year at the Big D, the 5K racers had an unorganized and short race course, previous finisher medals for age group awards and we were forbidden to have any of the food. We were told it was for the half marathoners and marathoners. I had been doing this race and the Texas Half 5K for 7 years or so, and I have seen it go downhill every year. Look at the numbers and you will see the field of 5K runners has decreased every year. Why? Greed.

At the Texas Half 5K, Irving Convention Center( 2nd year there) things didn't start out well. Because of a high wind gust of approx. 50 mph, the start/finish line was blown over a few minutes after the Half started at 8 a.m. It was set back up and held down and the 5K started on time at 8:15. Good job by the timing company.

Now what happened after this was all bad and downhill, or should I say uphill? The course was changed from last year and a quick turnaround led us in the opposite direction and eventually up a pretty good hill (bridge) and into a fierce head wind. (approx. 25-30 mph) At the top, go straight or right? We almost found out too late. Volunteers were pretty useless at this race. After the turnaround (one of the few that was actually marked) we headed to the confusing finish line. Some runners were told to finish to the right ( 2.75 miles) others, including myself, were told to turn left and run another loop? I had to shout out loud to get directions where to turn to the finish line. That direction actually came from a policeman. So, I ran 3.02, still short, but many others that finished ahead of me ran a quarter- mile shorter. Such a mess! No organization whatsoever. I realize and heard that some people had to be pulled to man the start line because of wind. How about briefing all your volunteers before the race so they can actually direct the runners in the correct direction?? Maybe the volunteers should not be talking on their cell phones either when runners are needing direction. What a concept, huh? 84 runners ran, down from 142 last year. I talked to many runners afterward and they were equally disgusted by all this. I am sure there were the walkers and non-serious runners at this race who don't care. But for many serious runners who attended and work hard to train for these events, we are not happy. Someone has to speak up. And I am not afraid to speak my mind.

So, I say again shame on you Mellew Productions! What did I get for my 28 dollars? I got the same exact T-shirt with my race packet that I got last year! And my award was again a previous finisher medal with a different age group winner lanyard attached to it. Just who are you trying to fool here?? I don't care what your overhead is. Nor do I care what you have to rent the Convention Center for. If you can't treat your customers (runners) right......then do away with the 5K and spare us your greed and the aggravation. That being said, I am done with you Mellew Productions. I am sure I can find another race on any day you have one of yours, and be treated much better too. And as you see by the decreased numbers, I am not the ONLY one that feels that way. I was just brave enough and took the time enough to speak up in this forum. Thank you.

Chris Kobos
Star rating 1 out of 5
Would you recommend this event? No

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Texas Half & 5K, 2014


Date of event: Feb. 2, 2014
Where? Irving Convention Center
 

I ran the 5K at the last minute. I have to say, I'm extremely disappointed in this race. I have heard bad things about Mellew races, but I personally never experienced them until today. I saw the scaffolding fall, thankfully no one was hurt, because it was only a couple of minutes after the last Half marathoner passed the start line. Thankfully no one was hurt. You can't control mother nature, but with strong winds, you should take extra precautions with the equipment.

The field was pretty small, and I was in the top 10 pretty much from the start. I'm not near as fast as the lead runners, so I lost sight of them once we approached the bridge. Because beyond the bridge there was a turn, and we were catching up to the half marathoners. It wasn't quite clear if we were supposed to turn or not. There weren't any signs and no one was directing us. We were in the far left lane, while the right 2 lanes were open to traffic. After calling out for directions, we were instructed to make the turn. This meant we had to cut through the traffic lanes. Thankfully, no cars were coming. What helped lead to this confusion is that the half runners were going straight, while the 5K was supposed to turn. Another issue along the way was that the mile marker signs were off by about .25 miles. After making our turn, we saw the leaders going back the other way, so this was obviously an out-and-back portion. As we approached the turnaround, there was a sign, and some paramedics hanging out there. There weren't any course marshals or volunteers though. I asked if I was supposed to turn around at the point before the intersection, or the cone farther out in the intersection. The medics told me to take the first turn. As we returned to the spot where we turned onto this road, we turned back toward the finish. Of course this was after yelling out to confirm with volunteers on with way to go, because there were no signs to tell us, and no one was pro-actively telling us.

So, we headed back to the convention center and as we approached the finish area, there was another sign telling us to turn around. My assumption was that meant I needed to cut back to the finish line like we did last year, because, once again there was no one to tell me otherwise. Aside from this, I heard the race announcer call out my name which tells me I'm nearing the finish.

Once I finished, some guy came up and asked me if I turned straight into the finish, or made a loop. I told him I turned straight in, like we did last year. He said, "I think you were supposed to make a loop first." I responded that there wasn't anyone there to tell me which way to go. (I went back and looked at the course map, and this loop was not marked, and if it was, it wasn't very clear that there was a loop). After this, I noticed they were directing a few people to take the loop. After a while, they quit doing that, and started having people take the same turn I did. I would say that having that loop where they did was a stupid design anyway. Because faster runners had to through much slower runners as they returned to the finish added to the confusion of who turns where. I ended up 2.75 miles while others ran 3 miles. I've also heard from people doing that half, that it was about .5 miles short. Some people said they were told it's because a volunteer set up the turnaround in the wrong place.

The race wasn't very expensive, so I don't expect a lot of amenities. However, I do expect an accurate course, with clear directions on where to go, be it by course marshals/volunteers, or signage. I expect this no matter how much I pay. Whether it is $5 or $100. If you can't get the course right, how can we expect anything else to be done right? Like I said, I have heard bad Mellew reviews before, and this was the first time I had a problem, but this experience was in line with those other reviews I've read.

All I can say is that Mellew needs to quit blaming volunteers for messing up, because volunteers come and go with each race, but one thing remains constant, the RD, and the company putting them on. It's up to the RD to make sure the signs are in the correct place, the volunteers are set up in the correct place, and properly trained.

The only positives I have for this race is the announcer, location, and cost. The setup at the convention center is nice. The announcer was friendly and engaging, and the cost was OK.

Edf Haynes
Star rating 1 out of 5
Would you recommend this event? No

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Texas Half & 5K, 2013


Date of event: Feb. 3, 2013
Where? Irving Convention Center
 

Likes: great new location, flat course, parking garage and convention area that was used for post and re-race.

Dislikes: The half either needs to start earlier or later if they those runners are going to use the 5K course. Women that were walking the half were in the way (by) walking 5-10 across. This made it difficult as we had to run around them (by going) over the yellow line instead of in the designated lane keeping to the left. This needs to change. Too much congestion for the 5K runners. People are not considerate or they are oblivious of runners. The Heels and Hills used a similar course and there were many complaints. I refuse to do that one anymore. Also: More originality with the awards would be nice. Those glass things with the stickers stuck on them have run their course.

Chris Kobos
Star rating 4 out of 5
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Tour des Fleurs, 2012


Date of event: Sept. 15, 2012
Where? White Rock Lake
  Great race, a few hiccups this year as Run On took over management this year from Luke's Locker. Race delayed by 5 minutes and inconsistent mile markers. But a great course, lots of support, great after race activities. Nice shirt, sad to see the hats gone. Also can't seem to track down my age group award; was supposed to be delivered to the Run On store where I picked up my packet but hasn't been so far.
Star rating 4 out of 5
Lowell Koppel
Would you recommend this event? Yes

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Trail Blazer Two-Fifths Marathon & 5K, 2011


Date of event: Sept. 17, 2011
Where? River Legacy Parks, Arlington
  It was a HOT and HUMID one at the park again. All part of the record-breaking summer of fun. I did the 5K and watched as the 2/5 marathon runners came in. They were sweating a lot. Jeph (Abara) set up a new route that incorporated the 5K within the 2/5ths and there was a bridge to run across twice, which doubled the fun. No killer hills, just low rises and falls. I'd like to see this route used again. Results weere fast though the start was delayed because of early morning darkness in the park. The race had an EGGSCELLENT BREAKFAST at the finish and the 2/5 runners got finisher's medals. What more can you ask for? I'll do it again.
Harold Jandreau
Would you recommend this event? Yes

Tyler Rose Half Marathon, 2011

Date of event: Oct. 9, 2011
Where? Tyler

Course was challenging, but thankfully a lot of shade from the trees.  Plenty of volunteers at intersections.  Well organized, nice finishing area.  Thanks to Mellew for the 4 Seasons Challenge as well.

Karl Zuber
Star rating 5 of 5
Would you recommend
this event?
Yes

Uptown Run (Dallas) 2010

Date of event: 10/28/2010
Where? Dallas

I didn't like the idea of "No Masters division"...only overall top 3. No awards apart from the 3 top overall were presented, had to stand in line to get award..... Toilets? really needed a few more.... T-Shirt ---although long sleeve, the fabric is cotton. Most races hand out "running fabric" shirts... I liked the parking and the food was ok.
Leana Sloan
Would you recommend
this event?
No

Wounded Warrior Half Marathon, Irving, 2011

Date of event: June 12, 2011
Where? Las Colinas, Irving
This is one of the better organized events in the area. Plenty of volunteers to man the registration tables, the water stops and monitor the course. Good parking areas. I parked in the garage next to the event. I walked down steps and was right at the registration table. The goodie bag included a tech shirt and socks. Nice! Race officials moved the start back to 7 a.m. this year, which made more sense than the later start of the previous year considering the hot weather. The 10K started at 7:15, which might be a little soon because the leaders were having to pass half marathoners before they turned around on the Campion Trail, though the leaders had a motorcycle cop leading the way. Runners began on O'Connor, next to Williams Square, which features the horse statue display. From O'Connor, runners take a right on Riverside Drive, then go to El Lago for a turnaround. After that, we got on Campion Trail and headed to the turnaround near the 7-mile mark. The trail had several shady areas, some that had trees forming a welcome shady tunnel. Usually I don't like out-and-back courses, but this one wasn't bad at all. There were about 1,800 who registered for the half and 10K, so there was plenty of company on the course. The plentiful water stops included Powerade. After finishing, food included pancakes, fruit, eggs and sausage (mixed), popsicles, drinks and maybe some other stuff I missed. And, as most runs, this was for a good cause.
Charles Clines
Would you recommend
this event?
Yes!