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John Niedzwiecki

Manassass Runway 10K/5K   (2014)

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I have to say, my overall opinion with this 5K was really good. The fee was on par or better with other 5Ks in this area, even at the last minute prices of $35. The return on the fee was fantastic. Normally, with a 5K, usually at most you get a screen printed cotton t-shirt. For this race, we got a printed, nice quality tech shirt. If that's not enough, the race also included some bling: a nice, colored metal medal. Even a Disney 5K only lands you a cotton shirt and rubber medal.

Registration was easy through ImAthlete. Parking was pretty good. There was a bottleneck getting into the airfield, as there was just one small gate for all the cars to go through. Once we were parked, it was a little bit of a walk over to the main area for packet pickup and the starting line, but not too bad. Packet pickup was incredibly fast and efficient. One person would get your name and give your number to a second person. They would get your bib and hand it to a third. The third person would find your shirt then hand it to you, a red tech shirt with the race logo on it. They had 3 sets of people operating in this manner, so getting your stuff took no time at all.

The course was fast and flat (as a runway would be), though with a head wind in one direction. The start / finish line had several planes on hand from an air show to add a little to the environment. The 5K course included 1 water stop, about half way through. At the end, there were the obligatory bananas and water but also granola and peanut bars.

The only hiccup in the race was the problem with the results. There were some issue with getting the times exported to print the results and announce age group winners, which included small trophies. As a programmer, I understand you can't always control that fact, and then did their best to try and get them out, but in the end we waited a while for nothing which was a bit of a downer. They did have all the times, which were posted later that night.

As all is said and done, this was a great course, a great value for my money, and I'll definitely be doing it again.

Mohammad Schultz

Frozen 5K   (2014)

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The course is flat and fast and takes runners through the streets of GMU-Manassas at the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center and the surrounding roads. Not bad at all and many people attend this short distance race.

Mohammad Schultz

Just Glo 5K   (2013)

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It is not a timed event but family friendly. This race event features live music, moon bounces, games, vendors, and food, and is all topped off with a glow in the dark, 5k run, New Life Christian Church is partnering with World Vision's program, SchoolTools, to provide backpacks and school supplies for children in local Prince William County schools this fall. Your registration fee goes directly to one backpack full of school supplies that will be in the hands of a child at the beginning of the school year.

John Kinnicutt

Crystal Run 5k Fridays   (2014)

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Every Friday night in April, Pacers Running Stores put on a 5k race through the middle of Crystal City. These are very low-key races, but can be super competitive! The races are easy to get to using mass-transit, but I wouldn't recommend trying to drive there.

The course is a double out an back, which I like because I get to see all the other runners a couple times along the course. And the course in pancake flat!!! It's really possible to run very fast there.

Each race is only $20, but you get a discount and a free t-shirt if you sign up for the series.

Will Run For A Medal

Run or Dye Washington 5K   (2014)

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This was my first color run and it happened to take place on Memorial Day Weekend, when I would be in DC. The race expo was at Road Runner Sport in Falls Church, VA but day-of packet pick-up was also available. We opted to metro in, rather than drive but parking was around $10. Either way, you are right by the start/finish line.

We opted to purchase additional color packets, which I would recommend for families to make it more fun. We all wore our race t-shirts, which were of course white but many people dressed up for the race. I wore sunglasses because I have contacts and my friends daughter actually wore goggles to protect her eyes. The run was pretty laid-back with some people choosing to run and many walking. The course started and ended at RFK Stadium and looped behind it along a trail. Color stations were scattered throughout the course, and volunteers would reach into boxes and throw handfuls of color at runners. The color stations were of course fun, you could see them coming since the color was everywhere and it was windy that day, but it made me feel a bit sorry for the volunteers who were in the haze of color during the entire race. They weren't wearing masks or anything and I know the color is supposedly non-toxic, but I got some of it in my mouth during the race and it was an unpleasant feeling. So I would suggest that the race offer better dust protection for the volunteers and on the flip-side I would suggest that runners thank those volunteers, well once you get past the color station so that you do not get a mouth full of color like my friend's daughter did when she screamed "color me" at a color station.

Overall, I had a great time and recommend color runs especially for families. Just keep in mind that you pay for the experience of being pelted with color rather than the swag.

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