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Race Reports for Challenge Quassy - Half Course

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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: Rev 3 Quassy is such an awesome race. I rode some roller coasters, ate ice cream and then headed home since I had to go to work Monday morning.
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Great race. Good swag, good location, etc. Definitely recommended.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: REV3 puts on a great event. This is my 3rd time doing this race and I will be back again. The only issue I saw this year was the traffic on the bike course. In the past they have closed the out and back road. This year they did not and it was an issue. there was an 18 wheeler gas truck bombing thru as bikes are on either side of the narrow road. Would advise in closing that road for future events.
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: Overall, the execution of the race by Rev3 was good, as usual. However, I can see things slipping - no pros, fewer exhibitors, less swag (no finisher jersey!), etc. Wondering if things are going downhill. Given the difficulty of the race and the need for early season training, not sure if I will take on the HIM next year - maybe dial back to the Oly. This was painful. Thank you to themany enthusiastic volunteers who (as usual) came through every time!!
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability:

  • Comments: This is a tough course. The bike and run courses are technical and hilly, but not out of my ability. It just wasn't my day. I've beat myself up over the race and racked my brain over what happened or what I could have done differently...so I could learn from it, move on and not do it again. I've allowed myself way more time than I should have to beat myself up over my performance on Sunday. Part of this race report is for me to get it all out and now it's time to move on. I can't be upset with myself over this any longer. And I while I didn't have the day I intended, I need to at least recognize the victories of the day (finishing, no migraine, good nutrition). Pick my head up, recover and get my ass back to training. I saw a quote yesterday that was perfect - "Don't forget that you're human. It's okay to have a melt down. Just don't unpack and live there. Cry it out and then refocus on where you're headed."
[6]
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?No
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: This was a good race but I felt like Rev3 was tightening their belts financially. We got very little in terms of bling (the only thing we got in our athlete packet was a head rag. Post race food wasn't fresh by the time I get there and there was no beer (seriously - they had it at MD - but only served soft drinks here). Aid stations were good and volunteers were really friendly. The course was just what I wanted - something that would really challenge me and boost my confidence. It was beautiful - and the weather was PERFECT!
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: Hard to find a race to beat the scenery, organization, volunteers, energy and traffic control of this race. Really a great race (but tough).
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Really love this race! Fun, challenging course, tons of helpful volunteers, and very well organized. Cool medal and swag is a nice bonus too.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: the Rev 3 did another stellar job at being there for athlete's. I must say I was surprised by the number of bike mechanicals I saw out on the course-LOTS of flats, more than the last 2 years I did this. I counted the DNF list from the website and there were almost 100 people with DNF. A few DNS and a rare DQ. I love the challenge of this race and the hills of the bike and run are what make it great. I was happy with how I pressed until I had very little left. Spiked my heart rate sprinting past the guy in my AG who I went back and forth for hours-both on the bike and the run. Lots to improve on-still...no surprise there. No pros this year, so I think the field was a bit smaller too.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: If your looking for a challenge this is it. I can not think of a harder 1/2. For me just getting through it was the accomplishment.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This was my first attempt at the Quassy Half. There's no getting around it - this race is brutal. Hills. Hills. And more Hills. The bike is a stunningly beautiful course through farm land and fancy homes. Lots of hills there too - with some frighteningly fast descents - but all manageable. The real pain starts on the run. The first 3 miles lull you into thinking it won't be that bad. Then the dirt road hill hits at about mile 4 - and all hell breaks loose at that point. On the upside, there are tons of aid stations on the course - and each was stocked with super-enthusiastic volunteers that really helped mask the pain for a moment. All told - rev3 puts on an amazing event at Quassy. Results are available instantly - there's a huge family-friendly finish - and the volunteers and staff are top notch. The only down-side I would say is the post-race food is carnival food (burgers, dogs, and pasta salad) - so if you're looking for something more healthy - bring your own.
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Great race. Tough. Good one to test yourself.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: great race. rev3 puts on a great event
[14]
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Tough course but I did well! Even with a Sprained Ankle! PR!
[15]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: The volunteers were awesome. The swag has really gone downhill from years in the past, but the service is still tops!!
[16]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Loved the race. Had I been physically prepared 100% instead of 65%, this would have gone a lot better for me. however, that's not the race's fault! The race itself was great - organized and lots of support from volunteers, cops, and spectators. The course was absolutely beautiful (albeit hilly).
[17]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: REV3 did a bang up job. The cool towel at the end was awesome. The course was pretty brutal but I knew that going in. Could have done without the oppressive heat but that stuff happens.
[18]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: Another great job by Rev 3 !
[19]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Rev3 Quassy has been, by far, the best race I've done, both running and triathlon related. The course definitely challenges you and you need to be both mentally and physically ready for this course. The volunteers and organizers were amazing and the pro field was awesome. The race also brought out some awesome age groupers and I can't wait to race again at Ironman Lake Placid. The finish shirt and medal were both awesome and anyone who finishes this course definitely deserves both. Rev3 is an amazing organization. I will definitely be back next year.
[20]
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: What a great event! Post race food left something to be desired, but otherwise for a race this large I thought it was fantastic. I would definitely recommend Rev3 to anyone.
[21]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: As has been said, the Rev3 crowd do a very good job. If I were to complain, I'd say more areas to sit in the shade would not be unreasonable. It's been sunny now several times in a row. And I'd definitely fix the parking problem at this venue. There is no need for single entrance into the park. A second entrance at the top of the hill should be made for 'event' parking like this one.
[22]
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: REV3 always puts on a good show.
[23]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?No
  • Plenty of drink stations?No

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Rev3 puts on absolutely AWESOME races, but I do wish they had a bit more aid stations out there especially when it's hot. I am just a tad bit spoiled from doing Kona last year
[24]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: A well run race overall but not as good as two years ago. The swag has gone downhill and there could have been more and better volunteers at the water stations on the run. I was planning on walking the aide stations, but if you wanted to run through you would have had a difficult time getting what you needed, not enough seats/ shade at finish line, no massage or ART at finish line. This is still a great race however, especially if you have a family that would enjoy the park while you race. I like the challenge of the course and will most likely do it again.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Rev3 does a great job - thats the bottom line. Organized and professional for sure. But of course, I can complain about a couple of things: 45-49 having to wait for an hour on the beach to start at 745 - not happy - longer time during run in the sun, etc. Very limited shaded seats at the finish - I needed a seat in the shade but could not find one anywhere. Found my self competing for seats, drinks, etc. with hundreds of non-racers - not just family members, but people from the park I think. Would be nice to have some space and a chance to get a cold drink before someone's kid gets their 15th soda and the ice runs out. The finisher medal almost knocked me over it is so large and heavy - a bit ridiculous. The finisher shirt used to be a tech jersey - now a thin cotton T (mine had holes). The swagbag has reduced as well - used to get goggles and/or a nice T-Shirt. Now a baby-blue visor??? Wont be wearing that. Ok, enough negaitve - it was a well done event. Volunteers
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