I loved the event! The only reason I participated in it was my dog could run with me. We ran the 17k and had a blast! For those of you who call yourselves avid runners and hate running around dogs, do a different event! My dog was courteous as she was passing all of you without dogs! I think it was great to involve the dogs and wouldn't want it any other way. So those of you complaining about the dogs, stop complaining and enjoy the run like the rest of us.
I had a great time and will definitely do it again next year. The course was well marked and the volunteers were friendly and helpful. There were just a couple of things I thought could be improved upon. One, there was confusion at the start (I did the 8k) because the announcements were very difficult to hear. The 4k racers were just standing at the start and I nearly fell over someone as I was trying to cross the start line. Maybe just a little more communication in that regard? Also, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE it if next year you would have gender specific race t's. More races are doing that now and as a women, I REALLY appreciate having a race tee that actually fits a womans figure! It was unclear that they were unisex when I initially signed up (unless I missed that info some how) and I ordered a Medium thinking they were gender specific. Unfortunately the unisex Medium was huge on me and, equally as unfortunate, there were no smalls left to exchange with on race day. It's a bummer because its a great looking tee but I'll never wear it because its way too big. Anyway...just a suggestion Otherwise, great race!!
I would disagree with wanting to move the race to the dirt track because I can see lots of people having problems, due to breathing in dirt that gets kicked up. Could aggravate allergies, too. Most people assume races are road races unless they are specified as trail courses.
Fun event, great location (start and finish...I've definitely been on prettier courses) and a cool pre- and post-party! The green beer was a fantastic perk! I enjoyed that it was pet-friendly, but my puppy ended up getting a chocolate kiss that was on the ground and spent the rest of the day sick Handing out chocolate at a pet-friendly run could be reconsidered!
I love doing this race but I think the times are messed up. Not sure how you can run faster than the clock time. It was too hard to understand the anouncer(no I didn't have headphones on) so alot of 8k runners left with the 17k runners. Since there were seperate clocks for each race it seems like the times got mixed. I will still go next year and hopefully they will clear that up. Great job on everything else, see you next year:)
Ran the 17k. Very well ran event. Definitely loved the course a lot better than last year (and this is coming from an east-side gal!) Also love how dog friendly these races are.
This was my 1st time with the Kiss Me I'm Irish run, other runs I have done line walkers, strollers and dogs in the back, and line the runners up by mile times in front. I thinks this makes for an orginized easy start. hard to hear directions and start time with sound system. not sure it was working right. I may do it a gain but hope next time things go alot smoother.
I liked the course and the fact that most of it wasn't on a dirt path. I regularly run on asphalt, so, unlike others, I won't complain about the "beating." I can't do trail/dirt because of severe allergies and breathing issues -- a reason I won't do the 12k's of Christmas event again. What I didn't appreciate having to dodge dozens of strollers and hoards of people walking especially toward the end of the course where it funneled off a path and onto a street. I literally got trapped in a mess of strollers and walkers (I assume from the 4k?) which was really unpleasant as a runner. It seemed a lot of people were there to walk, which is fine, but it would be helpful to have them line up at the back and have staff throughout the course guiding walkers and those with strollers to keep to one side. Dogs were a non-issue for me. I regularly run with my dog and on paved trails with other dogs around, but like another reviewer said, not a good idea to pass out chocolate at a dog-friendly event. Parking was also difficult. There were dozens of people trying to find parking just before 7 and a lot of people I talked to were really annoyed with the lack of signage helping us find parking near the event.
Fun event - but it was really awkward to start all the distances at the same time and not establish where paces were running. Also, having a 90 degree turn shortly after the start of the race created a lot of congestion. Had fun and enjoyed the course overall but definitely not a well organized start.