Race #123 – Cherry Blossom 5k – Cherryville, NC – 04/30/11

This week we decided to go cherry picking at the Cherry Blossom 5k. It was a fun small-town race, surprisingly well organized, and we had eight members of the Gaston County Runners who decided to run it. The race is organized by the Cherryville branch of the YMCA but they didn’t really promote it outside of Cherryville so the crowd was small, with only 72 runners in the race. Still though, it was a lot of fun, especially since 4 of the 5 top finishers were from our club.

The race was started with a deafening blast from a musket, which Cherryville is famous for. I held my breath as I ran through the smoke left by the musket firing, and we were on our way. Early in the race I took the lead, a place that I’m not only unfamiliar with but uncomfortable with as well. I stayed out front for possibly a half mile, all the while listening to the pitter patter of younger footsteps than mine and knew it was only a matter of time before people began passing me. First up was Mike Wilson, a GCR member, who shouted as he passed me that he had always wanted to see what it felt like to be in first place in a race. Just a few seconds later I was overtaken by another GCR member, Josh Barron, who eventually won the race. I watched as Josh slowly overtook Mike over the course of the next half mile or so, and about that time Stephen Phillips also caught and passed me.

Stephen and I were back and forth during the second mile and during that time a runner from Cherryville, Kevin Minton, passed us both and eventually finished in second place. Mike Wilson, who later said that he had gone out too fast, drifted back and finished behind Stephen and I. During the last half mile or so Stephen lost a little momentum and I was able to gain some ground on him, and at the end I was 3rd overall, with Stephen coming in 4th and Mike coming in 5th. GCR member Michele Hoheiser was the overall female winner in the race. All eight of our Gaston County Runners club came away with a trophy or an age group medal.

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Race Rating:

4 – 1-10  Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
6 – 1-10  Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
7 – 1-10  Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
5 – 1-10  Food for Race Participants (1 to 10)
6 – 1-10  T-Shirts (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
4 – 4/6   Part of Race Series (Grand Prix, etc.) (6=Yes and 4=No)
0 – 0/5   Professional Photography (5=Yes and 0=No)
4 – 4/6   Chip Timing (6=Yes and 4=No)
7 – 3/7   Certified Course (by USA Track & Field) (7=Yes and 3=No)
5 – 1-10  Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
7 – 1-10  Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
5 – 1-10  Entertainment (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
0 – 0-10  Age Groups (10 if 5-year groups; 0 if 10-year groups)
5 – 0/5   Indoor Shelter from Elements (0 if none; 5 if provided)
5 – 1-10  Bathroom Facilities
0-10  Other

TOTAL – 70

Race Stats:

1st Overall Male: Josh Barron (20:01)
1st Overall Female:  Michele Hoheiser (22:40)

My Stats:

Time:  21:07
Pace:  6:48
Age Group (50-59):  1 of 9
Overall:  3 of 72

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4 Replies to “Race #123 – Cherry Blossom 5k – Cherryville, NC – 04/30/11”

  1. Nice blog! Congrats again on 3rd male, 1st AG. Had a fun time with the Gaston group! It was def. a well-organized event. They even did the awards sooner than other races so we got out of there early. Wish you and Linda could have joined me for a fattening funnel cake(we deserved it after our efforts!) at the Cherry Blosson annual festival. I met nice people as I was enjoying the awesome classic car show!

  2. Richard,

    Great job with the low 21. I only ran this race once (5/22/93) and ran an 18:13 and had a fun day. I really enjoyed the blasting sound of the black powder gun and also the breakfast that we had after in the little cafe that was located uptown. I really like the small town races and they really seem to like seeing runners from out of town running their race. See you at the next race…or should I say you can see me at the next race…all you will need to do is to keep looking in front of you!

    Your Friend and most feared competitor,

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