Race #158 – Mount Mourne Christmas Elf 5k – Mooresville, NC – 12/24/11

I had heard a lot about this race from others who have run it in the past and the reviews were always good, so we headed over to the Mooresville area to experience it for ourselves. It actually exceeded our expectations, being just about a perfect race except for a glitch in putting down the cones or marking the course or something (I never figured out what exactly). The result was that the race was quite a bit longer than a 5k. According to several other people I talked to, they all had Garmin measurements of between 3.38 and 3.40 miles although personally my Garmin measured only 3.25. I don’t check distances as I’m running, but I usually have a pretty good feel for how fast I’m running and I felt like I might have been somewhere between about 20:45 and 21:00, so as I approached the finish line and saw the clock at 22 minutes I was surprised. My final time of 22:39 still won my age group (55-59) and everybody else seemed to think they would have been about 2 minutes faster on an accurate course.

Other than that it was a really fun race. The race is sponsored the by Mount Mourne Fire Department and the runners are able to stay inside the building both before and after the race. The course was mostly flat and fast and the post-race food was spectacular. Of course, I ate too much as usual. It’s beginning to look like I won’t really get back on my diet until January rolls around, but since that’s just a week from now maybe I won’t do too much damage between now and then.

Notably, the winner of the race was Anthony Famiglietti, two-time Olympian and six-time National Champion at a variety of distances, who literally ran away with the race at a pace of 4:37. Back in 2007, Fam, as he is popularly known, ran the fastest 5k by an American on US soil at a time of 13:11. Now that’s fast.

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Overall Male Winner:

  • Anthony Famiglietti  (15:52 — 4:37 pace)

Overall Female Winner:

  • Jean Hargett  (23:00 — 6:41 pace)

(These paces were taken from the race results site and wouldn’t be accurate for an accurate 5k. According to Dave Munger, the paces posted on the results site were adjusted to 5,541 meters.)

My Stats:

Time:  22:39
Pace:   6:35
Age Group:  1 of  15
Overall:  23 of  228

* RACE RATING  (100 Possible Points) *

RACE COURSE  (20 possible points)
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
0 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
1 – Water Stops: (at least 1 for 5k, 2 for 10k, 4 for half marathon) (2 points)
0 – Course Marking:  (0)bad  (1)good
0 – Course Scenery:  (0)bad  (1)good
1 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none  (1)normal  (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers:  (0)too few  (2)good
2 – Finish line: (0)mediocre  (2)pretty good to excellent
0 – Certified Course: (0)no  (2) yes
0 – Correct Distance: (0)no  (2)yes
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads:  (0)yes  (1)no

REGISTRATION  (6 possible points)
1 – Cost:  (0)expensive  (1)reasonable  (3)cheap!
3 – Race Day Registration:  (0)no  (3)yes

RESULTS  (3 possible points)
2 – Posted promptly online:  (0)no  (2)yes
0 – Clear link on website:  (0)no  (1)yes

AGE GROUPS  (13 possible points)
2 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less)
5 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 – 14 and under group (1)
1 – 65+ group (1)
1 – 70+ group (1)
1 – Top Overall M/F:  (0)none or first only  (1)top 3 or better
0 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no  (1)yes
0 – Grand Masters Category (50+):  (0)no  (1)yes

AWARDS  (9 possible points)
2 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none  (1)yes  (2)excellent
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none  (1)yes  (2)excellent
2 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0)no  (2)yes
0 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no  (1)yes  (3)really cool medals

POST RACE  (7 possible points)
5 – Food for Race Participants: (0)none  (1)some  (2)adequate  (5)a feast!
0 – Entertainment:  (0)no  (1)yes
1 – Finisher times posted after race:  (0)no  (1)yes

REST ROOMS  (4 possible points)
1 – Porta Potties:  (0)no  (1)limited, long lines  (2)plentiful
0 – Indoor Restrooms: (0)no  (1)limited, long lines  (2)plentiful

T-SHIRTS  (8 possible points)
2 – T-Shirts: (0)no  (2)yes
2 – Design: (0)not good  (1)not bad  (2)nice
0 – Material: (0)cotton  (2)technical fabric
0 – Discount for no-shirt option:  (0)no (2)yes

PHOTOGRAPHY  (12 possible points)
0 – Professional Photography: (0)no  (5)yes
0 – Prices: (0)expensive  (2)reasonable  (5)cheap!
0 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.):  (0)no  (2)yes

PARKING  (8 possible points)
2 – Close to Start:  (2)yes  (0)no
2 – Close to Finish:  (2)yes  (0)no
2 – Plenty of spaces:  (2)yes  (0)no
2 – Free Parking:  (2)yes  (0)no

WEBSITE  (5 possible points)
0 – Dedicated race website (0)no  (2)yes
1 – No dedicated site but separate page on other site (organization, running store, etc):  (0)no  (1)yes
0 – Results or link to results posted on website:  (0)no  (2)yes

OTHER  (5 possible points)
2 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no  (2)yes
0 – Swag (free socks, water bottles, etc.): (0)no  (1)yes, some  (2)excellent
0 – Part of race series or Grand Prix:  (0)no  (1)yes

TOTAL:  55*

* The new rating system generates lower scores than the old one but it’s much more objective. For me personally I liked this race a lot and look forward to running it again. What made a lower score for this race was a lack of professional photography (which many races don’t have) and, most notably, the glitch in the distance, which I’m sure will be corrected next year.
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3 Replies to “Race #158 – Mount Mourne Christmas Elf 5k – Mooresville, NC – 12/24/11”

  1. Great race. I also appreciated that the official results accounted for the problem with the course and adjusted the official length to 5,541 meters — the pace per mile in the results was based on that distance, not 5,000 meters in a true 5K.

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