Race #238 – Mount Mourne VFD Elf Run 5k – Mount Mourne, NC – 12/21/13

This has become one of my favorite winter races, partly because all of the pre-race and post-race activities are held inside the fire department, where it’s warm and you’re able to mingle with the other runners in relative comfort and escape the cold winter temperatures. There are other great things about the race as well. The course is pretty flat. There are a couple small hills but no huge obstacles to climb, and race times seem to be faster here than in most other 5k races.

The food is plentiful and includes coffee, donuts, cookies, sub sandwiches, plenty of fruit, and more. Age groups are 5 years and the winners receive trophies, not huge but pretty nice. In most races by the time they reach my age group most of the people are gone, but for this one they hang around until after the awards hoping to win one of the numerous door prizes that are given away at the end. As they do the drawing, each winner is able to choose whatever they want that’s left. One friend of mine came away with a new pair of Saucony running shoes; another friend won a shop vac; another came away with a beautiful set of expensive lamps. My name was called at the very end and the only thing left was a set of two small duffle bags. It’s not something I would have chosen either, but when we got home we found it a great use for one of the bags.

It was my fastest time of the three occasions that I’ve run this race, finishing at 20:46. Anytime I’m under 21 minutes in a 5k it’s a pretty good day for me. My time of 21:30 last year landed me in 3rd place, so I was fortunate to get 1st place in the 60-64 age group this year.

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My Stats:

Time:  20:46
Pace:  6:41
Age Group:  1 of  10
Overall:  16 of  156
Average Heart Rate: 170
Maximum Heart Race:  175
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  16:33 (77.92%)

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
0 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
2 – Water Stops: (0)none  (2)normal  (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking:  (0)bad  (1)good
2 – Course Scenery:  (0)bad  (2)pleasant  (5)extraordinary
1 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none  (1)normal  (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers:  (0)too few  (2)good
4 – Finish line: (0)mediocre  (2-5)not bad to very good  (7)spectacular!
2 – Certified Course: (0)no  (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no  (2)yes
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads:  (0)yes  (1)no

REGISTRATION
2 – Cost:  (0)expensive  (2)reasonable  (5)cheap!
3 – Race Day Registration:  (0)no  (3)yes

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

AGE GROUPS
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)
2 – Top Overall M/F:  (0)none or first only  (2)top 3 or better
0 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no  (2)yes
0 – Grand Masters Category (50+):  (0)no  (3)yes
0 – Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no  (5)yes

AWARDS
5 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent
5 – Age Group Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent
9 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0)no  (2)yes   (5-9)fabulous door prizes!
0 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no  (3)yes  (5)really cool medals

POST RACE
9 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
4 – Entertainment:  (0)no  (1-9)yes
2 – Finisher times posted after race:  (0)no  (2)yes

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

T-SHIRTS
2 – T-Shirts: (0)no  (2)yes
2 – Design: (0)not good  (1)not bad  (2)nice  (5)beautiful!
0 – Material: (0)cotton  (2)technical fabric
0 – Discount for no-shirt option:  (0)no (2)yes

PHOTOGRAPHY
0 – Professional Photography: (0)no  (5)yes
x – Prices: (0)expensive  (2)reasonable  (5)cheap!
0 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.):  (0)no  (2)yes  (5)lots of free pics!

PARKING
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
2 – Dedicated race website (0)no  (2)yes
2 – Results or link to results posted on website:  (0)no  (2)yes

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

TOTAL:  92

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