Race #256 – Patriot Festival 5k – Charlotte, NC – 05/26/14

This Memorial Day race gave me an extra race for the week. Having run a 5k on Saturday followed by a 17-mile training run on Sunday, I’m not sure it was the smartest decision to run another 5k on Monday but it worked out fairly well even though I was a few seconds slower than in the race two days earlier.


  • Lots of post-race activities honoring those who are serving and have served in the military. Congressman Robert Pittenger helped hand out the race awards.
  • Nice setting in back of Southpark Mall. It’s generally the same area as Racefest and the Turkey Trot although not nearly as crowded.
  • Photographer Ron Deshaies from Treasured Events of Charlotte did the photos. He’s the best race photographer I’ve ever seen and will take thousands of pictures at a race all by himself. They’re priced reasonably too, and anytime he’s at a race I’ll buy at least one photo just to support his good work.


  • Only bad thing was that there were 10-year age groups and only 1 deep… Ouch! When will race directors learn that they should award the top 3 runners in 5-year age groups? There were fewer runners in this race than last year and I would bet that is a major reason. Other than that it’s a great race so maybe they’ll get a clue and change it next year (I won’t hold my breath). I won the 60-99 age group but still I feel bad for the other people who did well in their perspective age groups but didn’t win anything.

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I was happy to keep my pace under 7 minutes despite some
big hills in the latter part of the race.

My Stats:

Time:  21:17
Pace:  6:51
Age Group: 1 of  11
Overall:  17 of  403 (4.2%)
Average Heart Rate:  162
Maximum Heart Race:  176
Age Graded Equivalent Time: 16:49  (76.7%)


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
5 – Finish line: (0)mediocre  (2)not bad  (5)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

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

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

0 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less)
0 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 – 14 and under group (1)
0 – 65+ group (1)
0 – 70+ group (1)
2 – Top Overall M/F:  (0)none or first only  (2)top 3 or better
2 – 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

2 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent
0 – 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

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

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

2 – T-Shirts: (0)no  (2)yes
1 – 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

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

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

0 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no  (2)yes
2 – 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:  77

This is a nice shot of the start of the race taken by Ron D.
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