Race #305 – Lake Lure Olympiad Dam Run 10k – Lake Lure, NC

2015-dam-run-LOGOThe hills were alive with runners — and in my case walkers — in the first of three races that make up the Lake Lure Olympiad. This Friday night 10k was followed on Saturday by a sprint triathlon then on Sunday with a 5k that began at the bottom and climbed to the top of the Chimney Rock parking lot. Some athletes do all three races but I was only concerned with what was surely the easiest, since it didn’t involve swimming, cycling, or running completely up the side of a mountain with no downhill at all. The 10k was all hills — either up or down — so I did have the benefit of having some merciful downhill breathers, but it was still possibly the toughest 10k I’ve ever run. I didn’t actually count them during the race, but according to my Garmin I walked a total of 13 times during the race, which is a little more than two times every mile… Ouch! As usual, the only thing I looked at during the race was my heart rate, so I expected the worst in regards to time and thought I might do well to finish in under 50 minutes. In the end, my time was 46:22, and even though that’s one of my slower 10k times I was pretty happy with it considering all of the walk breaks, and I managed to win the age group by about a minute over 64-year-old Doug Miller, who I met after the race. He had been keeping an eye on me throughout most of the race, and had I known that I would have probably walked less, but lucky for me he wasn’t quite able to catch me.


Now on to the important stuff. Jim Owens had told me in advance that this was his favorite race of the year because of the great party afterwards on the beach. And he was right. The food was plentiful and delicious and the view of Chimney Rock and the lake was spectacular, making it worth the miserable 6-mile run to get there. There were lots of homemade baked cookies and brownies, fruit of course, maybe 10 different types of pasta salad, and ice cream sundaes where you could choose your own toppings.


Despite my general dislike of hills, I really did enjoy the experience and I’ll probably be back for more of this challenge in the future.


I’ve waited about a week for photos to be posted and so far all I’ve seen is some pics of the triathlon on Saturday, so I’m going to assume there were no pics for the 10k. I’ll change my rating if I eventually do find some photos.


Race Number:  305


Race Name:  Lake Lure Olympiad Dam Run 10k


Location:  Lake Lure, North Carolina


Date:  August 14, 2015


Race Rating:  79



  • M:  Adam Weeks (Hickory, NC) (Age 34) — 34:29
  • F:  Blakely Garrity (Cary, NC) (Age 24) — 42:30


Course:  Huge downhill at the beginning from Ingles grocery store to the lake, followed by rolling hills that seemed to be a lot more up than down until ending along the beach in the sand.



  • Elevation Gain:  634 feet
  • Elevation Loss:  778 feet (mostly in the first mile it seems)


Weather at Start:  73 degrees, 83% humidity, and partly cloudy.


Race Results


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My Stats:

Time:  46:22
Pace:  7:28
Age Group:  1 of  6
Overall:  31 of  178
Average Heart Rate:  167
Maximum Heart Race:  181
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  36:44  (72.74%)



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
4 – Course Scenery: (0-5) 1=bad and 5=fantastic
1 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
8 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
0 – 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

0 – Posted online within 24 hours: (0)no (2)yes
0 – Easy to find results: (0)no (1)yes

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

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

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

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

0 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
x – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap
0 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.): (0)no (1-10)yes

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

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
0 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
0 – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  79


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One Reply to “Race #305 – Lake Lure Olympiad Dam Run 10k – Lake Lure, NC”

  1. “WE” win again!
    I am not putting this race on my calendar, too tough for me in my condition.
    When you walk, it shows you are a threshold racer, not a stupid pace racer. Best times are achieved by racing as close to threshold as you can while not exceeding it until you smell the barn.

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