Race #320 – Belk Bowl 5k – Charlotte, NC – 12/27/15

PrintIt’s been almost two weeks since I ran this race and I was finally able to drag myself to the computer to write this blog entry. For the past month or so I’ve been dealing with Achilles tendinitis, and knowing that, I shouldn’t have run the Belk Bowl 5k. I had already registered in advance though for both Linda and me, and since it was unusually warm for a winter day in Charlotte I decided to run it.


It’s really a fun race, with a mostly flat course and pre- and post-race activities held in the Wells Fargo Atrium in uptown Charlotte, so most years when it’s freezing outside the warmth of the atrium feels great. It wasn’t needed this year, but it’s always nice in there nevertheless. This year the race was at the same time (it’s an afternoon race) as an important Panthers game so the crowd was down from previous years, but there were more than 200 runners so it was a decent crowd. There was a lot of great free food after the race and the age group awards were really nice (an insulated cooler seat that can be folded and stored) although the Belk gift cards weren’t quite as generous as in previous years. There was also a great custom medal for award winners though so very nice awards overall. Linda and I both got 1st place in our age groups so that’s always fun when it happens.


I did okay considering I hadn’t been running much and had gained a few pounds. My Achilles held up fine during the race but shortly afterwards I was limping. I took a day off and ran 3 miles two days later but the outcome wasn’t what I was hoping for. My situation was worse than ever and I decided to take 10 days off running completely before I try it again. I’ll be giving it a try in a couple days (this Saturday — January 9th) and if I’m healed up I’ll gradually build back up to speed on running. If the problem recurs I’ll have to take more time off. It’s not my favorite time of the year to run anyway so it’s not as difficult for me to take time off right now, but I’ve been itching to run for the past week so I’m really looking forward to getting back out there. I’m really not feeling any pain although there’s just a slight bit of tightness in my left Achilles that I’m hoping is just part of the healing process.


It’s not likely that I’ll run any races in January but I’ll just have to see how things go. I don’t want the Achilles problem to take me out of running completely so I’m trying to be as patient as possible. I’ll be 64 next month and of course it takes longer to heal as you’re older, and I’m a little afraid that the longer I’m out the more likely I’ll be to not make it back into running at all. Guess I’ll just wait and see what happens.


Race Number:  320


Race Name:  Belk Bowl 5k


Location:  Charlotte, North Carolina


Date:  December 27, 2015


Race Rating:  98



  • M:  Christopher Capps — 15:49
  • F:  Alice Rogers — 18:01


Course:  One of the flattest 5k course in Charlotte with gain/loss of less than 100 feet.



  • Elevation Gain:  88 feet
  • Elevation Loss:  59 feet
  • Minimum Elevation:  725 feet
  • Maximum Elevation:  802 feet


Weather at Start:  70 degrees, cloudy, and 88% humidity.


Click Here for Race Results


My Stats:

  • Time:  22:51
  • Pace:  7:22
  • Age Group:  1 of  8
  • Overall:  19 of  233
  • Average Heart Rate:  166
  • Maximum Heart Race:  178
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:08  (71.63%)



3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – 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
3 – 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
7 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=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 online within 24 hours: (0)no (2)yes
1 – 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)
x – 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

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

7 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
7 – 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
2 – Indoor Restrooms: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful

2 – T-Shirts: (0)no (2)yes
3 – Design: (1-5)
2 – Material Quality: (1-3)
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
2 – Close to Finish: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Plenty of spaces: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Free Parking: (2)yes (0)no (*parking was free in the WF lot)

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
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  98

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One Reply to “Race #320 – Belk Bowl 5k – Charlotte, NC – 12/27/15”

  1. Taking time off from running is a hard thing to do but probably much needed. You still finished 1st in your age group.
    We ran 5K New Year’s Day in KC. We have run this last 3 years and this was our nicest yet, 30 deg and light wind. I feel like I’m finally getting back close to where I was last March. Had the one knee problem, chiropractor cleared that up, then it bounced over to the other knee.
    No fun getting OLD.
    Take it easy and don’t overdo it.

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