Race #322 – Charlotte 10-Miler and 4-Mile Run – Charlotte, NC – 02/20/16

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This is one of my favorite winter races and it’s the third consecutive year I’ve run it. The first year I did the 4-miler and moved up to the 10-miler last year and again this year. Much of the course is along the McMullen Creek Greenway, which is a popular area for runners. The race hoodie (instead of a T-shirt) and finisher medal are some of the best any race has to offer, and the post-race breakfast (pancakes, sausage, coffee, etc.) all add to the increasing popularity of the race.

 

With me being on the fast track to old age, I just hoped to finish in under 1:20:00. That’s still an okay time for my age (I’ll be 64 next week) although it’s about 5 minutes slower than I ran this race last year. I managed to barely squeeze by with a 1:19:24, which was good for 3rd in the 60-64 age group. I’m now getting to the point that I’m looking forward to the 65-69 age group as “younger” runners are entering the age group. With the way I’m slowing down each year, I see that a couple years can make a definite difference when it comes to speed.

 

Race Number:  322

Race Name:  Charlotte 10-Miler and 4-Mile Run

Location:  Charlotte, North Carolina

Date:  February 20, 2016

Race Rating:  108

Winners:

10 Miler:

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4 Miler:

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Course:  Combination of greenway and residential areas. Killer hills in the 1st mile (after downhill of about a quarter mile) and in the 9th mile. The one in the 9th mile made me want to cry… and walk… a lot.

Elevation:  

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Weather at Start:  48 degrees, partly cloudy, 81% humidity, 5 mph wind SSW

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My Stats:

Time:  1:19:24
Pace:  7:56
Age Group:  3 of  9
Overall:  171 of  1028
Average Heart Rate: 167
Maximum Heart Race: 175
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:03:01  (69.82%)

 

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All of my previous 10-mile races have been faster, but this could be the last time I’m under 1:20:00.

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
5 – 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
7 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
2 – Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes
0 – 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 online within 24 hours: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Easy to find results: (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
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

Great finisher medal!
Great finisher medal!

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

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

REST ROOMS
2 – 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
5 – Design: (1-5)
3 – Material Quality: (1-3)
0 – Discount for no-shirt option: (0)no (2)yes

One of my favorite shirts!
One of my favorite shirts!

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

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

OTHER
0 – 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:  108

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