Race #325 – Bunny Run 5k – Concord, NC – 03/26/16

2016-bunny-run-5k-LOGOThis was my third trip to the Bunny Run 5k in Concord but the first time I’ve been back since 2011 — that’s more than 200 races ago! In 2011 I ran about 2 minutes faster (20:56) than I did this time around (22:48), but this year I was actually a few seconds faster than when I ran it in 2009 (22:55). That was my first full year of running and I was just figuring things out, but it’s nice to know that I’m still kind of in the same ballpark as back when I was 7 years younger.

 

The race has changed a lot since I last ran it. At that time the start and finish were in a park that ran along the greenway; now it begins and ends in downtown Concord, and I like the route better than what I remember from before (although I don’t have the best memory for race courses).

 

Lots of people hung around for the awards ceremony and the age group awards were just like the ones handed out in 2011. The food was kind of skimpy — I didn’t see anything but bananas and water — but I’m wanting to lose a few pounds anyway so that was no big deal to me. The shirt was a tech fabric long-sleeved tee with the bunny logo. It’s a nicely designed shirt but a little too cartoony for me so I can’t see myself wearing it unless it’s around next Easter. I registered on race day and it was just 20 bucks, which is a bargain these days. Overall, it’s a good race, and I hope to be back next year.

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With two friendly bunnies, Dianne Allen and Fefe Helms.

 

Race Number:  325
Race Name:  Bunny Run 5k
Location:  Concord, North Carolina
Date:  March 26, 2016
Race Rating:  86

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Jonathan Halter was 1st overall.

Winners:

  • M:  Jonathan Halter (19:11)
  • F:  Alex Vandenberg (21:46)

 

Course:  First mile is down the big hill that is the final mile of the Santa Scramble, so it’s a really fast first mile. Second mile is along the greenway and mostly flat. Third mile is payback for the first mile. Although you don’t climb the same hill it’s mostly all uphill, but thankfully not quite as steep as the first mile coming down.
Weather at Start: 59 degrees, 55% humidity, sunny.

 

Click Here for Race Results

 

My Stats:

  • Time:  22:48
  • Pace:  7:21
  • Age Group:  1 of  5
  • Overall:  18 of  222
  • Average Heart Rate:  159
  • Maximum Heart Race:  172
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:55  (72.44%)

 

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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
3 – Course Scenery: (0-5) 1=bad and 5=fantastic
2 – 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!
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

REGISTRATION
5 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap! (Cheap… $20 on race day)
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
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
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
0 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)
0 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

POST RACE
2 – 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

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

PHOTOGRAPHY
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

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

TOTAL:   86

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