Race #330 – Cherry Blossom 5k – Cherryville, NC – 04/22/16

2016-cherry-blossom-5k-LOGO2It’s a small race but one I enjoy mostly every year in nearby Cherryville that’s held in association with the town’s Cherry Blossom Festival. It’s part of the Gaston County YMCA series so I wanted to run it even though the next morning I was getting up to run the Kings Mountain Half Marathon. It rained earlier in the day but the rain stopped just in time for the race. One of the highlights every year is pizza at the end of the race! I’m in a rush as I write this so I won’t get too wordy; besides, I’m thinking very few people are interested in what I had for breakfast.

 

Race Number:  330

 

Race Name:  Cherry Blossom 5k

 

Location:  Cherryville, North Carolina

 

Date:  April 22, 2016

 

Race Rating:  78

 

Winners (Top 25 Results):

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Course:  Some rolling hills but nothing too drastic. Possibly the heat and humidity make it seem like a tougher course than it is.

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Weather at Start:  63 degrees, cloudy, 94% humidity.

 

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My Stats:

  • Time:  23:14
  • Pace: 7:30
  • Age Group:  1 of  4
  • Overall: 9 of  121
  • Average Heart Rate:  162
  • Maximum Heart Race: 172
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time: 18:16 (71.09%)
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Some of the folks from my running group who placed in their age groups (L-R): Me, Joe Marlowe, Jimmy Glover (overall winner), Robin Littlejohn, Birgitt H., April Ballard, Bobby Ballard (aka Banana Guy).

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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
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: (0-9) 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
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)
0 – 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
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: (0-9)
0 – 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)
3 – Entertainment: (0)no (1-9)yes
2 – Finisher times posted after race: (0)no (2)yes

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

T-SHIRTS
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

PHOTOGRAPHY
0 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
x – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap
2 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.): (0)no (1-10)yes (*A few on Facebook)

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
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
2 – 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:  78

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