Race #333 – GOTR Spring 5k – Gastonia, NC – 05/07/16

GOTR 5K 2016The Gaston County Girls on the Run Spring 5k is one of the two big annual events for the local Girls on the Run and it’s also a race that’s part of the Gaston County YMCA series. The start and finish is at Lineberger Park, which is just a couple miles from my house so it fits neatly into my goal of not driving any farther than I have to for a race these days.

 

As you would expect, everything is centered around the Girls on the Run program, as it should be. There is plenty of entertainment for the girls (hair booth, etc.). It was great to see Gaston County  GOTR coordinator Kathleen Boyce at the race after her major health problems over the past year, and she announced the awards.

 

In some ways race #333 seems like a milestone. I’m one-third of the way to a thousand, but I doubt seriously that I’ll make it that far. It would be great if I can make it to 500, but as with mostly everything else in life, we’ll just have to see.

 

Race Number:  333

 

Race Name:  Girls on the Run Spring 5k

 

Location:  Gastonia, North Carolina

 

Date:  May 7, 2016

 

Race Rating:  92

 

Winners (Top 25 Overall):

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Course:  The same course that’s always used at the Lineberger Park races, and the same as the old Labor Day 5k route. There’s a huge uphill climb in the first mile then a neighborhood loop that’s mostly flat. At the end of the loop you run back down the big hill then there’s a mostly flat quarter mile to the finish line.

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Weather at Start:  Clear, 55 degrees, 72% humidity.

 

Click Here for Race Results

 

Click Here for Official Race Photos from Matthew Gregory (Flickr)

 

My Stats:

  • Time:  23:05
  • Pace:  7:25
  • Age Group:  1 of  2
  • Overall:  8 of  613
  • Average Heart Rate:  158
  • Maximum Heart Race: 169
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:09  (71.55%)

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* RACE RATING *
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RACE COURSE
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

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
5 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)
0 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

POST RACE
5 – 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
1 – Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
1 – 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
10 – 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
0 – 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
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:  92

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