Race #342 – The Scream! Half Marathon – Jonas Ridge, NC – 07/16/16

2016-the-scream-medalOne of the few half marathons you’ll find in the month of July, The Scream is a race I look forward to every year. I’ve missed it a couple times — once because of an injury and once because of the weather — but I’ve been registered for it every time it’s been run. This time around the weather was better than in any of the previous years. It was near 100% humidity but the temperature was fine although maybe just a little warm for some folks.


This year was my slowest time ever for The Scream, which I expected, but I was just a little disappointed that I didn’t finish in under 1:40:00, instead finishing in 1:40:55, not terrible but a couple minutes slower than on what I would think is a harder course at Downhill at Dawn last month.


One of my favorite things about this race other than the 9 miles or so of downhill running is that it draws people from all over, especially the Western part of North Carolina, so there are a lot of friends I only see occasionally and some that I just see at this particular race. Speaking of friends, one of the finest people I know, Matt Longworth, set a course record this year with a blistering time of 1:11:41, and his girlfriend Carolyn Yang, who is also a speedster, finished 2nd overall and 1st female with a time of 1:21:19.


As always, the logistics for this race could be considered a nightmare. You park at Brown Mountain Beach then ride a bus to the starting line in Jonas Ridge maybe 15 or 20 miles away, then after finishing the race in the middle of nowhere you catch the bus again to ride 5 miles or so back to where the cars are parked. Oddly, to me this has become a part of the race that I like. It’s a nice bus ride both ways that gives you time to relax and enjoy the scenery and visit with some friends who are also on the bus.


On arrival back to Brown Mountain Beach, there’s plenty of food and the awards are held after food is served. The food has varied from year to year. This year it was barbecue and it was delicious and plentiful.


Race Number:  342
Race Name:  The Scream! Half Marathon
Location:  Jonas Ridge, North Carolina
Date:  July 16, 2016
Race Rating:  86


My Age Group (60-64):

Course: Rolling hills on paved mountain roads for the first 2 miles, followed by about 9 miles of mostly downhill (with a couple of uphills) on a gravel service road with the remainder on a mostly flat dirt road to the finish line.
Race Results:


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My Stats:

  • Time:  1:40:55
  • Pace:  7:42
  • Age Group:  1 of  7
  • Overall:  47  of 263
  • Average Heart Rate:  160
  • Maximum Heart Race: 173
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:19:26  (73.49%)



3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
0 – 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
6 – 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

2 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap!
0 – 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)
0 – 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

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)
5 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

8 – 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

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

2 – T-Shirts: (0)no (2)yes
4 – Design: (1-5)
1 – 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

0 – Close to Start: (2)yes (0)no
0 – Close to Finish: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Plenty of spaces (at Brown Mountain Beach): (2)yes (0)no
2 – Free Parking: (2)yes (0)no

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:  86

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