Race #343 – Grizzlies 5k – Gastonia, NC – 07/22/16

gastonia-grizzlies-logoAs usual for this race, I was able to skip the earmuffs and tights. In its short 4-year history the Grizzlies 5k has proven to be one of the hottest races of the year and the race this year was no exception. The sun did manage to hide behind a big cloud for most of the race, but even with that my Garmin showed a temperature of 91 degrees and a scorching heat index of 99 degrees.


With a starting time of 6 p.m., the race precedes the Gastonia Grizzlies baseball game which follows at 8 p.m. Registration for the race provides you with a free ticket for the ball game, which is followed by a fireworks show. This year I didn’t hang around after the awards because I had some other things to do, but it’s a great evening of entertainment and most of the runners remain after the game.


When I ran here a couple years ago the awards were held between innings (I think the 2nd or 3rd) so if you won an award and wanted to get it you had to stay for a while. This year the awards were held right after the race and before the game, which was a big improvement.



Last year I had a half marathon scheduled for the following day so instead of running I took pictures. I posted a couple hundred photos of runners along the course. I considered doing the same this year since it was so hot but I’m glad I decided to run instead. I did see a couple of what appeared to be actual photographers at the awards who were taking pictures of the award winners, but as is often the case, there’s a good chance that those photos will never be found so I’ll just assume there are no photos and hope I have to go back later if I find out I’m wrong.


I did like the T-shirt this year and I believe it’s one of the rare race shirts I’ll actually wear, so there’s that.


Race Number:  343


Race Name:  Gastonia Grizzlies 5k


Location:  Gastonia, NC (Sims Park)


Date:  July 22, 2016


Race Rating:  83


Winners (Top 25):



Course: Starts inside the ball park then goes downhill a block to the greenway. Out-and-back and mostly flat along the greenway until returning back up the hill and finishing inside the ball park after a trip around the outfield.


Weather at Start:  Partly cloudy, 91 degrees (heat index 99 degrees), 53% humidity.





Race Results:


My Stats:

  • Time:  23:46
  • Pace:  7:40
  • Age Group:  1 of  5
  • Overall:  17 of  140
  • Average Heart Rate:  165
  • Maximum Heart Race: 176
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:41 (69.5%)





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
2 – 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
8 – 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

2 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap!
3 – 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)
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
3 – Grand Masters Category (50+): (0)no (3)yes
0 – Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no (5)yes


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

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

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

2 – T-Shirts: (0)no (2)yes
4 – Design: (1-5)
3 – 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

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

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:  83


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