Race #344 – 7th Inning Stretch 5k – Shelby, NC – 07/30/16

7th_Inning_Stretch_logo_CS4-5k-2016-outlines-300x300This 5k is part of the 7th Inning Stretch Festival in Shelby, which is a celebration of the American Legion World Series that is held in Shelby each year. This was the 4th year of the race but the first time I’ve run it. It was fun but a little disappointing that more regular racers from Shelby and Gastonia didn’t show up, although a few of the faithful were present.

 

The race was fairly well organized with the exception of the course being marked well. The overall winner didn’t have any problems but several runners after him went the wrong way, resulting in running out of the way for about a half mile. That’s no big deal if you’re one of the runners who didn’t get lost, but it’s huge if you did.

 

I didn’t get lost but I also didn’t run particularly well either. Nothing in particular is hurting, so that’s good, but I really like to eat. Right now I’m about one stomach flu, two food poisonings, and three bad breakups away from my goal weight.

 

Race Number: 344

 

Race Name: 7th Inning Stretch 5k

 

Location:  Shelby, North Carolina

 

Date:  July 30, 2016

 

Race Rating:  71

 

Top 25 Finishers:

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Course: Mostly flat with just a couple little hills. There weren’t many turns but also not enough volunteers to guide the way at intersections and there were no markings so several runners got off track. Fortunately for most of us (including me) we were able to follow people who were going in the right direction.
Weather at Start:  Sunny, 72 degrees, 100% humidity, no wind.

 

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My Stats:

  • Time:  22:58
  • Pace:  7:23
  • Age Group:  1 of  4
  • Overall:  11 of  107
  • Average Heart Rate:  161
  • Maximum Heart Race: 179
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:03 (71.92%)

 

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RACE COURSE
0 – 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.]
0 – Course Marking: (0)bad (1)good
3 – Course Scenery: (0-5) 1=bad and 5=fantastic
0 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
0 – 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
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
5 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
4 – 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)
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
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
5 – 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:  71

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