Race #346 – Step One 5k – Shelby, NC – 08/27/16

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The highlight of this race for me is that I was joined by my 28-year-old grandson Ryan, who drove from Tennessee to visit for the weekend. Ryan did great, finishing 3rd in his age group! I managed to win my age group but it was actually one of my slowest 5k’s ever, bumping up over 24 minutes (24:07 officially) for the first time in a normal 5k since February 2, 2009. Ouch.

 

I decided after the race to join WeightWatchers again to try to get back near my best running weight, which was 138 pounds in 2011. I’ve gradually gained about 20 pounds since then and I’m hoping to reach a point that I can only blame my slower race times on being older. Not a lot I can do about the aging process but the weight gain is reversible if I can manage to add a little self control to my diet.

Race Number:  346

Race Name:  Step One 5k

Location:  Shelby, North Carolina

Date:  August 27, 2016

Race Rating:  72

Winners (Top 25 Overall):

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Weather at Start:  Sunny, 79 degrees, 74% humidity (9:00 a.m. start)

 

Click Here for Full Race Results

 

My Stats:

  • Time:  24:07
  • Pace:  7:45
  • Age Group:  1 of 5
  • Overall:  15 of 54
  • Average Heart Rate:
  • Maximum Heart Race:
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:57  (68.49%)

 

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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.]
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
5 – 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)
0 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
0 – 14 and under group (1)
0 – 65+ group (1)
1 – 70+ group (1)
2 – 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
3 – 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)
3 – 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
2 – 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
2 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:   72

 

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