Race #347 – NC Apple Festival 8k – Hendersonville, NC – 09/03/16


Due to some last minute changes in my plans I ended up at the NC Apple Festival 8k in Hendersonville this weekend. It’s a well organized and well established race that’s part of the huge festival that draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. There were around 500 runners in the 8k and 5k combined, and the hills weren’t nearly as bad as I imagined they would be in this mountainous area.


It’s no surprise that I ran my slowest 8k ever at 37:18, but I was actually pretty happy with the result since I’ve been running dismally slow lately. I still felt the need to walk a lot, but even with that still managed a pace of 7:31 for the roughly 5-mile race.


There was a small army of photographers with fancy DSLR cameras snapping photos everywhere you turned, and I’m not sure how many will be available, but the ones I’ve found so far (about 300) are free to download from Facebook. CLICK HERE FOR THE FACEBOOK PICS.


Race Number:  347


Race Name:  North Carolina Apple Festival 8k


Location:  Hendersonville, North Carolina


Date:  September 3, 2016


Race Rating:  85




Weather at Start:  Partly cloudy, 61 degrees, 88% humidity.


Click Here for Race Results
My Stats:

Time:  37:18
Pace:  7:31
Age Group:  2 of  15
Overall:  32 of  229
Average Heart Rate:  157
Maximum Heart Race: 166
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  29:16 (72.43%)



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
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
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

I'm not sure I've ever looked worse in a picture... but I kinda like it on some oddball level. Not sure what I was thinking, but I wasn't actually mad at anybody.
I’m not sure I’ve ever looked worse in a picture… but I kinda like it on some oddball level. Not sure what I was thinking, but I wasn’t actually mad at anybody.

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)
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

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

3 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
5 – Entertainment: (0)no (1-9)yes
0 – 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
3 – Design: (1-5)
2 – 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
7 – 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

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  (Asheville Grand Prix)
0 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:   85

If you look hard enough you can see me amidst this sea of legs and tutus.
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One Reply to “Race #347 – NC Apple Festival 8k – Hendersonville, NC – 09/03/16”

  1. Hi Richard, I follow your blog and enjoy reading your reports. I found a link to the Apple Festival photos on Facebook. It looks like the page is “apple festival 8k, chamber challenge 5k & chick-fil-a mini moo mile”.

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