Race #352 – Run Around Downtown 5k – Bessemer City, NC – 10/01/16

2016-bessemer-city-run-around-downtown-logoMy big race (Novant Health 15k) this weekend is on Sunday, but I decided to get up early Saturday to run one of the local 5k’s. Bessemer City is just a hop and a skip up the road so that’s where I landed. This was the 5th annual Run Around Downtown 5k and it’s a fun race so I was surprised at the small turnout. This year’s race had only 24 finishers as opposed to 49 when I ran it two years ago (2014). That year I finished in 20:26, which was only good enough for 8th place overall. This year the same time would have won the race by over a minute. Of course, I’m slower now and was happy with a finish time of 22:31, which was good for 3rd place overall.

 

I hope this race can continue despite the small turnout. Adding it to the YMCA race series would definitely more than double the turnout I’m sure, so I’m hoping that will be a consideration for the future.

 

Race Number:  352
Race Name:  Run Around Downtown 5k
Location:  Bessemer City, North Carolina
Date:  October 1, 2016
Race Rating:  71
Results:

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Course:

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Elevation:

  • Gain:  147 feet
  • Loss:  106 feet

Weather at Start:  Sunny, 54 degrees, 88% humidity.

 

Race Results Link

 

My Stats:

  • Time:  22:31
  • Pace:  7:14
  • Age Group:  1 of 1
  • Overall:  3 of 24
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:42  (73.35%)

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RACE COURSE
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
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
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)
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
4 – 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
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)
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
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:   71

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