Race #360 – Girls on the Run Fall 5k – Belmont, NC – 12/03/16

This was the final race of the season for the Gaston County YMCA race series and, as you might imagine, was overloaded with 4th grade girls from around the county. It’s a fun event, especially for the girls, but personally I’d prefer the race series wouldn’t be included with the three GOTR races in the county during the year. Nevertheless, everybody young and old seemed to have a good time. We ran the same course as just a few weeks ago at the BCO (Belmont Community Organization) Turkey Trot just a couple weeks ago, and it’s a nice course through mostly the side streets of Belmont.

I wanted to walk as I went up this hill near the finish, but my friend Kenny Primm was right on my tail so I decided a walk break might not be a good idea.

For some unexplained reason I ran my fastest 5k of the year in this race (22:01), only a week after running my slowest 5k of the year at the ChristmasTown 5k in McAdenville (23:36). No doubt that was a tougher race but most other runners were virtually the same speed in both races so I was a little surprised to do as well as I did, especially since my training and diet had remained the same during the interval between races.


The standard race awards were handed out after the race, followed by the awards for the Top 10 runners (male and female) in the Gaston County YMCA race series. I finished 2nd Overall Male for the season with 1,045 points, just behind Jimmy Glover who accumulated 1,060 points. Somebody jokingly (I think) referred to my 2nd place finish as “First Loser” but I was actually really happy to finish that high in the final standings, having completed the season without any major meltdowns or injuries. I’ll turn 65 this February and it’s unlikely I’ll finish as high as 2nd in the future.


It was only the third year of the local race series and I feel like local runners are fortunate to have it. For quite a few years I traveled to a lot of races out of the immediate area, partly for the excitement of doing a race in a new city or more exotic locale, but as I get older I appreciate the chance to get up on Saturday morning and drive just a couple miles to a local race that’s loaded mostly with friends that I know and run with regularly, so as long as I’m able to continue running this is most likely what I’ll stick with.

Top 50 Males in the Gaston County race series.


Top 50 Females in the Gaston County race series.


Race Number:  360


Race Name:  Girls on the Run Fall 5k


Location:  Belmont, North Carolina


Date:  December 3, 2016


Race Rating:  93


Winners (Top 25):


  • Gain:  103 feet
  • Loss:  143 feet


Weather at Start:  Partly cloudy, 45 degrees (felt like 41), North wind at 7 mph, 53% humidity.


Race Results:


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My Stats:

Time:  22:01
Pace:  7:06
Age Group:  2 of 3
Overall:  7 of 751
Average Heart Rate: 159
Maximum Heart Race: 173
Age Graded Equivalent Time: 17:18 (75.02%)



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
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

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
0 – Grand Masters Category (50+): (0)no (3)yes
0 – Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no (5)yes

5 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
5 – 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)
6 – Entertainment: (0)no (1-9)yes
0 – Finisher times posted after race: (0)no (2)yes

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

5 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
x – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap
10 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.): (0)no (1-10)yes

0 – Close to Start: (2)yes (0)no
0 – Close to Finish: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Plenty of spaces: (2)yes (0)no (* couple of blocks away from venue)
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
0 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  93


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