Race #361 – Mt. Mourne VFD Elf 5k – Mooresville, NC – 12/24/16

This morning race on Christmas Eve was my last race for the year and it’s always a favorite cold weather race. Both pre- and post-race activities are held inside the warm Mt. Mourne Volunteer Fire Department building so it’s a great way to visit with fellow runners you haven’t seen in a while, and there’s always good food and hot coffee after the race as well as nice age group awards and door prizes after the awards. This year the door prizes weren’t quite as great as in past years, but that’s just a minor quibble. The race course is also a good one, with just some barely noticeable ups and downs along the way of the out-and-back course.


I was fairly happy with my time of 22:30 although it landed me in 3rd place in my age group, with 1st and 2nd being 12 and 11 seconds ahead of me. After giving it a little thought, it was probably not a great idea to take 3 walk breaks during the race. Ouch. With just a little more backbone I could have probably skipped the walk breaks and ran at least 15 seconds faster. Maybe I’ll remember that next time around.


Race Number:  361


Race Name:  Mt. Mourne VFD Elf 5k Race


Location:  Mount Mourne (Mooresville), North Carolina


Date: December 24, 2016


Race Rating:  87


Winners (Top 20 Overall):

Course: One of the flattest 5k races around, the out-and-back course has less than 100 feet of elevation gain/loss.


  • Gain: 93 feet
  • Loss: 94 feet


Weather at Start: Cloudy, 48 degrees, 62% humidity, calm winds.


Click Here for Race Results on Queen City Timing



My Stats:

Thanks to Bobby Aswell for taking some pics during the race, including this one of me.


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
6 – 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)
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

2 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
3 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)
0 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

Trophies for the Top 3 overall winners (male and female) and a nice variety of hand-made Christmas tree ornaments for age group winners.


9 – 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

1 – 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
4 – 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
2 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.): (0)no (1-10)yes (44 from Bobby Aswell on Facebook)

Bobby Aswell ran with his daughter Nicole and took some pics along the way that he posted on Facebook (link above).



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

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

TOTAL:  87

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