Race #364 – Winter Classic 8k & 4k – Charlotte, NC – 01/28/17

Charlotte Running Club’s Winter Classic 8k and 4k is practically a Who’s Who among local races. As the North Carolina cross country state championship for both the USATF and the RRCA it draws some of the fastest runners from throughout the state. Although it’s the state championship at both distances, the 8k is the main attraction and most of the top runners ran the 8k. This year the 4k was held an hour earlier instead of both races being run at the same time so some runners chose to do both, but a lot of the elites saved their legs for the 8k only.

 

Last year this was my first race back after an injury in December and I chose to run the 4k, so this year I opted for the 8k instead and took about 600 photos of the 4k that I posted on Facebook (Album 1, Album 2). I was a little disappointed that there weren’t more photos by other photographers since it’s such a big racing event and in the past the CRC had some great photos of this race, but there were just 115 photos on the CRC Facebook page.

 

As always with this race, there’s lots of pizza at the end and a huge awards ceremony, and of course plenty of friends if you’re a part of the local racing community.

 

Race Number:  364

Race Name:  CRC Winter Classic 8k and 4k

Location:  Charlotte, North Carolina (McAlpine Park)

Date:  January 28, 2017

Race Rating:  107

Winners:

Course:  Unpaved cross country trail, mostly flat. The 8k was two laps of the 4k race.

Elevation:

Participants:

 

Weather at Start:  Sunny, 50 degrees (felt like 46), winds 11 mph/WSW, 29% humidity.

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My Stats:

  • Time:  37:40
  • Pace:  7:34
  • Age Group:  2 of 5
  • Overall:  115 of 333
  • Average Heart Rate:  160
  • Maximum Heart Race: 171
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time: 29:33 (71.73%)

 

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – 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
0 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no

REGISTRATION
2 – 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)
2 – Top Overall M/F: (0)none or first only (2)top 3 or better
2 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no (2)yes
3 – Grand Masters Category (50+): (0)no (3)yes  (*RRCA)
5 – Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no (5)yes  (*RRCA)

AWARDS
5 – 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)
5 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

POST RACE
7 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
5 – Entertainment: (0)no (1-9)yes
2 – Finisher times posted after race: (0)no (2)yes

REST ROOMS
1 – Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
0 – Indoor Restrooms: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful

T-SHIRTS
2 – T-Shirts: (0)no (2)yes
5 – 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
5 – 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
2 – 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:  107

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