Race #365 – Hearts-a-Bustin’ 5k – Belmont, NC – 02/11/17

After avoiding trail races for years, I finally decided since it was the first race in the local YMCA race series I’d go ahead and run my first single-track trail race ever, and I’m happy to say I didn’t break an ankle or do a face plant. Having come out without any scrapes or bruises I’ll count it as a success, although I still favor running on pavement and this could have been my last trail race as well as my first. It was nice to get out again with all of the friendly runners who compete in the YMCA series, and I’m looking forward to the series this year although my schedule already has me missing one or more races because of conflicts so I’m not likely to be one of the top competitors.

 

The race is held on the trails surrounding the famous Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and a ticket for free admission to the garden is included with the race entry fee. Since I’m a nature photography enthusiast and the garden is just 5 miles or so down the road from my house, I’m a season pass holder and visit often. It’s not peak season now for the garden but it’s still a great place to visit, especially for a couple who are celebrating Valentine’s Day.

 

Race Number:  365

Race Name:  Hearts-a-Bustin’ 5k

Location:  Belmont, North Carolina

Date:  February 11, 2017

Race Rating:  83

Winners (Top 30):

Course: Mostly single-track trail around Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden except for beginning and end on paved road in park.

Elevation:

Weather at Start:  Sunny, 50 degrees (felt like 46), SSW wind at 9 mph, 43% humidity.

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My Stats:

Time:  23:55
Pace: 7:43
Age Group:  3 of 7
Overall:  25 of 182
Average Heart Rate:  163
Maximum Heart Race: 172
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:48 (69.06%)

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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
6 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
7 – 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
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)
5 – 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
1 – Indoor Restrooms: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful

T-SHIRTS
2 – T-Shirts: (0)no (2)yes
4 – 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
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
2 – 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:  83

 

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