Race #369 – Belmont Abbey Rail Trail 5k – Belmont, NC – 03/11/17

Contrary to the implications in the name, the Rail Trail 5k is actually all on the paved streets surrounding the Belmont Abbey campus. It’s the second race in the Gaston County YMCA series and close to home so I like it. It’s practically flat except for just a couple small hills near the turnaround on the out-and-back course so it’s pretty fast.

 

There’s nothing fancy about it but the post-race food was good this year and included hot chocolate and pastries and other good stuff from “The String Bean,” a popular local restaurant. The tech T-shirts were nice as well but awards for the age group winners were kind of pathetic — only a cheap medal for 1st place only in 10-year age groups. Uh, somebody should have a talk with the race director to let them know we appreciate our cheap medals 3-deep.

 

Race Number:  369

Race Name:  Belmont Abbey Rail Trail 5k

Location: Belmont, North Carolina

Date:  March 11, 2017

Race Rating:  68

Winners (Top 25):


Course: Out-and-back course on paved streets surrounding Belmont Abbey College. Mostly flat.


Elevation:

Weather at Start: 45 degrees, 5 mph N wind (feels like 42 degrees), 36% humidity.

 

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My Stats:

  • Time:  21:52
  • Pace:  7:03
  • Age Group:  2 of 9 (ages 60 and up)
  • Overall:  18 of 139
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:03  (76.14%)

 

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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
0 – Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes (short about 1/10 mile)
1 – 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
0 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less)
0 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 – 14 and under group (1)
0 – 65+ group (1)
0 – 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 (1st place only)
3 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)
0 – 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)
3 – 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
4 – Design: (1-5)
3 – Material Quality: (1-3)
2 – 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
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:  68

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