Race #374 – Cherry Blossom 5k – Cherryville, NC – 04/21/17

This was my sixth trip to the Cherry Blossom 5k that’s held in Cherryville in conjunction with the Cherry Blossom Festival. It’s a small race (101 finishers this year) but it’s always fun, with plenty of local running friends in attendance and they always have free pizza after the race. It’s not flat but it’s certainly not hilly with less than 100 feet of elevation gain.

 

The race is always held on Friday evening (6:00 p.m. start time) and the temperatures did reach into the mid 80s on this day, but fortunately the sun ducked behind a big cloud just before the race and brought the temperature down to 77 degrees as we approached the starting line. I felt okay and finished 11th overall despite walking several times. That seems to be the new normal for me but I’m okay with it. Just as long as I can keep running and racing I’m happy, and if I can do pretty well in my age group that’s about all I can ask for.

 

Next week is my 100th half marathon and it’s a fast downhill race in Las Vegas. No way I’ll get an all-time PR but I’m hoping to get somewhere near the 1:35 mark if all goes well.

 

Race Number:  374

Race Name:  Cherry Blossom 5k

Location:  Cherryville, North Carolina

Date:  April 21, 2017

Race Rating:  82

Winners (Top 25 Overall):


Course: Fairly flat course on neighborhood streets around Cherryville. Not hilly, but it does seem like there are more hills than the elevation chart indicates. Go figure.


Elevation:


Weather at Start: Partly cloudy, 77 degrees, 54% humidity.

 

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My Stats:

  • Time:  23:25
  • Pace:  7:33
  • Age Group:  1 of 2
  • Overall:  11 of 101
  • Average Heart Rate: N/A
  • Maximum Heart Race:  173
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:01 (70.05%)
Gaston County Runners

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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
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

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)
0 – Top Overall M/F: (0)none or first only (2)top 3 or better
0 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no (2)yes
3 – 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
8 – 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
3 – Design: (1-5)
2 – Material Quality: (1-3)
0 – Discount for no-shirt option: (0)no (2)yes

PHOTOGRAPHY
0 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
0 – 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
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
2 – Part of race series or Grand Prix: (0)no (2)yes
0 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
0 – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:   82

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One Reply to “Race #374 – Cherry Blossom 5k – Cherryville, NC – 04/21/17”

  1. I had hoped to be there, but nope. I know what you mean as to elevation. I think that is often wrong on the watches. Even on my normal 3 mile course which I run often, it sometimes changes a lot.

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