Race #377 – CaroMont Community Challenge 5k – Cramerton NC – 05/13/17

Ouch… I had to go back eight years to find a normal 5k that I ran slower than this one (Race #20), and that was shortly after I began running. I don’t mind getting slower because I’m getting older, but more of a factor right now is that I’m getting fatter, so it’s diet time again.

 

This race has just been around a couple years and this was my first time to run it even though it’s local. It’s the “Let Me Run” official race, which is the boys equivalent to “Girls on the Run” and the races were separated, with the boys race beginning at 8:30 a.m. followed by the open race for all other runners at 9:00 a.m. There were around 500 participants in total but only 159 finishers in the open 5k.

 

The course is a little hilly but nothing too extreme, but for me personally it was rough going from the start and I took at least one walk break in the first mile, and several others as the race progressed. I did manage to win the 60-and-over age group but Tom Torkildsen was right on my tail for 2nd place.

 

As I write this several days later, I’ve managed to get back on my diet and mostly stay there so I’m trying to nudge my time at least back under 24 minutes next week in hopes of staying there for a while before old age kicks in full force. We’ll see.

 

Race Number:  377

Race Name:  CaroMont Community Challenge 5k

Location:  Cramerton, North Carolina

Date:  May 13, 2017

Race Rating:  84

Winners:

Course: Mostly neighborhood streets in and around Cramerton. A few hills but nothing major. Nice run through the downtown park and across the bridge.

Elevation:


Weather at Start:  Cloudy, 57 degrees, 5 mph NW wind, 82% humidity.

 

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There are professional photos for this race, which is always nice, but they’re kind of expensive.

 

My Stats:

  • Time:  24:07
  • Pace:   7:45
  • Age Group:  1 of 8
  • Overall:  18 of 159
  • Average Heart Rate: 161
  • Maximum Heart Race: 171
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:48  (69.04%)

 

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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
5 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap! (*Just $15 on race day!)
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)
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)
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
5 – 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)
7 – Entertainment: (0)no (1-9)yes
2 – Finisher times posted after race: (0)no (2)yes

REST ROOMS
2 – 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
3 – Design: (1-5)
2 – Material Quality: (1-3)
0 – Discount for no-shirt option: (0)no (2)yes

PHOTOGRAPHY
5 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
1 – 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
0 – 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:   84

 

 

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