Race #380 – Gastonia Grizzlies 5k – Gastonia NC – 06/09/17

Held just before a Gastonia Grizzlies evening baseball game, this 5k is always a fun event although it can be a hot one. The race was switched this year from July to June in order to possibly have cooler weather, and it actually worked. Past races have been held with temperatures in the 90s. This year the 6 p.m. race time temperature was 82 degrees, so it was a little bit of a break from summer heat although that’s still a hot 5k.


The Grizzlies 5k starts in left field inside the stadium, then runs down to the greenway and stays there until the finish, which takes you around the inside of the stadium to the finish line at home plate. Your race registration gets you into the race for free and it’s always a lot of fun although Linda and I had stuff to do and left shortly after the race and didn’t get to stay for the entertainment.


After taking last week off due to straining my back playing basketball, I was back to running this week and actually have been feeling pretty good except my race time of 24:54 was again my worst 5k time since the year I began running (2009) and I’d like to think it was because of the hot weather, but I’m not too sure. I understand that at 65 I’m bound to be slower, but it seems like I’m disproportionately slower than just three or four years ago. Still, I’m happy to still be running even if I’m not as fast.


Race Number:  380


Race Name:  Gastonia Grizzlies 5k


Location:  Gastonia, North Carolina


Date:  June 9, 2017


Race Rating:  81




Course:  Virtually flat except for going downhill to get to the greenway. On the way back in the last mile you climb the same hill to get back to the stadium.




Weather at Start:  Sunny, 82 degrees, 40% humidity.


Click Here for Race Results


My Stats:

Time:  24:57
Pace: 8:00
Age Group:  2 of 3
Overall: 31 of 135
Average Heart Rate: 159
Maximum Heart Race: 174
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  19:25  (66.87%)

Great group photo of the Gaston County Runners after the race. Unfortunately I was long gone by then so I’m not in the photo.


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
8 – 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

2 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap!
3 – Race Day Registration: (0)no (3)yes

2 – Posted online within 24 hours: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Easy to find results: (0)no (1)yes

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 – Close to Start: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Close to Finish: (2)yes (0)no
0 – Plenty of spaces: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Free Parking: (2)yes (0)no

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
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  81

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