Race #381 – Cat’s Cradle 5k – Morganton, NC – 06/24/17

Although it’s about 60 miles from home, this has become one of my running group’s favorite races of the year. We always have a big group, enjoy the race, and then stop by Granny’s Country Kitchen in Icard on the way home for breakfast. I overate at Granny’s, of course, but after I returned home I decided to get serious (once again) about my diet.

 

There’s not much I can do about getting old, but there’s plenty I can do about getting fat so this week after the race I embarked on a calorie counting program with the help of MyFitnessPal and I’m determined to lose at least 15 pounds to get back to a more suitable running weight. How much it’ll help my running times at 65 remains to be seen but I’ve got to at least give it a try.

 

Regarding this race, it’s always well organized and followed by good food and post-race activities. There are door prizes and a nice big shelter at the park along the greenway where the race is held.

 

As I’ve been doing the last couple years, I finished the 5k then grabbed my camera from the car and took pictures of the 10k finishers as well as the 5k finishers who were behind me. I took about 2,500 photos in all and after sorting through and deleting the duplicates and not-so-flattering pics still managed to post about 800 pics on Facebook. Here are links where you can view them:

 

Race Photo Album #1

Race Photo Album #2

Race Number:  381

 

Race Name:  Cat’s Cradle 5k/10k

 

Location:  Morganton, North Carolina

 

Date:  June 24, 2017

 

Race Rating:  95

 

Top 10 (5k):

 

 

Top 10 (10k):

 

 

Course:  Almost completely flat along the greenway, out and back.

 

 

Elevation:

Weather at Start:  Sunny, 75 degrees, 78% humidity.

 

Click Here for Race Results

 

 

My Stats:

 

  • Time:  24:38
  • Pace:  7:56
  • Age Group:  1 of 3
  • Overall:  6 of 95
  • Average Heart Rate: 161
  • Maximum Heart Race: 170
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  19:13 (67.59%)

 

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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
4 – 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!
0 – 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)
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
5 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
6 – 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)
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
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
x – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap
7 – 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
0 – 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:  95

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