Race #397 – Run for Hope 5k – Shelby NC – 09/30/17

This was the second year of this small 5k about 20 miles up the road in Shelby at Hope Community Church, which is just on the outskirts of town. I ran it last year and enjoyed it so I decided to go back this year too. Several friends ran it, which always adds to the appeal, and it’s an almost completely flat course with very few turns.

Post race food was great and the awards were held in the church’s activity center. The weather was fine outside but you never know when it might be cold or rainy so having an inside spot for post-race activities is a good thing.

The one drawback for the race was traffic control. There were times during the race that runners had to cross fairly busy intersections where, as far as I could tell, there was no indication to drivers that a race was going on and there were no volunteers or officers to direct traffic. At one intersection I had to go around the back of a car because I could tell the driver didn’t see me. I don’t think there were any major problems but the race started fairly late (9:00 a.m.) and by then there was quite a bit of traffic on the streets.

There were no major speedsters there and I was lucky to finish 4th overall, finishing just a few seconds after the 2nd and 3rd place runners. There were especially nice awards for the top 3 runners (both male and female) but I missed out on that. The medal for the normal age group awards was pretty nice too though.

Race Number:  397

Race Name:  Run for Hope 5k

Location:  Shelby, North Carolina (Hope Community Church)

Date:  September 30, 2017

Race Rating:  78

Winners (Top 10):


Course:  Almost pancake flat, through the outskirts of downtown Shelby. Nice streets but there needed to be more traffic control.



Weather at Start:  Sunny, 63 degrees, 63% humidity.


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My Stats:

Time:  22:33
Pace:  7:17
Age Group:  1 of 4
Overall:  4 of 85
Average Heart Rate:  158
Maximum Heart Race:  167
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:35 (73.84%)


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
0 – 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

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)
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

5 – 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

7 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
4 – 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
x – 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
2 – 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
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:  78


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