Race #404 – Ruby C. Hunt Turkey Trot 5k – Boiling Springs, NC – 11/23/17

I’ve been wanting to run this race for years but something always interferes such as traveling for Thanksgiving or being obligated for another race in a series, but this year it fit right into my schedule.

This race on and around the campus of Gardner-Webb University is the biggest race of the year in neighboring Cleveland County and a lot of folks from my running group run it as well as quite a few friends who live in Cleveland County.

Packet pickup and race-day registration are held in the university gym, which provided some shelter from the cold before the race, and after the race you could go in the gym but the awards and other post-race activities were held outside. By the end of the race the temperature managed to squeak into the low 40s and in the sunshine it wasn’t too bad for a cold weather hater like myself, or at least it was relatively balmy compared to the temperature in Charlotte at my previous race two weeks ago.

I wasn’t overjoyed by my chip time of 23:01 in this race, as I’ve regained pretty much all of the 10 pounds that I had lost during a couple months of dieting. I’m now attempting to climb my way back on the weight loss wagon but it remains to be seen if I can hang with it with my wintertime hibernation instincts kicking in.

On the bright side, even though I walked seven times (ouch) in this 5k I still managed to win the 65-69 age group thanks to all of the other old guys being in even worse shape than me.

I did enjoy the race and I’m hoping it can become a more regular stop for me on future Thanksgiving mornings.

Race Number:  404

Race Name:  Ruby C. Hunt Turkey Trot 5k & Fun Run

Location:  Boiling Springs, North Carolina

Date:  November 23, 2017

Race Rating:  96

Winners (Top 10 Overall):

Course:  Some rolling hills on paved streets on the campus of Gardner-Webb University and neighborhood streets in Boiling Springs.


Weather at Start:  Sunny, feels like 32 degrees, 4 mph NNE wind, 86% humidity. (Usually my Garmin gives me the exact temperature at the start but for some reason it only reported the “Feels Like” temperature of 32 degrees at the time of the race.)


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My Stats:

Time:  23:01 (chip)
Pace:  7:25
Age Group:  1 of 12
Overall:  58 of 832
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:57 (72.34%)


3 – Chip & Gun Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – 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
7 – 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

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
2 – 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

5 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
5 – 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

4 – 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 (online)

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
4 – 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
2 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  96

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