Race #406 – GOTR Fall 5k – Belmont, NC

The Girls on the Run Fall 5k in Belmont was the last race in the Gaston County YMCA race series. I was in 2nd place for the fall series going into the race, just a few points ahead of Andy Cook. He got me today with two additional runners between us, but I still managed to squeak by him in the series, 756 points to 753. Neither of us had a chance to catch Jimmy Glover, who finished the series with 818 points, but we had fun with the extra competition over the 9-race series, which added an additional element to the local races this year.

Girls on the Run is a popular program for 4th through 7th grade girls and they were the main event in this race, with close to 1,000 girls participating. There’s a similar program for boys called Let Me Run, and I’m hoping to get my now 9-year-old grandson who lives in Charlotte involved in that next year if I can figure out a way to bribe him. I’ve offered to be his running partner but to him that seems like more of a threat than a promise.

Race Number:  406

Race Name:  Gaston County Girls on the Run Fall 5k

Location:  Belmont, North Carolina

Date: December 2, 2017

Race Rating:  101

Winners (Top 25):

Course:  Begins and ends in Stowe Park in downtown Belmont, winding through the city and surrounding neighborhoods.

Elevation:

Weather at Start:  Cloudy, 52 degrees, 8 mph NE wind, 76% humidity.

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My Stats:

Time:  22:44
Pace:  7:19
Age Group:  1 of 4
Overall:  11 of 879
Average Heart Rate:  159
Maximum Heart Race: 170
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:44 (73.24%)

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RACE COURSE
0 – Chip & Gun 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
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)
0 – 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)
3 – 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)
5 – 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
1 – 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
5 – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap [free]
10 – 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
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:   101

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