Race #408 – Mt. Mourne VFD Elf 5k – Mooresville, NC – 12/23/17

There’s no fancy website for this race, and from the name it would seem to be just another nondescript small town 5k, but it’s actually one of the best 5k races of the year. There’s always great food, a flat course, door prizes, and a warm place to stay (inside the fire station) both before and after the race. There’s usually a good crowd despite being Christmas week when a lot of people are away from home, and there are always a lot of fast runners in attendance.

I was pretty happy with my time this year of 22:39 although I was 22 seconds behind Bob Nelson, who’s running well right now. Bob and I have been back and forth a lot over the years and this time around he definitely had the edge. I would have probably been a few seconds slower but I kept getting yelled at by Brenny Thompson, who let me have it every time I walked. I didn’t walk at all in the last mile and I’m pretty sure without him nudging me along I would have walked another time or two, so I actually appreciate the extra motivation.

The results say Brenny beat me at the finish line. I say I got him by a smidge. He says he beat me by a grimace. Thanks to Bobby Aswell for the photo.

Race Number:  408

Race Name: Mount Mourne VFD Elf 5k

Location:  Mount Mourne, North Carolina (Mooresville)

Date: December 23, 2017

Race Rating: 104

Winners (Top 10):

Course:  Out-and-back course in the country, almost completely flat. There’s a total of 84 feet of elevation gain in the race with 65 feet of the gain in the third mile.

 

Elevation:

 

Weather at Start:  Cloudy, 57 degrees, 11 mph SSW wind, 88% humidity

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My Stats:

Time:  22:39
Pace:  7:18
Age Group:  2 of 8
Overall: 40 of 205
Average Heart Rate:  157
Maximum Heart Race:  170
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:40 (73.51%)

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RACE COURSE
3 – 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
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

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
2 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
7 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)
0 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

POST RACE
10 – 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
1 – Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
0 – 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
0 – 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
2 – 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
10 – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10) [Extra points for all indoors (except for the race)]

TOTAL:   104

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