Race #410 – Myrtle Beach Half Marathon – Myrtle Beach SC – 03/03/18

It’s been a long winter for me, and this was only my second race of the year. I’m now 66 years old and my goals are changing quickly as I slow down and find that I can’t string together half marathons week after week.  Since I last raced I saw an orthopedist for my right knee pain, and x-rays showed that there’s nothing major wrong. He told me that I’ve got arthritis and I’m getting old, so if I want to keep running it’s gonna hurt. He said I’m not damaging anything by running so that’s encouraging. I’ll keep going for as long as I can, albeit slower.

This was the first time in about five years that I’ve run this race and nothing much has changed. It’s a big race with lots of fast runners in both the half marathon and full marathon. It’s flat of course, but the wind was terrible for much of the race. My weather data at the beginning of the race showed the wind at 16 mph but there were times during the race that gusts were probably in the 40-50 mph range.

Race Number:  410

Race Name:  Myrtle Beach Half Marathon

Location:  Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Date:  March 3, 2018

Race Rating:  108

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Weather at Start:

 

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My Stats:

  • Time:  1:47:21
  • Pace:  8:11
  • Age Group:  4 of 54
  • Overall:  218 of 1865
  • Average Heart Rate:  157
  • Maximum Heart Race:  173
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:22:51 (70.47%)

 

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip & Gun Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
5 – 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
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
0 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap!
0 – 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)
0 – 14 and under group (1)
1 – 65+ group (1)
1 – 70+ group (1)
3 – Top Overall M/F: (0)none or first only (2)top 3 or better
2 – 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
5 – Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
0 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)
5 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

POST RACE
8 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
8 – 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
0 – Indoor Restrooms: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful

T-SHIRTS
2 – T-Shirts: (0)no (2)yes
5 – Design: (1-5)
3 – Material Quality: (1-3)
0 – Discount for no-shirt option: (0)no (2)yes

PHOTOGRAPHY
5 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
1 – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap
2 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.): (0)no (1-10)yes

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

TOTAL:  108

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