Race #412 – S. Ray Lowder Spring Spirit 5k – Lincolnton, NC – 03/16/18

The daytime temperatures were great this weekend and there were two evening races (one on Friday and another on Saturday) so I decided to run one or both of those instead of the usual Saturday morning race. First up was this 5k in Lincolnton at Ray Lowder Elementary School, which unsurprisingly included a lot of kids from the school running the race. I like having lots of kids involved although it can get a little crowded at the starting line.

I felt good with the warm weather but less than a half mile into the race I ended up walking on the first uphill climb, and several times after that as well. I’d like to cut the walk breaks down but for now I’ll just try getting to the finish line. My finish time of 23:42 was an improvement over last week, so there’s that, but I’m hoping to drop a few more pounds before next month’s Cooper River Bridge 10k and hopefully improve my pace a little before then.

Race Number:  412

Race Name:  S. Ray Lowder Spring Spirit 5k

Location:  Lincolnton, North Carolina

Date:  March 16, 2017 (Friday 6 p.m.)

Race Rating:  83

Winners (Top 10 Overall):

Course:

Elevation:

Weather at Start:

 

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My Stats:

  • Time:  23:42
  • Pace:  7:38
  • Age Group:  1 of 3
  • Overall:  17 of 231
  • Average Heart Rate:  150
  • Maximum Heart Race:  167
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:19 (70.89%)

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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
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

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 [*for kids] (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
0 – Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
2 – 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
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:  83

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