Race #417 – Cherry Blossom 5k – Cherryville NC – 04/13/18

This was my 7th time running the Cherry Blossom 5k, held in conjunction with the Cherry Blossom Festival. It’s a pleasant small-town race that I look forward to each year. It’s a Friday night race and every year that I can remember it’s been nice and warm (just like I like it) but not too hot. They always have pizza after the race, which is a plus, and there are plenty of local friends competing.

This year it was the first race of the local Run Gaston race series, which should have drawn more runners. Unfortunately with a big competing race the next morning in Gastonia kept the crowd small, and the increased registration cost of $40 leading up to the race kept even more runners away. There was quite a bit of discussion about the race and it didn’t even affect me since I registered well in advance at a lower cost, but I was assured that next year the price to run would be considerably lower.

I’ve heard runners say it’s a hilly course, but that’s something I haven’t noticed. Sure, there are several ups and downs in the race but that’s just normal for this area. Not every intersection had volunteers but all of the turns were marked well so I didn’t hear of anybody getting off track, which has happened some in the past in this race.

There was a photographer, which is a good thing, and the photos were reasonably priced at $7 for a digital download. Oddly though, the same photographer worked the Community Foundation Run the next day and all of those photos were downloadable for free. I’m not sure why there would be a charge at one race and not the other, and I’m not complaining since the $7 is quite reasonable for race photos these days,  but it does make me wonder why photos at one race are free there is a charge at another race. Maybe there was an agreement of some sort with the race directors, but I don’t know.

The photos aren’t free, but reasonably priced at $7 for a digital download.

Race Number:  417

Race Name:  Cherry Blossom 5k

Location:  Cherryville, North Carolina

Date:  April 13, 2018

Race Rating:

Winners (Top 20 Overall):



Weather at Start:

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My Stats:

Time:  23:48
Pace:  7:39
Age Group:  1 of 3
Overall:  8 of 66
Average Heart Rate:  158
Maximum Heart Rate: 167
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:24 (70.59%)


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
5 – 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

0 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap!
3 – Race Day Registration: (0)no (3)yes

0 – 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)
0 – Top Overall M/F: (0)none or first only (2)top 3 or better
0 – 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

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

8 – 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

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

5 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
5 – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap
0 – 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
2 – Part of race series or Grand Prix: (0)no (2)yes
0 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
0 – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)


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