Race #422 – Goat Island 5k – Cramerton, NC – 05/12/18

The Goat Island 5k is a brand new race in nearby Cramerton, which is less than a 10-minute drive from home for me. The race runs through the small town and Goat Island Park, up around the new high school, through some neighborhoods, and back to town for the finish in the center of town.

The weather in the 70s was too hot for some runners but just right for me. The hills aren’t too bad but there seem to be very few flat areas in Cramerton — it’s either up or down all along the way.

The 5k was just one part of a whole series of events called “The Goat Island Games,” which also featured a fishing tournament, horseshoes, and other fun family stuff. It’s something I hope they’ll continue in the future.

One outstanding perk this race offered was the free professional photography! Free pics are always great and the quality of these was excellent!

As for my race performance, it wasn’t great although I did manage to win the 60-and-over division with a time of 24:30, but not without a good measure of grief as I tried to stay ahead of my competition, mostly friends who have been nearby in recent races (Dianne Allen, Walt Talley, Robert Harriss). We’re good friends but we still like to beat each other in races, and all three of those are breathing down my neck in recent races. I’d like to lose a few pounds (as always) and nudge my time back to at least under 24:00, but only time will tell.

Race Number:  422

Race Name:  Goat Island 5k

Location:  Cramerton, North Carolina

Date:  May 12, 2018

Race Rating:  90

Winners (Top 10 Overall):


Elevation and Splits:

Weather at Start:

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My Stats:

Time:  24:30
Pace:  7:53
Age Group:  1 of 5
Overall:  18 of 316
Average Heart Rate:  157
Maximum Heart Race:  168
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:56 (68.57%)

Awards for the 60+ age group with Jerry Price and Walt Talley.


0 – Chip & Gun Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – 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
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!
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

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

2 – 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)
0 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 – 14 and under group (1)
0 – 65+ group (1)
0 – 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

5 – 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)
0 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

4 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
6 – 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
1 – 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
x – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap
10 – 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

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
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:   90

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