Race #423 – Global 6k for Water – Gastonia, NC – 05/19/18

This was a different type of race in many ways. It was a worldwide race with tens of thousands of participants running and walking for clean water, as organized by World Vision International, but on the local level it was directed by Rev. Ray Hardee of The Pointe Church in Belmont. Ray is also an avid runner and racer, and he did a great job as race director, with plenty of good food, entertainment, and door prizes as well as 5-year age groups.

I’ve never been a fan of running trails, and this race was probably around two-thirds trails — the cross-country trails of Gaston Christian School. I wouldn’t have normally even signed up a for a trail race but since this one was part of the local race series I went for it, and I’m glad I did. It was one of the few trail races I’ve ever run and for the first time I actually enjoyed the trail!

In past years I’ve always avoided trails partly because I’m not fond of tripping and falling or twisting an ankle, but also because of having to run a slower pace and messing up my 5k (or whatever distance) times. My fastest race times are now behind me, and this trail didn’t have a lot of rocks and roots to get tripped up on, so it was fun just running. There was some mud due to the recent rain and quite a few of those nagging little hills most trails have, but overall it was an enjoyable experience that I’ll do again next year if they have it.

Race Number:  423

Race Name:  World Vision Global 6k for Water

Location:  Gastonia, North Carolina (Campus and trail of Gaston Christian School)

Date:  May 19, 2018

Race Rating:  88

Winners (Top 25 Overall):


Elevation and Splits:

As you can see on the chart below, I forgot to turn off my watch at the end of the race for more than an hour and a half, which kind of messes up the final stats.

Weather at Start:


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My Stats:

Time:  30:43
Pace:  8:14
Age Group (60-and-Over):  1 of 6
Overall:  8 of 125


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
0 – 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

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)
5 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 – 14 and under group (1)
0 – 65+ group (1)
0 – 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
7 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)
3 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

7 – 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

1 – Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
0 – 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

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

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
2 – 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
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  88

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