Race #427 – Run the South Half Marathon – Charlotte, NC – 06/16/18

Last month I announced my retirement from half marathons. I’m getting old, it hurts too much, I’m slower, yada, yada. So this month I noticed there’s a new half marathon in Charlotte and I figured it’s a sign from God that I should get back into the half marathon. I guess I just came to grips with the fact that I enjoy the extra tinge of excitement you get with running a longer race, so I’ll probably keep on running some half marathons even though I’m kinda falling apart around 6 or 7 miles into the race. My time at this one wasn’t great but was a few seconds faster than the one last month, and I’m still under 2 hours so that provides a bit of satisfaction.

I registered only a week or so before the race and when I picked up my bib at the race they told me they’ll mail me a shirt since I registered late. Okay. I won’t hold my breath, but it’s a pretty nice shirt so it’ll be a nice surprise if they do send it. Oh, they also announced they’d send the finisher medals in the mail since they were all misprinted with the wrong city (Greensboro instead of Charlotte). So that’ll be another nice surprise if I get it.

Race Number:  427

Race Name:  Run the South Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k

Location:  Charlotte, North Carolina (UNCC area)

Date:  June 16, 2018

Race Rating:  83

Winners:

Course:

Elevation and Splits:

The elevation gain and loss columns shows there weren’t a lot of flat spots on the course although the greenway was pretty flat. There were a couple miles of gravel path on the greenway which weren’t a problem since it was dry.

Weather at Start:

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My Stats:

Time:  1:52:07
Pace:  8:33
Age Group:  1 of 2
Overall:  32 of 194
Average Heart Rate:  155
Maximum Heart Rate:  162
Age Grade Percent:  69.15%

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RACE COURSE
3 – 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
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!
2 – Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes
0 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no

REGISTRATION
0 – 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)
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

AWARDS
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
*(will change this if medals are actually mailed as promised)

POST RACE
9 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
7 – Entertainment: (0)no (1-9)yes
2 – Finisher times posted after race: (0)no (2)yes

REST ROOMS
1* – Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
*(5 porta potties for about 500 runners — not enough!)
0 – Indoor Restrooms: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful

T-SHIRTS
2 – T-Shirts: (0)no (2)yes
4 – 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
0 – 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
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:  83

 

 

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