Race #431 – 7th Inning Stretch 5k – Shelby, NC – 08/11/18

This 5k is held in conjunction with the 7th Inning Stretch Festival, which is held to celebrate the American Legion World Series held in Shelby each year. This was the sixth year of the race and I ran it two years ago and enjoyed it. I missed it last year because we were out of town but was glad to be here for it this year.

For the second year in a row, 50% of the registration proceeds from the race went to the family of fallen Shelby police officer Tim Brackeen, who was killed in the line of duty.

There were quite a few fast runners in the field, most notably Tom McCormack, who’ll be 65 next month. On this muggy day (100% humidity) his time was 17:43, only 12 seconds over the American 5k record for a 65-year-old. He told me he’ll be running a flatter 5k this fall where he’s trying to break the American record. At 60 he broke the American 5k record with a 16:58 time in the 5k, becoming the first runner over 60 to run under 17:00.

As for the mere mortals like myself, I had done pretty well sticking to my diet the previous week so I hoped I would run better, but nope, I finished at a disappointing 24:25. I suppose in a couple years I’ll look back and wish for a time in the 24’s. I’m still hoping to get back under 24:00 as the cooler autumn temperatures arrive.

One odd thing happened along the race course. At a major intersection there was a policeman directing traffic, and at least part of the time he was stopping runners and letting the traffic go by. That’s weird, and something I’ve never seen happen in a race. Uh, it’s a race. The cars are supposed to stop for the runners.

Race Number:  431

Race Name:  7th Inning Stretch 5k

Location:  Shelby, North Carolina

Date:  August 11, 2018

Race Rating:  81

Winners (Top 25 Overall):

Great… They misspelled my name.



Weather at Start:


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My Stats:

Time:  24:25
Pace:  7:51
Age Group (65-69):  1 of 6
Overall:  19 of 168
Average Heart Rate:  161
Maximum Heart Rate:  176
Age Graded Equivalent Time:


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.]
0 – Course Marking: (0)bad (1)good  (*A couple people took wrong turns!)
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
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)
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

5 – 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

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

2 – 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
7 – 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
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:  81


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