Race #433 – Yaisou Greek Festival 5k – Charlotte NC – 08/25/18

With my last three 5k races being over 24 minutes and having walked twelve times in last week’s race, I did a little soul-searching on how I might possibly turn the tide. Last week I had completely forgotten to check my heart rate as I ran the race, which I was pretty sure the reason I walked so much (guess I should have figured that out earlier). Anyway, I decided to be sure to monitor my heart rate throughout the race this time and keep it at a manageable pace, which should result in less walking although possibly slower running. That worked out fine and I did manage to finish slightly under 24 minutes with a finishing time of 23:57. Better yet, I didn’t walk at all during the race so even though I finished 4th in the 65-69 age group I was actually pretty pleased with the result. Last year in the same race I finished 2nd with a time of 21:58, and ordinarily a 2-minute slowdown over a year’s time in a 5k would be depressing, but I felt pretty good seeing that I turned my recently dismal race time around a little bit.

This is one of Charlotte’s fastest races, with all of the fast folks showing up. The top 15 runners were all under 17 minutes, and the first 59 out of the 1,102 finishers were under 20 minutes.

I’m hoping over the next few weeks to drop a few pounds (what else is new?) and do better during the fall racing season.

Race Number:  433

Race Name:  Yaisou Greek Festival 5k

Location:  Charlotte, North Carolina

Date:  August 25, 2018

Race Rating:  98

Winners (Top 8 Overall):

Course:

Elevation and Mile Splits:

Weather at Start:

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My Stats:

Time:  23:57
Pace:  7:43
Age Group:  4 of 22
Overall:  190 of 1,102
Average Heart Rate:  162
Maximum Heart Rate:  174
Age Grade Percentage:  70.7%

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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
2 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
8 – 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

REGISTRATION
2 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap!
0 – 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
2 – 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)
5 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

POST RACE
5 – 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

REST ROOMS
1 – Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
2 – 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
5 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
1 – 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
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:  98

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