Race #434 – Pardee Apple Festival 8k – Hendersonville NC – 09/01/18

This was my third year in a row to run this great 8k race that is held on the same weekend as the huge Apple Festival in Hendersonville. By the time the race is over the festival is getting going, and it’s one of biggest fall festivals in Western North Carolina.

This is not a big race but it’s not small either, with 240 finishers in the 8k and another 100 or so in the 5k. I’m a fan of medium-sized races like this one. It’s big enough to feel substantial but small enough that I can find folks I know and not get completely lost in the crowd, and it’s great to park near the start and finish line.

The 8k course isn’t flat but not nearly as hilly as you might suspect since it’s in the mountains. Elevation gain was measured by my Garmin as 269 feet in the approximately 5 miles.

As for me, I won my age group but was more than 4 minutes slower than last year. In sixteen 8k races I’ve run over the years it was only the second time I’ve finished in over 40 minutes, and the other time was a race where I got lost and ran more than a mile off course. At that race I was only 3 seconds slower than this one.

Instead of a regular T-shirt, the shirt this year was a really nice dark blue Brooks singlet (tech material)… Something I’ll actually wear!

One of the great perks in this race is that members of the Camera Club of Hendersonville take race photos and they’re posted on the festival Facebook page and can be downloaded for free. If you’ve ever purchased race photos, you probably know that the cost of one or two pics can easily be more   expensive than the entry fee to the race. I met one of the photographers (Bob Coffey) at the race and he was kind enough to give me his card and told me to send him a note and he’d send me the pics he took of me. As I write this on Wednesday morning following the race I still haven’t seen the photos posted online, but once they’re up I’ll provide a link below.

Race Number:  434

Race Name:  Pardee Apple Festival 8k & 5k

Location:  Hendersonville, North Carolina

Date:  September 1, 2018

Race Rating:  102

Winners (Top 25 Overall):


Elevation and My Mile Splits:

Weather at Start:

Click Here for Race Results

Click Here for Race Photos on Facebook (Pending)

My Stats:

Time:   40:48
Pace:  8:13
Age Group:  1 of 5
Overall:  61 of 240
Average Heart Rate:  160
Maximum Heart Rate:  168
Age Grade Percentage:  68.18%


0 – 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
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
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

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)
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

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

5 – 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
4 – Design: (1-5)
3 – Material Quality: (1-3) *Nice Brooks Singlet!
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
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
2 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  102

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