Race #435 – Jaycees Labor Day 5k – Belmont, NC – 09/03/18

In its inaugural year, this new Labor Day race begins and ends at Rivermen Brewery in Belmont. It’s a straight shot on the out-and-back course down to the river and back. It’s a long gradual downhill run for more than a half mile going down to the water, but climbing back up the same hill got old quickly, especially with the heat index being a blazing 85 degrees at the start of this 9 a.m. race. The effect of the heat was compounded by the lack of shade along the course, but I actually liked the out-and-back straight course.

Once again my time was slow, reaching the finish line at 25:23. I’d really like to get back to the 23-minute range for the 5k, but I guess I need to concentrate on getting back under 25 minutes. I didn’t count the times, but I walked a lot, and much of the last mile consisted of me getting passed by my friend Chris Eason as I walked, then passing him up as I started running again. We probably did that five or six times.

There wasn’t a lot of free food after the race but the brewery was serving brunch, and a lot of the runners took advantage of that.

There were 112 finishers in the race and that’s not bad for a first year race. It’s the only local Labor Day race that’s left and it’s a good one, so I hope it’ll become an annual event.

Race Number:  435

Race Name:  Jaycees Labor Day 5k

Location:  Belmont, North Carolina

Date:  September 3, 2018

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My Stats:

Time:  25:23
Pace:  8:10
Age Group:  1 of 3
Overall:  21 of 112
Average Heart Rate:  158
Maximum Heart Rate:  172
Age Grade Percentage:  66.71%

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RACE COURSE
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
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

REGISTRATION
2 – 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)
3 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

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

REST ROOMS
2 – 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
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

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
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:  83

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