Race #378 – It Takes a Village 5k – Newton, NC – 05/20/17

With a special $15 entry fee for runners 60 and over, Linda and I decided to head up to Newton for the “It Takes a Village 5k,” which is held at the Abernethy Laurels retirement community. It was a fun race that was well organized by the always efficient Kelly Stewart of RunTime Races, and the retired residents from the community supplied most of the volunteers.

 

It was a hot and sunny day, and with the race starting at 10:00 a.m. it was pushing 80 degrees by the time the race began. Sunny and hot always appeals to me more than dreary and cold, so even though I may be slowed down by the heat like everyone else, it’s still what I prefer. I did manage to get back under 24 minutes this week with a time of 23:31, and I’m hoping I can stay there for a while and maybe even get back under 23 minutes, but we’ll see.

I was proud of my wife Linda for running. It was one of her few races lately and she came in 2nd in the 60-64 age group. She’ll be going to the 65-69 age group in about two months.

Race Number:  378

Race Name:  It Takes a Village 5k

Location:  Newton, North Carolina (Abernethy Laurels Retirement Community about 2 miles east of Newton)

Date:  May 20, 2017

Race Rating:  87

Shelby Adair came in 1st overall.

Winners:


Course: Lots of turns. Seemed like there were more hills than the elevation chart indicates (maybe it was the heat). Pleasant scenery in the retirement village with plenty of support from the volunteers. One stretch of unpaved trail near the end.


Elevation:


Weather at Start:  Sunny, 77 degrees, 7 mph WSW wind, 65% humidity.

Click Here for Race Results

Click Here for Race Photos on Facebook (103 pics)

My Stats:

  • Time:  23:31
  • Pace:  7:35
  • Age Group:  1 of 4
  • Overall: 15 of 101
  • Average Heart Rate: 164
  • Maximum Heart Race: 178
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:20 (70.8%)

 

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip 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!
0 – 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
5 – 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
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

The awards ceremony was held after the brunch.

AWARDS
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

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

The post-race brunch was spectacular!

REST ROOMS
0 – 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
3 – 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
3 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.): (0)no (1-10)yes

PARKING
0* – Close to Start: (2)yes (0)no
0* – Close to Finish: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Plenty of spaces: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Free Parking: (2)yes (0)no

  • Parking was almost a half mile from race venue, but there were golf carts and other transportation taking people down to the race area.

OTHER
2 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no (2)yes
0 – 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:  87

 

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Race #377 – CaroMont Community Challenge 5k – Cramerton NC – 05/13/17

Ouch… I had to go back eight years to find a normal 5k that I ran slower than this one (Race #20), and that was shortly after I began running. I don’t mind getting slower because I’m getting older, but more of a factor right now is that I’m getting fatter, so it’s diet time again.

 

This race has just been around a couple years and this was my first time to run it even though it’s local. It’s the “Let Me Run” official race, which is the boys equivalent to “Girls on the Run” and the races were separated, with the boys race beginning at 8:30 a.m. followed by the open race for all other runners at 9:00 a.m. There were around 500 participants in total but only 159 finishers in the open 5k.

 

The course is a little hilly but nothing too extreme, but for me personally it was rough going from the start and I took at least one walk break in the first mile, and several others as the race progressed. I did manage to win the 60-and-over age group but Tom Torkildsen was right on my tail for 2nd place.

 

As I write this several days later, I’ve managed to get back on my diet and mostly stay there so I’m trying to nudge my time at least back under 24 minutes next week in hopes of staying there for a while before old age kicks in full force. We’ll see.

 

Race Number:  377

Race Name:  CaroMont Community Challenge 5k

Location:  Cramerton, North Carolina

Date:  May 13, 2017

Race Rating:  84

Winners:

Course: Mostly neighborhood streets in and around Cramerton. A few hills but nothing major. Nice run through the downtown park and across the bridge.

Elevation:


Weather at Start:  Cloudy, 57 degrees, 5 mph NW wind, 82% humidity.

 

Click Here for Race Results

 

Click Here for Official Race Photos

There are professional photos for this race, which is always nice, but they’re kind of expensive.

 

My Stats:

  • Time:  24:07
  • Pace:   7:45
  • Age Group:  1 of 8
  • Overall:  18 of 159
  • Average Heart Rate: 161
  • Maximum Heart Race: 171
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:48  (69.04%)

 

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip 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
5 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap! (*Just $15 on race day!)
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)
0 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 – 14 and under group (1)
0 – 65+ group (1)
0 – 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
5 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)
0 – 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)
7 – Entertainment: (0)no (1-9)yes
2 – Finisher times posted after race: (0)no (2)yes

REST ROOMS
2 – Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
0 – Indoor Restrooms: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful

T-SHIRTS
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

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
0 – 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
0 – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:   84

 

 

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Race #376 – Girls on the Run Spring 5k – Gastonia, NC – 05/06/17

Coming back down to earth after the big race in Las Vegas last week, it was nice to be able to drive just a couple miles from home to the race this week. This Girls on the Run race is part of the Gaston County YMCA series. Last week’s race in Mount Holly that I missed was also part of the series so that pretty much bumped me from any contention I might have had since all of the races in the series count this year. Last year’s series allowed runners to miss a couple races but this year they’re all counted so if you miss one you’ve had it. Too bad, and I hope that next year they’ll include a buffer in there. If not I’ll be one of the runners who won’t be officially in the series, although I do like the local races so I would do some of them whether I’m trying to contend in the series or not.

 

The Girls on the Run program consists of elementary (and maybe some middle school) girls who are involved in the running program at school, culminating in the 5k race at the end of the season. It’s a great program that originated in Charlotte and is now popular all across the United States. There’s a similar program for boys that has been started over the last few years called “Let Me Run,” and their 5k race will be held next weekend.

 

This race begins at Lineberger Park and uses the course that all races from this park have used since I’ve been running. It’s the same as the popular old Labor Day race that was held in Gastonia. The first mile has a huge uphill climb that you get to come back down in the last mile. It would seem that would result in fast times, but for some reason that’s not the case. I’m usually a bit slower here than in most other races, and times for other runners seem a little slower as well.

 

I managed to finish 9th overall out of 435 finishers, just ahead of the first female, who was not only NOT one of the elementary school girls but was my friend and beast of a runner, Dianne Allen, who at 61 years old is a phenomenal runner who shows no signs of slowing down. As a matter of fact, the day after this race she competed in a triathlon that included a 1,000 meter swim, an 18-mile bike ride, and and 4-mile run. Of course she was dominant there too. I took the day off.

 

I managed to leave my Garmin watch at home so I apologize that much of the data I usually have for races is missing on this one.

 

Race Number:  376

Race Name:  Girls on the Run Spring 5k

Location:  Gastonia, North Carolina

Date:  May 6, 2017

Race Rating:  90

Winners (Top 25 Overall):


Course:  Huge uphill in the first mile, followed by a mostly flat second mile through local neighborhoods, with the third mile being back down the big hill with a fairly flat finish.

 

Race Results:

 

Click Here for Race Photos on Flickr by Matthew Gregory

 

My Stats:

  • Time:  23:36
  • Pace:  7:35
  • Age Group:  1 of 7
  • Overall:  9 of 435
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:24 (70.55%)
Free photos provided by Matt Gregory are always a great perk at the local races!

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip 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
7 – 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)
0 – 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

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

POST RACE
3 – 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
2 – Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
1 – Indoor Restrooms: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful

T-SHIRTS
2 – T-Shirts: (0)no (2)yes
2 – 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
10 – 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
0 – 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
0 – 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:  90

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Race #375 – Revel Mt. Charleston Half Marathon – Las Vegas, NV – 04/29/17

It’s 2,180 miles one way from Gastonia NC to Las Vegas, so this was a special destination race for me and it was a great one. The race organizers definitely know what they’re doing and everything was top notch, from the race website and communicating what to expect to the professional quality photos that runners were able to download for absolutely free.

 

A few months back I decided it would be nice if this could be my 100th half marathon, but in order for it to be #100 I would need to run 6 half marathons over a 9-week period for that to happen. I managed to meet that goal, but as I write this six days after the race my legs are still beat up and I only managed to run one very slow mile this week. I feel like I’ll be back to normal over the next week or two, and I’ll probably run this week’s planned 5k, but I have a feeling it’ll be a slow one, and I’m thinking I’ll take a break from so many half marathons in the future. Instead of a half marathon every month, which has been a general rule of thumb with my racing, I think a more realistic and doable goal would be four to six half marathons a year for as long as I can handle it.

 

A group of eight of us from my running club (Gaston County Runners) flew out for the race so it was nice to have some friends along. We all stayed on the Las Vegas strip but that’s not really my thing, so I think next time around I’ll stay closer to the race site, which is around 20 miles from downtown. Another good reason for that and a reason I’m planning on coming back in the future is that my oldest son lives in Las Vegas and actually woke up on race day with runners from this race running past his house. He turns 50 on May 24th and hasn’t been a runner, but he’s considering it, and it would be fantastic if we could run this race together one year. I began running at the age of 56 so he’s got plenty of time. Oh, and before I get back to talking about the race, the real highlight of this whole trip to LV was visiting my son, his three kids (my grandchildren), and their four kids (my great grandchildren!). All of the great grandkids had been born since our last trip nine years ago to Las Vegas, and being around them for the first time was surreal. I knew them from Facebook, but getting to know them in person was a real treat, and it was a beautiful experience to get to see each of their personalities up close for the first time. For that reason alone I’d like to add this race to my calendar every year for as long as I can.

 

Back to the race. Runners parked about a mile from the finish line — half marathoners parked at Walmart and marathoners across the street at Target. The buses were really nice and I remember thinking they looked as good or better than the airplane we flew out on. Marathoners were taken near the top of the mountain to an elevation of 7,633 feet (higher than any mountain in North Carolina by the way) and the half marathon runners started at an elevation of 4,522 feet. The elevation at the finish line was 2,507 feet so was plenty of downhill in both races. Of course, with a little over 2000 feet of downhill I hoped for a blazing fast time but I wasn’t expecting any miracles, so just finishing in under 1:40:00 was an accomplishment since I hadn’t done it this year. I was somewhat satisfied with my finishing time of 1:38:02, which was 2nd in the 65-69 age group.

 

The post-race fare included cherry pie, pizza, and the usual assortment of post-race food. It was a little disappointing that there wasn’t an awards ceremony for age group winners. A little strange actually, since everything else was done so perfectly for the rest of the race. No big problem though. There was a special medal for age group winners (very nice) that was in addition to the spectacular finishers medal that all runners received.

 

All in all it was a great race — one of my favorites — and I’ll plan on returning as often as I can. It will most likely be my fastest race each year that I do it, so it’ll provide a clear benchmark for my current potential.

Thousands of Hi-Res photos of this race are available for FREE download!

Race Number:  375

Race Name:  Revel Mount Charleston Marathon & Half Marathon

Location:  Las Vegas, Nevada

Date:  April 29, 2017

Race Rating:  113

Marathon Winners (Top 25):

 

Half Marathon Winners (Top 25):

Course:  Mostly downhill course on paved roads in Kyle Canyon at Mount Charleston just outside Las Vegas. Very few turns in the entire race, and only a little bit of uphill in the 11th mile.

 

Elevation:

My Garmin printout confirms the amount of downhill in the half marathon. There was more than twice as much downhill in the full marathon.

 

Weather at Start:  Sunny, 55 degrees, 14 mph North wind, 24% humidity.

 

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Photos (and several videos) show up on each runner’s results page. Here’s a link to mine as an example.

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My Stats:

Time:  1:38:02
Pace:  7:29
Age Group:  2 of 21
Overall:  143 of 1705
Average Heart Rate:  162
Maximum Heart Race:  175
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:16:25 (76.4%)

My Mile Splits

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
5 – Water Stops: (0)none (2)normal (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking: (0)bad (1)good
5 – 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

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)
0 – 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
5 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
5 – 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
8 – 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
2 – Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
0 – Indoor Restrooms: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful

T-SHIRTS
2 – T-Shirts: (0)no (2)yes
5 – Design: (1-5)
3 – Material Quality: (1-3)
0 – Discount for no-shirt option: (0)no (2)yes

PHOTOGRAPHY
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

PARKING
0 – Close to Start: (2)yes (0)no
0 – 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:   113

 

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Race #374 – Cherry Blossom 5k – Cherryville, NC – 04/21/17

This was my sixth trip to the Cherry Blossom 5k that’s held in Cherryville in conjunction with the Cherry Blossom Festival. It’s a small race (101 finishers this year) but it’s always fun, with plenty of local running friends in attendance and they always have free pizza after the race. It’s not flat but it’s certainly not hilly with less than 100 feet of elevation gain.

 

The race is always held on Friday evening (6:00 p.m. start time) and the temperatures did reach into the mid 80s on this day, but fortunately the sun ducked behind a big cloud just before the race and brought the temperature down to 77 degrees as we approached the starting line. I felt okay and finished 11th overall despite walking several times. That seems to be the new normal for me but I’m okay with it. Just as long as I can keep running and racing I’m happy, and if I can do pretty well in my age group that’s about all I can ask for.

 

Next week is my 100th half marathon and it’s a fast downhill race in Las Vegas. No way I’ll get an all-time PR but I’m hoping to get somewhere near the 1:35 mark if all goes well.

 

Race Number:  374

Race Name:  Cherry Blossom 5k

Location:  Cherryville, North Carolina

Date:  April 21, 2017

Race Rating:  82

Winners (Top 25 Overall):


Course: Fairly flat course on neighborhood streets around Cherryville. Not hilly, but it does seem like there are more hills than the elevation chart indicates. Go figure.


Elevation:


Weather at Start: Partly cloudy, 77 degrees, 54% humidity.

 

Click Here for Full Race Results
My Stats:

  • Time:  23:25
  • Pace:  7:33
  • Age Group:  1 of 2
  • Overall:  11 of 101
  • Average Heart Rate: N/A
  • Maximum Heart Race:  173
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:01 (70.05%)
Gaston County Runners

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* RACE RATING *
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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip 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)
0 – Top Overall M/F: (0)none or first only (2)top 3 or better
0 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no (2)yes
3 – 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

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

REST ROOMS
0 – 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
3 – 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
2 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no (2)yes
0 – 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
0 – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:   82

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Race #373 – Bunny Run 5k – Concord, NC – 04/15/17

After three half marathons over the past three weeks it was nice to take a break and dial it back to a 5k this weekend. This was my fourth trip back to the Bunny Run, which I first ran in 2009 (Race #27), and it’s always been fun. The course has changed since I first ran the race. It starts in downtown Concord and the first mile goes down the big hill that makes the Santa Scramble so fast. The second mile is mostly flat along the greenway, then it’s payback time in the third mile where you have to climb all the way back up to town. Unfortunately I forgot my Garmin and didn’t realize it until I was about 30 miles from home, so I ran without a watch. I don’t think that had much effect on my running but it does mean that I don’t have many of the statistics I usually report about races (weather, elevation, heart rate, etc.).

 

Race Number:  373

Race Name:  Bunny Run 5k

Location:  Concord, North Carolina

Date:  April 15, 2017

Race Rating:  87

Winners (Top 20 Overall):


Course:  The first mile is mostly downhill through city streets, the second mile is mostly flat along the greenway, and the third mile is mostly uphill on a combination of greenway and city streets. Even with the tough third mile it’s still an enjoyable course for me.

 

Click Here for Race Results

My Stats:

With friend Julie Stevenson after the awards. She got 2nd place in her new age group!

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip 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
2 – 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
5 – 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
5 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
3 – 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

POST RACE
3 – 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
2 – Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
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
0 – 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
2 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
0 – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  87

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Race #372 – RaceFest Half Marathon – Charlotte, NC – 04/08/17

This was my 99th half marathon and the 5th half of 6 over a 9-week period that I planned in order for the 100th to be the destination race my group has planned soon for Las Vegas. This was also my third half marathon in 15 days (Saturday to Saturday to Saturday) and I’m happy to have a break of a couple weeks before #100.

 

RaceFest is a popular race in Charlotte and one I’ve looked forward to doing most years since I’ve been running. There are fewer runners now — a total of 1,312 combined in the 10k and half marathon this year as opposed to 2,443 in 2010 — but that’s a trend that most races are facing now due the abundance of races each weekend. And while I’m comparing 2010 to 2017, I noticed that I was 12 minutes slower now than then (1:47 vs 1:35). Ouch. Another bad trend but inevitable I guess.

 

Race Number:  372

Race Name:  Charlotte RaceFest Half Marathon and 10k

Location:  Charlotte, North Carolina

Date:  April 8, 2017

Race Rating:  100

Winners:

 


Course:  Somewhat rolling course through pleasant upscale neighborhoods in South Charlotte on mostly wide streets. A few big hills but nothing drastic. One stretch for a mile or so on a narrow bike path with uneven pavement is a mess. This has been added in the past few years and it would be nice if they’d get rid of it in future races. Heard several complaints about the bike path from other runners and I didn’t like it either.

Elevation:

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Click Here for Professional Race Photos from Carolina Snapshot

Click Here for Race Website

 

My Stats:

  • Time:  1:47:05
  • Pace:  8:11
  • Age Group:  1 of 5
  • Overall:  115 of 768
  • Average Heart Rate:  155
  • Maximum Heart Race: 167
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:23:28  (69.95%)

 

Race photos are always a plus, but one Hi-Res image from this race will cost you $25.99.

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
5 – 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
2 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
7 – 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
5 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
5 – 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
3 – 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
2 – Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
0 – Indoor Restrooms: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful

T-SHIRTS
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

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
0 – 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:   100

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Race #371 – Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon – Cullowhee, NC – 04/01/17

Held on and around the campus of Western Carolina University, the alma mater of my wife and son Joe, the Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon is now in its eighth year. This was my first time to run the race and the first time we’ve been back to the campus of WCU since Joe graduated 20 years ago. Linda graduated 40 years ago and we spent much of Saturday afternoon walking around the campus with her marveling at the changes that have taken place over the years. It’s a beautiful campus and the race ran through much of the campus twice as well as the mountain roads surrounding the school.

 

The race is small, with only 125 finishers in the half marathon and another 153 in the 5k. The course is scenic, with a couple of flattish miles along the Tuckaseegee River but almost everything else either uphill or downhill, and the 1,668 feet of elevation gain (as measured by my Garmin) make it one of the most difficult half marathons I’ve run.

 

There were no finisher medals for the half marathon, but all finishers received a pint glass inscribed with the race name. Nice to get something instead of nothing, but probably the majority of runners would prefer a finishers medal for a half marathon.

With the cost of professional race photos being as much as $30 each, it’s a huge perk when a race provides great photos for free. There are hundreds for this race that are all available for free download on Flickr. I’ll leave a link below.

 

This was my 98th half marathon — the fourth I’m planning on running out of six over a nine-week period so my 100th can be the one I’m running in Las Vegas on April 29th. It’s not like I get anything for running my 100th in Las Vegas but I thought it would make it more memorable if the 100th would be a special destination race.

 

Race Number:  371

Race Name:  Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon & 5k

Location:  Cullowhee, North Carolina (Campus of Western Carolina University)

Date:  April 1, 2017

Race Rating:  94

Winners (Top 25):


Course: Scenic course through the WCU campus and roads surrounding the school. Pretty to look at but not easy to run with 1,668 feet of elevation gain.

Elevation:

 


Weather at Start:  Sunny, 50 degrees, NNW wind at 3 mph, 76% humidity.

 

Race Results:

 

Click Here for FREE Race Photos on Flickr

 

My Stats:

  • Time:  1:48:10
  • Pace:   8:16
  • Age Group:  1 of 7 (60-69 age group)
  • Overall:  24 of 125
  • Average Heart Rate: 159
  • Maximum Heart Race: 172
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:24:19 (69.24%)

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
5 – 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
2 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
7 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
0 – 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
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)
0 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
0 – 14 and under group (1)
0 – 65+ group (1)
1 – 70+ group (1)
0 – 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
4 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)
0 – 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)
5 – Entertainment: (0)no (1-9)yes
2 – Finisher times posted after race: (0)no (2)yes

REST ROOMS
0 – 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
3 – Design: (1-5)
3 – Material Quality: (1-3)
0 – Discount for no-shirt option: (0)no (2)yes

PHOTOGRAPHY
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

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
0 – 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:  94

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Race #370 – Spartanburg Half Marathon & 5k – Spartanburg SC – 03/25/17

This race is what was once the iRecycle Half Marathon, a race that ran for seven years in Spartanburg. I only ran it once, back in 2009. That was more than 300 races ago (it was Race #57). The recycling program was discontinued but some folks wanted to continue having the half marathon so this was the first year of what is now called the “Spartanburg Half Marathon.” I hope they’re able to continue because every city of this size needs a half marathon.

The race was small, with only 76 finishers in the half marathon and even fewer (35) in the 5k. With 76 runners spread out over a 13.1 mile course it can get lonely out there, and for much of the race I was virtually by myself for long stretches. The course was marked pretty well in most places and the city police did a good job of stopping traffic at most intersections, but there were some places where there was no one around and no markings could be seen so you had to guess which road to take. I guessed pretty well until the last (or one of the last turns) where I took the wrong route. Fortunately I was able to follow signs to the high school where the race started. I wasn’t the only one who got off track, and I overheard one runner saying he ran more than 14 miles. My watch read 13.17 miles at the finish so I ran the correct distance albeit in a roundabout way. It may have gotten messy if this had been a bigger race with major competition on the line, but I think everybody was just happy it was over.

Race Number:  370

Race Name:  Spartanburg Half Marathon & 5k

Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina

Date:  March 25, 2017

Race Rating:  62

Winners (Top 15):

Course: Road course over combination of city streets, neighborhoods, and greenway. Plenty of rolling hills with 656 feet of elevation gain.

Elevation:


Weather at Start:  Sunny, 48 degrees, calm winds, 87% humidity.

 

Click Here for Race Results

 

My Stats:

Time:  1:45:04
Pace: 8:05
Age Group:  1 of 1
Overall: 10 of 76
Average Heart Rate: 160
Maximum Heart Race: 170
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:21:54 (71.29%)

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
0 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
5 – Water Stops: (0)none (2)normal (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
0 – Course Marking: (0)bad (1)good
3 – Course Scenery: (0-5) 1=bad and 5=fantastic
0 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
0 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
4 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
0 – 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)
0 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
0 – 14 and under group (1)
0 – 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

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

REST ROOMS
0 – 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
0 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no (2)yes
0 – 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:   62

 

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Race #369 – Belmont Abbey Rail Trail 5k – Belmont, NC – 03/11/17

Contrary to the implications in the name, the Rail Trail 5k is actually all on the paved streets surrounding the Belmont Abbey campus. It’s the second race in the Gaston County YMCA series and close to home so I like it. It’s practically flat except for just a couple small hills near the turnaround on the out-and-back course so it’s pretty fast.

 

There’s nothing fancy about it but the post-race food was good this year and included hot chocolate and pastries and other good stuff from “The String Bean,” a popular local restaurant. The tech T-shirts were nice as well but awards for the age group winners were kind of pathetic — only a cheap medal for 1st place only in 10-year age groups. Uh, somebody should have a talk with the race director to let them know we appreciate our cheap medals 3-deep.

 

Race Number:  369

Race Name:  Belmont Abbey Rail Trail 5k

Location: Belmont, North Carolina

Date:  March 11, 2017

Race Rating:  68

Winners (Top 25):


Course: Out-and-back course on paved streets surrounding Belmont Abbey College. Mostly flat.


Elevation:

Weather at Start: 45 degrees, 5 mph N wind (feels like 42 degrees), 36% humidity.

 

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My Stats:

  • Time:  21:52
  • Pace:  7:03
  • Age Group:  2 of 9 (ages 60 and up)
  • Overall:  18 of 139
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:03  (76.14%)

 

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip 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
0 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
5 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
0 – Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes
0 – Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes (short about 1/10 mile)
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
0 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less)
0 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 – 14 and under group (1)
0 – 65+ group (1)
0 – 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

AWARDS
2 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent (1st place only)
3 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)
0 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

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

REST ROOMS
0 – 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)
3 – Material Quality: (1-3)
2 – 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
0 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no (2)yes
0 – 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:  68

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