Race #383 – SC Peach Festival 10k & 5k – Gaffney, SC – 07/08/17

Needing some extra race mileage, I once again chose to run the 10k option instead of the 5k, hoping to improve a little on this past Tuesday’s 4th of July 10k. I managed to shave 6 seconds off Tuesday’s time so I guess that’s better than being slower. This one also had more hills and the humidity was 100%, so all in all I felt okay about my run.

 

This race itself is somewhat of a disaster and if I’m still running next year and haven’t completely lost my memory, I’ll instead run the Coon Dog Day 5k in Saluda which is generally held on the same day.

 

The only water stop in the 10k was 4 miles into the race. I didn’t pay attention since I usually carry my own water, but one runner up front said there was nobody at the water stop when they went by and you had to pull a water bottle out of the plastic packaging if you wanted it. Another runner near the back said they were offered water by a person, but it was a closed bottle. Uh, no thanks. This is supposed to be a race. There was water and Gatorade at the finish but it was all hot so it wasn’t that appealing with the soaring temperatures and 100% humidity.

 

The one bright spot was that the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall winners as well as Masters (40-and-over) in both races received money (1st=$100; 2nd=$50; and 3rd=$25). If you were one of those top runners that was a plus, but most of us weren’t in that category, although I was 4th among those 40-and-over, so I felt okay about that.

 

To say that the age group awards were an afterthought is an understatement. After giving the overall awards they gave out some hats and T-shirts as door prizes. Then they presented awards to the 15 little kids who ran in the 1k kids race. Their overall awards (1st male and female) were really nice plaques, and the other kids received pretty nice trophies as well. After handing out the kids awards, the lady in charge said, “That’s it. Thanks for coming to the race.” A lot of people started leaving but of course some of the people who were waiting for the age group awards got a little miffed and went up to the table asking about the age group awards. She said “Oh yeah” or something to that effect, and then finally announced the age group winners for both races. I guess it’s kind of odd how we age-groupers will wait for the awards even when we know they’re crappy, and these are about as bad as they come — a ribbon. They did have the name of the race at least, so they weren’t quite generic ribbons.

 

I looked back to 2010 and saw that there were a total of 363 runners that year in the 5k and 10k combined, compared to 165 this year. My guess is that this race, which has been held since 1977, is on its last leg unless somebody takes over who has an interest in seeing it become a popular road race again. If you’re looking for me next year I’ll at the Coon Dog Day 5k.

Race Number:  383

 

Race Name:  SC Peach Festival 5k & 10k

 

Location:  Gaffney, South Carolina (Limestone College)

 

Date:  July 8, 2017

 

Race Rating:  84

 

Winners (10k):

 

Winners (5k):

 

Course:  Through neighborhoods in Gaffney. Some rolling hills. The 5k and 10k courses overlap at different points in the race and I passed some of the slower 5k runners three times during the race.

 

Elevation:

Weather at Start:  Sunny, 72 degrees, 100% humidity.

 

Click Here for Race Results

 

 

My Stats:

  • Time:  49:06
  • Pace:  7:55
  • Age Group:  1 of 2
  • Overall:  11 of 50
  • Average Heart Rate:  160
  • Maximum Heart Race: 173
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time: 38:09 (70.03%)

 

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
0 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
1 – 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
0 – 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! ($20 race day for either race)
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)
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
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
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
3 – 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)
0 – 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
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
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
0 – 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:  84

Race # 382 – Common Heart Firecracker Run 5k & 10k – Indian Trail, NC – 07/04/17

This 4th of July I decided to run the 10k option at the Common Heart Firecracker Run, which is held at the “Village of Lake Park” just outside Indian Trail. I’d heard it was a good race and pretty flat. Since my 100th half marathon in April the longest distance I’ve raced has been a 5k, but with another half marathon coming up in just two weeks I decided it’s time to get back in shape for some longer distances.

 

The Village at Lake Park provides a great venue for a race and the 10k course is actually two loops of the 5k. That suited me fine since on the second loop I had a much better idea of what was coming up along the course.

 

My only goal for the race was to finish in less than 50 minutes, which I managed to barely do with a time of 49:13. It was my second slowest 10k in eight years but I was actually pretty pleased since I seldom run 10k races these days and my 24:00+ 5k’s lately made me wonder if I could still run a 10k in under 50:00. This 4th of July race was on Tuesday and my next race (4 days later) is another 10k, followed by The Scream Half Marathon a week later.

 

Race Number:  382

Race Name:  Common Heart Firecracker Run 5k & 10k

Location:  Village of Lake Park (just outside Indian Trail, North Carolina)

Date:  July 4, 2017

Race Rating:  87

Winners:

 

Course:  Nearly flat loop through neighborhood. The 10k does the 5k loop twice.

Elevation:

Weather at Start:  Partly cloudy, 73 degrees, calm winds, 89% humidity.

 

Click Here for Race Results

Click Here for Race Photos from Christy Miller Photography

Click Here for Race Website

My Stats:

  • Time:   49:13
  • Pace:  7:55
  • Age Group:  1 of 3
  • Overall:  12 of 78
  • Average Heart Rate: 162
  • Maximum Heart Race: 173
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  38:15  (69.86%)

 

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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
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
7 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
1 – Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes (5k certified but 10k not certified)
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
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
3 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
4 – 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
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
0 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
x – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap
9 – 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
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  87

Race #381 – Cat’s Cradle 5k – Morganton, NC – 06/24/17

Although it’s about 60 miles from home, this has become one of my running group’s favorite races of the year. We always have a big group, enjoy the race, and then stop by Granny’s Country Kitchen in Icard on the way home for breakfast. I overate at Granny’s, of course, but after I returned home I decided to get serious (once again) about my diet.

 

There’s not much I can do about getting old, but there’s plenty I can do about getting fat so this week after the race I embarked on a calorie counting program with the help of MyFitnessPal and I’m determined to lose at least 15 pounds to get back to a more suitable running weight. How much it’ll help my running times at 65 remains to be seen but I’ve got to at least give it a try.

 

Regarding this race, it’s always well organized and followed by good food and post-race activities. There are door prizes and a nice big shelter at the park along the greenway where the race is held.

 

As I’ve been doing the last couple years, I finished the 5k then grabbed my camera from the car and took pictures of the 10k finishers as well as the 5k finishers who were behind me. I took about 2,500 photos in all and after sorting through and deleting the duplicates and not-so-flattering pics still managed to post about 800 pics on Facebook. Here are links where you can view them:

 

Race Photo Album #1

Race Photo Album #2

Race Number:  381

 

Race Name:  Cat’s Cradle 5k/10k

 

Location:  Morganton, North Carolina

 

Date:  June 24, 2017

 

Race Rating:  95

 

Top 10 (5k):

 

 

Top 10 (10k):

 

 

Course:  Almost completely flat along the greenway, out and back.

 

 

Elevation:

Weather at Start:  Sunny, 75 degrees, 78% humidity.

 

Click Here for Race Results

 

 

My Stats:

 

  • Time:  24:38
  • Pace:  7:56
  • Age Group:  1 of 3
  • Overall:  6 of 95
  • Average Heart Rate: 161
  • Maximum Heart Race: 170
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  19:13 (67.59%)

 

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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
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
6 – 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)
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
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
6 – 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)
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)
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
7 – 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
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:  95

Race #380 – Gastonia Grizzlies 5k – Gastonia NC – 06/09/17

Held just before a Gastonia Grizzlies evening baseball game, this 5k is always a fun event although it can be a hot one. The race was switched this year from July to June in order to possibly have cooler weather, and it actually worked. Past races have been held with temperatures in the 90s. This year the 6 p.m. race time temperature was 82 degrees, so it was a little bit of a break from summer heat although that’s still a hot 5k.

 

The Grizzlies 5k starts in left field inside the stadium, then runs down to the greenway and stays there until the finish, which takes you around the inside of the stadium to the finish line at home plate. Your race registration gets you into the race for free and it’s always a lot of fun although Linda and I had stuff to do and left shortly after the race and didn’t get to stay for the entertainment.

 

After taking last week off due to straining my back playing basketball, I was back to running this week and actually have been feeling pretty good except my race time of 24:54 was again my worst 5k time since the year I began running (2009) and I’d like to think it was because of the hot weather, but I’m not too sure. I understand that at 65 I’m bound to be slower, but it seems like I’m disproportionately slower than just three or four years ago. Still, I’m happy to still be running even if I’m not as fast.

 

Race Number:  380

 

Race Name:  Gastonia Grizzlies 5k

 

Location:  Gastonia, North Carolina

 

Date:  June 9, 2017

 

Race Rating:  81

 

Winners:

 

Course:  Virtually flat except for going downhill to get to the greenway. On the way back in the last mile you climb the same hill to get back to the stadium.

 

Elevation:

 

Weather at Start:  Sunny, 82 degrees, 40% humidity.

 

Click Here for Race Results

 

My Stats:

Time:  24:57
Pace: 8:00
Age Group:  2 of 3
Overall: 31 of 135
Average Heart Rate: 159
Maximum Heart Race: 174
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  19:25  (66.87%)

Great group photo of the Gaston County Runners after the race. Unfortunately I was long gone by then so I’m not in the photo.

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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
8 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
2 – 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)
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
3 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
9 – 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
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
0 – 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
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  81

Race #379 – Belmont Classic 5k – Belmont NC – 05/27/17

I always look forward to the Belmont Classic 5k and this was the eighth time I’ve run it, which is probably the most times of any race. Part of the appeal to me is that it’s always the Saturday before Memorial Day, and maybe it’s one of my favorites since it’s local and so many of my running friends are there. It never seems to be without controversy for one reason or another, but this year things went much more smoothly than last year, when a policeman stationed at one of the turns sent everybody the wrong way, resulting in disaster (I ended up with an “official” time of almost 40 minutes last year).

 

I managed to come away with 1st in the 65-69 age group this year with a time of 22:50, but not without some competition. Both Jerry Price and Walt Talley finished not far behind me, both in under 25 minutes. I was happy to be under 23:00 again. Not sure how long that will last.

 

A few hours later Linda and I went to a cookout at our son David’s house in Charlotte. As the kids played in the pool and the women talked about things that women talk about, some of the guys played basketball. In my younger years basketball was my game, and I had a pretty good jump shot if I say so myself. I played lots of pickup basketball games at the park with the younger guys right up until age 45 (20 years ago), and I decided at that time I should probably retire or risk a major injury. Well, all of that kind of slipped my mind as I tried to revive a little bit of the glory of my youth. Oh, I can still shoot, and jump, at least a little bit, but within about 12 hours of this ill-conceived notion that I still had what it takes on the basketball court, my back was killing me. As I write this five days later, I’m still out of commission. I’m walking gingerly and haven’t been able to run at all over the past five days.

 

I was planning on running one of my favorite races this weekend — The Charity Chase Half Marathon in Hickory — but there’s no way that will happen at this point. My best hope right now is that I’ll be able to run the Grizzly 5k next week, but for now I’m on a day-to-day basis as far as whether or not I’m able to run. At age 65 I always have it in the back of my mind that I may be one injury away from hanging up my running shoes, but I’m gonna hope this is not the one. Oh, and in the meantime I’ll stay away from the basketball court.

 

Race Number:  379

Race Name:  Belmont Classic 5k

Location: Belmont, North Carolina

Date:  May 27, 2017

Race Rating:  91

Winners (Top 25):


Course: Downtown Belmont and surrounding neighborhoods. Two big hills, one in the first mile and one in the third mile.


Elevation:


Weather at Start:  Sunny, 70 degrees, 3 mph WNW wind, 78% humidity.

Race Results:

My Stats:

  • Time:  22:50
  • Pace:  7:21
  • Age Group:  1 of 5
  • Overall:  24 of 206
  • Average Heart Rate:  164
  • Maximum Heart Race:  173
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:48 (72.92%)
Always lots of friends in attendance at this race!

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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)
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 ($$$)
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
7 – 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
1 – 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
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
2 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:   91

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

 

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

 

 

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

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.

 

Click Here for Race Results

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

 

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.

 

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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 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