Race #366 – Charlotte 10-Miler (& 4-Mile Run) – Charlotte, NC – 02/18/17

Over the past five years this has become one of the premier races in Charlotte with about 1,500 finishers combined in the 10-mile and 4-mile races. There’s free breakfast at the finish, and even though the pancakes and sausage seem to always be cold the coffee is hot and the whole race atmosphere is almost enough to keep you warm in the frigid February temperatures. Fortunately this year the weather was great, with temperatures in the 50s at the end and sunny skies. There were also mimosas at the finish line, a great custom finisher medal, do-it-yourself “TapSnap” photos, and one of the best shirts of the year (this year a long-sleeved zip-up pullover). All combined, it’s one of my favorite local races and a must-do if you’re looking for a race in the Charlotte area.

Race Number:  366

Race Name:  Charlotte 10-Miler and 4-Mile Run

Location:  Charlotte, North Carolina

Date:  February 18, 2017

Race Rating:  99

Winners:


Course: Some road miles but lots of unpaved paths on the McMullen Creek Greenway. Can be muddy if there’s been a lot of rain but completely dry today. The greenway is plenty wide enough (no single-track trails). Tough hills in the first mile and the ninth mile.


Elevation:


Weather at Start:  Sunny, 46 degrees, calm winds, 87% humidity.

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My Stats:

  • Time:  1:17:44
  • Pace:  7:45
  • Age Group:  1 of 17
  • Overall: 180 of 1137
  • Average Heart Rate:  163
  • Maximum Heart Race: 173
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:01:07 (72.00%)

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
2 – Water Stops: (0)none (2)normal (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking: (0)bad (1)good
3 – Course Scenery: (0-5) 1=bad and 5=fantastic
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
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)
2 – Top Overall M/F: (0)none or first only (2)top 3 or better
2 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no (2)yes
0 – Grand Masters Category (50+): (0)no (3)yes
0 – Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no (5)yes

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

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

REST ROOMS
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
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
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:   99

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Race #358 – Spencer Mountain 10-Miler & 5k – Gastonia, NC – 11/05/16

2016-spencer-mountain-startThe Spencer Mountain 10-Miler is one of my favorite local races and for many years has drawn runners who are looking for a tough challenge. It actually starts off completely flat, but about 4 miles into the race the fun starts. The last 6 miles are like a roller coaster, culminating in the biggest hill of all in the 9th mile, which is a 300-foot climb that lasts for most of that mile. The 10th mile flattens out, which is nice, taking you back to the elementary school in the Town of Ranlo where the race starts and finishes.

 

The race is only about a 10-minute drive from my house so I was able to leave home a little later than usual. I was pretty amazed as I reached the race site at how many people were there. Cars were parked a lot farther away than in the past. In previous years there had been fewer than 200 runners in the 10-miler and 5k combined. This year I was surprised to learn that the 5k was a Girls on the Run event so there were elementary school girls from all over the county participating, and of course their families were there to watch. There ended up being only 56 finishers in the 10-miler and a whopping 785 in the 5k, creating gridlock on the tiny 2-lane road around the school.

 

I started out this year’s race with a little bit of a knee issue and wore a brace on my right knee for the first time in several years. It really didn’t bother me much during the race and going in I was just hoping to finish in under 1:20:00, so I was satisfied with my time of 1:18:41.

 

I’m writing this blog entry 9 days after the race and, sorry to say, my knee problem has gotten worse instead of better during that time. I skipped the half marathon I had scheduled for the following week, and after running a few miles over the past week that seemed to exacerbate the situation, I’ve decided to take this entire week off of running in the hope that it will completely heal. I’ve never taken a whole week off of running, even when I’ve had injuries in the past, but it’s probably a good time to try it now and I’m hoping that will do the trick. If not I’ll end up scheduling a doctors appointment next week to get a better idea of what’s going on.

Me and Aaron Chan after the race.
Me and Aaron Chan after the race.

On the bright side, this race is part of the Gaston County YMCA series, which has been my focus for much of the year. It was my 10th race of the 15 in the series and only your top 10 race results are counted, so I’m okay if I don’t run any of the upcoming races through the end of the year. As a matter of fact, I did the math and I’m pretty sure that I’ll finish 2nd overall in the series no matter what. I can’t catch 1st place and I don’t think anybody below me can mathematically catch up with me. Of course, math never was my strong suit so maybe I’ll get a surprise before the end of the year.

 

Race Number:  358

Race Name:  Spencer Mountain 10-Miler and 5k

Location:  Ranlo, North Carolina (on the outskirts of Gastonia)

Date:  November 5, 2016

Race Rating:  83

Top 25 (10-Miler):

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Top 25 (5k):

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Course:  Flat and fast for the first 4 miles, followed by big rolling hills for the next 5 miles including a whopper of a hill in the 9th mile. Mile 10 is flat to the end.
Elevation:

  • Gain:  528 feet
  • Loss: 526 feet

Weather at Start:  Sunny, 43 degrees, 75% humidity, calm winds.

Race Results:

My Stats:

Time:  1:18:41
Pace:  7:52
Age Group:  2 of 5
Overall:  19 of 56
Average Heart Rate:  160
Maximum Heart Race: 167
Age Graded Equivalent Time: 1:01:52 (71.13%)

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

POST RACE
4 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
3 – 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
1 – 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
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:  83

 

 

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Race #322 – Charlotte 10-Miler and 4-Mile Run – Charlotte, NC – 02/20/16

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This is one of my favorite winter races and it’s the third consecutive year I’ve run it. The first year I did the 4-miler and moved up to the 10-miler last year and again this year. Much of the course is along the McMullen Creek Greenway, which is a popular area for runners. The race hoodie (instead of a T-shirt) and finisher medal are some of the best any race has to offer, and the post-race breakfast (pancakes, sausage, coffee, etc.) all add to the increasing popularity of the race.

 

With me being on the fast track to old age, I just hoped to finish in under 1:20:00. That’s still an okay time for my age (I’ll be 64 next week) although it’s about 5 minutes slower than I ran this race last year. I managed to barely squeeze by with a 1:19:24, which was good for 3rd in the 60-64 age group. I’m now getting to the point that I’m looking forward to the 65-69 age group as “younger” runners are entering the age group. With the way I’m slowing down each year, I see that a couple years can make a definite difference when it comes to speed.

 

Race Number:  322

Race Name:  Charlotte 10-Miler and 4-Mile Run

Location:  Charlotte, North Carolina

Date:  February 20, 2016

Race Rating:  108

Winners:

10 Miler:

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4 Miler:

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Course:  Combination of greenway and residential areas. Killer hills in the 1st mile (after downhill of about a quarter mile) and in the 9th mile. The one in the 9th mile made me want to cry… and walk… a lot.

Elevation:  

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Weather at Start:  48 degrees, partly cloudy, 81% humidity, 5 mph wind SSW

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My Stats:

Time:  1:19:24
Pace:  7:56
Age Group:  3 of  9
Overall:  171 of  1028
Average Heart Rate: 167
Maximum Heart Race: 175
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:03:01  (69.82%)

 

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All of my previous 10-mile races have been faster, but this could be the last time I’m under 1:20:00.

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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
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
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)
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

Great finisher medal!
Great finisher medal!

AWARDS
2 – 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)
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)
5 – 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

One of my favorite shirts!
One of my favorite shirts!

PHOTOGRAPHY
0 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
x – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap
6 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.): (0)no (1-10)yes  (*TapSnap photos)

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:  108

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Race #285 – Charlotte 10-Miler and 4-Mile Run – Charlotte NC – 02/21/15

charlotte-10-miler-LOGOThe bone-chilling weather didn’t keep the crowd away from the Charlotte 10-Miler and 4-Mile Run this year. In only its fourth year (the first year was timed by Queen City Timing), this race has become one of Charlotte’s premier foot races, thanks in part to the unusual but challenging 10-mile distance, which is a nice step up from 5k or 10k for someone who’s training for a half marathon or full marathon. The rest of the credit for making this a top notch race goes to Start2Finish Event Management, an innovative full service race management company that seems to do everything right. I’ve run a few of the races they’ve managed since they arrived in Charlotte (headquarters is in Memphis) and every one has been special in some way. Local race directors would do well to adopt some of the S2F methods!

Other than the cold weather I can’t think of anything bad to say about this race, so here are a few of the highlights:

  • Best shirt ever! A tech hoodie with a beautiful design… It’s in the rare category of a race shirt that I’ll actually wear, and I’m pretty sure it’ll be my favorite!
  • Instant results printout. This is something they do at all S2F races, and it’s a great improvement over waiting for a printout to be posted, or even worse, not knowing the results until the awards ceremony.
  • Finish line video! It’s easy to find your finish since the clock is displayed on screen (mine wasn’t great but still I appreciate it).
  • Pancakes, sausage, and hot coffee provided by Big View Diner! They really couldn’t keep the pancakes and sausage hot (although they tried), but the coffee was steaming and there was plenty of it even after the race (I filled up my cup before leaving).
  • Fantastic medal! Great finishers medal for everyone who ran the 10-Miler.
  • Race-day registration. I signed up on race day, which I always prefer. Yes, it’s a little more expensive but if I’m not able to make it to a race (or don’t want to go) then I’m not out of anything. A lot of races this size don’t have race-day registration.
  • Drawing for Hoka shoes. I think they gave away two pairs of Hoka shoes (retail $150) in a drawing. I didn’t actually catch the drawing on this day but somebody else told me that saw it.
  • TapSnap Photo Booth… Yep, free professional photos after the race provided by TapSnap!
  • Nice age group awards! I won an insulated travel mug that works well and a pair of Balega socks. While a nice trophy is always appreciated, these days the practicality of something usable works out better for me.
  • Downloadable finisher certificate.
  • Five-year age groups for both races.
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Lots of good loot including the best shirt ever and a great finishers medal! The socks ($11 value) and insulated mug were age group awards.

 

The 4-Miler started promptly at 7:30 a.m., followed about 10 minutes later by the 10-Miler. Last year I ran the 4-mile race and was thinking I’d do the same this year, but after missing several recent races because of cold weather and having some cold half marathons coming up soon (most notably the New York City Half on March 15th) I figured I should run the 10-Miler just to get back into the habit of racing longer distances and braving the cold (I usually opt for the treadmill when it’s cold). The course was predominantly run on Charlotte’s greenway system, and following last week’s ice storm I was a little concerned that there would be ice on some of the wooden walkways that go across the water. It turned out that ice wasn’t a problem at all except for a stray slick patch every once in a while. There was also a stretch of a mile or so that wasn’t paved, but it wasn’t muddy at all due to the freezing temperatures.

As usual, I was more concerned with the guys closer to my age than the young speedsters up front, and most of the Charlotte area old fast guys were present, most notably Butch Holt, Bob Nelson, and Randy Mendat. When the dust settled, Bob and I finished 1st and 2nd in the 60-64 age group and Butch and Randy finished 1st and 2nd in the 65-69 age group, with finishing times all within 2 minutes of each other.

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My Stats:

Time:  1:14:30
Pace:  7:27
Age Group:  1 of  5
Overall:  73 of 700 (there were also 160 in the 4-Mile race)
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  59:01  (75.2%)

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Some good friends braved the cold temperatures!

 

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
2 – Water Stops: (0)none (2)normal (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking: (0)bad (1)good
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!
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
0 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap!
3 – Race Day Registration: (0)no (3)yes

RESULTS
2 – Posted promptly online: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Clear link on website: (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
6 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0)no (2)yes (5-9)fabulous door prizes!
5 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals (for 10-miler)

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: (0)not good (1)not bad (2)nice (5)beautiful!
2 – Material: (0)cotton (2)technical fabric
0 – Discount for no-shirt option: (0)no (2)yes

PHOTOGRAPHY
x – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
x – Prices: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap!
5 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.): (0)no (2)yes (5)lots of free pics! (Free TapSnap photos!)

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:  108

 

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Race #265 – Mint City 10-Miler and 5k – St. Johns, Michigan – 08/02/14

This is a photo of the start of the 5k (don’t have a pic of the 10-miler start).

My son Joe recently became an Anthropology professor at Michigan State University in East Lansing, so of course I picked a weekend to go and visit him when there would be a local race to run. I found this 10-miler just north of Lansing. It was a fairly small race but well organized and there were a lot of fast runners there. Usually when I run a race 700+ miles away from home I don’t know anybody there, but my wife Linda ran and so did Joe, while Joe’s fiancee Kandus took some great photos. In addition to that, my good running buddy Bob Nelson just happened to be in East Lansing for a wedding and he and his wife Patty decided to surprise us by showing up at the race! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw them standing there as we approached the race site! Besides being a good friend Bob is also one of my biggest competitors, so I was kind of relieved when he told me he was running the 5k instead of the 10-miler. Bob and I both got 1st place in our 60-64 age group while Linda and Joe both got 3rd place in their age groups.

Pros:

  • Nicely organized small-town race.
  • Plenty of helpful volunteers along the course.
  • Watermelon (and other stuff) after the race.
  • Reasonably priced race-day registration.
  • Almost completely flat course (that’s how the land is in that area… no hills).

Cons:

  • There were 5-year age groups, which is good, but they only went 2-deep so Joe and Linda didn’t get an award despite placing 3rd.

Click Here for Age Group Results (Both Races)

Click Here for Race Photos from Kandus on Facebook

Click Here for Race Website

Bob Nelson and me. I had no idea he was going to be at this race halfway across the country.
My son Joe did great in his fourth 5k ever. He’s secretly hoping to beat me in a race over the next couple years.
My wife Linda ran her best 5k in the last couple of years. 
I actually managed a semi-smile for the camera near the finish line.

My Stats:

Time: 1:11:06
Pace:  7:06
Age Group: 1 of  10
Overall:  30 of 150 (approximately)
Age Graded Equivalent Time: 56:20 (78.8%)

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
2 – Water Stops: (0)none  (2)normal  (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking:  (0)bad  (1)good
3 – Course Scenery:  (0-5) 1=bad  and 5=fantastic
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: (0-7)   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 (almost 2 miles non-paved)

REGISTRATION
2 – Cost:  (0)expensive  (2)reasonable  (5)cheap!
3 – Race Day Registration:  (0)no  (3)yes

RESULTS
2 – Posted promptly online:  (0)no  (2)yes
1 – Clear link on website:  (0)no  (1)yes

AGE GROUPS
0 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less) (*2-deep)
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
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)no  (2)yes   (5-9)fabulous door prizes!
5* – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no  (3)yes  (5)really cool medals
      (*nice medal for finishers of both the 10-miler and 5k)

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
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
2 – Design: (0)not good  (1)not bad  (2)nice  (5)beautiful!
2 – Material: (0)cotton  (2)technical fabric (long sleeve tech blend)
2 – Discount for no-shirt option:  (0)no (2)yes

PHOTOGRAPHY
0 – Professional Photography: (0)no  (5)yes
x – Prices: (0)expensive  (2)reasonable  (5)cheap!
0 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.):  (0)no  (2)yes  (5)lots of free pics!

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

OTHER
2 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no  (2)yes
2 – Swag (free socks, water bottles, etc.): (0)no  (2)yes, some  (5)excellent
2 – Part of race series or Grand Prix:  (0)no  (2)yes
2 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no   (2)yes
0 – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  91

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Race #247- Charlotte 10-Miler & 4-Mile Run – Charlotte, NC – 03/23/14

Pros:

  • Loved the race! This is one I’d like to do every year but of course that depends on what else is happening since it’s such an active time of the year for races.
  • Sunday morning race! This was originally scheduled for a Saturday but due to bad weather was rescheduled on a Sunday. I’d like to see more Sunday races so keeping it scheduled for Sunday in the future would be great.
  • Pancakes, sausage, and hot coffee for breakfast awaited runners at the end of the race! I’ve never seen so many pancakes in my life. It wasn’t easy to keep the pancakes and sausage warm but it tasted great to me.
  • Pleasant course mostly on the paved greenway. Mostly flat except for the killer hill in the 3rd mile of the 4-mile race.
  • In addition to professional photos by Carolina Snapshot there was a TapSnap photo booth that allowed runners to get a free professional photo that was printed right on the spot. First time I’ve ever seen it, but it was wildly popular. I didn’t take the time to stand in the long line but next time around I think I will. The photos I’ve seen from it were great (I’m including one example below).
  • No waiting for results. As soon as you finished the race you could walk over to the timing tent and get a printout of your results and know whether or not you placed in your age group.

Cons:

  • I can’t think of anything that I didn’t like about this race! Maybe somebody else will leave a comment about something that rubbed them the wrong way, but for me it was all good.

Additional Comments:

  • I ran the shorter option (4-Mile Run) on this race, which was only a part of the complete Charlotte 10-Miler course, so I can’t speak for the longer race except for pre- and post-race activities.
  • There were many more runners in the 10-Miler (332 finishers for the 10-Miler and only 89 finishers in the 4-Mile Run).

Click Here for Race Results

As you can see from my time in the 3rd mile,
I thought the hill would never end.

Nice finish line in the shopping center parking lot.


All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast right after the race!


Yup… I parked right next to the finish line!


It pays to show up whether you run or not! Jane got the starting time mixed up and arrived too late to run.
No problem… The sensor picked up her bib and gave her a finishing time. She was the only one in her age group
so she got 1st place. Oh, and she also won a pair of Hoka running shoes in the drawing!


Some of my running friends from Shelby. They’re perfect models for this example of the TapSnap photo booth,
which provided free photos and a printout as soon as the photos were taken.


My daughter-in-law Erica had a great run in the 10-Miler as she trains for her first half marathon next month!


The pancake breakfast was a big hit with my grandkids and their friend Cassidy, whose mother also ran the 10-Miler.
Pay no attention to the fact the Marley’s shoes are on the wrong feet… she likes it that way.



My Stats for the 4-Mile Run:

Time:  28:11
Pace:  7:02
Age Group:  1 of  2
Overall:  7 of  89
Average Heart Rate: 171
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  22:16  (75.66%)

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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
2 – Course Scenery:  (0)bad  (2)pleasant  (5)extraordinary
2 – 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)mediocre  (2)not bad  (5)very good  (7)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 promptly online:  (0)no  (2)yes
1 – Clear link on website:  (0)no  (1)yes

AGE GROUPS
2 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less)
5 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 – 14 and under group (1)
1 – 65+ group (1)
1 – 70+ group (1)
2 – Top Overall M/F:  (0)none or first only  (2)top 3 or better
2 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no  (2)yes
0 – Grand Masters Category (50+):  (0)no  (3)yes
0 – Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no  (5)yes

AWARDS
2 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent
7 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0)no  (2)yes   (5-9)fabulous door prizes!
3 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no  (3)yes  (5)really cool medals (*10-Miler only)

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

REST ROOMS
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
2 – Design: (0)not good  (1)not bad  (2)nice  (5)beautiful!
2 – Material: (0)cotton  (2)technical fabric
0 – Discount for no-shirt option:  (0)no (2)yes

PHOTOGRAPHY
5 – Professional Photography: (0)no  (5)yes
2 – Prices: (0)expensive  (2)reasonable  (5)cheap!
5 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.):  (0)no  (2)yes  (5)lots of free pics! (*TapSnap)

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

WEBSITE
2 – Dedicated race website (0)no  (2)yes
2 – Results or link to results posted on website:  (0)no  (2)yes

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

TOTAL:  108

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Race #235 – Spencer Mountain 10-Miler – Gastonia, NC – 11/09/13

I would always prefer sleeping in on a cold Saturday morning, but the Spencer Mountain 10-Miler is kind of a special race. I’m not really sure why. Maybe it’s the challenging hills in the last half, or the fact that it’s only about 3 miles from my house, or maybe it because a lot of my running friends from nearby are there as well as other friends who drive from quite a distance to get here, or maybe it’s just a combination of all of that. Whatever the reason, it’s a race that I’ll get out in the cold and run, guy-who-hates-cold-weather that I am.

I arrived at Warlick School, the site of the start and finish line, about 45 minutes before the start of the race, plenty early enough to get in the school gym to pick up my shirt and talk to friends, but not quite early enough to get in the school bus parking lot so I ended up parking in the big field, which is an issue if it’s muddy but since it doesn’t rain anymore it was perfectly dry.

The 5k and the 10-miler start simultaneously but in different directions, and this is the only race I know that does that. I’ve never run the 5k, but from what I’ve heard it’s flat and fast, and people tend to run fast times in the 5k. One of my friends, 57-year-old Bill Weimer, ran his fastest 5k (22:16) in 30 years at today’s race, and several other friends ran their fastest 5k times of the year.

The 10-miler is a little bit of a different story. It starts out virtually flat for the first 5 miles, but after that it’s a roller coaster, with several huge hills including the final one that goes straight up for a half mile back into the town of Ranlo.

I’ve been feeling really good lately and had high hopes that I might be able to beat my fastest time here, which was 1:12:30 in 2009. To say the race start was anti-climactic is an understatement. I didn’t hear a thing but all of a sudden everybody started running and we were off. I carried on bits of conversation in the first mile with a variety of runners. Stephen Phillips said he planned on sticking with me then beating me at the end, but apparently he changed his mind and drifted a little ways behind. I came upon Bryan Allf and Fred Levy, who had both run the New York City Marathon last weekend, and they were both more in recovery mode than race mode. We talked just a little and Bryan asked me if I was using the heart rate method to run, and I of course replied that I was. He was the one who first gave me the idea to run by my heart rate about four years ago and I’ve done it ever since. I ran on up ahead and saw Ransel Wildes, who sometimes joins the Gaston County Runners for speed work, and we talked and ran together for a short while before I ran up a little ahead and caught up with GCR buddy Chris Baucom and ran next to him for a little bit. He wasn’t in a talking mood and had told me before the race that his training had been off lately. Little by little I drifted ahead of Chris, knowing that all of the guys I had passed were aware of my tendency to walk on the hills, and I figured (as did they) that they would all be back to haunt me before the end of the race.

Feeling remarkably well, I managed to bank a little bit of time by running a sub-7 minute pace for each of the first four miles. After that the hills started, and I took a short walk break of about 20 seconds on one of the first hills. I kind of kicked myself, remembering what Chris Baucom said about trying not to walk because when he does it once it becomes easy to do it again. I knew that not only Chris but the others I had passed earlier in the race were all close behind and I told myself I wouldn’t walk again in the race unless I absolutely had to. There were several more big hills that followed, and as I climbed each one I reminded myself that I would try to keep running. It worked, and even on the famous last hill in the 8th mile, which I had never run without taking several walk breaks, I slowed my pace and plugged away at it and managed a pace of 8:11. Just before the 8-mile marker that was part of the way up the hill, another GCR friend, Bernhard Heulmanns, who always runs a negative split, passed me. I wasn’t surprised that he caught up with me, but usually he leaves me completely behind. This time, since I was determined to keep running, I was able to stay pretty close behind him, and when we finally reached the top of the hill I was fairly close. He told me later that his last mile was his fastest of the race. I managed a pace of 7:06 for the 9th mile and 6:56 for the 10th mile but it wasn’t enough to catch him. I finished 16 seconds behind Bernhard but was happy I was able to stay fairly close behind for the last 2 miles.

As I approached the finish line there was a fairly large crowd of maybe a couple hundred people cheering on the finishers. I heard the announcer call out Bernhard’s name. The next thing I heard from the PA system was “Here comes the first female finisher.” I didn’t look around but I figured she must be pretty close behind me. I stepped up my pace as much as I could, which wasn’t a lot considering I was already at full steam. There were a lot of cheers and happy faces as I rounded the corner to the finish line. I figured they probably thought it was kind of cool that somebody my age had run so well. Turns out they were laughing about the announcer mistaking me for a female, so there wasn’t actually a girl approaching — it was just me. The next runner was over a minute behind me.

Just so nobody has to use their imagination, Bill Weimer captured this picture of me approaching the finish line. I don’t know. Maybe it was the tights, or maybe the long hair, which you actually couldn’t even see for the hat but somebody said it was hanging out the back.

Anyhoo, everybody had a good laugh and it makes a pretty good story, so no big deal.

I was much more concerned with finishing the race at a respectable time, which I did, with a time of 1:10:50, about a minute and a half faster than I had run my previous PR at Spencer Mountain back in 2009.

A couple minutes later Chris, Ransel, and a pack of four or five other runners all arrived at about the same time. Chris came over and looked kind of incredulous and said “What was that??” He was surprised, as was I, that I was able to finish strong without imploding on the final big hill. I don’t know really, but lately I’ve been running my best race times since 2011, which was my fastest season ever. I’ll just try to appreciate it while it lasts.

I finished 16th overall, which I’m really happy with, but I wanted to mention that up in the very front of the pack was one of our very own Gaston County Runners, Matt Longworth, who not only won the race but managed to win it by more than 5 full minutes over speedy Michael McWhirter, who came in second. Matt is new to the local racing scene but is quickly making his presence known.

Click Here for Race Results (10 Miler)

Click Here for Race Results (5k)

My Stats:

Time:  1:10:50
Pace:  7:05
Age Group:  1st
Overall:  16th of  115
Average Heart Rate:  168
Maximum Heart Race:  175 (had a high misreading in the first mile)
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  56:38  (78.36%)

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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
2 – Course Scenery:  (0)bad  (2)pleasant  (5)extraordinary
2 – 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)mediocre  (2)not bad  (5)very good  (7)spectacular!
0 – Certified Course: (0)no  (2) yes
0 – Correct Distance: (0)no  (2)yes (possibly 1/10 mile short)
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 promptly online:  (0)no  (2)yes
1 – Clear link on website:  (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
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)no  (2)yes   (5-9)fabulous door prizes!
3 – 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
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: (0)not good  (1)not bad  (2)nice  (5)beautiful!
2 – Material: (0)cotton  (2)technical fabric
0 – Discount for no-shirt option:  (0)no (2)yes

PHOTOGRAPHY
0 – Professional Photography: (0)no  (5)yes
x – Prices: (0)expensive  (2)reasonable  (5)cheap!
2 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.):  (0)no  (2)yes  (5)lots of free pics! (Some on Facebook)

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

WEBSITE
0 – Dedicated race website (0)no  (2)yes
2 – Results or link to results posted on website:  (0)no  (2)yes  (YMCA site)

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

TOTAL:  81
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Race #196 – Spencer Mountain 10-Miler – Gaston County, NC – 11/10/12

Even though this race is only a couple miles from where I live, this was only the second time I have run it. Honestly, I had kind of avoided it over the last couple years since they had 10-year age groups and as I was approaching 60 I didn’t like being stuck competing in an age group with people who were as much as nine years younger than me. There’s a huge difference in being 50 years old and being 59 years old, whether you’re a runner or not, but especially in age group competition. This year the race organizers changed it to 5-year age groups, which to me is a great improvement. I’m 60 now so I would have been at the bottom of the 60-69 age group, but I don’t really take any pleasure in beating up on a 69-year-old either, and if you’re 69 you most likely don’t want to have to worry about the 60-year-olds, so it should be a welcome improvement for anybody who cares about age-group competition.

I don’t know the history of every race in Gaston County, but the Spencer Mountain 10-Miler is possibly the most established race in the county and is a well respected race in this region. The nearly mile-long hill that starts around the 8-mile mark is one of the most formidable climbs around, as far as local road races go, and it can be a daunting task to climb it after having already run 8 hard miles.

Fortunately, the first 5 miles of the race are pretty flat so you’re good and warmed up by the time you approach the rolling hills that precede the big one. Several of the warm-up hills are tough in their own right, and some of the downhills are too steep to really benefit from as well. As always, I wore my heart rate monitor with the intention of building my heart rate up to my cruising range, which is about 165 beats per minute, and stay in the range of around 165-168 throughout the race. To my surprise, I looked at my watch at the 2-mile mark in the race and my heart rate was already up to 175. That’s not only way higher than my cruising range, but it’s about my limit in the last mile of a race most of the time. A heart rate of 175 only 2 miles into the race would ordinarily set me up to be sitting on the sidelines waiting for the sag wagon (if there is one) about halfway through the race.

Lately I’ve had some health issues including a pulled hamstring and piriformis syndrome. I won’t even mention the sore piggy that went to market and promptly got run over by a shopping cart. A bigger issue of late has been the diagnosis of acute bronchitis and asthma. I actually seem to be getting used to the asthma and a lot of coughing that goes along with it, and it’s improved quite a bit with the medications, but some combination of medication left me with a prostate the size of a catcher’s mitt, so after a couple days last week of thinking about my mortality I once again ended up at the doctor’s office for another bout of medication juggling. I seem to be back on the right track now and feel relatively fine, but the whole point I’m trying to make is that I think this new medication regimen has affected my normal heart rate so it’s now 10 beats or so higher than it normally would be in a race.

As I ran along at the 2-mile mark I considered my abnormal heart rate for a couple of minutes and had to make a quick decision about how I should run the race. I didn’t even consider stopping but I did think about slowing down so my heart rate would return to normal. I felt fine with the 175 heart rate so I decided to try to stay between 170-175 as long as I felt okay. I did consider the possibility that getting up over 180 might kill me (not likely but there’s always the possibility) so I didn’t want to overdo it.

In the end I won my age group but was about 5 minutes slower than when I ran this race three years ago. I’m  not elated about being slower but I’m three years older and not quite as healthy and maybe not training quite as seriously as I did back then so I’m not surprised or terribly disappointed. My fastest days are behind me now but I’m just happy that I’m still running and hope I can keep it up regardless of whether it’s fast or slow.

There were some issues with the timing system. Some of the Gaston County organizations (YMCA, etc.) got together and purchased their own system to use instead of paying timing companies and this was only the second time they’ve used it, so there were some resultant problems. I’m really glad to see Gaston County make that kind of an investment though so I have no complaints, but then again I’m not one whose time was missed. I believe that over time it’ll help our community have a more active racing scene and I’m all for that!

Click Here for the 10-mile Race Results
Click Here for the 5k Race Results

Click Here for 591 FREE Photos on PhotoBucket (Courtesy of Brian Trotter)

My Stats:

Time:  1:16:55
Pace:  7:45
Age Group:  1 of  8
Overall:  30 of  136
Average Heart Rate:  172
Maximum Heart Race:  181
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:02:04 (71:5%)

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Note: I made a few adjustments to the rating system as of 10/27/12 to give races a chance to score more rating points, so it can be futile to compare an older race with a newer one. Hopefully the different items on the checklist will inform you of what you need to know about a race. I’m still trying to keep it as objective as I can. The total points points possible are more than 100 but I’m trying to fine tune it so that good races end up in the 85-100 range. It’s too much trouble to go back and make changes to the old race ratings, but one of these days after all of the fine tuning is done it may be much easier to compare races with each other.

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.]
0 – Course Marking:  (0)bad  (1)good (1 turn unmarked… other runner knew course)
2 – Course Scenery:  (0)bad  (2)pleasant  (5)extraordinary
2 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none  (1)normal  (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers:  (0)too few  (2)good
2 – Finish line: (0)mediocre  (2)not bad  (5)very good  (7)spectacular!
0 – Certified Course: (0)no  (2) yes
0 – Correct Distance: (0)no  (2)yes  (.06 miles short on my GPS)
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads:  (0)yes  (1)no

REGISTRATION
1 – Cost:  (0)expensive  (1)reasonable  (3)cheap!
3 – Race Day Registration:  (0)no  (3)yes

RESULTS
2 – Posted promptly online:  (0)no  (2)yes
1 – Clear link on website:  (0)no  (1)yes

AGE GROUPS
0 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less) (2 deep)
5 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 – 14 and under group (1)
1 – 65+ group (1)
1 – 70+ group (1)
2 – Top Overall M/F:  (0)none or first only  (2)top 3 or better
0 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no  (2)yes
0 – Grand Masters Category (50+):  (0)no  (3)yes
0 – Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no  (5)yes

AWARDS
2 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent
0 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0)no  (2)yes   (3)fabulous door prizes!
3 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no  (3)yes  (5)really cool medals

POST RACE
3 – Food for Race Participants: (0)none  (1)some  (3)adequate  (7)a feast!
0 – Entertainment:  (0)no  (1)yes
0 – Finisher times posted after race:  (0)no  (1)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
1 – Design: (0)not good  (1)not bad  (2)nice  (5)beautiful!
2 – Material: (0)cotton  (2)technical fabric
0 – Discount for no-shirt option:  (0)no (2)yes

PHOTOGRAPHY
0 – Professional Photography: (0)no  (5)yes
0 – Prices: (0)expensive  (2)reasonable  (5)cheap!
5 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.):  (0)no  (2)yes  (5) lots of free pics!

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

WEBSITE
0 – Dedicated race website (0)no  (2)yes
2 – Results or link to results posted on website:  (0)no  (2)yes

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

TOTAL:  65

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Race #62 – Spencer Mountain 10-Miler – Gastonia, NC – 11/14/09

The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful for the annual Spencer Mountain 10-Miler, a race I’ve heard referred to as “The Southeast’s Toughest 10-Miler.” I can’t say whether that’s true or not, but there are definitely some mean hills out there. The race begins and ends at Warlick Elementary School in the town of Ranlo (just east of Gastonia), travels up a couple miles through Lowell, and then down into the tiny town of Spencer Mountain. It’s surprisingly hilly for Gaston County, and coming back up the hill to Ranlo from Spencer Mountain at around the seventh mile of the race is the dreaded hill that this race is famous for. It’s a doozy, no doubt, but I threw in a couple of 20-second walks along the way and it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it might be.
We just live about 3 miles from where the race started (Linda taught at the middle school in Lowell for 30 years before retiring) but we really don’t get down around the town of Spencer Mountain very often. Although the hardest part of the race was the hills, that fact was lost a little in the beauty of the area in autumn, and it almost seemed like we were running in the North Carolina mountains instead of the Piedmont.
By the way, there was also a 5k Spencer Mountain race and my wife Linda placed 3rd in the 50-59 women’s division and had an all-time PR. We’re really starting to see some improvement in her running lately since her shin splint problems have disappeared. This is a woman who I was married to for 30 years before I ever saw her run, and since she began running 14 months ago she has run about 50 races.
I went into this race having never done a 10-mile race before and I didn’t bother to work the number out in my head as far as what to expect for a finishing time. I suppose (or I hope) I’ll eventually learn to pace myself, but up until now it works out for me to just get out there and run, no matter what the distance, and when I cross the finish line I stop running. Not too scientific, I know, but that seems to work pretty well at the moment. It does seem my pace is smoothing out a little on its own. I ran the first 4 miles all at a pace of under 7 minutes, then the next 3 about a minute slower. The 8th mile — the one with the big hill — was my slowest at 8:04, and I was able to turn it up a little in the last 2 miles.
  • Mile 1 – 6:39
  • Mile 2 – 6:41
  • Mile 3 – 6:59
  • Mile 4 – 6:58
  • Mile 5 – 7:34
  • Mile 6 – 7:34
  • Mile 7 – 7:50
  • Mile 8 – 8:04
  • Mile 9 – 7:27
  • Mile 10 – 6:58
My final time was 1:12:30 (pace 7:15), which was 3rd place (of 23 runners) in the 50-59 age group. Which brings me to my big beef about this race. It’s a big deal for age group competitors (like me) to compete in our own age groups. There is a standard of 5-year age groups that is used in most road races. I’m 57 and I compete in the 55-59 age group. I shouldn’t have to compete in a different age group and the other age groups shouldn’t have to compete against me. I know there’s no official rule but the fact is, there is an accepted standard of 5-year age groups, and race directors should realize this and go by that standard. We’re not talking about a huge amount of money, and I believe that over time any extra cost would be offset by having more runners compete because of having a better chance at placing in their division.
Anyhoo, other than that minor annoyance it was a great race. I love the T-shirts for this one: a bright green pre-shrunk long-sleeved Hanes “Beefy T” with one of the coolest designs I’ve seen on a shirt all year.
The awards were medals, which is always good, although for some reason the race directors didn’t receive the women’s awards from the manufacturer in time for the race. They did promise to mail them, though, and they acknowledged all who won awards. The overall winner of the race also won $100 (I’m not sure if there were any other cash awards for top finishers).

Click Here for Race Results for 10-Miler

Click Here for Race Results for 5k

I had some help taking photos this time around (thanks Kathy!) but unfortunately something went haywire in my camera along the way so we ended up with far fewer than we hoped for, but there are 40+ in the slide show.
Addendum:  Special thanks to Bill Weimer, who sent me an extra 32 photos he took at this race, which I have added to the slideshow, so now there are 70+.

Race Rating

4 – 1-10  Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
6 – 1-10  Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
5 – 1-10  Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
5 – 1-10  Food for Race Participants (1 to 10)
9 – 1-10  T-Shirts (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
4 – 4/6   Part of Race Series (Grand Prix, etc.) (6=Yes and 4=No)
0 – 0/5   Professional Photography (5=Yes and 0=No)
6 – 4/6   Chip Timing (6=Yes and 4=No)
7 – 3/7   Certified Course (by USA Track & Field) (7=Yes and 3=No)
8 – 1-10  Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
5 – 1-10  Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
5 – 1-10  Entertainment (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
0 – 0-10  Age Groups (10 if 5-year groups; 0 if 10-year groups)
0 – 0/5   Indoor Shelter from Elements (0 if none; 5 if provided)
3 – 1-10  Bathroom Facilities
0-10  Other
TOTAL – 67
TEN-MILE RUN RESULTS
Place Name                Ag G Bib   City      St Time    Pace 
===== =================== == = ===== ========= == ======= =====
    1 MATTHEW ELLIOTT     24 M   142 Rock Hill SC   54:52  5:30
    2 CODY ANGELL         27 M    85 Belmont   NC   56:26  5:39
    3 JEFFERSON WAUGH     21 M   274 Statesvil NC   57:23  5:45
    4 BRADLEY ORR         23 M   211                57:52  5:48
    5 LOGAN BEYTAGH       24 M   104 Tybee Isl GA 1:00:40  6:04
    6 MICHAEL HEAFNER     30 M   161 Mount Hol NC 1:02:21  6:15
    7 KEITH MROCHEK       36 M   347 CHARLOTTE NC 1:02:36  6:16
    8 MILTON MATHENY      44 M   361 KANNAPOLI NC 1:02:55  6:18
    9 JASON COOK          27 M   127 Gastonia  NC 1:03:07  6:19
   10 BRYAN ALLF          52 M    83 GASTONIA  NC 1:05:15  6:32
   11 JOSH HEDRICK        26 M   166 Charlotte NC 1:05:22  6:33
   12 GEORGE MEYER        50 M   360 WELLFORD  SC 1:05:45  6:35
   13 JASON PIDGEON       28 M   331 FAYETTEVI NC 1:07:25  6:45
   14 DYLAN BELLES        16 M   103              1:08:04  6:49
   15 ERIC TUCKER         30 M   386 GASTONIA  NC 1:08:19  6:50
   16 MATTHEW BANKIRER    34 M    97 Mooresvil NC 1:08:31  6:52
   17 JUSTIN BOYD         18 M   333 KINGS MTN NC 1:09:23  6:57
   18 KEVIN FORD          41 M   410 BELMONT   NC 1:09:48  6:59
   19 ALEJANDRO ARREOLA   28 M   348 CHARLOTTE NC 1:09:55  7:00
   20 CHAD UNDERWOOD      37 M   270              1:10:01  7:01
   21 MITCHELL RIPPY      47 M   234 Shelby    NC 1:10:29  7:03
   22 WILLIAM PHILEMON    18 M   335 MT. HOLLY NC 1:12:02  7:13
   23 PAUL MARTINO        44 M   380 CHARLOTTE NC 1:12:05  7:13
   24 RICHARD HEFNER      57 M   363 GASTONIA  NC 1:12:30  7:15
   25 BILLY BURCH          0 M   114 charlotte NC 1:12:40  7:16
   26 CHRIS SCHMIDTKE     46 M   371 CORNELIUS NC 1:12:48  7:17
   27 DEREK WIDENHOUSE    54 M   281 Belmont   NC 1:12:51  7:18
   28 HEATHER VELLERS     24 F   272 Mt. Holly NC 1:13:10  7:19
   29 DAN TEAGUE          47 M   320 Ranlo     NC 1:13:24  7:21
   30 CHRISTOPHER BROWN   43 M   110 Statesvil NC 1:13:40  7:22
   31 RODNEY SAWYER       44 M   244 BELMONT   NC 1:13:43  7:23
   32 JEFF BABB           42 M    94 Gastonia  NC 1:15:00  7:30
   33 TODD HARTUNG        40 M   159 Davidson  NC 1:15:08  7:31
   34 CHAD RANDOLPH       44 M   226 Mooresvil NC 1:15:20  7:32
   35 PATRICIA TOPPER     51 F   269 Mt Holly  NC 1:15:51  7:36
   36 RALPH RUTLEDGE      52 M   241 STANLEY   NC 1:16:10  7:37
   37 JOHN BRADLEY        35 M   107 Gastonia  NC 1:16:25  7:39
   38 STEPHEN LINEBERRY   41 M   196 Gastonia  NC 1:16:30  7:39
   39 PHILLIP WERTZ       37 M   279 Cramerton NC 1:16:34  7:40
   40 JOHN HOLLAND        37 M   175 Gastonia  NC 1:17:01  7:43
   41 CHAD STINNETT       38 M   349 CLOVER    SC 1:17:18  7:44
   42 DAVID POSTON        54 M   221 Gastonia  NC 1:17:21  7:45
   43 JAMES GODFREY       51 M   356 RUTHERFOR NC 1:17:40  7:46
   44 GREGORY KIZIAH      54 M   191 Taylorsvi NC 1:17:43  7:47
   45 CATE DARIN          25 M   337 YORK      SC 1:18:22  7:51
   46 ANDY COOK           44 M   125 Belmont   NC 1:18:47  7:53
   47 STEVE VACALIS       40 M   271 Gastonia  NC 1:18:49  7:53
   48 BRIAN ERB           47 M   340 WAXHAW    NC 1:19:20  7:56
   49 JAMES GLOVER        53 M   151 Gastonia  NC 1:19:40  7:58
   50 BENJAMIN ZACHARY    53 M   295 Taylorsvi NC 1:19:58  8:00
   51 PAUL THARP          31 M   366 CHARLOTTE NC 1:20:51  8:06
   52 WALLY WARREN           M   353 CHARLOTTE NC 1:21:10  8:07
   53 DAVID DOCKERY       29 M   301 Gastonia  NC 1:21:10  8:07
   54 VICKY HEINRICH      49 F   167 GASTONIA  NC 1:21:14  8:08
   55 RICK WOOD           57 M   288 Charlotte NC 1:21:23  8:09
   56 SCOTT ROBERTS       41 M   408 GASTONIA  NC 1:22:35  8:16
   57 ARTIE MCINTURFF     38 M   351 MATTHEWS  NC 1:23:31  8:22
   58 BETTY SUE NIXON     28 F   209 Mt. Holly NC 1:23:34  8:22
   59 COOTER NIXON        52 M   210 Mt. Holly NC 1:23:34  8:22
   60 MATT LANEY          35 M   407 GLENDALE  NC 1:24:14  8:26
   61 FRANK ELLIS         61 M   352 GASTONIA  NC 1:24:20  8:26
   62 BECKY STRAHLER      52 F   257 Shelby    NC 1:24:21  8:27
   63 CLAIRE YOUNG        29 F   292 Charlotte NC 1:24:59  8:30
   64 TERRY RHYNE         49 M   232 Gastonia  NC 1:25:32  8:34
   65 DANIAL HOWELL       32 M   179 Mt. Holly NC 1:25:41  8:35
   66 BRANDI ADAMS        29 F    79 Charlotte NC 1:25:55  8:36
   67 AARON SUTTENFIELD   32 M   383 MT. HOLLY NC 1:26:29  8:39
   68 JERRY HALL          40 M   154 Columbia  SC 1:26:43  8:41
   69 JOSEPH HAMRICK      34 M   156 Lowell    NC 1:26:53  8:42
   70 RAY HARDEE          48 M   416 GASTONIA  NC 1:26:57  8:42
   71 STEVE STALEY        55 M   334 CHARLOTTE NC 1:27:15  8:44
   72 KEVIN SPALDING      54 M   346 GASTONIA  NC 1:27:33  8:46
   73 JEFF JIMISON        51 M   370 GASTONIA  NC 1:28:12  8:50
   74 SHASIDHAR BATHULA   39 M   100 Gastonia  NC 1:28:15  8:50
   75 BILL MCCARTER          M   369              1:28:22  8:51
   76 PAULA WEANT         48 F   276 Gastonia  NC 1:28:31  8:52
   77 SHARON HARMON          F   409 CHARLOTTE NC 1:28:48  8:53
   78 CORY PETERSEN       15 M   215              1:29:19  8:56
   79 MISSY RICE          42 F   332 CAMERON   NC 1:29:20  8:56
   80 ANN SCRUGGS         59 F   246 Statesvil NC 1:29:36  8:58
   81 HAYDEN HUGHES       16 F   355 CHARLOTTE NC 1:29:49  8:59
   82 MARK SUMMERS        51 M   260 Concord   NC 1:29:53  9:00
   83 TERRY WILLIAMS      47 M   283 Kings Mtn NC 1:29:55  9:00
   84 NANCY ANDERSON      59 F   358 SPARTANBU SC 1:30:00  9:00
   85 BARRY HUGHES        48 M   345 SHELBY    NC 1:30:01  9:01
   86 RICHARD LILLY       47 M   344 SHELBY    NC 1:30:01  9:01
   87 JOHNNY HASTINGS     42 M   160 Mt. Holly NC 1:30:04  9:01
   88 WENDY ROBERTS       38 F   235              1:30:26  9:03
   89 JOHN WOODWARD       38 M   290 Gastonia  NC 1:30:27  9:03
   90 JOYCE MORRIS        30 F   206 Gastonia  NC 1:30:48  9:05
   91 DALE GREENE         55 M   339 SHELBY    NC 1:31:19  9:08
   92 MELISSA MAGEE       53 F   199 STANLEY   NC 1:31:48  9:11
   93 AMY BABB            41 F    93 Gastonia  NC 1:32:20  9:14
   94 KELLI RICHARDSON    40 F   233              1:32:56  9:18
   95 KEITH BROWN         35 M   111 Kings Mou NC 1:32:58  9:18
   96 TIM WITHERELL       39 M   287 Gastonia  NC 1:33:42  9:23
   97 IZABELA ANNIS       33 F    86 Charlotte NC 1:33:55  9:24
   98 FAITH KIRKLAND      27 F   375 CHARLOTTE NC 1:34:15  9:26
   99 KATHLEEN LUNSFORD   32 F   198 GASTONIA  NC 1:34:19  9:26
  100 PATRICK RYAN        40 M   242 Charlotte NC 1:34:38  9:28
  101 ALLEN LECROY        40 M   194 Gastonia  NC 1:34:45  9:29
  102 UNKNOWN RUNNER           40000              1:34:50  9:29
  103 ROD SMALLWOOD       38 M   254 Belmont   NC 1:35:16  9:32
  104 BECKIE CALVERT      39 F   115 Cramerton NC 1:35:17  9:32
  105 MARYANNE PATTI      38 F   417 HUNTERSVI NC 1:35:31  9:34
  106 PAMELA SAINE        53 F   314 Newton    NC 1:35:31  9:34
  107 PAUL LINDEN         52 M   195 Gastonia  NC 1:35:37  9:34
  108 DUSTIN LETTS        39 M   368 GASTONIA  NC 1:35:37  9:34
  109 JERRY HALL  SR      59 M   155 Bessemer  NC 1:35:56  9:36
  110 TREY PRUITT         29 M   223 GASTONIA  NC 1:36:07  9:37
  111 STEPHEN STRICKLAND  30 M   258 Bessemer  NC 1:36:46  9:41
  112 ELIZABETH EDWARDS   45 F   374 CHARLOTTE NC 1:36:52  9:42
  113 PATTI MORAN         51 F   311 Spartanbu SC 1:37:02  9:43
  114 ERNIE LACASSE          M   193 Rock Hill SC 1:37:06  9:43
  115 PAUL BRUCHON        63 M   113              1:37:46  9:47
  116 LESLIE BANKIRER     34 F    96 Mooresvil NC 1:37:53  9:48
  117 FRANK HANNAH        70 M   158 shelby    NC 1:37:54  9:48
  118 CHARLES RAMSEY      32 M   224 Charlotte NC 1:38:06  9:49
  119 DUNCAN JONES        39 M   185 Belmont   NC 1:38:25  9:51
  120 RAFFAELO FALEIAI    30 M   367 GASTONIA  NC 1:38:46  9:53
  121 LISA BLANTON        34 F   105 Lawndale  NC 1:39:30  9:57
  122 THERESA HOUSER      35 F   178 Kings Mou NC 1:39:35  9:58
  123 BARBARA YATES       40 F   291 Gastonia  NC 1:39:54 10:00
  124 TOM PRICE           58 M   341 SHELBY    NC 1:40:04 10:01
  125 JEREMY WALTON       23 M   326 Gastonia  NC 1:40:34 10:04
  126 CATHY ROBINSON      42 F   236 Gastonia  NC 1:40:44 10:05
  127 SCOTT SPANGLER      46 M   256 Charlotte NC 1:41:12 10:08
  128 RODNEY EICK         54 M   140              1:41:12 10:08
  129 MEGAN SCULLY        32 F   247 indian La SC 1:41:13 10:08
  130 MICHAEL YOUNG       53 M   294 Cramerton NC 1:42:00 10:12
  131 CORBETT FOSTER      37 M   324 Belmont   NC 1:42:06 10:13
  132 KRISTIN FOSTER      38 F   325 Belmont   NC 1:42:06 10:13
  133 HAYLEE VIEREGG      15 F   273              1:42:08 10:13
  134 REBECCA HARVEY         F   365 CRAMERTON NC 1:42:17 10:14
  135 CAROL HITSELBERGER  45 F   171 Charlotte NC 1:42:42 10:17
  136 PAM SAK             45 F   243              1:42:45 10:17
  137 KEITH YOUNG         57 M   293 Charlotte NC 1:42:47 10:17
  138 SHANE STINNETT      41 M   350 GASTONIA  NC 1:42:49 10:17
  139 ASHLEY HEAVNER      42 F   165 Gastonia  NC 1:44:02 10:25
  140 STEFENIE DUFFIE     39 F   134 Gastonia  NC 1:44:03 10:25
  141 KATHRYN STYERS      38 F   259 Gastonia  NC 1:44:29 10:27
  142 DERESA SHERRILL     40 F   414 BELMONT   NC 1:45:05 10:31
  143 JAMES MAYBURY       30 M   338 KEYSER    WV 1:45:57 10:36
  144 JAMIE JONES         36 F   186 Belmont   NC 1:46:44 10:41
  145 MARTIN SANCHEZ      41 M   327 IRMO      SC 1:46:55 10:42
  146 KURT DYCK           41 M   135 Charlotte NC 1:46:59 10:42
  147 STEVE D'AVRIA       32 M   130 Gastonia  NC 1:47:18 10:44
  148 LYNNE GADD          47 F   149 Belmont   NC 1:47:52 10:48
  149 TAMARA BECKETT      27 F   102 Plantatio FL 1:48:02 10:49
  150 MARY GRACE OWEN     21 F   377 GASTONIA  NC 1:48:10 10:49
  151 TAMARA MOSES        37 F   364 SHELBY    NC 1:48:12 10:50
  152 BAILEY BAILEY       63 M    95 Albemarle NC 1:48:59 10:54
  153 GENE ALLEN          33 M    82              1:49:03 10:55
  154 JIMMY BROOKS        37 M   109 CHERRYVIL NC 1:50:00 11:00
  155 FRAN SALAMON COOK   48 F   126 Belmont   NC 1:51:31 11:10
  156 JERRY SWIFT         44 M   261 Gastonia  NC 1:53:34 11:22
  157 BECKY IGNATOWICZ    38 F   182 Clover    SC 1:53:44 11:23
  158 RAMON DEARMAS       35 M   131              1:54:49 11:29
  159 JAMIE CAMPBELL      32 M   117 Charlotte NC 1:59:13 11:56
  160 W E COX             59 M   129 Earl      NC 2:01:06 12:07
  161 TANYA EADES         44 F   136 Sherrills NC 2:02:10 12:13
  162 DONNA MATTISON      40 F   203 Sherrills NC 2:02:10 12:13
  163 RENEE DELAPORTE     44 F   132 Sherrills NC 2:02:51 12:18
  164 ALANNA BREWTON      33 F   108              2:03:11 12:20
  165 SALLY HENTZ         39 F   169 Matthews  NC 2:03:52 12:24
  166 SHERMAN HAGER       68 M   153 Matthews  NC 2:03:53 12:24
  167 ANTHONY GALLANT     47 M   150 Belmont   NC 2:04:10 12:25
 
 
5K RUN RESULTS
Place Name                Ag G Bib   City      St Time    Pace 
===== =================== == = ===== ========= == ======= =====
    1 TONY RAO            16 M   229 Charlotte NC   18:01  5:48
    2 JASON MEVLEMANS     35 M   379 GASTONIA  NC   18:17  5:53
    3 ANDREW BRADLEY      15 M   106 Dallas    NC   18:32  5:58
    4 ZAN SISTARE         51 M   253 Spruce Pi NC   18:33  5:59
    5 BOBBY ASWELL JR     46 M    91 Cornelius NC   19:10  6:10
    6 JAY RAO             49 M   228 Charlotte NC   19:23  6:15
    7 MADISON HEATON      16 M   164 Huntersvi NC   19:40  6:20
    8 JUSTIN WOODARD      15 M   289 Troutman  NC   20:04  6:28
    9 TYLER WICHMANN      25 M   280                20:09  6:29
   10 SETH GREENE         32 M   152 Charlotte NC   20:09  6:30
   11 ANDREW WILMARTH     47 M   284 Gastonia  NC   20:19  6:33
   12 TODD DACZKOWSKI     47 M   342 LAKE WYLI SC   20:37  6:39
   13 TAYLOR ADAMS        15 M   296 Gastonia  NC   20:40  6:39
   14 TRACY OUTEN         45 M   213 Gastonia  NC   20:42  6:40
   15 BUBBA ANTHONY       62 M    87 SHELBY    NC   21:07  6:48
   16 JERRY SOFLEY        62 M   255 Gastonia  NC   21:22  6:53
   17 BRENNEMAN THOMPSON  51 M   265 Charlotte NC   21:36  6:57
   18 REBECCA RUDISILL    12 F   240 Dallas    NC   21:46  7:01
   19 DUSTIN RUDISILL     15 M   239 Dallas    NC   22:16  7:10
   20 MELISSA ORR         29 F   212 Charlotte NC   22:57  7:24
   21 JOSHUA FOSTER       29 M   144 Gastonia  NC   23:02  7:25
   22 LINDSAY TAYLOR      20 F   264 Rock Hill SC   23:24  7:32
   23 WHITNEY ROBINSON    25 F   238 Belmont   NC   23:36  7:36
   24 WALTER MARTIN       25 M   201 Fort Mill SC   23:50  7:41
   25 MICHAEL MOSK        12 M   207 Kings Mou NC   24:02  7:44
   26 BILL WEIMER         54 M   277 Fort Mill SC   24:06  7:46
   27 DAVID THOMPSON      36 M   266 Gastonia  NC   24:07  7:46
   28 PHILIP ROBINSON     59 M   237 Belmont   NC   24:20  7:50
   29 LARRY SEAVERS       65 M   249 charllott NC   24:24  7:52
   30 MATTHEW JOHNSTON    41 M   184 Belmont   NC   24:34  7:55
   31 SAM RAPE            15 M   357 ROCKWELL  NC   24:41  7:57
   32 ROBERT ADAMS        53 M    80 Gastonia  NC   24:44  7:58
   33 KEITH WISE          42 M   286 Belmont   NC   25:09  8:06
   34 RYAN ANTHONY        31 M    89 Gastonia  NC   25:15  8:08
   35 JEFF BARNETTE       43 M    99 Gastonia  NC   25:35  8:14
   36 NICOLA BROWN        32 F   112 Gastonia  NC   25:54  8:21
   37 CARL WICK              M   418 GASTONIA  NC   26:04  8:24
   38 STEVE AUSTIN        62 M    92 Charlotte NC   26:12  8:26
   39 ADAM POOLE           9 M   218 DALLAS    NC   26:22  8:30
   40 LESLIE POOLE        40 F   219 DALLAS    NC   26:23  8:30
   41 CHERRI JOHNSTON     42 F   183 Belmont   NC   26:25  8:31
   42 SCOTT CAMPBELL      36 M   119 Gastonia  NC   26:37  8:34
   43 ANGELA RAO          12 F   227 Charlotte NC   26:46  8:37
   44 STACEY HEAFNER      28 F   162 Mount Hol NC   26:57  8:41
   45 CHRIS HUTCHISON     33 M   181 Gastonia  NC   26:59  8:41
   46 CARRIE WISE         38 F   285 Belmont   NC   27:25  8:50
   47 CHRIS EASON         47 M   138 Gastonia  NC   27:33  8:53
   48 KEVIN WILSON        32 M   319 Mt. Holly NC   27:37  8:54
   49 MOLLY D'AVRIA       29 F   372 BELMONT   NC   27:37  8:54
   50 RACHEL ANTHONY      31 F    88 Gastonia  NC   27:41  8:55
   51 AMY DACZKOWSKI      44 F   343 LAKE WYLI SC   28:12  9:05
   52 ROBERT MCMILLIAN-EL 14 M   384 GASTONIA  NC   28:13  9:05
   53 TOM BARFIELD        53 M    98 Rock Hill SC   28:26  9:10
   54 BRANDY WERNER       25 F   278 Rock Hill SC   28:36  9:13
   55 KORENA CAMPBELL     33 F   118 Gastonia  NC   28:52  9:18
   56 DANIEL HOROWITZ     16 M   411 CHARLOTTE NC   29:02  9:21
   57 JON BECKERING       16 M   412 HUNTERSVI NC   29:02  9:21
   58 MORGAN HOFFMAN      12 F   173 Gastonia  NC   29:19  9:27
   59 JUSTIN FULCOMER     11 M   147 Gastonia  NC   29:31  9:30
   60 MICHELLE HOFFMAN    33 F   172 Gastonia  NC   29:36  9:32
   61 DENISE WIEGAND      50 F   282 Belmont   NC   29:38  9:32
   62 MINYON THOMAS       13 U   317 Conover   NC   29:39  9:33
   63 J'LEN WILSON        13 M   318 Claremont NC   29:39  9:33
   64 CAMERON CHAPMAN     12 U   299 Catawba   NC   29:39  9:33
   65 KYLE LINEBERGER     13 M   308 Claremont NC   29:39  9:33
   66 KENDALL LINEBERGER  13 U   307 Claremont NC   29:39  9:33
   67 AUSTIN MUNDY        12 M   312 Claremont NC   29:41  9:33
   68 JORDAN MCGINNIS     14 U   310 Conover   NC   29:41  9:33
   69 MICHAEL BARKER      12 U   297 Catawba   NC   29:41  9:33
   70 JUSTIN SETZER       12 M   315 Claremont NC   29:41  9:33
   71 ANTHONY SOUKTHAVONE 12 M   316 Claremont NC   29:41  9:34
   72 JAKE LOFTIN         13 M   309 Claremont NC   29:41  9:34
   73 JORDAN ECKARD       13 M   302 Claremont NC   29:41  9:34
   74 MARY FAY            29 F   143                29:41  9:34
   75 GARRETT HOLLAR      13 M   304 Calremont NC   29:41  9:34
   76 AJ HINES            12 U   303 Conover   NC   29:42  9:34
   77 COLTON CHAPMAN      13 M   300 Catawba   NC   29:42  9:34
   78 LANDON HUFFMAN      13 M   305 Claremont NC   29:42  9:34
   79 WILL KENNEDY        12 M   306 Claremont NC   29:43  9:34
   80 KATHERINE FULCOMER  46 F   148 Gastonia  NC   29:43  9:34
   81 MISTY CAPPS         31 F   298 Newton    NC   29:43  9:34
   82 MARY CAVELL         51 F   415                29:46  9:35
   83 TRACY CARSTARPHEN   38 U   121 Cramerton NC   29:49  9:36
   84 KELLY KING          28 F   190 Belmont   NC   30:54  9:57
   85 MARYANN NORINA HINE 32 F   170 Gastonia  NC   31:41 10:12
   86 HUSTON SHEPPARD     55 M   250 Gastonia  NC   31:51 10:15
   87 CHERYL RAPE         41 F   230 rockwell  NC   31:52 10:16
   88 LAURA MATTHEWS      32 F   202 Gastonia  NC   31:59 10:18
   89 SUSAN METIUS        29 F   406 CHARLOTTE NC   32:15 10:23
   90 JEFF FULCOMER       45 M   146 Gastonia  NC   32:21 10:25
   91 NICOLE ASWELL        8 F    90 Cornelius NC   32:21 10:25
   92 LINDA HEFNER        57 F   362 GASTONIA  NC   32:58 10:37
   93 JENNY SIGMON        38 F   413                33:19 10:44
   94 MEREDITH POOLE      10 F   220 DALLAS    NC   33:33 10:48
   95 MEGAN HOLLAND       10 F   177 Gastonia  NC   33:37 10:49
   96 ROBERTA ALTMAN      47 F    84 Dallas    NC   33:47 10:53
   97 AMANDA HENSLEY      19 F   168 Marion    NC   33:48 10:53
   98 NOEL ROARK             F   313 Gastonia  NC   34:00 10:57
   99 MEREDITH HANKS      25 F   157 Gastonia  NC   34:21 11:04
  100 ERIKA KAST          24 F   189 Gastonia  NC   34:51 11:13
  101 CHRISTI ELLER       38 F   141 DALLAS    NC   34:58 11:16
  102 KYLE HOLLAND         9 M   176 Gastonia  NC   35:00 11:16
  103 BRANDON FULCOMER    13 M   145 Gastonia  NC   35:03 11:17
  104 EMILY READ          54 F   376 LINCOLNTO NC   35:27 11:25
  105 JOSEPH HEATON       52 M   163 Huntersvi NC   36:32 11:46
  106 LAVERNE PARTLOW     39 F   214 Charlotte NC   36:48 11:51
  107 IAN SULLIVAN        11 M   336 GASTONIA  NC   36:59 11:55
  108 BRANDI PETTUS       22 F   216 Dallas    NC   37:28 12:04
  109 PETE EARNEY         73 M   137 Dallas    NC   37:29 12:04
  110 DANNY SEAGLE        64 M   248 Morganton NC   37:34 12:06
  111 BROOKE BOUKATHER       F   382 GASTONIA  NC   37:40 12:08
  112 NATALIE TINDOL      44 U   268 BELMONT   NC   37:40 12:08
  113 EMILY SMALLWOOD     37 F   381 BELMONT   NC   39:49 12:49
  114 BONNIE SCHMIDT      63 F   245 Lake Wyli SC   40:14 12:57
  115 BRITTANY BAUCOM     18 F   101 Gastonia  NC   41:00 13:12
  116 BRITTANY CAMPBELL   17 U   116 Gastonia  NC   41:00 13:12
  117 PAMELA HEMPSTEAD    41 F   378 HUNTERSVI NC   41:08 13:15
  118 TONY SIGMON         41 M   328 GASTONIA  NC   41:36 13:24
  119 BECKY MAXWELL       65 F   204                42:34 13:42
  120 ALFRED CHEUNG       46 M   122 Gastonia  NC   53:23 17:11
  121 ANISA KONG          46 F   192 Gastonia  NC   53:25 17:12
 
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