Race #424 – Belmont Classic 5k – Belmont, NC – 05/26/18

This has been one of my favorite races for a number of years. It’s always the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend and for me that means it’ll be warm at races for the next few months. It’s no secret that I’m a warm weather runner so it suits me perfectly. In the past this race has had its share of snafus, but this year everything worked out well. The weather was a little rainy just before the race, which probably kept the crowd down a bit, but it stayed dry during the race and post-race as well.

I was actually pretty happy with my time of 23:23, which is a time that would have made me cringe not that long ago. Nowadays though, with a number of 24:00+ times anything under that is sounding better and better. I’d still like to lose a few pounds and get back under 23:00, but as time goes by that looks less likely. Happy to still be racing though!

Race Number:  424

Race Name:  Belmont Classic 5k

Location:  Belmont, North Carolina

Date:  May 26, 2018

Race Rating:  80

Winners:

Course:

Elevation and Splits:

Weather at Start:

 

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My Stats:

Time:  23:23
Pace:  7:32
Age Group (65-69):  1 of 5
Overall: 21 of 134
Average Heart Rate:  159
Maximum Heart Rate:  169
Age Grading:  72.42%

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RACE COURSE
0 – Chip & Gun Timing: (3 points if yes)
0 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
0 – 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
6 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
2 – Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no

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

RESULTS
2 – Posted online within 24 hours: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Easy to find results: (0)no (1)yes

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

AWARDS
2 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
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)
4 – 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
0 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
0 – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap
0 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.): (0)no (1-10)yes

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

OTHER
0 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no (2)yes
0 – Swag (free socks, water bottles, etc.): (0)no (2)yes, some (5)excellent
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:  80

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Race #406 – GOTR Fall 5k – Belmont, NC

The Girls on the Run Fall 5k in Belmont was the last race in the Gaston County YMCA race series. I was in 2nd place for the fall series going into the race, just a few points ahead of Andy Cook. He got me today with two additional runners between us, but I still managed to squeak by him in the series, 756 points to 753. Neither of us had a chance to catch Jimmy Glover, who finished the series with 818 points, but we had fun with the extra competition over the 9-race series, which added an additional element to the local races this year.

Girls on the Run is a popular program for 4th through 7th grade girls and they were the main event in this race, with close to 1,000 girls participating. There’s a similar program for boys called Let Me Run, and I’m hoping to get my now 9-year-old grandson who lives in Charlotte involved in that next year if I can figure out a way to bribe him. I’ve offered to be his running partner but to him that seems like more of a threat than a promise.

Race Number:  406

Race Name:  Gaston County Girls on the Run Fall 5k

Location:  Belmont, North Carolina

Date: December 2, 2017

Race Rating:  101

Winners (Top 25):

Course:  Begins and ends in Stowe Park in downtown Belmont, winding through the city and surrounding neighborhoods.

Elevation:

Weather at Start:  Cloudy, 52 degrees, 8 mph NE wind, 76% humidity.

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Click Here for Race Results

My Stats:

Time:  22:44
Pace:  7:19
Age Group:  1 of 4
Overall:  11 of 879
Average Heart Rate:  159
Maximum Heart Race: 170
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:44 (73.24%)

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RACE COURSE
0 – Chip & Gun Timing: (3 points if yes)
0 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
2 – Water Stops: (0)none (2)normal (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking: (0)bad (1)good
3 – Course Scenery: (0-5) 1=bad and 5=fantastic
1 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
6 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
2 – Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no

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

RESULTS
2 – Posted online within 24 hours: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Easy to find results: (0)no (1)yes

AGE GROUPS
2 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less)
5 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 – 14 and under group (1)
1 – 65+ group (1)
1 – 70+ group (1)
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
5 – 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)
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
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
5 – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap [free]
10 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.): (0)no (1-10)yes

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

OTHER
0 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no (2)yes
0 – Swag (free socks, water bottles, etc.): (0)no (2)yes, some (5)excellent
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:   101

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Race #400 – Dannie Benjamin Mission Fund 5k – Belmont, NC – 10/14/17

This wasn’t the most exciting race to pick for my 400th, but that’s the way it worked out and it was kind of fun even though I’m no fan of trails. About half of this race is on the road and the other half on single-track trails that wind through the woods on the outskirts of Belmont. This race and the Daniel Stowe race back in February are the only two predominantly technical trail races I’ve ever run, and the constant worry about falling and/or twisting an ankle make trails an unpleasant experience for me. Fortunately I didn’t break anything. I did twist my ankle on the trail, bad enough that it’s bothered me some for a few days since then but hopefully I’ll be back to normal by next week’s half marathon.

One thing that struck me about this race was how welcoming the church members who were volunteering were. When I arrived at the church and got out of my car the volunteers were being led in prayer, and I even got a couple of invitations to join them at their Sunday morning service. Several times before and after the race I subtle spirituality and kindness that was unusual for a Saturday morning 5k. It wasn’t pushy or anything, but just a nice change of pace from what’s usually seen at a local race.

As for the race itself, it was small (only 66 finishers) but I was pleasantly surprised to finish 6th overall. I did drop a notch in the YMCA series to 3rd place, but only by 1 point, finishing about 15 seconds behind Andy Cook, who I was tied with for 2nd place. Andy is an accomplished trail runner so I was really happy to be fairly close behind him at the end.

There were several fancy cameras in attendance with people snapping pictures like it was a Hollywood premier. Unfortunately as far as I can tell there are no photos that have been made available to runners and I couldn’t find any on the church website either. If I ever find them I’ll try to include a link and change my rating.

Race Number:  400

Race Name:  Dannie Benjamin Missions Fund 5k

Location:  Belmont, North Carolina (First Baptist Church)

Date:  October 14, 2017

Race Rating:  81

Winners (Top 25):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course: Approximately 1 mile side streets and 2 miles technical trail.

 

 

Elevation:

 

Weather at Start:  Partly cloudy, 64 degrees, 94% humidity.

 

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My Stats:

Time:  25:23
Pace:  8:11
Age Group:  1 of 4
Overall:  6 of 66
Average Heart Rate:  158
Maximum Heart Race:  169

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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
4 – 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
5 – 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)
4 – 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
x – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
x – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap
x – 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:  81

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Race #395 – Stop Soldier Suicide 10k/5k – Belmont NC – 09/23/17

After the big trip to Texas it was good to get back home to the local races. This one’s fun and well organized, and it’s one of the few 10k opportunities in Gaston County. It’s also the third race of eight in the Gaston County YMCA fall racing series, and since I’m trying to run all of the series races this fall I definitely didn’t want to miss it, even though I’m already registered for a half marathon the next day.

I felt good and ran my fastest 10k in two years (46:48), which surprised me and probably a couple people I passed in the race, and I bumped up to 3rd overall in the YMCA race series, only 2 points behind 2nd place.

Last year there was a little bit of a snafu with the 5k race, with some runners missing the turnaround, but this year everything seemed to go smoothly.

There were a total of 286 runners in the two races (115 in the 10k and 171 in the 5k). Even though the 5k has more runners, the 10k tends to draw some fast runners who are trying to collect some of the cash prizes offered for the top three male and female runners. There’s no cash for the 5k race, and I didn’t have a chance to win any in the 10k, but for the YMCA race series, the 10k runners receive 15 bonus points for running the longer distance.

Race Number:  395

Race Name:  Stop Soldier Suicide 10k/5k

Location: Belmont, North Carolina

Date: September 23, 2017

Race Rating:  92

Winners (10k Top 20):

Winners (5k Top 20):

Course: Mostly through neighborhoods around Belmont. Not very hilly. The 5k course was out-and-back.

 

Elevation:

 

Weather at Start: Sunny, 68 degrees, 94% humidity.

 

Race Results:

 

My Stats:

Time:  46:48
Pace:  7:31
Age Group:  1 of 2
Overall:  16 of 115
Average Heart Rate:  156
Maximum Heart Race:  165
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  36:22 (73.47%)

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

POST RACE
6 – 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
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
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:   92

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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

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

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

 

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

 

Race Number:  369

Race Name:  Belmont Abbey Rail Trail 5k

Location: Belmont, North Carolina

Date:  March 11, 2017

Race Rating:  68

Winners (Top 25):


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


Elevation:

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

 

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My Stats:

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

 

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
0 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
2 – Water Stops: (0)none (2)normal (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking: (0)bad (1)good
3 – Course Scenery: (0-5) 1=bad and 5=fantastic
0 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
5 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
0 – Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes
0 – Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes (short about 1/10 mile)
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no

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

RESULTS
2 – Posted online within 24 hours: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Easy to find results: (0)no (1)yes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOTAL:  68

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Race #365 – Hearts-a-Bustin’ 5k – Belmont, NC – 02/11/17

After avoiding trail races for years, I finally decided since it was the first race in the local YMCA race series I’d go ahead and run my first single-track trail race ever, and I’m happy to say I didn’t break an ankle or do a face plant. Having come out without any scrapes or bruises I’ll count it as a success, although I still favor running on pavement and this could have been my last trail race as well as my first. It was nice to get out again with all of the friendly runners who compete in the YMCA series, and I’m looking forward to the series this year although my schedule already has me missing one or more races because of conflicts so I’m not likely to be one of the top competitors.

 

The race is held on the trails surrounding the famous Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and a ticket for free admission to the garden is included with the race entry fee. Since I’m a nature photography enthusiast and the garden is just 5 miles or so down the road from my house, I’m a season pass holder and visit often. It’s not peak season now for the garden but it’s still a great place to visit, especially for a couple who are celebrating Valentine’s Day.

 

Race Number:  365

Race Name:  Hearts-a-Bustin’ 5k

Location:  Belmont, North Carolina

Date:  February 11, 2017

Race Rating:  83

Winners (Top 30):

Course: Mostly single-track trail around Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden except for beginning and end on paved road in park.

Elevation:

Weather at Start:  Sunny, 50 degrees (felt like 46), SSW wind at 9 mph, 43% humidity.

Click Here for Race Results

My Stats:

Time:  23:55
Pace: 7:43
Age Group:  3 of 7
Overall:  25 of 182
Average Heart Rate:  163
Maximum Heart Race: 172
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:48 (69.06%)

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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
6 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
7 – 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
0 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no (2)yes
0 – Grand Masters Category (50+): (0)no (3)yes
0 – Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no (5)yes

AWARDS
2 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
0 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)
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)
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
4 – 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
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
0 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  83

 

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Race #360 – Girls on the Run Fall 5k – Belmont, NC – 12/03/16

This was the final race of the season for the Gaston County YMCA race series and, as you might imagine, was overloaded with 4th grade girls from around the county. It’s a fun event, especially for the girls, but personally I’d prefer the race series wouldn’t be included with the three GOTR races in the county during the year. Nevertheless, everybody young and old seemed to have a good time. We ran the same course as just a few weeks ago at the BCO (Belmont Community Organization) Turkey Trot just a couple weeks ago, and it’s a nice course through mostly the side streets of Belmont.

I wanted to walk as I went up this hill near the finish, but my friend Kenny Primm was right on my tail so I decided a walk break might not be a good idea.

For some unexplained reason I ran my fastest 5k of the year in this race (22:01), only a week after running my slowest 5k of the year at the ChristmasTown 5k in McAdenville (23:36). No doubt that was a tougher race but most other runners were virtually the same speed in both races so I was a little surprised to do as well as I did, especially since my training and diet had remained the same during the interval between races.

 

The standard race awards were handed out after the race, followed by the awards for the Top 10 runners (male and female) in the Gaston County YMCA race series. I finished 2nd Overall Male for the season with 1,045 points, just behind Jimmy Glover who accumulated 1,060 points. Somebody jokingly (I think) referred to my 2nd place finish as “First Loser” but I was actually really happy to finish that high in the final standings, having completed the season without any major meltdowns or injuries. I’ll turn 65 this February and it’s unlikely I’ll finish as high as 2nd in the future.

 

It was only the third year of the local race series and I feel like local runners are fortunate to have it. For quite a few years I traveled to a lot of races out of the immediate area, partly for the excitement of doing a race in a new city or more exotic locale, but as I get older I appreciate the chance to get up on Saturday morning and drive just a couple miles to a local race that’s loaded mostly with friends that I know and run with regularly, so as long as I’m able to continue running this is most likely what I’ll stick with.

Top 50 Males in the Gaston County race series.

 

Top 50 Females in the Gaston County race series.

 

Race Number:  360

 

Race Name:  Girls on the Run Fall 5k

 

Location:  Belmont, North Carolina

 

Date:  December 3, 2016

 

Race Rating:  93

 

Winners (Top 25):

Elevation:

  • Gain:  103 feet
  • Loss:  143 feet

 

Weather at Start:  Partly cloudy, 45 degrees (felt like 41), North wind at 7 mph, 53% humidity.

 

Race Results:

 

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My Stats:

Time:  22:01
Pace:  7:06
Age Group:  2 of 3
Overall:  7 of 751
Average Heart Rate: 159
Maximum Heart Race: 173
Age Graded Equivalent Time: 17:18 (75.02%)

 

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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)
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
5 – 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)
6 – Entertainment: (0)no (1-9)yes
0 – 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
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
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 (* couple of blocks away from venue)
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:  93

 

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Race #357 – Holy Angels 4-Miler – Belmont, NC – 10/29/16

2016-belmont-rotary-4-miler-logoThis was the 11th race of the 15-race Gaston YMCA series and is a mostly flat and fast out-and-back course beginning at the Holy Angels facility and going through downtown Belmont. It’s organized by the Belmont Rotary Club and many of the runners dress in Halloween costumes. As a matter of fact, I spent much of the race running behind one girl dressed as Minnie Mouse and another dressed like a witch. Hey, they were fast!

 

From the outset my friend Bernhard took the lead and held it all the way to the finish. Through the first 3 miles I was the second male. I did manage to finally catch and pass to two girls in the last mile, but two younger guys also managed to catch and pass me in that last mile. I did end up 4th overall, which is a great spot for me, and my pace of 7:03 was one of the best I’ve run all year.

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There were 5-year age groups but only 1-deep, which is understandable in a race this small (there were 77 finishers in the 4-miler and 42 in the 2-miler).

 

Race Number:  357

Race Name:  Belmont Rotary 4-2-1 Costume Dash Run Tu Tu Holy Angels*

  • This race wins the award for the longest official name, or at least it appears to be official on the flyer. I usually just call it the “Holy Angels 4-Miler.” It’s the closest thing to the 5k they ran on the TV show “The Office” a few years ago that was called “Michael Scott’s Dunder Mifflin Scranton Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run Race for the Cure.”

Location:  Holy Angels (Belmont, North Carolina)

Date:  October 29, 2016

Race Rating:  83

Winners:

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Course: Out-and-back through downtown Belmont, mostly flat but a couple small hills.

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Elevation:

  • Gain:  95 feet
  • Loss:  83 feet

Weather at Start:  Cloudy, 63 degrees, 83% humidity.

 

Click Here for Race Results

 

My Stats:

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* RACE RATING *
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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
5 – 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
0 – 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: (0-9)
0 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

POST RACE
6 – 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
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
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
2 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
0 – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  83

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Race #351 – Stop Soldier Suicide 10k/5k – Belmont, NC – 09/24/16

2016-stop-soldier-suicide-startIt was the second year of this Belmont race held to benefit the Stop Soldier Suicide organization. I missed the race last year but was honored to be a part of it this year. Race director Ronald Rhodes has been touched personally by a soldier suicide and he works tirelessly throughout the year organizing this race and working for the cause.

 

This year the race is part of the Gaston County YMCA series so plenty of my local running friends were there, which is always nice. The weather was great, and there were some nice touches such as a drawing for free meals at several local restaurants. Awards were handed out by local TV personality Ken Lemon of WSOC-TV.  All of the finishers of the 10k received a nice medal. There were also Visa gift cards for the 10k ($125, $75, and $50 for male and female overall Top 3 runners).

 

There were no issues along the 10k course, but a snafu occurred in the 5k resulting in quite a few of the top runners to run off course for as much as a mile before getting straightened out. I was running the 10k so none of that affected me.

 

I’m far from being in great shape but this was my fastest 10k of 2016 so I was happy about that. On August 20th I had run my slowest 10k ever (51:37 at OrthoCarolina) and my goal for this race was to at least get back down under 50:00.

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Race Number:  351

Race Name:  Stop Soldier Suicide 10k and 5k

Location:  Belmont, North Carolina

Date:  September 24, 2016

Race Rating:  108

Winners:

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Course: Pleasant course through neighborhoods and side streets of Belmont. Not too hilly. Streets were closed to traffic. Plenty of volunteers at turns but a mixup in the 5k resulting in extra mileage and slower times for 5k finishers, as seen in the 5k results.

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Elevation:

  • Gain:  212 feet
  • Loss:  214 feet

Weather at Start:  Sunny, 66 degrees, 88% humidity.

 

Race Results:

 

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My Stats:

  • Time:  47:14
  • Pace:  7:37
  • Age Group:  1 of 3
  • Overall: 9 of 95
  • Average Heart Rate:  162
  • Maximum Heart Race: 169
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  37:04 (72.09%)
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Awards were handed out by Ken Lemon of WSOC-TV.

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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)
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
8 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)
5 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

POST RACE
4 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
6 – Entertainment: (0)no (1-9)yes
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)
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
8 – 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
-5 – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10) (5 points deducted for 5k course mixup)

TOTAL:  108

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