Race #404 – Ruby C. Hunt Turkey Trot 5k – Boiling Springs, NC – 11/23/17

I’ve been wanting to run this race for years but something always interferes such as traveling for Thanksgiving or being obligated for another race in a series, but this year it fit right into my schedule.

This race on and around the campus of Gardner-Webb University is the biggest race of the year in neighboring Cleveland County and a lot of folks from my running group run it as well as quite a few friends who live in Cleveland County.

Packet pickup and race-day registration are held in the university gym, which provided some shelter from the cold before the race, and after the race you could go in the gym but the awards and other post-race activities were held outside. By the end of the race the temperature managed to squeak into the low 40s and in the sunshine it wasn’t too bad for a cold weather hater like myself, or at least it was relatively balmy compared to the temperature in Charlotte at my previous race two weeks ago.

I wasn’t overjoyed by my chip time of 23:01 in this race, as I’ve regained pretty much all of the 10 pounds that I had lost during a couple months of dieting. I’m now attempting to climb my way back on the weight loss wagon but it remains to be seen if I can hang with it with my wintertime hibernation instincts kicking in.

On the bright side, even though I walked seven times (ouch) in this 5k I still managed to win the 65-69 age group thanks to all of the other old guys being in even worse shape than me.

I did enjoy the race and I’m hoping it can become a more regular stop for me on future Thanksgiving mornings.

Race Number:  404

Race Name:  Ruby C. Hunt Turkey Trot 5k & Fun Run

Location:  Boiling Springs, North Carolina

Date:  November 23, 2017

Race Rating:  96

Winners (Top 10 Overall):

Course:  Some rolling hills on paved streets on the campus of Gardner-Webb University and neighborhood streets in Boiling Springs.


Weather at Start:  Sunny, feels like 32 degrees, 4 mph NNE wind, 86% humidity. (Usually my Garmin gives me the exact temperature at the start but for some reason it only reported the “Feels Like” temperature of 32 degrees at the time of the race.)


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My Stats:

Time:  23:01 (chip)
Pace:  7:25
Age Group:  1 of 12
Overall:  58 of 832
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:57 (72.34%)


3 – Chip & Gun 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
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no

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

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

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
3 – Grand Masters Category (50+): (0)no (3)yes
0 – Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no (5)yes

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

4 – 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 (online)

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

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

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

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

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

TOTAL:  96

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Race #126 – Caped Crusaders 5k – Boiling Springs, NC – 05/21/11

For Linda and I, this was our first race ever in the Shelby/Boiling Springs area. I’m not sure why that is, and on the way home we talked about running more races here in the future. This race was held on and around the beautiful campus of Gardner-Webb University. As soon as we arrived we started seeing friends from this area who we know from being regulars at the races. There was Bruce Putnam and Bubba Anthony, who both live near the campus, and Angie Burn and Becky Strahler, who finished 1st and 2nd overall in the female division, just a second apart. There were also several from our Gaston County Runners group who made the short trip to Boiling Springs for the race, so although it was our first race in the area it felt like a home-town race with lots of friends around.

From what I was told, the route was the same as several other annual races. There was a small uphill start, which always helps to get the juices flowing, and people jockeyed for position. When we reached the main road I could see about a half dozen people out ahead of me. I managed to pick a few of them off over the ensuing miles. Stephen Phillips and I stayed close during the entire race as we’ve been doing lately, and once more I confounded him by slowing pulling away. I mention Stephen because he and I are friends in the Gaston County Runners and we’ve been neck-and-neck for the past few races. Stephen keeps getting faster while I’m stuck at about the same speed I’ve been for the past couple years, and as I’m approaching age 60 I’ll be lucky just to maintain my present speed, much less improve, so I’m hoping to keep him frustrated for as long as possible before he heads on up to the next level.
When it was over I finished 3rd overall, which was great for me since it equaled my highest finish ever from just a few weeks ago in Cherryville. Stephen was 5th overall and fellow GCR member Patrick Green surprised us by finishing 11th overall in his first 5k ever.

Race Rating:
5 – 1-10  Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
7 – 1-10  Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
8 – 1-10  Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
4 – 1-10  Food for Race Participants (1 to 10)
5 – 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)
6 – 1-10  Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
9 – 1-10  Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
7 – 1-10  Entertainment (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
10 – 0-10  Age Groups (10 if 5-year groups; 0 if 10-year groups)
5 – 0/5   Indoor Shelter from Elements (0 if none; 5 if provided)
6 – 1-10  Bathroom Facilities
0-10  Other 
TOTAL – 89
Race Stats:
1st Overall Male:  Cody Darner (19:14)
1st Overall Female:  Angie Burn (24:56)
Total Finishers:  125
My Stats:
Time:  21:27
Pace:  6:55
Age Group:  1st (Award for 3rd overall)
Overall:  3 of 125
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