Race #390 – Yiasou Greek Festival 5k – Charlotte NC – 08/26/17

It seems I always have a conflicting race on this date that I choose, and I almost went in a different direction on this day until a friend reminded me that I was already registered. Several months earlier I had taken advantage of a cheap price and I had forgotten all about it. So for the first time in seven years I ran the Greek Festival 5k.

I didn’t remember a lot about the race except it’s always listed as one of the flattest and fastest 5k races in the Charlotte area. According to my Garmin it turned out to be 83 feet of elevation gain and 90 feet of elevation loss, so there were no hills to speak of but there were some areas of slight inclines and declines.

All of the pics of me in this blog post are from the pro photographers along the course (Marathon Photos). I’ve seldom bought an entire package of race photos but I thought these were exceptional and a good deal. The package was $49.95, which isn’t cheap, but there were 20 different pics in 5 formats (this one’s called the “Race Time” format, so for a total of 100 pics they’re just 50 cents each. I won’t use them all but it’s a much better deal than it used to be. Of course everybody’s pics will be different — some better and some worse — but I was happy with these.

My main concern going to the race was parking. The race website said there wasn’t much local parking in the area and recommended parking at some other locations outside the area and even taking the light rail to the race site, so I left early enough to arrive about an hour and a half before the race just to make sure I found parking. It turns out there was plenty of parking within just a couple blocks of the race venue, or it seemed that way to me, and none of my friends had any problem parking nearby as well.

I guess one reason I’ve bypassed this race for so many years is because of the size. It’s just a personal preference but I’m more comfortable finishing 10th in a race with 100 people than I am finishing 100th in a race with 1000 people. Both are okay and I’ll do either one, but I tend to enjoy the smaller races more. It’s usually easier to park, easier to find your friends, not as crowded at the start and along the course, and that kind of thing.

There were some perks in this race that you wouldn’t normally find in a smaller race such as a great finishers medal (rare in a 5k) and professional photography.

The race turned out well for me. People don’t usually ask me what time I’m shooting for but a few did ask about this one. I’ve lost a little over 10 pounds lately and have been running pretty well for a 65-year-old and better than I have in a year or two, so I reluctantly said I’d like to run under 22 minutes. The last time I was under 22:00 was about a year and a half ago so it wouldn’t be easy, but with race being flat it’s possibly one of my few chances to do it. It’s not life and death, of course, but it’s nice to have a goal to try to accomplish.

As I crossed the finish line and hit my watch it stopped on exactly 22:00, but since it had taken me a couple seconds to get to the starting line after the gun sounded my official chip time was 21:58, so I was happy with that.

I did enjoy the race and maybe I’ll try to do this one every year that I can in the future just to get a benchmark of how I’m doing. I’m past the point of getting faster each year but it would be nice not to slow down too much every year.

Race Number:  390

Race Name: Yiasou Greek Festival 5k

Location:  Charlotte, North Carolina

Date: August 26, 2017

Race Rating:  100

Winners (Top 15 Overall):

 

My Age Group (65-69):

Course: Around Charlotte streets in the Dilworth neighborhood, it’s about the flattest 5k that could be run in Charlotte with less than 100 feet of elevation gain and loss.

 

Elevation:

Weather at Start:  Cloudy, 70 degrees, 88% humidity.

 

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My Stats:

Time:  21:58
Pace:  7:05
Age Group: 2 of 20
Overall:  91 of 1146
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:08 (75.8%)

As happy as I was with my time of 21:58, my hat’s off to Paul Myers, who ran even faster (21:07) and won the age group.

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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
2 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
8 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
2- Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes
2 Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no

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

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

AGE GROUPS
2 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less)
5 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
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
4 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
7 – Entertainment: (0)no (1-9)yes
2 – Finisher times posted after race: (0)no (2)yes

REST ROOMS
2 – Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
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
5 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
3 – 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:  100

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

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

 

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

 

Race Number:  372

Race Name:  Charlotte RaceFest Half Marathon and 10k

Location:  Charlotte, North Carolina

Date:  April 8, 2017

Race Rating:  100

Winners:

 


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

Elevation:

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Click Here for Professional Race Photos from Carolina Snapshot

Click Here for Race Website

 

My Stats:

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOTAL:   100

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Race #368 – Corporate Cup Half Marathon – Charlotte, NC – 03/04/17

Now in its 37th year, and Corporate Cup is one of Charlotte’s most established races. It’s also one of the biggest with well over 3,000 runners combined in the half marathon, relay, and 5k. The venue is the Wells Fargo Atrium in uptown Charlotte, which provides a cozy atmosphere if the weather’s cold in early March, and this year it was a chilly 36 degrees at the start of the half marathon.

 

This was my first race in the 65-69 age group so it’s nice to once again be one of the young guys in the group. One kind of sad phenomenon of aging runners is that the older you go in age groups the fewer the number of runners you compete against. I’m all for placing in the top 3 in my age group but it’s a little sad that out of more than 800 finishers in the half marathon there were only 5 who were in the 65-69 age group. I think most real runners want to keep going for as long as they can but for one reason or another (injuries and sickness mostly) there is a huge drop-off by the time a runner reaches their 60s. I’m hoping to keep going for many more years but only time will tell if that is a possibility. Other than being a bit slower I’m still doing okay though, so for now at least I’m thankful to still be hanging around.

 

Race Number:  368

Race Name:  BB&T Corporate Cup 5k and Half Marathon

Location:  Charlotte, North Carolina

Date:  March 4, 2017

Race Rating:  91

Winners (Top 5 Overall):

Course:  Starts and finishes in uptown Charlotte and travels through upscale Charlotte neighborhoods. A few tough hills, especially Morehead Street near the end of the race.

Elevation:

Weather at Start:  Sunny, 36 degrees, 4 mph SE wind, 44% humidity.

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Click Here for Race Photos from Carolina Snapshot

Click Here for Race Website

My Stats:

  • Time:  1:44:29
  • Pace:  7:59
  • Age Group:  1 of 5
  • Overall:  168 of 814
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:21:27 (71.69%)

 

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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
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no

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

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

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

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

POST RACE
3 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
6 – 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
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
5 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
1 – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap
0 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.): (0)no (1-10)yes

Nice — but expensive — photos were available from Carolina Snapshot

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

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

TOTAL:  91

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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 #364 – Winter Classic 8k & 4k – Charlotte, NC – 01/28/17

Charlotte Running Club’s Winter Classic 8k and 4k is practically a Who’s Who among local races. As the North Carolina cross country state championship for both the USATF and the RRCA it draws some of the fastest runners from throughout the state. Although it’s the state championship at both distances, the 8k is the main attraction and most of the top runners ran the 8k. This year the 4k was held an hour earlier instead of both races being run at the same time so some runners chose to do both, but a lot of the elites saved their legs for the 8k only.

 

Last year this was my first race back after an injury in December and I chose to run the 4k, so this year I opted for the 8k instead and took about 600 photos of the 4k that I posted on Facebook (Album 1, Album 2). I was a little disappointed that there weren’t more photos by other photographers since it’s such a big racing event and in the past the CRC had some great photos of this race, but there were just 115 photos on the CRC Facebook page.

 

As always with this race, there’s lots of pizza at the end and a huge awards ceremony, and of course plenty of friends if you’re a part of the local racing community.

 

Race Number:  364

Race Name:  CRC Winter Classic 8k and 4k

Location:  Charlotte, North Carolina (McAlpine Park)

Date:  January 28, 2017

Race Rating:  107

Winners:

Course:  Unpaved cross country trail, mostly flat. The 8k was two laps of the 4k race.

Elevation:

Participants:

 

Weather at Start:  Sunny, 50 degrees (felt like 46), winds 11 mph/WSW, 29% humidity.

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Race Photos (links in race description above)

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My Stats:

  • Time:  37:40
  • Pace:  7:34
  • Age Group:  2 of 5
  • Overall:  115 of 333
  • Average Heart Rate:  160
  • Maximum Heart Race: 171
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time: 29:33 (71.73%)

 

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

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

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

REST ROOMS
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
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
5 – 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:  107

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Race #355 – Rocktoberfest Half Marathon & 5-Miler – Charlotte, NC – 10/15/16

2016-rocktoberfest-logoGiven the choice between the half marathon and any other distance, I have always chosen the half marathon. That changed today as I ran the 5-miler instead. I’m getting to the point that running back-to-back half marathons in successive weeks is a bit much, and next week is the half marathon in Myrtle Beach. I’ve run the Rocktoberfest Half Marathon a few times in the past and I gotta say it made the 5-miler a lot easier in my head. I remember thinking at about the 3-mile mark that it was a good feeling to be more than halfway through.

 

As part of the Run for Your Life series, this is a pretty big racing event in Charlotte, with 757 finishers in the half marathon and another 348 in the 5-miler. The half marathon began 20 minutes before the 5-mile option, and when it was over the 5-mile awards were held before most of the half marathon runners crossed the finish line. I didn’t hang around too long afterwards but seeing pictures of a lot of friends who had run the half marathon made me wish I would have stayed for a while.

 

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With race buddy Aaron Chan.

I was pretty happy with my time. The 5-mile distance is rare in races and I had only run one previously — the Ortega River Run in Florida back in 2009 on my 57th birthday. That day I ran 39:11, but even though I was much younger I was just getting my feet wet as a racer and I felt I could still do better than that now. An 8k (4.97 miles) race is fairly common and I’ve run quite a few of those so I compared some of those times. My best 8k time was back in 2011 where I ran 33:13 (6:40 pace) at the Southpark Turkey Trot. No way I’ll be doing do that again, so I was just hoping to be under 38:00 for this race. I finished this one in 36:22 (7:17 pace) so it wasn’t bad for where I am now.

 

There was a fantastic finishers medal even for the 5-miler. The shirts are great too and it’s one I’ll actually wear. Food was so-so, but there was a great band that provided entertainment at the post-race party. Nearby parking was available in the CPCC parking garage for 5 bucks, but it’s probably worth the extra $5 to park close to the race instead of scrounging around for a free parking spot several blocks away.

 

Race Number:  355

 

Race Name:  Rocktoberfest Half Marathon & 5-Miler

 

Location:  Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Date:  October 15, 2016

 

Race Rating:  99

 

Winners:

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5 Mile Course:

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Half Marathon Course:

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Elevation (5 Miler):

  • Gain: 257 feet
  • Loss: 246 feet

 

Weather at Start:  Cloudy, 55 degrees, 88% humidity.

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My Stats:

  • Time:  36:22
  • Pace: 7:17
  • Age Group:  2 of 7
  • Overall:  17 of 348
  • Average Heart Rate:  161
  • Maximum Heart Race: 170
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time: 28:32 (74.7%)

 

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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
3 – Course Scenery: (0-5) 1=bad and 5=fantastic
2 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
7 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
2 – Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PARKING
2 – Close to Start: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Close to Finish: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Plenty of spaces: (2)yes (0)no
0 – 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
0 – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  99

 

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Race #354 – Five Kahne 5k – Charlotte, NC – 10/09/16

2016-five-kahne-logoThis was the 7th year of Kasey Kahne’s 5k race but the first time I’ve run it. The venue is just outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Sunday morning, and the weather was near perfect after the skies had cleared from Hurricane Matthew, which had wreaked havoc for several days and caused most Saturday races across the state to be canceled.

 

Linda came along and ran her first race in a while, and we parked in the Hall of Fame parking garage, which was convenient but there was a five dollar fee for parking. The size of the race was quite a bit smaller this year with only 230 finishers as opposed to last year’s crowd of 325 finishers. I’m not sure why there was such a drop-off in participation, but it’s a great 5k with great awards and good free food provided by PDQ after the race.

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My wife Linda came along and did great in the race! Happy to have her running again after some health problems that have kept her out of racing for a while.

One fun challenge in the race is that for everybody who beats Kasey Kahne to the finish line, he donates an extra $105 to the Kasey Kahne Foundation. Last year he finished in 22:39, and since that’s close to the time I’ve been running I was looking forward to the challenge of trying to keep up. Unfortunately the storm had caused the Saturday NASCAR race to be canceled so he had to be at Charlotte Motor Speedway at 10 a.m., the same time this race was being held. He had his trainer, Ryan, take his place at the race so he was the man to beat. I stayed fairly close to Ryan throughout the race but never was able to catch him. He finished in 22:01 and I was 19 seconds behind him at 22:20 so I missed the cut, but not by a lot.

 

Of more concern to me was my own age group, 60 and over. As usual for me lately, I started taking walk breaks around a mile or so into the race. There’s a climb up a portion of the famous hill on Morehead that I was walking, and I was passed by a runner whose shirt had a message on the back: “It’s only a hill. Get over it.” Not only was the message an inspiration, but there was little doubt that he was over 60 years old. I cut the walk short and tried to catch up, and as we crested the hill I was able to pick up enough speed to pass him. During the last half of the race I’d take a glance back occasionally, and even though I was able to open a gap of maybe 100 yards he was still there, and when I’d take another walk he’d catch up a little more. As much as I wanted to keep running, I didn’t quite have enough stamina to keep it up so I’d take another walk break, and each time he’d close the gap a little more. Lucky for me the finish line came when it did. I managed to hold him off by 8 seconds. I waited at the finish line for him and we gave each other a congratulatory fist bump. I thanked him for pushing me along, and he said he ran faster because of me.

 

The age group award for 1st place was a $100 gift certificate to the Charlotte Running Company, there was a great medal for all finishers, the T-shirt is one I’ll actually wear, and the post-race party and food was excellent. It’s a race I hope to continue running every year.

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Race Number:  354

 

Race Name:  Five Kahne 5k

 

Location:  NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Date:  October 9, 2016

 

Race Rating:  100

 

Winners:

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Course:

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Weather at Start:  Sunny, 63 degrees, 42% humidity, wind NNW 8 mph.

 

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Click Here for Race Website

 

My Stats:

 

 

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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
2 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
8 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
2 – Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no

All runners received a "Koozie Collapsible Kooler" that holds 6 cans.
All runners received a “Koozie Collapsible Kooler” that holds 6 cans.

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

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

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

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All finishers received this great finishers medal. (Thanks to Bobby Aswell for the photo.)

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

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

REST ROOMS
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
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
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
0 – Free Parking: (2)yes (0)no

OTHER
0 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no (2)yes
5 – 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:  100

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Race #345 – OrthoCarolina Classic 10k – Charlotte, NC – 08/20/16

2016-orthocarolina-logoYou’d think that after 344 races I’d be familiar with the basic rules of eating before a race, but for some reason I managed to forget those basics this past Saturday at the OrthoCarolina Classic. I have a tendency to have hypoglycemic episodes if I don’t eat before running, and my normal routine involves me scarfing down a candy bar or some other high carb snack just before I head to the starting line, a routine that has been scoffed at by plenty of my running friends over the years but it works for me I continue to do it. At least that’s been the routine until this week, when without giving it much of a thought I decided that instead of an unhealthy candy bar I’d have a 100-calorie protein shake instead, thereby providing myself with some nutrients and protein along with fewer calories. For some reason I didn’t even think about the fact that the drink only had 5 grams of carbs.

 

The end result was that I bonked. As soon as the race started I could feel that there was no energy in my legs, but by then it was too late. I started taking walk breaks before we hit the 1-mile mark, and by 2 miles I actually considered just dropping out of the race altogether, but I wasn’t sure I could find my way back to the finish line so I just kept going.  There were some hills, and the humidity was 94%, but none of that really mattered to me. The entire race felt to me like the last 6 miles of a marathon, but I was out of gas without having to run those first 20 miles.

 

As racing experiences go, it was the worst, but I did learn a lesson or two along the way so I’ll be back again next week to try to redeem myself. Gonna be a long week.

 

The race itself was fine as far as organization goes. It’s a big one for what I’m used to lately, with around 1,000 in the 10k and another 500 in the 5k. Free food was skimpy (bananas and bagels) but there were food trucks and plenty of free beer from a variety of local breweries. I don’t drink at all so the significance of that is lost on me.

 

There was no race-day registration so I had to make a special trip to Charlotte day before the race to sign up, which was annoying. If you registered late, as I did, there was no T-shirt, but they said I could get one after the race if there were any left. I didn’t really need another T-shirt but wanted to see if I could get one so I checked after the race, and there were plenty. They also gave me a nice drinking glass along with the shirt.

 

One other perk is that all finishers of the 10k and 5k received a nice custom finishers medal after the race.

 

Race Number:  345
Race Name:  OrthoCarolina Classic 10k/5k
Location:  Charlotte, North Carolina
Date:  August 20, 2016
Race Rating:  89
Winners (Top 15 in the 10k):

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Weather at Start:  Partly cloudy, 73 degrees, 94% humidity.

 

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Click Here for Official Race Photos

 

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My Stats:

  • Time:  51:37
  • Pace:  8:19
  • Age Group:  3 of 12
  • Overall:  165 of 976
  • Average Heart Rate:  161
  • Maximum Heart Race: 171
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  40:30  (65.97%)
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Here I am trudging towards the finish line. Thanks to Stu Stepp for the photo!

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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
8 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
2 – Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no

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

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

AGE GROUPS
2 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less)
5 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 – 14 and under group (1)
1 – 65+ group (1)
1 – 70+ group (1)
2 – Top Overall M/F: (0)none or first only (2)top 3 or better
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)
5 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOTAL:   89

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Race #323 – Corporate Cup Half Marathon – Charlotte, NC – 03/05/16

2016-corporate-cup-LOGOWith more than 3,000 runners in the half marathon and 5k combined, this is one of Charlotte’s biggest races of the year. With both pre- and post-race activities held in the Wells Fargo Atrium, it provides some nice shelter if needed although this year it was almost warm enough to stay outside. There are quite a few rolling hills as is the case with all of the Charlotte half marathons, and people seem to love to hate the climb up Morehead in the 12th mile. It’s a long climb but not really that steep — just kind of a nuisance since you’ve been racing for about 12 miles when you hit it.

 

I was a little apprehensive about running a different half marathon only a week before the Tobacco Road Half, but fellow runner Steve Price told me at the recent Charlotte 10-Miler he could get me into this one for free, so I jumped at the chance to overdo it once again. This was my first half marathon since I crashed and burned in Florida on December 13th, and since that time my aches and pains have caused me to reduce my mileage. This was only my third race of 2016 but I’m feeling ready to get out and run again. I expected to be slower at the Corporate Cup this year so I wasn’t surprised to finish 6 minutes slower than last year’s time at 1:45:58. A couple years ago that would have been a disappointing time, but that was then and this is now and I’m slower, so I was happy just to finish in under 1:50:00. I would hope I might still be able to run a sub 1:40:00 half once or twice in the coming year but whether or not that happens I’d just like to appreciate the fact that I’m still running, even if it’s slower.

 

Race Number:  323

 

Race Name:  Corporate Cup Half Marathon and 5k

 

Location:  Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Date:  March 5, 2016

 

Race Rating:  93

 

Winners:

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Elevation:

  • Elevation Gain:  483 feet
  • Elevation Loss:  470 feet
  • Minimum Elevation:  616 feet
  • Maximum Elevation:  802 feet

Weather at Start:  41 degrees, 61% humidity, wind 3 mph

 

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Click Here for Race Photos from Carolina Snapshot
My Stats:

Time:  1:45:58
Pace:  8:06
Age Group:  3 of 9
Overall:  181 of  957
Average Heart Rate:  164
Maximum Heart Race: 174
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:23:25  (69.99%)

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
5 – Water Stops: (0)none (2)normal (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking: (0)bad (1)good
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
8 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
2 – Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOTAL:   93

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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 RATING *
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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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