Race #373 – Bunny Run 5k – Concord, NC – 04/15/17

After three half marathons over the past three weeks it was nice to take a break and dial it back to a 5k this weekend. This was my fourth trip back to the Bunny Run, which I first ran in 2009 (Race #27), and it’s always been fun. The course has changed since I first ran the race. It starts in downtown Concord and the first mile goes down the big hill that makes the Santa Scramble so fast. The second mile is mostly flat along the greenway, then it’s payback time in the third mile where you have to climb all the way back up to town. Unfortunately I forgot my Garmin and didn’t realize it until I was about 30 miles from home, so I ran without a watch. I don’t think that had much effect on my running but it does mean that I don’t have many of the statistics I usually report about races (weather, elevation, heart rate, etc.).

 

Race Number:  373

Race Name:  Bunny Run 5k

Location:  Concord, North Carolina

Date:  April 15, 2017

Race Rating:  87

Winners (Top 20 Overall):


Course:  The first mile is mostly downhill through city streets, the second mile is mostly flat along the greenway, and the third mile is mostly uphill on a combination of greenway and city streets. Even with the tough third mile it’s still an enjoyable course for me.

 

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My Stats:

With friend Julie Stevenson after the awards. She got 2nd place in her new age group!

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

REGISTRATION
5 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap!
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
3 – Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
0 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)
0 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

POST RACE
3 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
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
4 – Design: (1-5)
2 – Material Quality: (1-3)
0 – Discount for no-shirt option: (0)no (2)yes

PHOTOGRAPHY
0 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
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
0 – 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:  87

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Race #325 – Bunny Run 5k – Concord, NC – 03/26/16

2016-bunny-run-5k-LOGOThis was my third trip to the Bunny Run 5k in Concord but the first time I’ve been back since 2011 — that’s more than 200 races ago! In 2011 I ran about 2 minutes faster (20:56) than I did this time around (22:48), but this year I was actually a few seconds faster than when I ran it in 2009 (22:55). That was my first full year of running and I was just figuring things out, but it’s nice to know that I’m still kind of in the same ballpark as back when I was 7 years younger.

 

The race has changed a lot since I last ran it. At that time the start and finish were in a park that ran along the greenway; now it begins and ends in downtown Concord, and I like the route better than what I remember from before (although I don’t have the best memory for race courses).

 

Lots of people hung around for the awards ceremony and the age group awards were just like the ones handed out in 2011. The food was kind of skimpy — I didn’t see anything but bananas and water — but I’m wanting to lose a few pounds anyway so that was no big deal to me. The shirt was a tech fabric long-sleeved tee with the bunny logo. It’s a nicely designed shirt but a little too cartoony for me so I can’t see myself wearing it unless it’s around next Easter. I registered on race day and it was just 20 bucks, which is a bargain these days. Overall, it’s a good race, and I hope to be back next year.

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With two friendly bunnies, Dianne Allen and Fefe Helms.

 

Race Number:  325
Race Name:  Bunny Run 5k
Location:  Concord, North Carolina
Date:  March 26, 2016
Race Rating:  86

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Jonathan Halter was 1st overall.

Winners:

  • M:  Jonathan Halter (19:11)
  • F:  Alex Vandenberg (21:46)

 

Course:  First mile is down the big hill that is the final mile of the Santa Scramble, so it’s a really fast first mile. Second mile is along the greenway and mostly flat. Third mile is payback for the first mile. Although you don’t climb the same hill it’s mostly all uphill, but thankfully not quite as steep as the first mile coming down.
Weather at Start: 59 degrees, 55% humidity, sunny.

 

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My Stats:

  • Time:  22:48
  • Pace:  7:21
  • Age Group:  1 of  5
  • Overall:  18 of  222
  • Average Heart Rate:  159
  • Maximum Heart Race:  172
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:55  (72.44%)

 

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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
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!
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
5 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap! (Cheap… $20 on race day)
3 – Race Day Registration: (0)no (3)yes

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

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

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

POST RACE
2 – 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)
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
0 – 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:   86

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Race #315 – Santa Scramble 5k – Concord, NC – 11/21/15

2015-santa-scramble-courseThis was my 7th running of the Santa Scramble — the most of any race I’ve done — so I must like it.

What’s great:

  • The Course:  It’s the fastest 5k race I know of. You park at the finish line then take a bus to the starting line. From there it’s virtually flat or downhill the entire way. There’s a little bit of climb that’s hardly noticeable but the huge downhill in the third mile makes up for it.
  • The Crowd:  It’s the first entry of the Concord Christmas parade, so for the first 2 miles there is a huge crowd of spectators along the way, probably 20,000+ or so this year!
  • The Cost:  It’s just 20 bucks if you register on race day, and even cheaper if you register earlier online. If you want a shirt it’s an additional $7, but I like having the option and already have enough shirts.
  • Awards/Age Groups:  There are 3-deep 5-year age groups in addition to Masters and Grand Masters. The overall plaques are nice and the medals for age groups are okay but a step down from the cool Santa trophies they used to give.

 

What’s not so great:

  • The Food:  Don’t come to this race expecting a feast afterwards. I got half a banana and somebody said they saw apples (I didn’t see them). They had some Gatorade but seemed to run out in about 5 minutes and starting handing out cups of water from a cooler that I hope they filled up inside the building.
  • No Water Stops:  I don’t stop for water during a 5k race but some people do, and I heard several complaints about it when there were no water stops along the course.
  • The Logistics:  Parking at the finish and riding a bus to the starting line can be a problem. Fortunately the weather was nice this year so it was fine but if it’s cold or rainy it’s an issue. Since the race is part of the parade the race director has to get the go-ahead from the parade organizers and sometimes the race is delayed for a while. It started pretty much on time this year though.
  • Race Photos:  There aren’t any unless you’ve got a friend with a camera who’s at the race.
  • No Race Website:  Hard to get good info about the race. There used to be a website but it disappeared.

Race Number:  315

Race Name:  Santa Scramble 5k

Location:  Concord, North Carolina

Date:  November 21, 2015

Race Rating:

Winners:

  • M:  Jonathan Thacker (Age 37, Bakersville NC) – 16:31
  • F:  Meaghan McCauley (Age 23, Concord NC) – 19:17

Course:  One of the best! Just a slight upward tilt in the first mile as the course runs straight through downtown Concord along the Christmas parade route lined with people. Much of the same along the second mile but a little more downward incline. The third mile has a nice long downhill of around four-tenths of a mile just before a slight uphill finish for the last tenth of a mile.

Elevation:

  • Elevation Gain:  129 feet
  • Elevation Loss:  211 feet
  • Minimum Elevation:  568 feet
  • Maximum Elevation:  771 feet

Weather at Start:  Sunny; 57 degrees; ENE winds 4 mph; feels like 57 degrees

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My Stats:

Time:  20:50
Pace:  6:34
Age Group:  2 of  9
Overall:  27 of  385
Average Heart Rate:  162
Maximum Heart Race:  172
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  16:32  (78.56%)

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Always plenty of running friends at the Santa Scramble, including Ralph Shore, the REAL Santa Claus!

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip 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
4 – 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!
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
5 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap!
3 – Race Day Registration: (0)no (3)yes

RESULTS
2 – Posted online within 24 hours: (0)no (2)yes
0 – 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
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

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

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)
1 – 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
0 – 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  (*after race)
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
10 – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10) (*extra points for 20,000+ spectators!)

TOTAL:  86

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Race #279 – Santa Scramble 5k – Concord, NC – 11/22/14

This was my sixth time to run the Santa Scramble, one of my favorite 5k races of the year. It’s the first entry in the Concord Christmas Parade so there’s plenty of excitement along the way and enough people watching to keep you running your best. The weather was great again this year and my best guess would be that there were probably at least 10,000 people along the course. For the most part they weren’t there for the race but instead were there for the marching bands, baton twirlers, and the appearance of Santa Claus, but there’s still a lot more encouragement as you run than there would be if they weren’t there.

The best part of the Santa Scramble is the last mile, where there’s a half mile of downhill running just before the finish. With the first couple of miles being mostly flat (with maybe just barely a little bit of an upward incline in places) it’s the fastest 5k race I know of in the Charlotte area and mostly every year I’ve run it it’s been my fastest 5k of the year.

The Santa Scramble is the only race where I’ve run a sub 20-minute 5k and I would have liked to done that this year, but with the races in the two previous weeks being my slowest half marathon of the year and my slowest 5k of the year, I felt like I’d be happy with just being under 21 minutes. I finished at 20:23 and won my age group so I was satisfied with that, and I felt better than I’ve been feeling over the previous month as I have been recovering from a cold.

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My Stats:

Time:  20:23
Pace:  6:33
Age Group: 1 of  6
Overall:  50 of  551 (9.1%)
Average Heart Rate:  166
Maximum Heart Race:  176
Age Graded Equivalent Time:   16:06 (80.09%)

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
0 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
2 – Water Stops: (0)none  (2)normal  (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking:  (0)bad  (1)good
4 – Course Scenery:  (0-5) 1=bad  and 5=fantastic
1 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none  (1)normal  (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers:  (0)too few  (2)good
6 – Finish line: (0-9)   0=bad  and 9=spectacular!
0 – Certified Course: (0)no  (2) yes
0 – Correct Distance: (0)no  (2)yes (Maybe a tad short: 3.07)
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads:  (0)yes  (1)no

REGISTRATION
5 – Cost:  (0)expensive  (2)reasonable  (5)cheap! ($17 race day/no shirt)
3 – Race Day Registration:  (0)no  (3)yes

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

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

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

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

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

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

PHOTOGRAPHY
5 – Professional Photography: (0)no  (5)yes
5 – Prices: (0)expensive  (2)reasonable  (5)cheap! ($5.95 each)
0 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.):  (0)no  (2)yes  (5)lots of free pics!

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

OTHER
2 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no  (2)yes
0 – Swag (free socks, water bottles, etc.): (0)no  (2)yes, some  (5)excellent
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)
3 – Extra points for 4-deep age groups!
3 – Extra points for fastest 5k course!

TOTAL:  93

Some of the Gaston County Runners before the race.

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Race #275 – Jack O Lantern Jaunt – Concord, NC – 10/25/14

With lots of longer races on the schedule for this fall I decided to take this particular weekend to run a couple of 5k’s — one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Since I tend to be fairly miserable anytime the temperature dips below 60 degrees, the 5:30 p.m. starting time of the Jack O Lantern Jaunt worked out perfectly for me on this mild autumn day. It’s a nice small race held on the grounds Frank Liske Park in Concord, a beautiful 238-acre park that was once part of the working farm of Stonewall Jackson Training School, a boys reformatory built in the early 1900s. It’s the first time I’ve run a race here and it’s a special place for me because I was a member of that group of incorrigible boys who called Jackson Training School home for at least part of my youth. While The Beatles were producing their greatest music, Elvis was marrying Priscilla, and tens of thousands of people marched on Washington to protest the Vietnam war, I spent the greater part of 1967 learning how to behave myself in the confines of this now legendary reform school. For many of the inmates it was just a stepping stone to bigger and better things such as a permanent life of crime, but for me it was a valuable learning experience. I stumbled plenty for a couple of years afterwards, but ultimately settled down and decided to be a productive citizen. When sharing about my juvenile delinquent past, I’m always reminded of this quote attributed to Dr. Phil: “Instead of being ashamed of what you’ve been through, be proud of what you have overcome.”

Oh yeah, the race… The 5k followed the perimeter trail around the park, and about 90% of it was unpaved. I’m strictly a road runner so “unpaved” is not a word I’m fond of, but it was fine except in a couple of short areas where it seemed like there was a lot of sand and it was a little hard to get a grip with my running shoes. In the first half mile of the race I could count all of the runners ahead of me and I was in 10th place. Little by little I gained momentum and some up ahead drifted back, and I finally worked my way up to a 5th place finish.

Stan and Jinnie Austin and their son Noah did some house cleaning at the awards. Stan won as 1st Male Overall,
Jinnie was 1st Female Overall, and Noah won a Best Costume award. For the record, Stan didn’t wear the mask while
he was running, Jinnie wore her cat nose for at least part of the race, and Noah converted his gnome beard to chest hair.
This was my wife Linda’s first race since she contracted Bell’s Palsy on August 20th. She did great and won
1st Place Grand Masters Female (ages 50 and over) and I won 1st Place Masters Male (ages 40 and over).
Those are special awards for us since we’re both 62
(it’s not always easy to finish ahead of people who are 10 or 20 years younger).

My Stats:
Time:  20:56
Pace:  6:44
Age Group: 1 of  1 
Overall:  5 of  76 (6.6%)
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  16:32 (77.99%)
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RACE COURSE  
0 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
0 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
2 – Water Stops: (0)none  (2)normal  (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking:  (0)bad  (1)good
3 – Course Scenery:  (0-5) 1=bad  and 5=fantastic
1 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none  (1)normal  (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers:  (0)too few  (2)good
6 – Finish line: (0-9)   0=bad  and 9=spectacular!
0 – Certified Course: (0)no  (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no  (2)yes
0 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads:  (0)yes  (1)no
REGISTRATION  
5 – Cost:  (0)expensive  (2)reasonable  (5)cheap!
3 – Race Day Registration:  (0)no  (3)yes
RESULTS 
2 – Posted promptly online:  (0)no  (2)yes
1 – Clear link on website:  (0)no  (1)yes
AGE GROUPS 
2 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less)
5 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 – 14 and under group (1)
1 – 65+ group (1)
1 – 70+ group (1)
0 – Top Overall M/F:  (0)none or first only  (2)top 3 or better
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
AWARDS 
2 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent
5 – Age Group Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent
2 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0)no  (2)yes   (5-9)fabulous door prizes!
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)
0 – 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
1 – Design: (0)not good  (1)not bad  (2)nice  (5)beautiful!
0 – Material: (0)cotton  (2)technical fabric
2 – Discount for no-shirt option:  (0)no (2)yes
PHOTOGRAPHY  
0 – Professional Photography: (0)no  (5)yes
x – Prices: (0)expensive  (2)reasonable  (5)cheap!
0 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.):  (0)no  (2)yes  (5)lots of free pics!
PARKING  
2 – Close to Start:  (2)yes  (0)no
2 – Close to Finish:  (2)yes  (0)no
2 – Plenty of spaces:  (2)yes  (0)no
2 – Free Parking:  (2)yes  (0)no
OTHER 
2 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no  (2)yes
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:  78
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Race #197 – Santa Scramble 5k – Concord, NC – 11/17/12

This is the only race I’ve never missed — five straight years now beginning in 2008 just a couple months after I began running. For every one of the first four years it was my fastest 5k race of the year. Although I haven’t been in exactly miserable shape, I knew I wasn’t in great shape and there was little chance that I could beat the 20:31 time I ran early in 2012 at the Cupid’s Cup 5k in Charlotte, and even less chance of being in the neighborhood of last year’s Santa Scramble time of 19:42. I actually thought about just skipping the Santa Scramble this year since I’m planning on running the Turkey Trot this coming Thursday, but I figured I might as well see how far I’ve fallen in the past year.

Turns out I’ve fallen quite a bit, with this year’s time of 21:14 being 1:32 slower than just a year ago and my second slowest Santa Scramble time ever, with the 2008 race being the only one slower, and I had only been running for a couple months at that time. Of course, I’m older now and that has a little bearing on my race times, but I believe my biggest problem is what it’s always been: I like to eat too much.So after the race on the way home, we stopped at IHOP and ate with some of our running friends, and I decided that it would be my last meal of decadence for the foreseeable future and I will once again hop aboard the weight loss train and see how far it takes me. The week preceding Thanksgiving is possibly not the best time to start a diet but I’ve gone too far to wait until after the holidays, and besides, most of the extra 10 pounds that I’ve struggled with this year began over the holidays last year. My official weight today after my Sunday run was 148 pounds, which is 10 pounds more than when I ran my best races at 138 pounds last fall, so I’m at a good starting place.

But enough about me. If you’re not familiar with the Santa Scramble, it’s one of fastest and funnest 5k races around, being the first entry in the Concord Christmas parade so the course is lined with thousands of people who are there mostly for the parade and not the race, but it still provides some encouragement for you to run faster. There’s also the fact that the first two miles of the race are mostly flat, followed by a huge downhill in the last mile that helps most runners come away with a personal best time.

Speaking of personal best times at the Santa Scramble yesterday, our friend Roberta (Bobbi) Villneff not only won the Masters award (40 years and older) but she is 60 years old and her 21:38 yesterday was only 16 seconds slower than the state record set in 1998! According to the age graded calculator her 21:38 was equivalent to a 30-year-old woman running a 5k in 16:34 and her age-graded score of 89.35% is absolutely amazing! (Age-graded percentage is the ratio of a world-class time for a runner’s age and gender divided by the runner’s actual time; 100% is approximately world-record level, 90% is world class, 80% is national class, and 70% is regional class.) She’s also just been running for two years and is still getting faster!!

I was a little disappointed with the awards this year. Instead of the nice Santa trophies that we received in previous years, this year’s age group awards were medals that were attached to a key chain. A key chain seems like a fairly cheap award, but after having thought about it, if the same medal had been attached to a ribbon like a normal medal they were actually pretty decent.

The T-shirts were fairly nice long-sleeved cotton shirts but you could save money by not getting one. With a lifetime supply of T-shirts already in my closet I was more than happy to take the discount.

We had quite a few participants (probably 15 or 20) from the GCR (Gaston County Runners) at the race this year. It’s great to have a local group to run with and with the speed work sessions we’ve been doing every week with the Belmont Abbey track coach some of the runners are making serious progress (unfortunately I’m not one of the ones who’s getting better). It’s something I’m really thankful for on this Thanksgiving week. This morning (Sunday) at 7:00 about a dozen of us met in the cold for our weekly long run at the greenway and I thought about how great it is to have such a great group of running friends.

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My Stats:

Time:  21:14
Pace:  6:51
Age Group:  1 of  13
Overall:  59 of  554 (10.6%)
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:05
Age Graded Equivalent Score:    75:54%

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

RACE COURSE
0 – 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
5 – Course Scenery:  (0)bad  (2)pleasant  (5)extraordinary
2 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none  (1)normal  (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers:  (0)too few  (2)good
5 – Finish line: (0)mediocre  (2)not bad  (5)very good  (7)spectacular!
2 – Certified Course: (0)no  (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no  (2)yes (Starting line was moved back this year for correct distance)
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads:  (0)yes  (1)no

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

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

AGE GROUPS
2 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less) (Actually 4 deep this year!)
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)
1 – 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

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

POST RACE
3 – Food for Race Participants: (0)none  (1)some  (3)adequate  (7)a feast!
0 – Entertainment:  (0)no  (1)yes
0 – Finisher times posted after race:  (0)no  (1)yes

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

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

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

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

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

OTHER
2 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no  (2)yes
0 – Swag (free socks, water bottles, etc.): (0)no  (2)yes, some  (5)excellent
0 – Part of race series or Grand Prix:  (0)no  (2)yes

TOTAL:  79

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Race #152 – Santa Scramble 5k – Concord, NC – 11/19/11

The Santa Scramble has the distinction of being the first race that Linda and I have run for four straight years, partly because we’ve only been running for a little over three years, but it’s one of those races we look forward to every year because it’s one of the most fun, and also because it’s arguably the fastest 5k in the Charlotte area. Just as in the previous three years, today’s race was once again my fastest 5k of the year, an all-time Personal Record of 19:42, being only the second time I’ve run a 5k in under 20 minutes, with the first time being my race here in 2009 when I ran 19:51. And just for the record, Linda ran her all-time 5k PR here today as well!

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Note: I originally posted my time in this race as 19:40 (the clock actually read 19:39 as I crossed the finish line). However, when the official results were posted it said that my time was 19:42, so I’ve made adjustments to my original post.
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I’ve been doing my best running ever this fall and in the past couple months I’ve had an all-time PR in the half marathon, the 10k, and the 15k, so I thought I had a chance to get a new 5k PR here. I’ve learned though that’s it’s not always so easy to run your fastest race ever just because you think you should. There are always things getting in the way of running perfection, and last week was a bad week for my diet. Even running 40 miles a week I have to count points on the Weight Watchers diet so I don’t gain weight because I really like to eat — excessively so really — so when my friend Brian Trotter started a new thread in our Facebook page having people guess what my time would be, it added a whole new level of pressure. I don’t think anybody really gives a flip, but at least in my own mind I felt like I needed to get that 5k PR if possible. Next year I’ll be 60, and maybe I’ll be faster then, but there’s probably a better chance that I’ll be slower, so this was the time and the race to do it.

I had a plan, as always, to run according to my heart rate. The plan was to build my heart rate up until I reached 170 beats per minute (bpm). That’s a little higher than normal for me but only by about 5 beats per minute. Still, 5 bpm can make a big difference in a race. The first 2.5 miles or so of this race is pretty flat, with just some gentle up and down slopes of maybe a degree or two. Hardly anything that can be called a hill. Then at about the 2.5 mile mark in the race there’s a big downhill that’s almost a half mile long that takes you to within about a tenth of a mile to the finish line, and there’s a little bit of an uphill there. I knew that in order to get a PR I would need to maintain my 170 heart rate as I ran down that half-mile hill. That’s not as easy as it sounds. If you think about it, it’s much easier to run uphill and get a higher heart rate since the added stress of going uphill makes your heart work harder. Conversely, as you’re going downhill your heart ordinarily takes a break and beats more slowly because it’s not working as hard. In order to beat my PR I knew I would have to make better time going down that hill than my body would naturally want to go. To maintain the 170 heart rate I would have to work harder and run harder just to keep the same amount of exertion. I hope that makes sense… it did to me.

I never look at my pace or time in a race, and it wouldn’t have helped me today anyway since the race started surprisingly quickly and I wasn’t able to get my Garmin running until at least a quarter mile into the race. As I made the last turn I looked for the clock at the finish line and it was right around 19:30. I wasn’t sure how long it would take to make it to the finish line so I gave it all I had, wanting to at least beat my previous PR of 19:51, and as I crossed the finish line the clock read 19:40 (actually 19:39, but later the official results said 19:42). That was pretty exciting, especially knowing that I may never see a time like that again. But ya never know. I’ll be back.

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Race Rating:

7 – 1-10  Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
10 – 1-10  Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
6 – 1-10  Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
5 – 1-10  Food for Race Participants (1 to 10)
7 – 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)
3 – 3/7   Certified Course (by USA Track & Field) (7=Yes and 3=No)
10 – 1-10  Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
4 – 1-10  Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
8 – 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)
4 – 1-10  Bathroom Facilities
5 – 0-10  Other (5 extra points for awards going 5 deep in age groups!)

TOTAL – 94

My Stats:

Time:  19:42
Pace:  6:21
Age Group:  2 of  8
Overall:  37 of 594

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Race #122 – Bunny Run 5k – Concord, NC – 04/23/11

Since we first ran this race two years ago, it has more than doubled in size. This year 520 runners finished the Bunny Run 5k, the City of Concord’s annual Easter race. Despite the name, which reminds me as much of an Easter egg hunt as it does a road race, it’s a well organized race and is a lot of fun. The race used to be run on neighborhood streets along with a trip up the greenway, ending at the other park (I don’t remember the name of it) about a mile away. That was a little bit of a problem in that when the race was over you were a mile away from your car if you parked near the starting line. This year, however, the course was changed to an out-and-back course up the greenway so that the starting line and finish line were at the same place, which resulted in not only a great improvement in parking logistics, but it eliminated all of the hills except in the final 100 yards or so at the end of the race.

As the race began I was a little concerned that we were running down that short street and getting directly onto the greenway. With more than 500 runners jockeying for position to get a spot on the greenway I wanted to be sure I beat most of the crowd there, which turns out was pretty easy considering I was able to line up near the front of the pack as we started. Going up the greenway was a little crowded but not bad since we had the entire width of the greenway, which was probably 8 or 10 feet wide. At the turn-around point, of course, it became two-way traffic so we only had 4 or 5 feet instead of 8 or 10 feet. Although most of the runners still coming up the greenway were staying on the right side, there were still quite a few spots where runners were taking up the almost the entire width of the greenway, and once or twice I had to go off the paved area just to avoid running into somebody coming the other way. Next year I hope they’ll put up a few “Keep Right” signs along the way.

As far as I could tell though, everything worked out well and there were no major mishaps along the route. There were a few issues with timing. Steve Staley mentioned that both of his daughters were listed as 8 years old (one is a few years older). Linda and I were positive we had the numbers they had given us but somehow our names were switched around so the results showed her running 20:56 and me running 33:29. She was kinda happy about that but I was a little miffed. We went to the timing tent though and they were able to fix it right away, much to Linda’s chagrin.

The race T-shirts were really great, at least if you want an Easter-themed shirt. Nice tech material and beautiful artwork. The awards were outstanding as well, with the overall winners receiving beautiful trophies and age group winners receiving attractive oval-shaped resin plaques that are among the nicest awards I’ve won in all my races.

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Race Rating:

7 – 1-10  Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
9 – 1-10  Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
7 – 1-10  Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
4 – 1-10  Food for Race Participants (1 to 10)
9 – 1-10  T-Shirts (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
4 – 4/6   Part of Race Series (Grand Prix, etc.) (6=Yes and 4=No)
0 – 0/5   Professional Photography (5=Yes and 0=No)
6 – 4/6   Chip Timing (6=Yes and 4=No)
7 – 3/7   Certified Course (by USA Track & Field) (7=Yes and 3=No)
7 – 1-10  Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
4 – 1-10  Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
5 – 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)
0 – 0/5   Indoor Shelter from Elements (0 if none; 5 if provided)
6 – 1-10  Bathroom Facilities
0-10  Other

TOTAL – 87

Race Stats:

1st Overall Male:  Kevin Ballantine (17:50)
1st Overall Female:  Cheryl Todd (20:31)

My Stats:

Time:  20:56
Pace:  6:45
Age Group:  1 of 9
Overall:  22 of 520 (4.2%)

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Race #110 – Santa Scramble 5k – Concord, NC – 11/20/10

It was our third trip to the Santa Scramble in three years and was a lot of fun as usual. This was my first race since the New York City Marathon and things have been going nicely for me, as I seem to have survived with no injuries or other ill effects. I’m glad to finally be out of marathon mode, which is something altogether different than training for shorter races, and having figured out once and for all I’m not really too great at running marathons, I’m quite content to be facing nothing in the future longer than a half marathon.
If you’re looking for the fastest 5k around, this one is probably the one to run, so you might want to add it to your calendar for next year. Each year it leads off the Concord Christmas parade so the course is lined with an estimated 20,000 people. About 99% of them are there to watch the parade so they’re not cheering for the runners, but still, they’re witnesses so if you have a little pride you’ll step up the running a notch just because people are watching. The race course itself couldn’t be better really. The first two miles are virtually flat, with just a few small undulations in the terrain but probably not more than 1 or 2% either up or down. Most of the third mile, though, where most of us would be slowing down, is a perfect downhill cruise that allows you to pick ‘em up and put ‘em down much more quickly to the finish line. There’s actually a slight uphill for maybe the last two-tenths of a mile but by then most runners have sliced some valuable seconds off of their normal 5k times.
For me this race was my fastest 5k of 2010 at 20:09, and my fastest since my PR here at the same race last year at 19:51. I was really happy with my time because I’ve been a little off track on my shorter races since my marathon training began. It was also the first race that I’ve run without the knee braces that I’ve worn since my knee injury several months ago. I was happy — and a little bit lucky — to finish in 1st place in the 55-59 age group. Bob Nelson, who’s my age, won the Grand Masters with a time of 19:43 (I think), which bumped me up to first. It was Bob’s first Santa Scramble, and of course he was there on my recommendation that it was the fastest 5k around. Ever since I outran Bob in a couple of races last year he’s been using me as a whipping boy, which I don’t mind too much since we’re friends. And speaking of friends, good buddy Bill Weimer finished in 2nd place in our age group. Bill’s making a lot of progress and by next year Bob and I might be chasing him to the finish line!
In the Battle of the Bloggers, I was happy to see Theoden Janes maybe 100 feet ahead of me on the big downhill in the last mile of the race. I was slowly catching up with him, then got within 10-20 feet and settled in behind him for a few moments. I really didn’t want to antagonize him by passing him up, invoking his wrath, which happens more times than I like to think about when I pass somebody who’s 20 or 30 years younger than me. But I figured, what the heck, all he can do is pass me back, which I fully expected before we hit the finish line. By the time we hit the final short incline I was still ahead of him and I wasn’t sure how far back he was. I gave the final stretch all the steam I had left, hitting my highest-ever heart rate at 186. I had the added incentive of trying to catch the 4th overall female but I finished a couple steps behind her. As you can see from the photo, Theoden was just behind me but I was glad to hold him off one more time. It’s been one of the few times I’ve finished ahead of him in a race, and sadly for me, it’s destined to be one of the last times since I’m getting a little older and a little slower, and he’s getting quicker all the time and is still young enough to have a lot of good running years ahead of him.
I do love this race and it’s one of my favorites of the year, but there is one thing in particular they should change. There were no electronic timing chips this year or last year. Back in 2008 I remember they used D-tags, which were brand new technology back then and were great. I guess they went back to doing everything manually since it’s cheaper, but a race this size that’s growing in popularity really needs to get with the program and have one of the good timing companies such as Queen City Timing or Lee Timing or one of the others to take over this major responsibility. Yes, it’s more expensive but add it on to the entry fee if that’s the case. There were quite a few timing mixups (my wife Linda was one of them) and it took forever to get to the awards after the race.
I’m not sure when and where we’ll find the final results of the race since it was timed manually, but hopefully the results will show up online somewhere soon and I’ll provide a link then. Maybe when the results are final there will be a link on the race website…
Note: I had trouble accessing the results page on All Sports Central. Bill Weimer sent me the results that had been emailed to him and I am including them at the bottom of this page. They’re not formatted but are at least readable.
Race Rating:
8 – 1-10 Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
8 – 1-10 Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
6 – 1-10 Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
6 – 1-10 Food for Race Participants (1 to 10)
7 – 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)
4 – 4/6 Chip Timing (6=Yes and 4=No)
7 – 3/7 Certified Course (by USA Track & Field) (7=Yes and 3=No)
9 – 1-10 Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
3 – 1-10 Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average) (Point-to-Point course)
5 – 1-10 Entertainment (1 to 10 with 5 being average) (more if you watch the parade!)
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)
5 – 1-10 Bathroom Facilities
0-10 Other
TOTAL – 87
My Stats:
Time: 20:09
Pace: 6:30
Age Group: 1 of ?
Overall: 50 of ?
2010 Santa Scramble 5k
Official Results
Concord NC
Overall Male Mike Begay 16.04
Overall Female Michelle Haselton 18.15
Overall Masters Male Bill Shires 16.41
Overall Masters Female Dianne Allen 22.04
Overall Grand Masters Male Bob Nelson 19.47
Overall Grand Masters Male Kathy Seavers 24.32
8 & Under – Male Overall Time
1. Jennings Bruggeling 179 26.17
2. Colin Kirila 199 26.54
3. Michael Cici 269 28.54
4. Gabe Blackwelder 343 32.12
5. Max Hedrick 363 33.14
6. Austin Hoadley 392 34.45
7. Miles Monte 399 35.26
8. Thomas Danner 506 43.11
9. Matthew Danner 521 45.44
8 & under Female Overall Time
1. Bethany Sigmon 272 29.01
2. Ritchie Lauren 380 34.23
3. Mary Morrison 370 33.26
4. Erin Poteat 387 34.25
5. Grave Micolucci 423 36.13
6. Anastasia Badami 431 36.59
7. Grace Fongemy 453 38.13
8. Annabelle Sturdivant 456 38.23
9. Kendra Wyatt 476 39.52
10. Maya Haynes 502 42.46
11. Kristie Panner 512 44.42
9-10 Male Overall Time
1. Spencer Littlefield 90 22.34
2. Trave Beaver 116 23.48
3. Nolan Bruggeling 119 23.54
4. Landon Trott 136 24.19
5. Lance Cagle 153 25.11
6. Carson Trott 168 25.57
7. Ray Beaver 170 25.58
8. Jeron Plummer 194 26.50
9. Nathan Stancil 218 27.34
10. Camron Trott 227 27.51
11. Noah Clark 228 27.52
12. Dylan Smith 350 32.30
13. Ethan Mauldin 373 33.50
14. Jake Perry 389 34.30
15. Destny Adams 454 38.20
9-10 Female Overall Time
1. Greta Gruber 94 22.51
2. Nicolette Vallat 101 23.22
3. Riley Borras 140 24.38
4. Emma Bier 141 24.39
5. Kaitlyn Kanas 159 25.24
6. Britney Hutchinson 163 25.31
7. Chloe Brown 174 26.05
8. Laura Kelly 197 26.53
9. Georgie Rowe 213 27.20
10. Lauren Rector 222 27.40
11. Willow Scott 223 27.41
12. Jade McMillan 238 28.10
13. Maggie Mundt 240 28.12
14. Kendal Fisher 251 28.31
15. Briana Colangelo 252 28.37
16. Macie Lape 264 28.48
17. Blair Workman 267 28.53
18. Elena Jacoby 271 28.55
19. Ashley Sipe 279 29.12
20. Allison Abel 290 29.43
21. Rachel Caron 291 29.43
22. Keara Haynes 305 30.43
23. Gracie Cone 306 30.43
24. Ashlyn Getway 313 30.51
25. Kara Spinks 329 31.39
26. Mary Morrison 347 32.22
27. Genesis Addai 354 32.38
28. Brae Woods 362 33.14
29. Anna Morrison 369 33.25
30. Angela Martinez 375 34.02
31. Bethany Halton 377 34.10
32. Macey Jones 384 34.24
33. Chloe Robinson 386 34.25
34. Danyelle Vernon 390 34.32
35. Shealee Layvett 405 35.39
36. Bailey Ames 408 35.52
37. Abigail Rohrer 409 35.52
38. Georgia Marlette 420 36.04
39. Morgan Lontz 433 37.08
40. Lauren Simineau 436 37.27
41. Deanna Morgan 439 37.43
42. Destiny Budd 441 37.44
43. Gracie Brown 443 37.51
44. Katie Teuschler 459 38.30
45. Hannah Lacivita 460 38.31
46. Adrianna Guarino 461 38.32
47. Alison Parker 486 40.45
48. Kylayah Hammond 488 41.40
49. Angel Faircloth 494 42.03
50. Cynthia Shoe 495 42.07
51. Ellen Berger 496 42.15
52. Lilly Griffin 497 42.21
53. Savannah Cooper 500 42.44
54. Tatyana Mutua 501 42.46
11-12 Male Overall Time
1. Phillip Pilkington 79 22.08
2. Danny Dilks 83 22.20
3. Brian McKinsey 132 24.15
4. Josh Cathey 157 25.22
5. Daniel O’Kelley 250 28.30
6. Samuel Storie 406 35.48
7. Chase Rheuark 410 35.53
8. Mark Panner 505 42.57
9. Drew Shearin 519 45.24
11-12 Female Overall Time
1. Lexi Rohrer 151 25.05
2. Laura Mundt 173 26.04
3. Abigail Gribble 177 26.14
4. Emily Yelanich 230 27.56
5. April Hatterman 302 30.35
6. Christine Hatterman 330 31.39
7. Abigail Doby 349 32.29
8. Alexa Scott 395 34.48
9. Marasi Addai 467 39.30
13-14 Male Overall Time
1. Chris Bradley 15 18.05
2. Gil Gilreath 24 18.21
3. Andrew Garcia 33 19.03
4. Matthew Panner 38 19.18
5. Chris Rupp 42 19.33
6. Nick Carmeci 47 19.56
7. Evan Mozingo 55 20.50
8. Kelly Corson 65 21.12
9. Sam Rupp 68 21.36
10. Archie Barron 113 23.40
11. Lorenzo Delgado 182 26.21
12. Kevin Hines 204 27.04
13. Braeden Bruggeling 239 28.11
13-14 Male Overall Time
1. Briana Landis 104 23.26
2. Kate Beckman 112 23.38
3. Molly Farris 150 25.06
4. Aaliyah Jackson 158 25.24
5. Tessa Golden 196 26.52
6. Morgan Love 253 28.38
15-19 Male Overall Time
1. Casey Buddenbaum 2 16.25
2. Michel Dilks 3 16.39
3. Jose Navarrette 4 16.40
4. Nick Rupp 6 16.50
5. Austin Rohrer 7 16.53
6. Brian Davis 11 17.44
7. Christopher Smith 13 17.54
8. Sean Daly 30 18.35
9. Casey Aldridge 35 19.10
10. Max Chandler 37 19.16
11. Sebastian Yow 44 19.35
12. Matthew Peeler 56 20.51
13. Parker Welch 62 21.02
14. Alex Johnson 72 21.51
15. Joshua Roughton 121 24.06
16. Hanes Bier 142 24.39
17. Stephen Jones 425 36.15
15-19 Female Overall Time
1. Bristol Weekly 100 23.19
2. Brittany Phillippi 165 25.37
3. Meagan Johnson 188 26.30
4. Makenna Lewis 206 27.08
5. Emily Pepler 217 27.33
6. Ansley Dodson 224 27.48
7. Jordan Byrd 226 27.51
8. Joelle Agena 261 28.44
9. Madison Sapp 295 30.01
10. Bryana Sapp 428 36.46
20-24 Male Overall Time
1. James Manuel 10 17.28
2. David Parisi 18 18.15
3. Matt Jaskot 27 18.30
4. Jay Dysart 195 26.51
20-24 Female Overall Time
1. Kelly Levie 31 18.40
2. Alayna Levie 36 19.15
3. Amy Lenk 126 24.11
4. Dawn Cheney 146 24.59
5. Kaitlyn Mullis 181 26.19
6. Rachel Wisehart 234 28.02
7. Jacqueline Blair 242 28.52
8. Carrianne Rushing 266 28.52
9. Elyse Roseman 297 30.15
10. Kimberly Roseman 298 30.17
11. Jean Merlino 322 31.13
12. Allison Cook 324 31.20
13. Ashley Clark 474 39.46
14. Annie Carroll 489 41.41
25-29 Male Overall Time
1. Ben Yow 16 18.08
2. Thomas Eggar 20 18.16
3. Blair Merlino 25 18.27
4. Bob Allensworth 29 18.32
5. David Flynn 54 20.45
6. Michael Oktavec 123 24.08
7. Travis Bush 131 24.14
8. Drake Johnson 193 26.49
9. Matthew Mills 211 27.16
10. Theo Chunn 245 28.20
11. Mark Lape 262 28.45
12. Adam Poteat 388 34.26
13. Jacob Lane 444 37.52
25-29 Female Overall Time
1. Boriana Bakaltchena 26 18.29
2. Lauren Tilton 49 20.09
3. Emily Scmitt 74 21.55
4. Julia Wiseman 82 22.17
5. Jessica Rushing 108 23.31
6. Kelli Holmes 122 24.08
7. Jamie McCoy 191 26.46
8. Jennifer Krell 208 27.10
9. Carla Knox 209 27.14
10. Darian Houser 235 28.03
11. Lindsay Walborn 237 28.08
12. Jessica Sabin 255 28.39
13. Sue Sminchak 258 28.42
14. Lauren Lape 265 28.52
15. Mary Fay 274 29.03
16. Diane Paulsen 289 29.39
17. Kristin Bush 323 31.17
18. Stephanie Widenhouse 382 34.23
19. Chelsea Coty 421 36.05
20. Jillian Daney 435 37.23
21. Melissa Lane 440 37.43
22. Maggie Stephens 463 38.39
23. Rebecca Hunter 529 53.16
30-34 Male Overall Time
1. William Isenhour 23 18.20
2. Jim Crotts 32 18.52
3. Israel Moore 40 19.31
4. Joshua Foster 76 22.00
5. Tom Glennon 80 22.11
6. Barry Baucom 111 23.37
7. William Green 130 24.14
8. Jacob Usues 185 26.25
9. Steve Wolcott 216 27.27
10. Rusty Plummer 320 31.05
11. Chris Mauldin 374 34.00
30-34 Female Overall Time
1. Melissa Orr 69 21.40
2. Heather McKenzie 89 22.32
3. Melissa Stanly 106 23.28
4. Noelle Donovan 117 23.49
5. Lean Boits 161 25.25
6. Kristin Sinclair 187 26.28
7. Gloria Simpson 210 27.14
8. Susan Smith 212 27.18
9. Nikki WIlcott 215 27.26
10. Sarah Jones 292 29.50
11. Chastity Mullinax 309 30.46
12. Jessica Garmon 310 30.46
13. Melissa VonCannon 314 30.52
14. Bridget Fowler 316 30.59
15. Nicole Lisk 325 31.25
16. Taylor Connor 337 32.03
17. Valerie Perry 367 33.24
18. Shannon Klutzz 379 34.22
19. Jennifer Lumley 416 36.01
20. Deanna Freeman 430 36.49
21. Kearston Kuddie 452 38.13
22. Kristen Steele 462 38.37
23. Brooke Petrea 457 38.24
24. Sarah Libby 492 41.54
25. Nina Honeycutt 493 41.54
26. Tara Farrell 510 43.59
27. Shelby Davis 513 44.45
28. Elizabeth Dane 520 45.32
29. Pamela Ragan 525 46.04
35-39 Male Overall Time
1. Chris Harkey 12 17.46
2. Dennis Livesay 16 18.08
3. Mike Slaney 28 18.31
4. Roosevelt Lucas 41 19.31
5. Theodan Janes 51 20.12
6. Brian Landis 53 21.35
7. Tom Sinclair 67 21.35
8. Joel Johns 81 22.15
9. Chris Elliott 86 22.24
10. Chad Weston 110 23.36
11. Curtis McClamrock 118 23.52
12. Grady Henderson 124 24.09
13. Jon McKinsey 133 24.15
14. Phil Carlton 137 24.29
15. Ed Masterdon 156 25.21
16. Kirk Hassen Fritz 162 25.30
17. David Trott 175 26.06
18. Todd Lontz 202 27.03
19. David Corl 203 27.56
20. Charles Pruitt 231 27.56
21. Chris Taylor 248 28.28
22. Robert Griffin 276 29.03
23. Derek Leonard 288 29.39
24. Brian Sipe 296 30.11
35-39 Female Overall Time
1. Lori Harkey 57 20.52
2. Lisa Preslar 66 21.26
3. Angie Pilkington 84 22.22
4. Crystal Karriker 85 22.22
5. Mandie Condie 114 23.46
6. Joy Dry 184 26.24
7. Lori Beaver 207 27.09
8. Tessa Burchett 219 27.35
9. Jill Trott 229 27.52
10. Sara Leonard 232 28.00
11. Mary Russell 236 28.05
12. Leigh Cici 270 28.55
13. Amy Kelly 275 29.03
14. Stephanie Jackey 277 29.06
15. Kimberly Heatherman 280 29.14
16. Bobbi Jo McKercher 286 29.33
17. Jessica Pesce 299 30.22
18. Bethany LeBedz 307 30.45
19. Brooke Francis 312 30.50
20. Cindy Carlton 315 30.56
21. Jenny Lontz 326 31.29
22. Tara Bickerstaff 336 32.02
23. Becky Daquila 339 32.07
24. Santan Ballard 341 32.08
25. Carolee Barbee 355 32.38
26. Laura Skuertz 356 32.44
27. Jennifer White 357 32.49
28. Christa Kemp 358 32.49
29. Anne Morrison 371 33.30
30. Kelly Meade 385 34.24
31. Marcie Beard 391 34.44
32. Lisa Perry 418 36.03
33. Kristina Wilson 426 36.43
34. Colleen Bodami 432 37.07
35. Kim Woods 434 37.22
36. Michelle Bode 473 39.45
37. Kim Parker 487 40.48
38. Lori Rice 490 41.66
39. Trish Scardina 498 42.31
40. Amy Shoe 514 44.50
40-44 Male Overall Time
1. Robert Heck 17 18.12
2. Allen Alfaro 21 18.19
3. Jeff Littlefield 39 19.27
4. Jose Aguayo 48 19.57
5. Scott Campbell 52 20.18
6. David Greene 128 24.12
7. John Beckman 155 25.17
8. Jason Peetz 176 26.16
9. Kevin Laws 186 26.27
10. Mark Haynes 189 26.36
11. Shane Marshall 225 27.50
12. Chris Furr 257 28.40
13. Eric Laws 287 29.37
14. Michael Hatterman 331 31.51
15. Dale Irvin 366 33.22
16. Robert Bova 402 35.31
17. Martin Storie 412 35.54
18. Scott Ingold 427 36.46
19. Todd Danner 507 43.11
20. Mickey Payne 511 44.11
40-44 Female Overall Time
1. Joan Dodson 95 22.52
2. Kathi Landis 166 25.40
3. Molly Aiken 171 26.02
4. Delette Brown 190 26.38
5. Steph Kirila 200 26.54
6. Lorri Roughton 233 28.00
7. Deanna Brewer 246 28.26
8. Shannon Colangelo 254 28.38
9. Leann Miller 282 29.19
10. Tracey Johnson 293 29.51
11. Susan Hattermann 303 30.41
12. Karen Comer 318 31.03
13. Jennifer Byrd 319 31.03
14. Jennifer Gadd 328 31.30
15. Angela Krol 338 32.06
16. Peggy Dickey 344 32.14
17. Terri Pruitt 348 32.28
18. Cheryl Rape 357 32.49
19. Jennifer Pinion 365 33.21
20. Lisa Laws 368 33.24
21. Jen Hedrick 372 33.40
22. Krista Berger 417 36.03
23. Pauline Ross 499 42.31
24. Tamara Ingold 524 46.03
45-49 Male Overall Time
1. Milton Matheny 8 17.11
2. Vicente Hernandez 14 18.00
3. Gene Summey 22 18.20
4. Mitchell Rippy 34 19.08
5. Garry Farris 45 19.39
6. Rickey Lilly 58 20.53
7. Milton Thompson 60 20.56
8. Stephen Coates 75 21.58
9. Randy Graham 87 22.25
10. Lynwood Padgett 88 22.27
11. Stu Condie 102 23.23
12. Kevin Kruse 103 23.24
13. Richard Steinert 105 23.27
14. David Weekly 107 23.30
15. Mark Roughton 145 24.41
16. Steve Wise 154 25.16
17. Mark Tueschler 169 25.58
18. Todd Gribble 178 26.15
19. Chris Eason 205 27.07
20. Rob Mundt 241 28.14
21. Pedro Perez 243 28.18
22. Tim Sigmon 273 29.02
23. Tony Evans 285 29.25
24. Dave Oman 294 30.00
25. Scott Brown 317 31.00
26. Eddie Deaton 333 31.55
27. Christopher Smith 335 31.58
28. Carl Gadd 364 33.15
29. Robert Carruth 438 37.39
45-49 Female Overall Time
1. Angie Burns 98 23.08
2. Michelle Boone 99 23.14
3. Joan Baumann 127 24.11
4. Vicki Brady 259 28.43
5. Beth Simpson 281 29.15
6. Janet Rushing 332 31.53
7. Alice Smith 334 31.56
8. Linda Hefner 352 32.32
9. Karen Linton 353 32.32
10. Susan Babb 360 33.01
11. Quinn Dionne 400 35.27
12. Beth Pinto 401 35.28
13. Linda McConnell 422 36.06
14. Alice Burn 429 36.47
15. Kathy Sierneth 503 42.48
16. Toni DiMenna 516 45.00
17. Amy Beaver 523 46.02
50-54 Male Overall Time
1. Brenneman Thompson 59 20.54
2. Rob Colgi 61 21.00
3. Dave Calvert 64 21.11
4. Mark Summers 70 21.43
5. Fermin Abarco 71 21.44
6. Ritchie Hearn 120 23.59
7. Billy Mills 143 24.39
8. Carl Buddenbaum 152 25.10
9. Steve Bradley 172 26.03
10. Steve Bruggeling 214 27.21
11. Marvin Tyson 491 41.49
50-54 Female Overall Time
1. Karen Hagy 160 25.25
2. Becky Strahler 167 25.42
3. Laura Kerr 201 27.00
4. Cathy Wirz 220 27.38
5. Betty Gobble 247 28.27
6. Sherry Dyer 283 29.24
7. Wendy Harbinson 284 29.25
8. Susan Schneider 342 32.09
9. Robin Hemsley 345 32.15
10. Donna Chandler 528 53.15
55-59 Male Overall Time
1. Richard Hefner 50 20.09
2. Bill Weimer 93 22.50
3. Thom Lally 361 33.12
4. James Polk 381 34.23
5. Fred DiMenna 515 44.57
55-59 Female Overall Time
1. Maureen Bierman 164 25.36
60-64 Male Overall Time
1. Bubba Anthony 63 21.07
2. Jerry Sofley 73 21.54
3. John Kapp 109 23.31
4. Watson Jernigan 198 26.54
5. James Parks 244 28.20
6. Bill Nix 415 36.01
60-64 Female Overall Time
1. Jane Fraytet 509 43.48
2. Stephanie Cude 518 45.19
3. Char Soloman 526 53.16
65-69 Male Overall Time
1. Larry Seavers 125 24.10
70 – Over Male Overall Time
1. Dave Heck 465 38.48
70 – Over Female Overall Time
1. Margaret Hagerty 527 53.14
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Race #64 – Hendrick Marrow Program Half Marathon – Concord NC – 11/22/09

This was the inaugural running of the Hendrick Marrow Program Half Marathon held at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The field of runners was small, probably 50 or 60 runners for each race (half marathon and 5k). As we lined up to run, the race director told us that they purposely didn’t advertise the race because it was the first one and they wanted to iron out all the kinks, so we were a test group of sorts, and that next year they were planning a big advertising campaign surrounding the race. Sounds logical to me. There were definite kinks to be worked out but it was truly a unique half marathon and I’m glad we ran it.
The entire race took place on the grounds of Lowe’s Motor Speedway, which is huge, so it’s not hard to map out a course 13.1 miles long. We ran up and down the ZMAX Drag Strip twice (at the beginning and as we were finishing) and ran around The Dirt Track and around the outside of the big speedway before going inside and taking a lap around the big track itself, which was pretty amazing.
Spread 50 or 60 runners out over 13.1 miles and people are few and far between. Throughout most of the race I ran alone, sometimes not able to see anybody in front of me or behind me on stretches where you could see probably a quarter mile away or more. One of the biggest problems was that there weren’t enough volunteers, which I kind of expected, but it resulted in people going to wrong way on numerous occasions. There were certain areas marked very clearly with arrows and orange cones where it was obvious where to go. However, there were other areas where it seemed like you could go in different directions and there were no markings at all and nobody to point you in the right direction. I completely stopped several times just trying to figure out where to go, and a few times I just guessed and ran for a while, hoping I was going in the right direction, and fortunately I was.
There was quite a bit of criss-crossing of the paths and if a person wanted to they could have taken some huge shortcuts. For instance, as you ran onto the big track to circle it you ran through the tunnel on the left. If you wanted to slice 15 minutes or so off your time you could have gone into the tunnel on the right and headed in the other direction and bypassed the big track completely. I don’t think anybody did that since going around the big track was such a part of the experience, but in future years if the race was bigger and somebody was more interested in running a better time instead of experiencing the run around the big track, it would be a possibility. There was another point about 10 miles into the race when we were coming back to run the ZMAX drag strip where, as I passed, I thought how easy it would be to run down and take a right turn instead of taking the left turn, which was marked but you had to be looking. As I ran down the drag strip and came back up I saw somebody do that very thing. He didn’t look like he was trying to cheat but just wasn’t paying close attention to the turn. I was on the other side of the drag strip maybe 50 yards away heading in the other direction but I saw a few other people take the correct turn. I yelled over to him that he went in the wrong direction and after looking kind of disoriented for a few seconds, he turned around and headed in the right direction.
The most poignant moment of the day came long after the race was finished for most of us. I looked at the race clock and it was almost 2:40 after the start of the half marathon. About a hundred people gathered around for what we thought would be the start of the awards ceremony. Instead, the spokesperson for the Be the Match Foundation told us about the last runner on the course — I think her name was Kristen — who just lost one of her two infant sons and has another in the hospital right now waiting for a bone marrow transplant. She had traveled from Ohio to show her support for this race because of what the Hendrick Marrow Program has done for her and her family. She ran the half marathon, not so much as a runner but as a heartbroken mother who would go to the end of the earth for her children and do whatever it takes to save them. As she ran up the long straight road to the finish line we spread out on both sides and clapped and cheered and offered up as much encouragement as we could, and I don’t think there was a dry eye anywhere along that line. It has me considering the possibilities of becoming a bone marrow donor myself.
There was quite a bit of food after the race including hot coffee, which was great for thawing out on what was our first cold race of the year (amazing that the first cold-weather race came in late November). There were nice short-sleeve technical material T-shirts and they even threw in another nice cotton T-shirt from the National Guard. The overall awards were pistons from Hendrick Motorsports that were nicely inscribed with the race information, and those were pretty cool. I got one for being 3rd overall in Masters. The age group awards were for $20 discounts off of a purchase from a store I’m not familiar with (Linda got one for finishing 1st in her age group but I don’t have it with me at the moment). It’s probably not something we would use but we’ll take a closer look at it later… maybe we’ll check out the store and it’ll be great. There were also some pretty nice medals for all of the finishers of the half marathon, which was an unexpected surprise.
Finally, photographer Ron J. Deshaies of Treasured Events of Charlotte shot the photos for this race along with his wife. Anytime I see them at an event I know they’re going to provide the best pictures you’ll ever find at a race. Today Ron drove a golf cart around and seemed to be everywhere. It’s amazing and somewhat exhausting to watch him run around snapping pictures of everybody, and you can tell by his demeanor he really loves what he’s doing.

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Race Rating:

5 – 1-10  Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
4 – 1-10  Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
7 – 1-10  Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
7 – 1-10  Food for Race Participants (1 to 10)
8 – 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)
5 – 0/5   Professional Photography (5=Yes and 0=No)
6 – 4/6   Chip Timing (6=Yes and 4=No)
3 – 3/7   Certified Course (by USA Track & Field) (7=Yes and 3=No)
8 – 1-10  Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average) * 10 for the course minus 2 for not being marked well
3 – 1-10  Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
5 – 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)
0 – 0/5   Indoor Shelter from Elements (0 if none; 5 if provided)
9 – 1-10  Bathroom Facilities
5 – 0-10  Other (added 5 points for the unique race track setting)
TOTAL – 89
Half Marathon Results

                                                           
 Place   Name                City           Age Gend  Time 
    1    Ben Hovis          Charlotte  NC    31   M  1:12:53
    2    George Linney      Durham  NC       34   M  1:19:40
    3    Jason Page         Durham  NC       35   M  1:22:37
    4    Tim Hennessey      Waxhaw  NC       41   M  1:25:26
    5    Kerry Seal         Cary  NC         50   M  1:25:54
    6    Rebecca Thomason                    38   F  1:34:05
    7    Brad Verburgt      Cary  NC         34   M  1:36:28
    8    Garrett Johnson    Mooresville  NC  19   M  1:40:35
    9    Richard Hefner     Gastonia  NC     57   M  1:42:16
   10    Tom Knox           Concord  NC      42   M  1:43:58
   11    Kirk Marino        Indan Trail  NC  38   M  1:47:46
   12    Joe Tindale        Rock Hill  SC    31   M  1:49:20
   13    Sean Marvin        York  SC         42   M  1:49:20
   14    Anthony Read       Mooresville  NC  49   M  1:50:46
   15    Robert Verburgt    Cary  NC         61   M  1:51:32
   16    Steve Kirk         Durham  NC       31   M  1:56:41
   17    Juan Gonzalez      Durham  NC       28   M  1:56:41
   18    Dennis Furr                         38   M  1:57:21
   19    Andreas Farrenkopf Rehau  NA        48   M  1:57:37
   20    Bobbi Carter       Concord  NC      35   F  1:58:16
   21    John Cox           Graham  NC       40   M  1:58:51
   22    Philip Bugaiski    Charlotte  NC    37   M  1:59:15
   23    Scott Yates        Cornelius  NC    35   M  2:00:27
   24    Scott Oberschlake  Buford  GA       35   M  2:00:56
   25    Atkins Michael     Raleigh  NC      37   M  2:03:27
   26    Jim Clark          Huntersville  NC 32   M  2:03:50
   27    Reba McLaughlin    Charlotte  NC    47   F  2:05:32
   28    Pamela Gross       Mooresville  NC  30   F  2:05:40
   29    Valerie Springle   Charlotte  NC    33   F  2:05:51
   30    Erin Crane         Charlotte  NC    27   F  2:05:52
   31    Junior McLaughlin  Charlotte  NC    45   M  2:05:57
   32    Michele Clark      Harrisburg  NC   36   F  2:06:58
   33    Julia Horn         Harrisburg  NC   41   F  2:07:45
   34    Doug Ferriss       Charlotte  NC    67   M  2:08:08
   35    Kandace Thomas     Mt Pleasant  NC  18   F  2:09:06
   36    Diane Filer        Cary  NC         50   F  2:22:51
   37    Jerry Walton       Raleigh  NC      56   M  2:26:10
   38    Jan Pigeon         Durham  NC       47   F  2:26:59
   39    Jon Walk                            42   M  2:29:22
   40    Kristin Akin       Ballwin  MO      34   F  2:40:25

 

5k Results
 
 Place   Name                             
    1    Alejandro Arreola Charlotte  NC     28   M  17:35
    2    Chris Cave        Charlotte  NC     31   M  17:55
    3    Andrew Kendall    Charlotte  NC     14   M  18:53
    4    Kyle Davis                          20   M  19:00
    5    Zack McGinnis     Durham  NC        15   M  19:07
    6    Sheila Wakoma                       45   F  20:16
    7    Brett Sumpter     Mooresville  NC   23   M  21:34
    8    Kyle Cliff        Concord  NC       14   M  22:44
    9    Austin Walker     Harrisburg  NC    11   M  23:09
   10    Matt Washko       Salisbury  NC     11   M  23:10
   11    Michele Hoheiser  Lincolnton  NC    38   F  23:36
   12    Jeff Fabian       Huntersville  NC  45   M  24:38
   13    Clay Dellinger                      37   M  25:09
   14    Joey Arnold                         41   M  25:13
   15    Joseph Phillips   Huntersville  NC  15   M  25:21
   16    Christopher Toma  Cornelius  NC     28   M  25:27
   17    Sara Fabian       Huntersville  NC  37   F  25:32
   18    Delano Santos     Charlotte  NC     32   M  25:33
   19    Lindsey Olson     Harrisburg  NC    14   F  25:44
   20    Aubrey Losack     Apex  NC          12   F  26:21
   21    Scott Harkey      Concord  NC       29   M  26:19
   22    Bill Penn         Chesnee  SC       47   M  26:29
   23    Chuck Masterton   Charlotte  NC     47   M  26:37
   24    Nicholas Losack   Apex  NC          10   M  27:01
   25    Andy Forsymle                       30   M  26:58
   26    Candace Wood      Huntersville  NC  39   F  27:10
   27    Brooke Banther    Lake Toxaway  NC  21   F  27:59
   28    Jennifer Csizmar  Cullowhee  NC     26   F  27:59
   29    Michele Gibbs     Charlotte  NC     49   F  28:49
   30    Stephanie Dunn    Harrisburg  NC    36   F  28:52
   31    Rebecca Fish      Harrisburg  NC    31   F  28:52
   32    Nicole Warshauer  Charlotte  NC     26   F  29:25
   33    Shannon Blankensh Mooresville  NC   24   F  29:25
   34    Sandy Townsend    Charlotte  NC     36   F  29:30
   35    Portia Eley       Charlotte  NC     42   F  29:49
   36    Tonya Burkhardt   Fort Mill  SC     31   F  30:06
   37    Laura Haid        Charlotte  NC     34   F  30:06
   38    Tom Lowrie        Mooresville  NC   37   M  30:47
   39    Fernanda Knusel                     29   F  31:37
   40    Amy Masterton     Huntersville  NC  41   F  32:02
   41    Glenn Parks       Lauderhill  FL    44   M  32:04
   42    Daryl Treadwell   Charlotte  NC     25   M  32:15
   43    Jordan Eley       Charlotte  NC     12   M  32:17
   44    Linda Hefner      Gastonia  NC      57   F  32:23
   45    Cherly Rape       Rockwell  NC      41   F  32:30
   46    Kellie Dixon                        28   F  33:03
   47    Kevin Cliff       Concord  NC       44   M  33:29
   48    Jennifer Samuels                    27   F  33:42
   49    Jyl Deering       Cornelius  NC     28   F  34:33
   50    Rich Davis                          56   M  35:36
   51    Tom McGinnis      Durham  NC        45   M  36:15
   52    Heather Buckelew  Concord  NC       37   F  48:29
  
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