Race #385 – Meet Me at the Fountain 5k – Forest City, NC – 07/29/17

This week I headed up to the town of Forest City to run the “Meet Me at the Fountain 5k’ sponsored by Smith’s Pharmacy, a well established local drugstore that seemed to be a hub of activity for everybody in town. The race was well organized and a lot of fun, and the weather was perfect (for me anyway).

 

I recently watched a food documentary called “What the Health,” which has caused a stir lately with some people changing their diets to whole food plant-based, and others complaining that the science was faulty and biased and that you’d be better served doing something else. For me, I’ve never been a big fan of eating meat anyway although I’ve done it plenty, and there’s no way that all the ice cream I’ve consumed could be beneficial, so a change seems to be right for me personally.

 

Since changing my diet to whole food plant-based a couple weeks ago I dropped 10 pounds and feel great. But hey, that just me. I’m not about to start arguing that my diet is better than anybody else’s. Anyway, it’s working for me and in this race I was faster by a little more than 2 minutes over my last 5k (Cat’s Cradle) in late June.

 

I started out about 20 pounds over my ideal race weight of 140 so I’m hoping I can lose another 10 pounds and possibly shave some more time off my 5k. It would be great to get under 22 minutes again but I’m not sure if that will happen since I’m a lot older now than when I was at that weight before (six years ago).

 

Race Number:  385

 

Race Name: Meet Me at the Fountain 5k

 

Location: Forest City, North Carolina

 

Date: July 29, 2017

 

Race Rating:  91

 

Winners (Top 25):

 

 

Course:  Pretty flat through town and surrounding neighborhoods.

 

Elevation:

 

Weather at Start:  Partly cloudy, 75 degrees, 74% humidity.

 

Click Here for Race Results

 

Click Here for Race Photos on Flickr

 

Thanks to William Lowe Jr. for 200+ high quality photos posted on Flickr (link above).

 

My Stats:

 

  • Time:  22:33
  • Pace:  7:16
  • Age Group:  1 of 6
  • Overall:  13 of 144
  • Average Heart Rate: 159
  • Maximum Heart Race:  169
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:35  (73.84%)

 

 

 

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* RACE RATING *
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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
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!
0 – Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OTHER
0 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no (2)yes
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:  91

 

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Race #335 – Leader of the Pack 5k – Forest City, NC – 05/21/16

2016-LOTP-pre-race
Running this race was a last minute decision. I’d been planning on a Sunday race this weekend for quite a while and decided I’d try to find a good Saturday race as well. This was about a 100-mile round trip for me but some of my friends were going and it looked pretty good so I headed off to Forest City.

 

The venue was McNair Field, the minor league baseball team of Forest City, and the race ended with a loop around the outfield and finish line near home plate. It was the largest field of runners in the race’s history with a total of 415 participants (some just in the shorter fun run).

 

I managed to run a little faster this week and was really happy to win 2nd Masters. Since the Masters category starts at age 40 and I’m 24 years beyond that I seldom win a Masters award at all, and since the majority of races don’t even give Masters awards but just stick with age groups, it’s even more rare for me to get a Masters.

 

It was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to adding this to the list of races I run each year.

 

Nice finish inside McNair Stadium at home plate where spectators waited in the stands.
Nice finish inside McNair Stadium at home plate where spectators waited in the stands.

 

Race Number: 335

 

Race Name:  Leader of the Pack 5k

 

Location:  Forest City, North Carolina

 

Date:  May 21, 2016

 

Race Rating:  86

 

Top 25 Finishers:

2016-LOTP-top-25

 

Course:  Nearly flat on the way out, then after going a block over it’s like a roller coaster on the way back.

 

Weather at Start:  Clear, 55 degrees, 100% humidity.

 

Click Here for Race Results

 

Click Here for 106 Official Race Photos

 

My Stats:

  • Time:  22:29
  • Pace:  7:15
  • Age Group:  1 of  5
  • Overall:  14 of  325
  • Average Heart Rate:  161
  • Maximum Heart Race: 172
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:40 (73.46%)

 

Nice backpack award for 2nd Masters Overall!
Nice backpack award for 2nd Masters Overall!

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* RACE RATING *
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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
0 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
2 – Water Stops: (0)none (2)normal (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking: (0)bad (1)good
3 – Course Scenery: (0-5) 1=bad and 5=fantastic
1 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
7 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
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
3 – 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
5 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)
0 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

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

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

T-SHIRTS
2 – T-Shirts: (0)no (2)yes
3 – Design: (1-5)
3 – 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
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
2 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no (2)yes
0 – Swag (free socks, water bottles, etc.): (0)no (2)yes, some (5)excellent
2 – Part of race series or Grand Prix: (0)no (2)yes
2 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  93

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