Race #298 – Charity Chase Half Marathon – Hickory, NC – 06/07/15

2015-charity-chase-LOGOThis was my sixth straight year of running the Charity Chase Half Marathon and, not surprisingly, my slowest. It’s a race I have loved running and looked forward to every year, but at this point I’m thinking it might be at least the end of the 6-year streak. With never-ending hills from start to finish, it’s one of the toughest half marathons I’ve ever run, and basically every year it falls on the same weekend as the Downhill at Dawn Half Marathon, which is by all accounts a much easier and faster race. Last year the races were a weekend apart because of some sort of calendar abnormality and I was able to run both. I not only enjoyed Downhill at Dawn but also ran it for a Personal Record of 1:29:25, which will probably be the only sub 1:30 half marathon I’ll ever run. While a few of my friends were willing to brave the hills of the Charity Chase this year, most of my running buddies opted for the breezy 8 or 9 miles of running down Black Mountain in the Downhill at Dawn race, and I gotta admit I was wishing I was there with them. At the age of 63 I’m starting to feel like I need to take it a little easier on my body so I might not make it back to the Charity Chase, but I still recommend it as one of my favorite races of all time. There are so many good things about the race (see the rating below) that every serious runner should give it a try.

Race Number:  298

Race Name:  Charity Chase Half Marathon

Location:  Hickory, North Carolina  (Downtown)

Date:  June 7, 2015

Race Rating:  111

Winners:

  • M:  Yates Goodson (Maiden, NC) — 1:25:19
  • F:  Alicia Rider (Kernersville, NC) — 1:31:50

Course:  Lots of hills from start to finish although there are a few stretches along the way that are flat. The uphills are offset by the downhills, but at least a couple of the downhills are so steep that you have to hold yourself back, which can be rough on the quads and toes!

Weather at Start:  70 degrees and overcast.

Highlights:

  • Best water stops of any race (charities compete for the best as voted by runners)
  • Great post-race food (pizza, pastries, fruit, etc.)
  • Nice age group awards (bobblehead dolls)
  • Lots of professional photos (reasonably priced) as well as hundreds of free pics

Lowlights:

  • None really, other than the hills, but I knew that in advance.

 

Results:

 

Photos:

 

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My Stats:

Time:  1:44:00 (chip time)
Pace:  7:56
Age Group:  1 of  3
Overall:  36 of  317  (11.4%)
Average Heart Rate:  165
Maximum Heart Race:  175
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:21:47  (72.41%)

 

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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 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
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)no (2)yes (5-9)fabulous door prizes!
3 – 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)
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
1 – 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!
2 – Material: (0)cotton (2)technical fabric
0 – Discount for no-shirt option: (0)no (2)yes

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

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

OTHER
0 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no (2)yes
2 – Swag (free socks, water bottles, etc.): (0)no (2)yes, some (5)excellent
0 – 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:  111

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Race #257 – Charity Chase Half Marathon – Hickory, NC – 06/01/14

This week I revisited the place I call my hometown even though I left it more than half a lifetime ago. It was my fifth straight year of running this race and every time it’s been one of my favorite races of the year. The course passes the site where I lived fifty years ago, now just an empty lot full of memories. It passes my old high school, travels past the houses of old friends, and runs along roads where I still remember every curve.

Every year it reminds me of how fortunate I am to still be doing what I love, and it amazes me that I’m able to run 13 miles in relative comfort, which is something that I would have thought to be nearly impossible when I was a teenager if running that distance ever even crossed my mind.

So no doubt I’m biased in my appreciation of this race, but the Charity Chase should appeal to all half marathoners whether or not they’ve ever stepped foot in the City of Hickory before race day. It’s one of finest races you’ll find anywhere.

This year was my fastest of the five times I’ve run the race, finishing 26th overall at a time of 1:36:43. Because of the hills it’s not a course where you’ll run your fastest times, but the cooler weather this year (about 59 degrees at the start) helped.

GCR friends after the race.

Pros:

  • Best water stops of any race. Local nonprofits compete to see who can do it best and runners can vote for their favorite.
  • Big enough, but not so big that you get lost in the crowd either during or after the race (418 finishers this year).
  • Great crowd support.
  • Nice tech T-shirts.
  • Excellent awards ceremony.
  • Great downtown location for pre- and post-race activities.
  • Plenty of free parking nearby.
  • Live streaming video online of race start and finish.
  • Great pro photography with very affordable pricing and pics published the same day of the race.
  • Post-race pizza!

Cons:

  • There are some killer hills. That comes with the territory when you’re in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains so it’s not unexpected, but it discourages some people from running this race.
  • No real complaints… Great race!

Click Here for Race Results

Click Here for Race Photos

Thanks to Bobby Aswell for this finish line photo!

My Stats:

Time:  1:36:43
Pace:  7:23
Age Group:  1 of  6
Overall:  26 of  418 (6.2%)
Average Heart Rate:  165
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:16:47 (77.12%)

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
0 – 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
2 – Course Scenery:  (0)bad  (2)pleasant  (5)extraordinary
1 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none  (1)normal  (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers:  (0)too few  (2)good
5 – Finish line: (0)mediocre  (2)not bad  (5)very good  (7)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 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)
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

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

POST RACE
9 – 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
2 – Design: (0)not good  (1)not bad  (2)nice  (5)beautiful!
2 – Material: (0)cotton  (2)technical fabric
0 – 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!
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
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

TOTAL:  97

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Race #218 – Charity Chase Half Marathon – Hickory, NC – 06/01/13

This was my fourth year in a row to run my hometown half marathon. I invited some of the Gaston County Runners to run it, assuring them it was one of the best half marathons they’d find anywhere. They took the bait, and I still believe that’s true, but they generally wanted to flog me after the race since I tend to downplay  the hills in this race.

I know there are a bunch of hills — I have to run them too — but I guess I don’t notice them as much in this race as in others. Less than a mile from the start we passed the spot where I lived 50 years ago in 1963. The old house is now gone and it’s just an empty lot, but I get goose bumps just imagining myself in a time warp, seeing me then and seeing me now. There have been a few rough spots along the way, but as I have gotten older life has been much kinder to me than I ever thought it would be. After the rocky start I had in life, just the reminder that I’ve made it to a ripe old age without being dead or in prison is enough to keep the adrenalin flowing for a half marathon, so during this race I hardly even notice the numerous elevation changes.

I turned on my video glasses just before the race began and looked around at the crowd to get some photos at the starting line. We took off and about a half mile into the race I decided to turn the glasses off and just use them sporadically during the race so I’d have plenty of battery power at the end. When I took them off I noticed that the power light was already off, which was a bad sign. I tried several more times but it was soon apparent that the glasses weren’t working at all, so I’ve got no video or pics of the race. I was sure that I charged them the night before the race so I thought I’d be sending them back to the maker since I’ve had them for just a short time, but when I got home and hooked them up to the computer I realized that the glasses weren’t working because I had forgotten to delete the race from last week. When the memory is full they turn off automatically, so it’s disappointing that I didn’t get any video of the Charity Chase but hopefully I’ve learned the lesson and will remember to clear out the memory for future races.

I’ll save us all the indignity of a turn-by-turn account. There were some left turns and some right turns, and we went up some hills and down some hills. You know the drill. I was really happy to run under 1:40 here for only the second time in the four years I’ve run this race, so maybe I’m not slowing down a lot yet. And I was around 6 minutes faster in this half marathon as compared to the one in Cary a few weeks ago, so that’s good. I was dealing with acute bronchitis that week and the day of the Charity Chase was the last day of my tapered 12-day dose pack of prednisone, so I seem to be back to normal in that regard.

Speaking of medical issues, I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before publicly or in my blog, but the doctor told me last week that I’m going to need surgery before the end of the year for an inguinal hernia. He said if it doesn’t get too bad I can wait until cold weather. So there goes the running streak, which next Saturday will be two years exactly (730 days). I’m thinking about an exiting strategy for the running streak. Maybe I’ll quit at 731 days, or maybe I’ll go to 750, which is nice and even, or 777, which seems kind of lucky. I’ve read that as many as 30% of people who have inguinal hernia surgery end up with chronic pain, so maybe I need all the luck I can get. Or maybe I’ll just continue to run every day and wait either until I forget or I’ll just run until the day before surgery. Then again, maybe it’ll heal itself miraculously, but I’ve heard and read that this won’t heal on its own so that’s not very likely.

So for now I’ll just keep running until I bust a gut (hopefully not literally). I’m running well and actually feel great most of the time. I finished this race 22nd out of 424 runners and felt fine at the end, so I’m hoping I can continue like I’m running now, at least through the warm months. I don’t like running in cold weather anyway so I hope the surgery can wait until October or November. I’m gonna just try to think good thoughts until the time comes.

Click Here for Overall Race Results

Click Here for Age Group Race Results

Note: In the past (two years ago) there had been professional photography for this race, but I don’t think that was the case this year (or last year). If I find out differently I will change the rating and add a link here.

My Stats:

Time:  1:39:02
Pace:  7:33
Age Group:  1 of  5
Overall:  22 of  424 (5.2%)
Average Heart Rate:  165
Maximum Heart Race:  173
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:19:22 (74.61%)

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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
2 – Course Scenery:  (0)bad  (2)pleasant  (5)extraordinary
1 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none  (1)normal  (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers:  (0)too few  (2)good
5 – Finish line: (0)mediocre  (2)not bad  (5)very good  (7)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
1 – Cost:  (0)expensive  (1)reasonable  (3)cheap!
0 – 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)
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

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)no  (2)yes   (5-9)fabulous door prizes!
3 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no  (3)yes  (5)really cool medals

POST RACE
9 – 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
2 – Design: (0)not good  (1)not bad  (2)nice  (5)beautiful!
2 – Material: (0)cotton  (2)technical fabric
0 – Discount for no-shirt option:  (0)no (2)yes

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

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

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

TOTAL:  94

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Race #179 – Charity Chase Half Marathon – Hickory, NC – 06/02/12

Over the past three years this race has kind of become my homecoming race. It’s the premier road race in the city where I grew up, and even though it’s like a roller coaster with all of the ups and downs and one of the most difficult races I run, I still love running it and look forward to it every year. Of course it helps that my old high school friend Bob Duckworth is the head of Cheerwine in Hickory, one of the big sponsors of the race, and he’s been gracious to share one of the free sponsorship entries with me each year (we’re talking about wearing Cheerwine shirts next year, which would be great). But aside from that, I’d be happy to pay my own way if I needed to and it would still be one of my favorites. Running through the streets where I grew up many years ago, past the houses where friends once lived (and some still live), and on streets where I once walked, or hung out, or drove, but never ran, I somehow have this great sense of thankfulness that here I am all of these years later and life has been so good to me.

Aside from my own personal less-than-objective view of the race, I’ve heard lots of other people who keep coming back to the Charity Chase because it’s just a great race — very organized, not too big yet not too small, hilly but challenging and beautiful course, great water stops and volunteers, cool finisher medals and age group awards, and lots of good stuff to eat afterwards.

The beginning of June is normally a little late for a half marathon, but there are those of us (including me) who try to run a half marathon every month of the year, and this fits our schedule nicely. Two years ago it was a scorcher, with warm and muggy temperatures from beginning to end with the temperature approaching about 80 at the end of the race. By contrast, today’s race was seasonably cool after a cold front pushed through on Friday night. I’m a little odd in my dislike of cold temperatures and with the hourly forecast calling for a temperature of only about 60 degrees when I finished running, I opted to wear an UnderArmour ColdGear shirt under my singlet and I never was uncomfortable.

This year I managed to improve from last year’s time by about 3 minutes, finishing in 1:38:50, the first time I’ve been under 1:40 at the Charity Chase. That was 39th overall and 1st place in the 60-64 age group.

Click Here for Overall Race Results
Click Here for Age Group Race Results
Click Here for Official Race Photos

My Stats:

Time:  1:38:50
Pace:   7:33
Age Group:  1 of  9 
Overall:  39 of  435 (9%)
Average Heart Rate:  160
Maximum Heart Race:  173
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:19:26 

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Note: With my new rating system (started in December 2011) there’s not a chance of any race scoring near 100. If it’s important to you, look at each individual category to see how points were earned (or not). Just trying to be more objective with the details. I generally like all of the races I run. If there’s something that really rubs me the wrong way I’ll mention it in the summary above.

RACE COURSE  (20 possible points)
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
2 – Water Stops: (at least 1 for 5k, 2 for 10k, 4 for half marathon) (2 points)
1 – Course Marking:  (0)bad  (1)good
1 – Course Scenery:  (0)bad  (1)good
1 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none  (1)normal  (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers:  (0)too few  (2)good
2 – Finish line: (0)mediocre  (2)pretty good to excellent
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  (6 possible points)
1 – Cost:  (0)expensive  (1)reasonable  (3)cheap!
0 – Race Day Registration:  (0)no  (3)yes

RESULTS  (3 possible points)
2 – Posted promptly online:  (0)no  (2)yes
1 – Clear link on website:  (0)no  (1)yes

AGE GROUPS  (13 possible points)
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)
0 – 70+ group (1)
1 – Top Overall M/F:  (0)none or first only  (1)top 3 or better
0 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no  (1)yes
0 – Grand Masters Category (50+):  (0)no  (1)yes

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

POST RACE  (7 possible points)
5 – Food for Race Participants: (0)none  (1)some  (2)adequate  (5)a feast!
1 – Entertainment:  (0)no  (1)yes
1 – Finisher times posted after race:  (0)no  (1)yes

REST ROOMS  (4 possible points)
2 – Porta Potties:  (0)no  (1)limited, long lines  (2)plentiful
0 – Indoor Restrooms: (0)no  (1)limited, long lines  (2)plentiful

T-SHIRTS  (8 possible points)
2 – T-Shirts: (0)no  (2)yes
2 – Design: (0)not good  (1)not bad  (2)nice
2 – Material: (0)cotton  (2)technical fabric
0 – Discount for no-shirt option:  (0)no (2)yes

PHOTOGRAPHY  (12 possible points)
5 – Professional Photography: (0)no  (5)yes
2 – Prices: (0)expensive  (2)reasonable  (5)cheap!
0 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.):  (0)no  (2)yes

PARKING  (8 possible points)
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

WEBSITE  (5 possible points)
2 – Dedicated race website (0)no  (2)yes
1 – No dedicated site but separate page on other site (organization, running store, etc):  (0)no  (1)yes
2 – Results or link to results posted on website:  (0)no  (2)yes

OTHER  (5 possible points)
0 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no  (2)yes
2 – Swag (free socks, water bottles, etc.): (0)no  (1)yes, some  (2)excellent (Balega socks, shopping bag, etc.)
0 – Part of race series or Grand Prix:  (0)no  (1)yes


TOTAL:  77 

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Race #148 – Komen NC Foothills Race for the Cure – Hickory, NC – 10/15/11

This was our third time to run the Komen NC Foothills Race for the Cure 5k. Originally we were planning to run the Hopebuilders 5k in Charlotte, partly because it’s a little closer and also just for some variety, but when I found out my old high school buddy John Cushing was going to run it with his wife Diane, we decided to come back to Hickory to run the Komen race. It was John and Diane’s first race and they decided to go along with the untimed runners and stay together, which is probably a great decision for their first race, and they finished standing up and smiling, so I’m hoping they liked it enough to catch the running bug.

For me, of course, I’m a little on the competitive side so I lined up as close to the front as I could behind a flock of determined 10-year-olds. I knew that I’d spend the first half mile dodging them, which I did, but before long things cleared out and I could count the runners ahead. I could see that I was 11th overall and thought it would be nice to finish in around that same position, but of course I still had most of the race ahead of me. Hickory is where I grew up, and it occurred to me as I was running this race that it’s one of the few courses where I actually know all of the turns along the way. It’s always nice and nostalgic to run past my old high school. There’s not really a flat race in Hickory, but this one seems to me to be less hilly than most races in the foothills. The most challenging hill comes about 2.8 miles into the race, a fairly steep winding hill that climbs back up to the Lenoir Rhyne University campus where the race begins and ends. It really didn’t bother me much although I was passed for good by a 38-year-old whom I had been jockeying for position with, who had a lot more steam left than I did by that point. I felt pretty good though and it was the fifth 5k in a row that I finished in under 21 minutes. My final time was 20:45, which was about 45 seconds faster than the same race last year, and I finished 8th overall of 457 runners and won 2nd place in the Masters Division (40 and over).

There was one major snafu that occurred. At the very beginning, just before the race started, the race director said that the computer had crashed that contained all of the registrations for the runners, which meant they needed to add all of the names and important information back into the computer as people finished. The awards were supposed to take place at 10:15. Of course, not only did it take much longer than that, but almost an hour later, at 11:10, they announced that only the top 3 male and female awards would be given then, and everybody else could pick up their awards on Tuesday. That’s kinda sorta okay, but it’s a 50-mile drive for me so it’s not as okay as it would be if I lived in Hickory.

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Race Rating:

7 – 1-10  Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
7 – 1-10  Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
1 – 1-10  Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
7 – 1-10  Food for Race Participants (1 to 10)
4 – 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)
6 – 1-10  Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
5 – 1-10  Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
9 – 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)
8 – 1-10  Bathroom Facilities
0-10  Other

TOTAL – 84

Race Stats:

1st Overall Male:  Paul Pauma (17:58)
1st Overall Female:  Grace Ridley (21:02)
Total Finishers:  457

My Stats:

Time:  20:45
Pace:  6:41
Award:  2nd Place in Masters Division (40 and older)
Overall:  8 of 457 (1.8%)

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Race #129 – Charity Chase Half Marathon – Hickory, NC – 06/04/11

Note to Self: Don’t wear the 3.6 ounce racing flats the next time you run a half marathon.

It’s not that they’re not comfortable. They actually feel great and they’re the only shoes that keep my piggies from crying wee-wee-wee all the way home after a race. I’ve been wearing them for 5k races and wore them again for my 10k in Huntsville this past Monday, and they felt so good I decided I’d wear them in Hickory’s hilly but fantastic Charity Chase Half Marathon. Bad idea. After 5 or 6 miles my feet still felt fine, but the constant pounding without any cushioning to speak of took its toll, and the last 5 miles of the race ranged from mildly unpleasant to pretty durn painful. As I write this about 8 hours after the race, my feet feel great (no sore toes!) but I think every muscle is my legs is sore, so after that successful experiment I will now return to wearing trainers for any race longer than a 10k.

But enough about me and my piggies and sore legs. This is my second year running the Charity Chase Half Marathon, and although it does rank up there with some of the most difficult half marathons because of the numerous hills, it’s absolutely one of the most awesome races you’ll find anywhere. Bobby Aswell, Jr., who has run more than 160 full marathons as well as countless other races ran his first Charity Chase Half Marathon today and stated on his Facebook page after the race, “Awesome race. One of the best races I’ve ever run. Will definitely go back.” It’s hard to put your finger on just one thing about this race that makes it so good, but I’ll try to list a few of the outstanding features…

  • Water Stops — This is the only race I’ve ever run where each water stop is manned by workers from different charities. They compete to see who can provide the best water stop and after the race the runners are encouraged to vote for their favorite stops, and the top vote-getters receive more for their charities. Every one of them did a great job, and what a huge difference it makes when something is at stake for their charity.
  • Ice Cold Towels at 10 Miles — When’s the last time you were in a race where they handed out ice cold wet towels at the 10-mile mark in the race? I’ve never seen it until now. I held on to mine like a security blanket for the rest of the race and it was really nice to have. I was offered a fresh one at the finish line.
  • Swag — A nice reusable cloth shopping bag from Fleet Feet contained a Balance nutrition bar, a packet of Biofreeze, a magnetic chip clip, a couple of notepads, and various other small things. You also got a free pair of Balega socks that retail for about $10 (you could choose the size).
  • T-Shirt — Every year the Charity Chase T-shirt is fantastic — a nicely designed high quality tech t-shirt. I was disappointed last year when I messed up my Charity Chase shirt trying to pin a race number on it just a couple weeks after the race. This year after the race they were selling what was left over of last year’s shirts for 5 bucks so I bought two of them.
  • Post Race Food — Lots of tasty food is provided to runners after the race. This year it included Cheerwine, Rita’s Italian Ice, Papa John’s pizza, chicken biscuits, popcorn, and a variety of pastries, bagels, fruit, water, and sports drinks.
  • Crowd Support — It’s not exactly the New York City Marathon, but for a city the size of Hickory there’s great crowd support, although I guess a lot of it comes from the charity volunteers. Still, it’s appreciated and you hardly ever find yourself running very far without some encouraging shout-outs along the way.
  • Live Footage at the Finish Line — If your friends or family couldn’t make it to the race there was over two hours of live footage broadcast live on the Internet from Livestream that recorded every finisher as they crossed the finish line.
  • Race Size — It’s limited to 600, which is big enough without being too big. I like being able to park a hundred yards from both the starting line and finish line.
  • Awards and Awards Ceremony — The age group awards are cool little bobbehead trophies, identical to what was given in this year’s much larger Knoxville Marathon. Nice finisher medals are also provider to everybody who finishes the race. My friend Sharon Davis was 3rd overall female and received a nice trophy (not a bobblehead) along with a gift certificate for $50 (not sure what 1st and 2nd got). The awards ceremony is very well done also and it seemed that most people hung around for the awards.

I’m sure I’m leaving out some things, but you get the idea. If you’re looking for a first class half marathon to add to your calendar for next year, look no further… you won’t be disappointed!

Overall Race Results


Age Group Race Results


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Race Rating:

7 – 1-10  Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
8 – 1-10  Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
8 – 1-10  Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
10 – 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)
5 – 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)
8 – 1-10  Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
7 – 1-10  Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
9 – 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)
7 – 1-10  Bathroom Facilities
0-10  Other

TOTAL – 105

Race Stats:

1st Overall Male:  Josh Baker (1:15:04)
1st Overall Female: Katy Gane (1:33:08)
Total Finishers:  471

My Stats:

Time:  1:42:15
Pace:  7:48
Age Group (55-59): 3 of 11 (27.3%)
Overall:  55 of 471 (11.7%)

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Race #106 – Foothills Komen Race for the Cure – Hickory, NC – 10/16/10

This was our second trip to the Komen Foothills Race for the Cure in Hickory. It was Race #6 for me two years ago and a hundred races later it was nice to revisit, but especially nice to reflect on the fact that I’ve been able to keep running over that two-year period of time with no major setbacks. Linda and I both feel better than we’ve ever felt and both of us ran considerably faster in this race than we did when we were two years younger. My time today was 21:29, which was almost 5 minutes faster than my 26:24 time two years ago.
One of the nice things about this race is that it begins and ends in the street right in front of the Lutherhaus Apartments, where my 84-year-old stepmother lives, so we were able to walk over and visit after the race. We also spent some time at the race with some of my very best friends from the hippie era, Ken and Lila, whose 35-year-old daughter was running her third 5k. Oddly enough, Ken and Lila are no longer hippies, and stranger still, I had to look up the spelling of “hippie” on dictionary.com — hippy or hippie? On a related note, the race route took us right past the old Hickory High School, which always gives me a boost of adrenalin since it’s the school I like to claim as my alma mater despite my less-than-stellar performance while I was there.
As with all of the Komen races, there were a lot of teams and runners supporting the fight against breast cancer and this was the focus of most of the race activities. There were 482 runners in the timed race, who were followed several minutes later by probably a thousand or more in a non-timed walk along the course. The race course itself was great and kind of flat by Hickory standards, with most of the route staying close to the Lenoir Rhyne University campus, and there were plenty of volunteers to keep you on course. However, there was a huge problem in the registration process, with long lines in both the pre-registered runners line and the table that was distributing timing chips to the runners. It was a strange sight to see what looked like at least a hundred people in a huge line waiting to get their timing chips. When we got to the front of the line all of the chips were just scattered all over the table in no discernible order so as people walked up the volunteers at the table would search through the mess and eventually find the number. No big deal for us since we were there early and had plenty of time but less than 10 minutes before the race was supposed to begin the line was still long. The race was delayed by about 10 minutes and I figured it was most likely because of the timing chip confusion.
Race Results:
Race Rating:
5 – 1-10 Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
7 – 1-10 Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
7 – 1-10 Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
3 – 1-10 Food for Race Participants (1 to 10)
5 – 1-10 T-Shirts (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
4 – 4/6 Part of Race Series (Grand Prix, etc.) (6=Yes and 4=No)
0 – 0/5 Professional Photography (5=Yes and 0=No)
6 – 4/6 Chip Timing (6=Yes and 4=No)
7 – 3/7 Certified Course (by USA Track & Field) (7=Yes and 3=No)
7 – 1-10 Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
5 – 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)
0 – 0/5 Indoor Shelter from Elements (0 if none; 5 if provided)
8 – 1-10 Bathroom Facilities
0-10 Other
TOTAL – 82
My Stats: (pending official results)
Time: 21:29
Pace: 6:54
Age Group: 1 of 5
Overall: 20 of 482
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Race #100 – Hickory Christian Academy Knights 5k – Hickory, NC – 08/28/10

Race #100 didn’t really feel a lot different than the first 99 except for the fact that I rolled out of bed a little more slowly after the clock went off at 4 a.m. I turned off the clock and didn’t feel the urgency of getting that hundredth race in before my self-imposed deadline of Labor Day Weekend, which will be my second anniversary as a runner. I turned over to just “rest my eyes” for another minute or two, or fifty-five as the case may be.
When I woke up again the clock read 4:55, and I thought about it for a minute, then decided there’s still time to make the race. The choice was between the Greekfest 5k in Charlotte and the HCA Knights 5k in Hickory. We decided on Hickory since it’s smaller (375 finishers today as opposed to 900 in Charlotte) and Hickory is the town where I grew up and the place I still consider my home town even though I’ve been gone for 30 years.
It’s still always fun for me to race in Hickory so I can keep an eye out for people I used to know. Not that I’ve ever seen one person from way back when at a race unless it was somebody I’m still in touch with and knew they were going to be there anyway, but it’s still fun to run through those same streets I knew so well when I was young.
I had heard in advance that this race was “flat and fast” and by Hickory standards it was. There were no big hills to contend with but it wasn’t exactly flat. It was a double out-and-back so the slight uphills were eventually rewarded with slight downhills, and there was a nice downhill finish.
The T-shirts were nice orange tech shirts but they only had 350 shirts and gave out the last one about 5 minutes before we got there. No problem though since they deducted 5 bucks from the registration fee.
The food was really great — lots of homemade pastries in addition to plenty of fruit including watermelon and the standard stuff like oranges and bananas.
The age group awards were unique: homemade hand-painted pottery medals. Linda and I both came away with one — Linda with 1st place in her age group and me with 2nd place.
As far as this being my 100th race in two years, I’m pretty proud of that. I’ve been fortunate to have stayed healthy over 3,000+ miles of running, with only one minor injury just a few weeks ago that caused me to miss races for a couple of weeks, but I’m getting back to normal and hopefully I’m a little wiser as well.
Much more impressive than me running my 100th race is the fact that my wife Linda today ran her 87th race. We had been married for almost 30 years when she began running at the age of 56, and I don’t remember ever seeing her run at all in those first 30 years of marriage. She’s sat out of a few races that I’ve run, and she’s battled shin splints and some major bunions, but she’s done an amazing job of becoming a runner. Her first place age group finish today was one-tenth of a second faster than second place, similar to my finish in last week’s race.

Race Rating:
5 – 1-10 Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
7 – 1-10 Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
9 – 1-10 Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
9 – 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)
7 – 3/7 Certified Course (by USA Track & Field) (7=Yes and 3=No)
8 – 1-10 Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
9 – 1-10 Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
7 – 1-10 Entertainment (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
10 – 0-10 Age Groups (10 if 5-year groups; 0 if 10-year groups)
5 – 0/5 Indoor Shelter from Elements (0 if none; 5 if provided)
5 – 1-10 Bathroom Facilities
2 – 0-10 Other (No professional photography but lots of Facebook photos of race)
TOTAL – 100
Race Stats:
1st Overall Male: Josh Baker (Valdese, NC) (15:52)
1st Overall Female: Savannah Fornshell (Iron Station, NC) (20:05)
My Stats:
Time: 21:47
Pace: 7:01
Age Group: 2 of 7
Overall: 51 of 375 (13.6%)
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Race #90 – Charity Chase Half Marathon – Hickory, NC – 06/05/10

It’s been more than 30 years since I moved away from Hickory, and since I left they’ve installed dozens of new hills and a new heating system that worked like a charm today. Ever since I started running and heard that Hickory had a half marathon I wanted to run it, but last year I was sidetracked by the Grand Prix series in Charlotte that has a race on the same weekend. This year I’m skipping Charlotte’s Grand Prix series because of several scheduling conflicts I’ve had, and when Bob Duckworth, who is an old friend from high school as well as general manager of Cheerwine, one of the sponsors of the race, offered me four free entries I jumped at the chance to torture myself for free!
Before the race we met up with some running friends — Sharon Davis from Albemarle and her friend Rita, and also Drew Walker from Greenwood, South Carolina. We also saw Kim Oates from Shelby, who said for some reason she couldn’t talk any of the other Shelby runners into coming over and tackling the hills of Hickory.
Although there were about 600 runners who started the race, there wasn’t much jockeying for position at the starting line and there was plenty of room for anybody wanting to start out up front. Drew Walker, who I had met last year when we were running at virtually the same speed in every race, took off and didn’t look back. In the past six months he’s improved his half marathon time by about 5 minutes, whereas I’m stuck at about the same speed. I kept him in sight for a while but he slowly drifted out of sight. Sharon is a fast runner too and had finished just ahead of me in the Black Mountain Greenway Challenge a couple months ago, where we were neck-and-neck most of the race. This time I didn’t see her after we started running but it turned out she wasn’t far behind me the whole way. She ended up in 1st place in the tough 35-39 female age group out of 43 runners in that group. I was 1st in the 55-59 group, and despite his fast time and finishing 13th overall in the race, Drew finished 3rd in the 50-54 age group thanks to a couple of other real speedsters in the 50-54 age division. I knew early on that this would be a hard race for me and before it was over I had taken 14 walk breaks (I counted them on my Garmin). Although I stopped using the Galloway run/walk method a while back I still like the option of being able to walk when I feel like it’s necessary and today was one of those days.
When it comes to difficult courses, this one takes a back seat to no other race. One Asheville runner I met said it was more difficult than the Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon (I agree). To me it also seemed tougher than the infamous Spencer Mountain 10-miler. It was fun though in its own masochistic way.
This was by far the most organized race we’ve done in the Hickory area. The race started and finished on “The Square” in downtown Hickory and also looped through the square at about the 9-mile mark so friends and family could cheer people coming through and see how they were doing. There was a pre-race pasta dinner on Friday night at the host hotel (Holiday Inn) and a post-race party from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Crawdads stadium where runners got special treatment with a buffet dinner and box seats for the baseball game. We didn’t make it to either the pre-race dinner or the post-race party so I can’t comment, but it’s nice to know they were available for everybody who was able to take advantage of them.
Something interesting that’s done along the course of the Charity Chase HM is that different charities are in charge of each water station and they all compete to see who does the best job according to the runners. After the race the runners can vote for their favorite and the winning water stop charity gets a larger donation. It’s a great way to not only promote their charities but to make sure the water stops run more smoothly, and since they were competing against the other water stops they all did a great job of encouraging the runners as well as providing water, Gatorade, GU, etc.
The goody bags were great and included a nice shopping bag from Fleet Feet Sports of Hickory, one of the nicest tech T-shirts of the year (this race is known for its great T-shirt), a free pair ofBalega socks, as well as some coupons and special offers from some of the sponsors.
The post-race food was fantastic and plentiful, including Cheerwine products (drinks, bottled water, sports drink), a variety of biscuits from Biscuitville (ham, sausage, plain, and even livermush!), bagels and other pastries from Panera, Rita’s Italian ice, and more in addition to fresh fruit (bananas and oranges).
At the awards ceremony all eight runners who have run the race every year since it began (6 years?) were recognized and given special recognition and a running hat. I was happy to see that there were bobble head trophies for the top 3 runners in 5-year age groups as well as bigger trophies for the top 3 overall male and female runners. The trophies were nicely inscribed with all the info you need to remember the race years from now. Mine says: “Charity Chase Half Marathon, 2010, Hickory NC, Age 55-59, First Place.”
It’s a tough race, but well worth it, and one that I’ll look forward to running in the future, and like always, I’ll be glad when it’s over.
Race Rating:
7 – 1-10 Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
9 – 1-10 Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
8 – 1-10 Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
9 – 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)
5 – 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)
5 – 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)
0 – 0/5 Indoor Shelter from Elements (0 if none; 5 if provided)
7 – 1-10 Bathroom Facilities
0-10 Other
TOTAL – 101
My Stats:
Time: 1:40:23
Pace:  7:41
Age Group:  1 of 9
Overall:  28 of 485 (5.8%)
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Race #85 – Crawdads Home Run Trot 5k – Hickory, NC – 05/08/10

In the immortal words of Randy Jackson, “You know I’m a fan, but it was just all right for me Dog.” Sad to say that compared to last year’s Home Run Trot, which was one of my favorite races of the whole year, this one seemed a little pitchy (no pun intended). As we drove up to the stadium about 40 minutes before the start of the race, the first thing I noticed was that there was only a fraction of the crowd in attendance compared to last year. We soon found out that this year they decided to have the Girls on the Run race after the 5k. That was disappointing because, although they weren’t counted in with the regular runners, last year the hundreds of girls ran along with the other runners in the 5k and with all of their friends and families in attendance the crowd support was great. This year, not so much. Last year as I entered the stadium and ran down the third base line I received an ovation that sounded like I just hit a grand slam. This year, it was more like a sacrifice bunt. Okay, so the friends and families of the Girls on the Run really didn’t come to see me anyway, but all the same it’s good to at least have the perception that something grand is happening as you head towards home plate.
Not being quite as ambitious or driven as I was a year ago, I chose to run only one race this weekend so I bypassed Charlotte’s Twilight 5k on Friday night in order to get a good night’s sleep and have fresh legs so I’d be ready to run Saturday morning. All of the races, large or small, have a certain charm and this one does too, even on an off year. The Crawdads stadium is one of the nicest in the minor leagues and it’s always a great place to end the race. One of the highlights for me this year was my friend Michele Hoheiser winning First Place Overall Female, for which she received a huge trophy and the privilege to throw out the first pitch at tonight’s Crawdads baseball team (along with the men’s race winner Bill Johncock) and sit in the fanciest seats in the stadium. Michele’s a little bottle rocket from Long Island who talks almost as fast as she runs and is more fun than a barrel full of monkeys.
As for the race, I had forgotten how hilly it was. As with most of the roads in Hickory, you’re usually going up or down — not a lot of flat land. The hills weren’t huge but just enough to keep slowing me down (funny how that works).
After the awards ceremony we headed for our cars as the parking lot filled to the brim with tweens and their friends and families. In an hour or two they’d all be cheered on as they crossed home plate. I nudged Michele and John (he’s Michele’s husband) and pointed to the crowd of about 700 teenyboppers lining up to run in their brightly colored T-shirts. I thought it was fun last year when we all ran together, and besides, I can outrun the majority of 10-year-old girls.
I was happy to finish 5th overall but I have to admit that I don’t seem to be getting any faster lately, which is a little disappointing. My time was 21:29, which I suppose isn’t so bad for a 58-year-old codger but it’s in the general vicinity of where I’ve been stuck. I thought seriously about it after the race as I sat in Hardee’s and polished off a smoked sausage biscuit, hash browns, and two blueberry biscuits, but for the life of me I couldn’t think of a single reason I’m not continuing to improve.
Race Rating:
4 – 1-10 Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
4 – 1-10 Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
5 – 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)
4 – 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)
9 – 1-10 Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
7 – 1-10 Entertainment (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
10 – 0-10 Age Groups (10 if 5-year groups; 0 if 10-year groups)
5 – 0/5 Indoor Shelter from Elements (0 if none; 5 if provided)
5 – 1-10 Bathroom Facilities
0-10 Other
TOTAL – 83
My Stats:
Time: 21:29
Pace: 6:56
Overall: 5 of 138
Mile Splits:
Mile 1 — 6:37
Mile 2 — 7:05
Mile 3 — 7:12
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