Race #331 – Kings Mountain Marathon and Half Marathon – Clover, SC – 04/23/16

2016-km-half-LOGOOver the past few years this has become one of my favorite races. It’s close to home so there are always plenty of friends in attendance, but it’s also well organized. It’s small, this year with less than 200 finishers combined in the half marathon (141) and full marathon (49), but it’s a great atmosphere with the course traversing along the roads of Kings Mountain State Park and into the Kings Mountain National Military Park. It’s one of the hilliest courses I’ve run, but I always come away with a sense of satisfaction after completing the tough course.

 

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One of the highlights of this year’s race was meeting Sheri Gewelke in person. She’s a remarkable runner from Tennessee who happens to be a friend of my grandson Ryan. Last year she ran 115 miles in a 48-hour ultra. Even more notable is the fact that she has eight children and all of them are great runners as well. A couple of examples: Her 5-year-old daughter just broke the Tennessee state record for the mile with a time of 8:10, breaking the old record by 15 seconds! Also, her 9-year-old daughter was recently featured in Running Journal for being the youngest finisher of a half marathon.

 

This was the third time I’ve run this half marathon, and since the course has remained the same it provides a good benchmark for how my running is coming along. It’s no secret that I’m slowing down, but I wish my demise was a little more gradual. My modest goal this year was to run under 1:50:00, and as I approached the uphill finish I could see that the clock read 1:49:52. As hard as I tried to pick up the pace, I didn’t have much left, and I was just a little bummed that my official gun time was 1:50:01. I did feel a little better later when I saw that my chip time was actually 1:49:53, which landed me 2nd in the 60-64 age group by Stephen Price from Charlotte, who’s been kicking my butt on a pretty regular basis lately.

 

I’m hoping to be back next year and hopefully not too much slower, although I keep telling myself that the important thing is to just keep going.

 

Race Number: 331

 

Race Name:  Kings Mountain Marathon & Half Marathon

 

Location:  Kings Mountain State Park (Clover, South Carolina)

 

Date:  April 23, 2016

 

Race Rating:  92

 

Winners:

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Full Marathon Top 30

 

Half Marathon Top 30
Half Marathon Top 30

 
Course:  Half marathon course is out-and-back with lots of hills and several miles of gravel road (that’s not too bad to run on). Plenty of shade helps.

 

Elevation:

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Weather at Start:  Sunny, 61 degrees, 82% humidity.

 

Click Here for Race Results

 

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My Stats:

 

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* RACE RATING *
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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
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
0 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
7 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
2 – Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes
0 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no

REGISTRATION
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
2 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no (2)yes
0 – Grand Masters Category (50+): (0)no (3)yes
0 – Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no (5)yes

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

POST RACE
8 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
5 – Entertainment: (0)no (1-9)yes
0 – 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
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
0 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:   92

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Race #318 – Jingle Bell Rockin’ Run 5k/10k – Kings Mountain NC – 12/05/15

2015-jinglebellKM-LOGOThe last time I ran this race it started and finished at the gazebo in downtown Kings Mountain. It’s usually one of the coldest races of the year and I remember in 2008 they had a 6-foot long sub sandwich that ended up being frozen by the time the race ended. Since then the venue has changed to First Baptist Church in KM and that’s a great improvement. Both before and after the race the runners and spectators can go into the church, where the warmth is appreciated by most of us this time of year.

 

This year’s race was chilly but not nearly as cold as the year of the frozen sub. Although the low temperature that morning was about 32 degrees, by the 9:00 a.m. start the thermometer had risen to about 40 degrees. The 5k and 10k runners all started together and it’s not a small race, with about 650 finishers in the two distances combined.

 

The two races split up only about a quarter mile into the race, which I like, since it gives me a better idea of who’s actually in front of me. I ran the 5k, and after the split there was a pretty big hill and I tried to count the runners who were up ahead. It was a little crowded but I counted at least 20 in front of me so I thought if I could hold my spot and finish in the top 20 that would be good. I felt pretty good and actually passed some folks along the way and ended up finishing 11th overall, which was a pleasant surprise since I didn’t try to keep up the counting and figured I was still around 20th in the race. Best of all for me was that I finished as “3rd Male Master” (third fastest over 40 years old). Since I’m now 63, any Masters top 3 is rare for me, especially since most races don’t have a Masters category, and those who do are usually only 1-deep.

 

There was a little food outside after the race and about a half dozen boxes of donuts inside the building, which didn’t last long (although I managed to scarf up 3 donut holes early). On the plus side, there was plenty of hot coffee and hot chocolate inside and they kept it flowing throughout the post-race festivities.

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I made an Irish exit before it was all over so I missed the group pic, but the Gaston County Runners and the Cleveland County Running Club were well represented.

Several people mentioned that this was one of their favorite 5k races of the year and it really is a good one. A major draw for a lot of folks is that instead of a T-shirt they have a really nice pullover hoodie, which is itself almost worth the registration price of the race. Unfortunately for me, in order to get a hoodie you had to register before November 20th, so I didn’t get one since I registered on race morning. I was told that I should add my name to the list of people who didn’t get a shirt, so I did that. I’m not sure if or when I’ll get a hoodie or a T-shirt, but if they send me one I’ll update this blog entry with that information.

 

Race Number: 318

 

Race Name:  Jingle Bell Rockin’ Run 5k/10k

 

Location:  Kings Mountain, North Carolina

 

Date:  December 5, 2015

 

Race Rating:  95

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Chad Lenox was the winner of the 10k and his 6-year-old daughter Payton was the youngest finisher of the 5k! She has run “about a half dozen” 5k races this year according to Chad.

Winners:

  • 5k Male:  Gunner Hogston (Age 13) — 19:15
  • 5k Female:  Amy Edelstein (Age 38) — 20:43
  • 10k Male:  Chad Lenox (Age 33) — 38:54
  • 10k Female:  Heather Hovan (Age 38) — 39:01

 

2015-jinglebellKM-courseCourse:  Around side streets and neighborhoods of Kings Mountain. A few small hills but nothing major.

 

Elevation:

  • Elevation Gain:  110 feet
  • Elevation Loss:  112 feet
  • Minimum Elevation:  892 feet
  • Maximum Elevation:  982 feet

 

Weather at Start:  41 degrees (felt like 36 degrees) and sunny; 8 mph North wind; 65% humidity

 

Click Here for Race Results

 

My Stats:

Time:  21:40
Pace:  6:59
Age Group:  1 of  8
Overall:  11 of  449
Average Heart Rate:  159
Maximum Heart Race:  170
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:11  (75.54%)

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Running giant Mitchell Rippy was nice enough to bend his knees at about a 30-degree angle as I stood on my tiptoes so we would look almost the same height.

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* RACE RATING *
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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
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
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
2 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap!
3 – Race Day Registration: (0)no (3)yes

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

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

AWARDS
2 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
0 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)
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
2 – Indoor Restrooms: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful

T-SHIRTS
2 – T-Shirts: (0)no (2)yes  (*Extra credit given below for hoodie)
4 – 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
2 – 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
0 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
10 – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10) (*High quality hoodie worth registration price!)

TOTAL:  95

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Race #294 – Kings Mountain Half Marathon – Clover, SC – 05/02/15

2015-KM-HM-medalThis race has a well-deserved reputation as being one of the toughest marathon/half marathon races around, but it’s close to home and in a great setting. I ran the half marathon, of course, just as I always do, since 13 miles is about all my legs can handle.  This was my 75th half marathon since I began running almost seven years ago and the 5th for me this year.

Race Number:  294

Race Name:  Kings Mountain Marathon/Half Marathon

Location: Kings Mountain Battlefield State Park between Clover, SC and Kings Mountain, NC)

Date:  May 2, 2015

Race Rating: 100

 

Winners:

Marathon:

  • Male:  Todd Reynolds (Benbrook, Texas) – 3:13:43
  • Female:  Rebecca Murdock (Fayetteville, Arkansas) – 3:29:04

 

Half Marathon:

  • Male:  Nathan Beamguard (Hamptonville, NC) – 1:33:18
  • Female:  Mila Harris (Southern Pines, NC) – 1:37:18

 

Course (Half Marathon):  Lots of hills! The course runs along the roads from the Kings Mountain Battlefield State Park (SC) up to the adjacent Kings Mountain Battlefield National Park. It turns off onto a dirt road that you run for 2 miles before turning around at the halfway point in the race and return on the same course to the start (out-and-back).

 

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Many of us wore “Running for Danny” stickers to honor our friend Danny McBee, who died suddenly two weeks ago.

Weather at Start:  58 degrees and sunny
Highlights: 

  • Nice back-to-nature course through state and national park.
  • Post race hamburger/hotdog cookout provided by Boy Scouts after race.
  • Nice medal.

 

Lowlights:

  • Extremely hilly, but we know that going in. You don’t run this one to get a new PR.

 

Click Here for Race Results

Click Here for Race Photos from Noel Thomas Manning on Facebook

Click Here for Race Photos from Brother Monte on Flickr

Click Here for Race Website

 

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All photos for this blog entry were provided by Noel Thomas Manning, who did a great job getting pics of many runners. See the link above for his Facebook album for this race.

 

My Stats:

 

*** RACE RATING ***

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OTHER
0 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no (2)yes
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
1 – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10) (*Option for tank top instead of T-shirt)

TOTAL:  100

 

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Race #237 – Jingle Bell Rockin’ Run 5k/10k – Kings Mountain, NC – 12/07/13

I hadn’t run a 5k since October so I opted to run the 5k instead of the 10k just to see if I was still functioning correctly. After missing three races over the past two weeks for a variety of reasons I just wasn’t feeling my best. There was also the 8 pounds that I lost prior to the trip to Hawaii, all of which I promptly gained back.

Turns out things weren’t as bad as I was afraid they might be. I was a little slower than in that last 5k in October — by about 45 seconds — but that’s not surprising considering I’m 8 pounds heavier than I was for that race.

I ran this race a couple times in the past (I think 2009 and 2010) and remember it mostly for it being so cold that the 20-foot sub sandwich they had for the post race fare actually froze solid. This time around the weather was much more agreeable, and although there was some light drizzle an hour or so before the race, all of that stopped by race time and there were some wet roads during the race but not a drop of rain. Since there was a threat of rain I skipped wearing my newly-repaired video glasses since they’re not waterproof.

In local races it seems like there’s always one of my friends from the Gaston County Runners who’s gunning for me, and this week it was Chris Waldt, who just keeps getting faster and faster each week and has gone from being quite a distance behind me to being way too close for comfort. He was actually not “gunning” for me, but he was looking to run under 22 minutes and get a PR, and that’s right around the area where I run so I figured it would be close.

As the race got underway Chris took off way faster than me and I could see him running strong maybe 50 yards ahead of me. I just kept plugging away and eventually, maybe halfway through the race, I caught up. I gained a little ground on him and at the turnaround about a mile from the finish I was ahead of him by a few seconds, but nothing I could be comfortable with.

After the turnaround it’s a straight shot back to the finish line but it’s on a little series of rolling hills that seem to be more uphill than downhill. I didn’t look back, figuring that if Chris or anybody was back there and they were able to pass me there really wasn’t much I could do about it since I was running as hard as I could without blowing a fuse.

After the heart rate issues I had in the Hawaii race with my heart rate averaging a whopping 174 beats per minute, I thought it was interesting that in this race my heart rate was back down to what had been normal for me, and average of 162 bpm with a maximum of 173. I’m not sure why it would vary from one race to another but I seem to be able to adjust to it as it occurs one way or the other and so far it’s working okay.

In the end I finished a few seconds ahead of Chris. He won his age group (35-39) and managed to get an all-time PR of 21:51, and I won 2nd Masters (that means I was the 2nd fastest runner over 40).

I really enjoyed the race and thought they did a great job. It was a huge improvement over the last time I ran it three years ago. I’ll be back next year!

Click Here for Race Results

My Stats:

Time:  21:13
Pace:  6:50
Age Group:  1 of   6
Overall:  12 of  250
Average Heart Rate:  162
Maximum Heart Race:  173
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  16:55 (76.27%)

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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
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!
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
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
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
7 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)  **Free Coffee/Hot Chocolate**
6 – 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
2 – Design: (0)not good  (1)not bad  (2)nice  (5)beautiful!
0 – Material: (0)cotton  (2)technical fabric
0 – 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

WEBSITE
2 – Dedicated race website (0)no  (2)yes  **Facebook**
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:  87

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Race #213 – Kings Mountain Half Marathon – Clover, SC – 04/27/13

Oops! It’s Wednesday and I’ve forgotten to write a blog entry about this race until now. I’ll keep it short on words and a little heavier on photos since I was wearing my video glasses for the race.

In 2010 this was the smallest sanctioned race in South Carolina, with 15 runners in the full marathon and 5 in the half marathon. Thanks to the hard work of the race director, it has grown steadily since then and this year there were almost 300 finishers — 191 in the half and 94 in the full.

If you like hills, you’ll love this race. I don’t really like hills at all, but I seem to do generally okay on them. I don’t mind walking some, especially when I’m trying to run up a hill and I feel like I can probably walk it about as fast as I can run it. In this race I walked five different times. They’re short walks — maybe 30 seconds to a minute — and probably didn’t hurt my time a lot. I finished 9th overall and won 3rd Masters. That bumped me up out of the 60-64 age group, where I would have one by a long shot, and somebody asked me if it made me mad that I was 3rd Masters instead of 1st in the age group. I’ll take Masters any day, so I was happy with it. For me there are very few chances to get a Masters award.so it’s exciting to be able to get one occasionally.

As I’ve been doing lately, I’ll post a video I did of the race below then some of the race photos.

Here’s the video…

Quite a few of the Gaston County Runners were at the race.
This isn’t all of them but it’s the most I could find in any one picture.

The biggest laugh of the day was when Gene Summey was doing something
with his iPhone and asked me what kind of phone I had. He did a great
spontaneous spit take when I said I had a Jitterbug. Completely lost his
chewing gum. I guess I’m just kind of old school.

No doubt the highlight of the race was when the race director,
Jefferson Nicholson, surprised his girlfriend by proposing to her
in front of the crowd as the race was about to begin. What a great moment,
and I couldn’t believe I was standing right up front where I was able to catch it
on my video glasses.

The course was out-and-back, which I always enjoy since you meet up
with everybody else in the race along the way either coming or going.
This is my running buddy and GCR member Chris Baucom.

One of the great things about out-and-back is that many times people
let you know how you’re doing. Here I think she’s saying I’m in 6th place.
I think I was actually in 7th place and I ultimately ended up 9th overall.

There were almost 200 finishers in the half marathon, but when you spread
them out over 13 miles it can get kind of lonely out there. Here at the 12-mile
point you can see how far I am behind the runner in front of me, and Chris
Baucom was about this far in back of me, so I spent quite a bit of time
running alone.

Some nincompoop decided to park his car about 50 feet from the start/finish
line before the race and didn’t move it during the entire race so runners
had the pleasure of dodging it at the start of the race and also as they finished.
Some people.

The course was loaded with hills, and also about 4 miles of gravel road,
so I surprised myself by finishing in 1:39:39, which was 9th overall.

Matt Jaskot of Charlotte was the overall winner of the half marathon.

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My Stats:
Time:  1:39:39
Pace:  7:40
Age Group:  1 of  8
Overall:  9 of  191 (4.7%)
Average Heart Rate:  161
Maximum Heart Race:  178
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:19:52 (74.15%)
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* RACE RATING *
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RACE COURSE  
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
5 – Water Stops: (0)none  (2)normal  (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking:  (0)bad  (1)good
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
0 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads:  (0)yes  (1)no
REGISTRATION  
1 – 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)
0 – 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
2 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no  (2)yes
0 – Grand Masters Category (50+):  (0)no  (3)yes
0 – Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no  (5)yes
AWARDS 
5 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent
0 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0)no  (2)yes   (3)fabulous door prizes!
5 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no  (3)yes  (5)really cool medals (different at least!)
POST RACE  
2 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average) (no food to speak of other than some Power Bars)
0 – Entertainment:  (0)no  (1)yes
1 – Finisher times posted after race:  (0)no  (1)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
   (Restroom situation was bad — need some porta potties in the future!)
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
0 – Discount for no-shirt option:  (0)no (2)yes
PHOTOGRAPHY  
5 – Professional Photography: (0)no  (5)yes
2 – Prices: (0)expensive  (2)reasonable  (5)cheap! (that’s a guess)
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
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
TOTAL:  81

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Race #206 – Kings Mountain Gateway 5k – Kings Mountain, NC – 03/02/13

It’s kind of gratifying that I finished this race as 2nd Overall Male (and 3rd Overall since the 1st place female beat me) and I won a big, beautiful trophy, but it’s a little troubling that it was my slowest 5k since June 2009. There’s no doubt it’s a tough 5k — maybe the most difficult 5k I’ve ever run, thanks to two long hills, including one that people refer to as “Cardio Hill.”

On the other hand, maybe it just seemed hard to me and the hills weren’t as bad as I imagined. By the time I hit the first hill less than a mile into the race I was already huffing and puffing. I knew that I had started out a little faster than I wanted to because of the way the race goes down the street at the beginning and hangs a left and everybody falls into single file until we hit the greenway. Somebody warned me ahead of time that you could get into trouble if you ended up behind some slow people so I wanted to get a good spot. If you watch the video you’ll see that I weaved around quite a few people going down the hill then fell in place in back of Brad McKee, a fast runner I knew from other races and the eventual winner of the 10k (the 5k and 10k started together).

Speaking of watching the video, last week was my birthday and my wife Linda gave me a pair of Inventio-HD Video Sunglasses, which so far I’d have to rate as my best birthday gift ever. All of the photos and video clips in the video I’m posting were pulled right off of the glasses. I just turned them on and let them go, then when I got home I transferred the video to the computer and pulled out whatever I wanted to use. It’s great to be able to provide my perspective during the race, but with all the bouncing around while running I don’t think anybody (including me) would want to watch the entire race so I’ve included more still photos than action video.

I’ll let the video tell the story of the race, but congratulations to Gunner Hogston, who was the overall winner of the 5k. He’s just 10 years old and not a lot taller than 4 feet, but is already an amazing runner with a reputation for being fast and he’s well known in the running community. Also congrats to Kate Crowell. Not only did Kate finish as the 1st place female but her 9-year-old daughter Marlee was the 2nd female and 5th overall in the race!

Here’s the video…

10-year-old Gunner, winner of the 5k, just before the race.

This is just a small section of the first winding hill where Kate passed me.
You can see Gunner up ahead of her. By the time I reached the top of the hill
they were both out of sight.

Kate and 9-year-old Marlee after the race (1st and 2nd females overall)

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Click Here for Photos from Gateway Trail Facebook Page (77 Photos)

Click Here for Photos from My Personal Facebook Page (69 Photos)

My Stats:

Time:  23:33
Pace:  7:35
Age Group:  1 of  4
Overall:  3 of  50
Average Heart Rate:  159
Maximum Heart Race:  172
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:46 (68.71%)

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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)
0 – 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
2 – Finish line: (0)mediocre  (2)not bad  (5)very good  (7)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
1 – 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)
5 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 – 14 and under group (1)
1 – 65+ group (1)
1 – 70+ group (1)
2 – Top Overall M/F:  (0)none or first only  (2)top 3 or better
2 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no  (2)yes
0 – Grand Masters Category (50+):  (0)no  (3)yes
0 – Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no  (5)yes

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

POST RACE
4 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
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
0 – 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!
2 – 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
0 – 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:  68

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Race #139 – Dog Days Twilight 5k – Kings Mountain, NC – 08/13/11

This was the inaugural Dog Days Twilight 5k and it turned out really nice. The race starts and finishes at Patriot’s Park in Kings Mountain, which is a place I associate with the frigid Jingle Bell Run that is hosted in Kings Mountain in the middle of December. It seems to always be one of the coldest races of the year and after running it for two straight years I remember when it was the only race on that cold Saturday morning this past December I decided to just stay in bed. The Dog Days Twilight 5k was much different, of course, and the temperature seemed just about perfect to me.

This was the second week in a row that we ran a race that was organized by one of our running friends, this time Margot from Kings Mountain, and she did an outstanding job for the most part with the course being clearly marked and having volunteers at all turns, great T-shirts, a top-notch timing company, etc. There were a couple of minor snafus though — they ran out of water, and somehow they also ran out of medals halfway through the awards ceremony. I’m not sure how that happened, but she assured the age-group winners who didn’t get a medal that they’ll mail them their medals when they’re able to get some more, and she’s the type who will carry through with that.

I heard that the course for this race was just about the same as for the Jingle Bell run but in the opposite direction, which whoever’s in charge of the Jingle Bell 5k might want to consider for next year, allowing the runners to finish on a little downhill instead of the grueling uphill in the opposite direction. There were some hills — they call it Kings Mountain for a reason — but really nothing that stands out as a particularly difficult uphill. I’m one of those people who doesn’t really notice or remember hills, either uphill or downhill, unless they’re real monsters.

Most races are held in the morning and I’m not usually too thrilled with nighttime races because (a) I’m not used to running them, and (b) my diet tends to get out of hand during the day before the race, which usually results in worse race results. On this day though I not only kept my diet under control, I even ate my morning pre-race meal a couple hours before race time — a large portion of old-fashioned oatmeal with raisins.

I really felt good during the race. I was right behind Mitchell Rippy the entire race. He even looked back one time and yelled, “Don’t let me hold you back!” He wasn’t holding me back, of course, I just couldn’t catch him. Mitchell is a fast runner in the 45-49 age group and is usually farther ahead of me, but on this night he had an Ace bandage wrapped around his right ankle and was obviously not 100%. At the finish line I was a second behind him at a time of 20:20, which was my second fastest 5k this year, so I’m very pleased with that, especially since it was a night race.

After the race we waited for the awards and then tried to get home at a decent hour so we could get up for another race on Saturday morning (that’ll be a separate blog entry).

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Race Rating:

4 – 1-10  Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
6 – 1-10  Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
6 – 1-10  Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
4 – 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)
7 – 1-10  Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
6 – 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)
0 – 0/5   Indoor Shelter from Elements (0 if none; 5 if provided)
6 – 1-10  Bathroom Facilities
0-10  Other

TOTAL – 76

Race Stats:

1st Overall Male:  Garrett Willis (18:23)
1st Overall Female:  Michele Hoheiser (21:53)
Total Finishers:  118

My Stats:

Time:  20:20
Pace:  6:34
Age Group:  1 of 8
Overall:  9 of 118

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Race #66 – Jingle Bell Run – Kings Mountain, NC – 12/05/09

Races are like pizza: when they’re good, they’re really good; when they’re bad, they’re still pretty good.
We knew in advance that they were calling for lousy weather this Saturday morning, but as a card-carrying weenie when it comes to bad weather I know I have to get out occasionally in the elements and run, just so I won’t feel so out of my element when the time comes that I have to be out in the elements. Over the past week all of my runs were on the treadmill, and while I love basking in temperatures in the 70s while I run, this ain’t Florida, and the treadmill can get a little unrealistic in the middle of the winter. Thus I decided to run outside today come h-e-double-hockeysticks or high water. Last night’s hour-to-hour forecast called for about a 60-70% chance of rain at race time, but when I got up this morning and checked it the chance of rain had dropped to 10%, which was a welcome surprise. Linda and I ran this race last year and it was one of the coldest of the year, not too surprising for December, and the weather this year was similar, with the temperature hovering around 40 degrees throughout the morning. My apologies if you’re reading this and you live in an actual cold climate where 40 degrees seems balmy in December.
Kings Mountain is only a hop and a skip from Gastonia so when Linda did her usual routine of rolling over and playing dead when I tried to wake her up, I told her she could stay in bed if she wanted to and I’d just go by myself, an offer she gladly accepted. Just a few minutes later though, she was up and dressed. After all, she’s almost as addicted to racing as me, and it’s been nine long days since the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving.
There seemed to be a breakdown in the organization of this race. As I remember it, last year everything went smoothly from start to finish and I don’t recall any problems at all with last year’s race. Possibly there was somebody new in charge, I’m not sure, but there seemed to be major problems with tracking the race results. There were no electronic chips, but that’s not a big deal; we’ve been in a number of races where they did it the old-fashioned way without chips and things ran smoothly. In today’s race there seemed to be problems with missing results, gender identification (there wasn’t a gender designation on the registration form), and name mixups. It all worked out, I think, but people were freezing waiting for the results while things were being sorted out.
To me, the biggest disappointment was that they decided to switch the awards from trophies to Christmas ornaments this year for race winners. Last year’s ice sculpture trophies were some of the best awards we’ve received since we began running. They’re prominently displayed in our trophy case and will always be special, not because of their monetary value, which is not a lot, but because we got out of bed on Saturday morning and ran faster than everybody who didn’t get out of bed (and some who did), and for that we were awarded a trophy, which we proudly display in our trophy case, so when the kids or grandkids or anybody else comes over, they can say (or think): “Grandpa and Grandma haul their butts out of bed on Saturday morning and run races, which keeps them healthy and happy; maybe we ought to do that too,” thus inspiring (hopefully) a couple of generations below us to get with the program and develop a more active lifestyle.
Anyhoo, back to trophies. Medals are fine too, especially the custom-made ones with words so you can remember why you won them, but once again I feel like a voice in the wilderness denouncing all of the other trinkets that I’ve received as an age group winner. Last week I decided that since my trophy case was starting to look like a display case at a flea market I would remove most of the non-trophy awards. Now I have a box of pretty much useless items such as a variety of unmatched drinking glasses, a pizza cutter, a jigsaw puzzle, an inscribed hand towel, etc. I removed 20 items from the trophy case and have 16 trophies left in the case. My point is that the trophies have some value, even if it’s just to make me feel good about my accomplishments as a runner. The other stuff has almost zero value. Sure, I can drink out of the glasses, but I already have a set of glasses that actually goes together; I can cut pizza, but I could already cut pizza with the pizza cutter I’ve had for the last 20 years; I could work the puzzle, but I don’t want to work a puzzle. I could donate the box of stuff to Goodwill, but nothing in there would be worth more than about a quarter to anybody else. I know this is not an issue of great importance to most people. It won’t solve the unemployment problem or bring peace to the Middle East or cure cancer, but other people more qualified than me are already working on those problems. I have to start small and this is my small way of making the world a better place (to run).
mitchell-rippy-empty-handedOne last thing about the awards: Mitchell Rippy was the overall winner of the 10k race, and as you can see from the picture on the right, he walked away completely empty-handed. Seems they forgot to print up a Christmas ornament for the overall winner, so they promised him they’d mail it to him. I guess that was the case for the 5k winner also. Mitchell took it in stride, but I think he was a little bummed that he didn’t get a nice trophy for being the overall winner in a race. I don’t want to get started again on the trophy rant, but every race should give a nice trophy or something of significance to the overall winners (male and female) in a race. Being the overall winner in a race is an accomplishment that most of us will never attain; it’s a big deal (even in a fairly small race) and should be treated as such.
Something else that deserves a mention is that the 5k course was actually longer than 5k by about .15 miles, so the race was actually 3.26 miles. Bubba Anthony pointed it out to me at the finish line and my Garmin agreed with his that the course was long. He said in previous years they had turned around in a different spot but this year we turned around at a traffic light beyond the previous turnaround, which of course affected the finishing times for the 5k runners.
Something that probably adds to the confusion is that there are actually four separate races: a 10k, 5k, 600-meter run for kids, and 2-mile kids run. Seems like they could just have one kids run and one adult run (either 5k or 10k) and simplify things tremendously.
Going back to my pizza analogy, there were some bright spots as well. The long-sleeved cotton T-shirts are great. The design was like last year’s, which was nice, but this year they were Carolina Blue, which I like better than the black ones from last year, and Linda and I are still wearing last year’s shirts from this race, while the majority of race T-shirts (probably at least 80%) have ended up at Goodwill.
The after-race food was a huge improvement from last year as well. There was hot coffee and some type of warm blueberry pastries I wasn’t familiar with, homemade possibly, and delicious, as well as some type of white chocolate fudge and slivered almonds. There were some other things, I think, but I was strung out on those blueberry pastries so that’s as far as I got.
I took some photos before the race and also some of the finishers. There are a total of 90 in the slide show. As always, you can click on the slideshow to go to the Picasa site and view full-screen photos or download the full-size photos (4000 x 3000 pixels) for free. No registration is required.

Race Rating:

3 – 1-10  Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
2 – 1-10  Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
3 – 1-10  Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
8 – 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)
0 – 0/5   Professional Photography (5=Yes and 0=No)
4 – 4/6   Chip Timing (6=Yes and 4=No)
3 – 3/7   Certified Course (by USA Track & Field) (7=Yes and 3=No)
4 – 1-10  Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
6 – 1-10  Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
6 – 1-10  Entertainment (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
5 – 0-10  Age Groups (10 if 5-year groups; 0 if 10-year groups) (10 years in the 10k — 5 years in the 5k!)
0 – 0/5   Indoor Shelter from Elements (0 if none; 5 if provided)
2 – 1-10  Bathroom Facilities
0-10  Other
TOTAL – 58
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Race #13 – Jingle Bell Run 5k – Kings Mountain, NC – 12/06/08

I intended to take some photos to post here but never got the camera out of the car. It was freezing outside and didn’t seem to warm up any at all. I think it might have been about 35 degrees when the awards were handed out about 10:30 a.m.
The course was up and down (lots of hills) through a maze of local nondescript neighborhoods and was centered around a gazebo at Patriot’s Park near the middle of town. Luckily Kings Mountain is a small town and it was easy to find the park at the edge of downtown KM because no actual address was given for the race other than “Patriot’s Park at the gazebo.” The race was sponsored by the YMCA, which would have been a better place to have the race and would have provided some shelter from the freezing cold. There were also no porta-potties and the only nearby restrooms were in the theatre up the street (which I think might have been providing care for small children during the race).
On the bright side, the long-sleeved black cotton T-shirts were nice and the trophies given out were very nice as well. There was plenty of food too. There were bananas, oranges, bottled water, and about six 6-foot subs from the local SubStation II restaurant. Whoever cut the sandwiches up into individual servings only cut about halfway through, so tearing those off was quite a mess, but hey, it’s the thought that counts I guess.
Race Rating:
  • 4 – 4/6 Number of Participants (4 for less than 100; 6 for 100 or more)
  • 8 – 1-10 Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
  • 6 – 1-10 Awards Presentation (PA system, stating 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)
  • 6 – 4/6 Online Registration (6=Yes and 4=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)
  • 4 – 1-10 Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
  • 5 – 1-10 Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
  • 5 – 1-10 Entertainment (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
  • 7 – 3/7 Age Groups (7 if 5-year groups; 3 if 10-year groups)
  • 1 – 1-10 Bathroom Facilities
  • 0 – 1-10 Other
  • TOTAL – 74
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