Race #361 – Mt. Mourne VFD Elf 5k – Mooresville, NC – 12/24/16

This morning race on Christmas Eve was my last race for the year and it’s always a favorite cold weather race. Both pre- and post-race activities are held inside the warm Mt. Mourne Volunteer Fire Department building so it’s a great way to visit with fellow runners you haven’t seen in a while, and there’s always good food and hot coffee after the race as well as nice age group awards and door prizes after the awards. This year the door prizes weren’t quite as great as in past years, but that’s just a minor quibble. The race course is also a good one, with just some barely noticeable ups and downs along the way of the out-and-back course.

 

I was fairly happy with my time of 22:30 although it landed me in 3rd place in my age group, with 1st and 2nd being 12 and 11 seconds ahead of me. After giving it a little thought, it was probably not a great idea to take 3 walk breaks during the race. Ouch. With just a little more backbone I could have probably skipped the walk breaks and ran at least 15 seconds faster. Maybe I’ll remember that next time around.

 

Race Number:  361

 

Race Name:  Mt. Mourne VFD Elf 5k Race

 

Location:  Mount Mourne (Mooresville), North Carolina

 

Date: December 24, 2016

 

Race Rating:  87

 

Winners (Top 20 Overall):


Course: One of the flattest 5k races around, the out-and-back course has less than 100 feet of elevation gain/loss.

Elevation:

  • Gain: 93 feet
  • Loss: 94 feet

 

Weather at Start: Cloudy, 48 degrees, 62% humidity, calm winds.

 

Click Here for Race Results on Queen City Timing

 

 

My Stats:

Thanks to Bobby Aswell for taking some pics during the race, including this one of me.

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

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

Trophies for the Top 3 overall winners (male and female) and a nice variety of hand-made Christmas tree ornaments for age group winners.

 

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

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

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

PHOTOGRAPHY
0 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
x – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap
2 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.): (0)no (1-10)yes (44 from Bobby Aswell on Facebook)

Bobby Aswell ran with his daughter Nicole and took some pics along the way that he posted on Facebook (link above).

 

PARKING

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

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

TOTAL:  87

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Race #200 – Mount Mourne VFD Elf 5k – Mooresville, NC – 12/22/12

When I ran that first 5k a little over four years ago back in September 2008, I really didn’t have any aspirations other than just being able to finish that particular race, but by the time I reached the finish line I was hooked. I didn’t have any idea what the future held but I wanted to see if I could keep it up for a while and see how things worked out. Things have worked out better than I could have imagined at that time. I still don’t know what the future holds. All I can do is run one race at a time and hope that there’s at least one more race left to run. I’ve got a quote posted in my office that I read often that says, “You’re never too old to start, and it’s always too soon to stop.”

The Mount Mourne Volunteer Fire Department Elf 5k is a race that I avoided for a couple years. It just didn’t sound like it would be that great although some of my friends touted it as a favorite. I finally gave it a try last year and it was great, and I looked forward to returning this year. With the wind chill forecast to be in the mid 20s I almost talked myself out of going this year, but I’m really glad I went. It was cold but not bad once you got warmed up, and waiting inside the fire department both before and after the race was perfect. Almost all of the 200 or so runners stayed inside until about 5 minutes before the race started. It’s an out-and-back course that’s mostly flat. I always enjoy the out-and-back courses because you can see who’s in front of you and who’s in back of you. It was also an awesome sight to watch the winner of the race, former Olympian Anthony Famiglietti, motoring along en route to a 14:07 finish. He completely left behind the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finishers who all finished within a second of each other at 15:41, 15:42, and 15:43, times that would have easily won most local 5k races.

For me, the 60-64 age group was also competitive and I was lucky to come away with 3rd place in the age group. My friend Bob Nelson showed up, and lately he has been running better than he had for several years. He left me behind right from the beginning and finished in 20:39. Ron Rogers came down from Virginia just for the race and beat me with a time of 21:09. I was actually happy with my finish time of 21:30, which was about 30 seconds faster than my last legitimate 5k (I don’t count the Santa Scramble) and my fastest 5k since July 21st.

I’m now about a month into my vegan diet and I’m feeling great. Of course, I’ll have to see how it affects my running over time but for now I feel better than ever. I’m not running as well as I did last fall but I believe that’s from lack of training since I had dropped my mileage relatively low over the past three or four months when I had been sick (which is what prompted the diet change).

Click Here for Race Results

My Stats:

Time:   21:30
Pace:   6:57
Age Group:  3 of  10
Overall:  28 of  172
Average Heart Rate:  162
Maximum Heart Race:  172
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:18 (74.6%)

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

RACE COURSE
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
2 – 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!
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
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 (Trophy + running shoes)
5 – Age Group Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent (Nice trophies)
3 – 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
7 – Food for Race Participants: (0)none  (1)some  (3)adequate  (7)a feast!
0 – Entertainment:  (0)no  (1)yes
1 – Finisher times posted after race:  (0)no  (1)yes

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

T-SHIRTS
2 – T-Shirts: (0)no  (2)yes
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
2 – Results or link to results posted on website:  (0)no  (2)yes

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

TOTAL:  78

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Race #190 – Historic Mooresville 5k – Mooresville, NC – 09/08/12

Weekends like this are the reason that I don’t like to pre-register for races. The fall race season has begun and there were races in every direction. I whittled my choices down to this one and the Morganton Greenway race, and decided on this one at the last minute partly because it’s a little closer and allowed us to sleep an extra 30 minutes and partly because we hadn’t seen our good friend and running phenom Roberta “Bobbi” Villneff in a while. Bobbi just started running a couple years ago and is now easily one of the fastest women over 60 in the state. In the race today she finished as 1st female in the Masters Division (ages 40 and over) for the second year in a row. I managed to get 3rd place in the male Masters Division, which is a rare feat for me so that was nice… gotta cool trophy too!

Mooresville is about 40 miles from Gastonia and we don’t really know a lot of people there, so we were pleasantly surprised to run into quite a few of our running friends from all over. I won’t start mentioning names because I’m sure to leave out about half of them, but it was a fun experience as races almost always are. Which reminds me, this week marks the 4th anniversary of my first race, which was September 13, 2008 (you can find it at the beginning of this blog). It occurred to me just this morning that since I’ve run 190 races in four years, if I can squeeze in 60 between now and a year from now I’ll hit the five-year mark with 250 races. That would be great if I can do it so that’ll be my goal over the next year. Kind of like “60 at 60” since I’m 60 years old, but I’ll actually have a birthday in February. Anyhoo, I’ll try not to make too big of a deal out of it unless I can actually fit in 60 races over the next 52 weeks, in which case I’ll be even more irritating than I already am, at least for a day or two.

The weather was warm and muggy with 100% humidity — just the way I like it! They say you run faster if it’s cooler and less humid, but I’m still a fan of toasty. They said there were “rolling hills” in the race brochure, and they weren’t kidding. It seemed way more hilly than I would thought possible in Mooresville, but then again, I don’t know anything about Mooresville. I felt good in the race, at least until 2.4 miles into it when I felt a pop in the back of my right thigh, which has been a little painful ever since, even when I walk, but I’m hoping that taking it easy this week will allow it to heal. It doesn’t seem too bad.

The overall winner of the race was Anthony “Fam” Famiglietti, two-time Olympian and US Champion in eight different race categories. He lives and trains in this area now and anytime he shows up at a local race it causes a little bit of a stir to have such running royalty among us. He won the 1-mile race (which all 5k runners were welcome to enter for free) in a time of 4:12, well off his all-time best of 3:55, but still way faster than anybody else around here, then he ran the 5k in 15:26, also off his all-time best of 13:11, but you get the idea… he’s a fast guy.


Next week for me is the Run the Valley Half Marathon. I’m hoping the hamstring is okay by then. I’m a little concerned that if it flares up during the race I won’t be able to finish the race, which I can live with although I don’t like the idea. I’ll just wait and see how it goes.

Click Here for Race Results

My Stats:

Time:   21:50
Pace:  7:03
Age Group:  1 of  7 (bumped up to 3rd Master)
Overall:  22 of  216
Average Heart Rate:  164
Maximum Heart Race:  173
Age Graded Equivalent Time:   17:34

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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)
0 – 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)
0 – Cost:  (0)expensive  (1)reasonable  (3)cheap! ($30 race day)
3 – 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)
1 – 70+ group (1)
1 – Top Overall M/F:  (0)none or first only  (1)top 3 or better
1 – 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  (Gift Certificates)
2 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0)no  (2)yes
0 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no  (1)yes  (3)really cool medals

POST RACE  (7 possible points)
2 – 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)
0 – Porta Potties:  (0)no  (1)limited, long lines  (2)plentiful
2 – Indoor Restrooms: (0)no  (1)limited, long lines  (2)plentiful

T-SHIRTS  (8 possible points)
2 – T-Shirts: (0)no  (2)yes
1 – 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)
0 – Professional Photography: (0)no  (5)yes
x – Prices: (0)expensive  (2)reasonable  (5)cheap!
? – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.):  (0)no  (2)yes (Will revise if found)

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

TOTAL:  68

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Race #158 – Mount Mourne Christmas Elf 5k – Mooresville, NC – 12/24/11

I had heard a lot about this race from others who have run it in the past and the reviews were always good, so we headed over to the Mooresville area to experience it for ourselves. It actually exceeded our expectations, being just about a perfect race except for a glitch in putting down the cones or marking the course or something (I never figured out what exactly). The result was that the race was quite a bit longer than a 5k. According to several other people I talked to, they all had Garmin measurements of between 3.38 and 3.40 miles although personally my Garmin measured only 3.25. I don’t check distances as I’m running, but I usually have a pretty good feel for how fast I’m running and I felt like I might have been somewhere between about 20:45 and 21:00, so as I approached the finish line and saw the clock at 22 minutes I was surprised. My final time of 22:39 still won my age group (55-59) and everybody else seemed to think they would have been about 2 minutes faster on an accurate course.

Other than that it was a really fun race. The race is sponsored the by Mount Mourne Fire Department and the runners are able to stay inside the building both before and after the race. The course was mostly flat and fast and the post-race food was spectacular. Of course, I ate too much as usual. It’s beginning to look like I won’t really get back on my diet until January rolls around, but since that’s just a week from now maybe I won’t do too much damage between now and then.

Notably, the winner of the race was Anthony Famiglietti, two-time Olympian and six-time National Champion at a variety of distances, who literally ran away with the race at a pace of 4:37. Back in 2007, Fam, as he is popularly known, ran the fastest 5k by an American on US soil at a time of 13:11. Now that’s fast.

Click Here for Race Results

Overall Male Winner:

  • Anthony Famiglietti  (15:52 — 4:37 pace)

Overall Female Winner:

  • Jean Hargett  (23:00 — 6:41 pace)

(These paces were taken from the race results site and wouldn’t be accurate for an accurate 5k. According to Dave Munger, the paces posted on the results site were adjusted to 5,541 meters.)

My Stats:

Time:  22:39
Pace:   6:35
Age Group:  1 of  15
Overall:  23 of  228

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RACE COURSE  (20 possible points)
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
0 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
1 – Water Stops: (at least 1 for 5k, 2 for 10k, 4 for half marathon) (2 points)
0 – Course Marking:  (0)bad  (1)good
0 – 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
0 – Certified Course: (0)no  (2) yes
0 – 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!
3 – Race Day Registration:  (0)no  (3)yes

RESULTS  (3 possible points)
2 – Posted promptly online:  (0)no  (2)yes
0 – 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)
1 – 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
2 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0)no  (2)yes
0 – 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!
0 – Entertainment:  (0)no  (1)yes
1 – Finisher times posted after race:  (0)no  (1)yes

REST ROOMS  (4 possible points)
1 – 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
0 – Material: (0)cotton  (2)technical fabric
0 – Discount for no-shirt option:  (0)no (2)yes

PHOTOGRAPHY  (12 possible points)
0 – Professional Photography: (0)no  (5)yes
0 – 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)
0 – 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
0 – Results or link to results posted on website:  (0)no  (2)yes

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

TOTAL:  55*

* The new rating system generates lower scores than the old one but it’s much more objective. For me personally I liked this race a lot and look forward to running it again. What made a lower score for this race was a lack of professional photography (which many races don’t have) and, most notably, the glitch in the distance, which I’m sure will be corrected next year.
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Race #121 – Marti Estes 5k – Mooresville, NC – 04/09/11

This week at the last moment Linda and I decided to run the Marti Estes 5k in Mooresville. Our friend Michele Hoheiser, who was 1st overall female last year, said it was a lot of fun so we decided to meet up and run it.

Marti Estes was an avid runner, kindergarten teacher, committed Christian, and faithful member of First Presbyterian Church in Mooresville. Marti passed away prematurely in 2005 and the church holds this fundraising race in her honor each year. This year’s race had 624 registered runners and walkers and raised $22,500 for three charities in Mooresville. The race began at First Presbyterian Church and after winding its way through town ended at the First Baptist Church several blocks away.

The race was enjoyable but the start was a mess, with lots of younger kids lining up at the start and flailing around for the first half mile or so of the race. It amazes me how most kids seldom run in a straight line. I don’t really mind, but it can get a little dangerous out there. I was behind one grownup who was tripped up in the mayhem and took a hard fall to the pavement. Luckily he wasn’t hurt badly and was able to continue in the race, but I talked to him briefly after the race and one of his knees was a mess. I kind of enjoy getting out there and mixing it up with the young’uns, but it was a relief to finally get past the pandemonium.

When we came to a clear area I could count the runners ahead of me and I was in about 15th place at a half mile or so into the race. For a while I tried counting people as they passed me or I passed them just so I’d know where I was at in the race, but I lost the count and decided not to worry about it. It was a pleasant surprise at the end of the race when I found out I had finished in fifth place overall, which is the highest I’ve ever finished in a race. I finished fifth in two other races, but those were both much smaller races with maybe 100 runners, whereas this race had 515 finishers Okay, there were quite a few walkers; nevertheless, it was fun to finish that far up in the pack.

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Race Rating:

8 – 1-10  Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
6 – 1-10  Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
7 – 1-10  Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
6 – 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)
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)
4 – 1-10  Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
8 – 1-10  Entertainment (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
10 – 0-10  Age Groups (10 if 5-year groups; 0 if 10-year groups)
0 – 0/5   Indoor Shelter from Elements (0 if none; 5 if provided)
4 – 1-10  Bathroom Facilities
0-10  Other

TOTAL – 80

Race Stats:

1st Overall Male:  Joshua Readling (18:04)
1st Overall Female:  Shelley Rainey (21:32)

My Stats:

Time:  20:56
Pace: 6:46
Age Group:  1 of 9
Overall:  5 of 515 (top 1%)

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Race #39 – Miles of Mooresville – Mooresville NC – 06/19/09

Miles of Mooresville is a new race series presented by Queen City Timing. The first one was last night (June 19, 2009) and there will be two more this summer that will be on the third Friday nights of July and August.
There are three races on each night on the 1-mile course through downtown Mooresville: a 1-miler, a 2-miler (2 loops), and a 3-miler (3 loops). With the $18 registration fee you have the option of running either of the races or all three of them if you’d like. I noticed from the results of the first two races that 106 ran the 1-miler and 70 completed the 2-miler. We left during the 3-miler but there seemed to be probably between 50 and 70 in the final race. Since we were running the Summer Breeze 5k in Charlotte on Saturday morning, Linda and I both opted just to run the 1-miler and save a little juice for Saturday.
The course was pretty flat and there aren’t many 1-mile races I would guess a lot of 1-mile PR times were set. It was my first 1-mile race and I finished in 6:30. The temperature at race time was probably somewhere around 86 or 88 degrees so I’d like to think that with cooler temperature most of us could have run about 10 or 15 seconds faster, so that’s something to shoot for if another 1-miler comes along.
One minor disappointment was that there were no awards for anybody. I guess it would have been a job to give out awards for three different races; nevertheless, it’s one of those things most runners probably expect. As I mentioned earlier, we left during the 3-mile race. If nothing else, having some type of token awards for top finishers would keep a lot more people around until the end.
One major highlight was the gray technical T-shirt that runners received when they turned in their chip. The shirt featured the “Finish Line” abstract drawing of Mooresville that you see at the top of this blog entry. There was a “Carolina Blonde” advertisement on the left shoulder but nothing other than that, so the back of the shirt is blank, which is a nice touch. There’s also no year on the shirt, so if I wear it five years from now I won’t just look like I’m wearing an old shirt. I like that. Definitely one of the best shirts I’ve received in a race, and one of the few I’ll actually wear.
I’ve included 140+ photos from the race in a slideshow. As always, you can download the originals for free. Just click on the slideshow to access the big pictures.
 
Race Rating
7 – 1-10 Website (Informaton, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
0 – 0-10 Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
0 – 0-10 Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
6 – 1-10 Food for Race Participants (1 to 10)
10 – 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)
6 – 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)
7 – 3/7 Age Groups (7 if 5-year groups; 3 if 10-year groups)
0 – 0/5 Indoor Shelter from Elements (0 if none; 5 if provided)
3 – 1-10 Bathroom Facilities
0 – 0-10 Other
TOTAL – 65
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