Race #340 – Cat’s Cradle 5k/10k – Morganton, NC – 06/18/16

2016-cats-cradle-LOGOThe Cat’s Cradle 5k and 10k have become one of the favorite races of the year for my running club, the Gaston County Runners. It’s a fairly long drive from Gastonia — 70 miles or so — but it’s always a lot of fun. The course is flat and fast and most of the GCR folks choose the 10k option. I prefer the 5k, maybe because I’m getting a little lazy, but mostly so I can finish the race then take pictures of the people who still haven’t finished yet, thus providing some free photos for most of the runners in the race. This year I took a bunch of pics, got home and deleted the bad ones, and posted more than 1200 photos in two albums on Facebook that runners can download.

 

The race benefits the nonprofit Cat’s Cradle organization, whose mission is “To help bring about a time when no more abused or abandoned cats will be destroyed.” As a cat lover myself I’m always happy to be able to support this cause.

 

For me, the highlight of this year’s race was the appearance of Tom McCormack. Tom is a 62-year-old legend in the making who has the distinction of being the only person in the United States to ever run a sub 17-minute 5k at the age of 60, which he did two years ago in the national championship in Syracuse, New York, with a time of 16:58. He told me before the race that he’s been dealing with an injury and has only run three races this year, but he still managed to beat several fast high school runners in the 5k and get the overall win with a time of 17:42.

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Me, Tom McCormack, and Bill Peay.

Speaking of fast old guys, I met Bill Peay for the first time at this race. I’ve known him for a while on Facebook and have heard about his running history from some of the old-time runners in the Charlotte area. After a long layoff of many years he’s on the comeback trail at age 70 and ran strong in this race and actually edged me by two-tenths of a percentage point on an age-graded basis. He’s now living in South Carolina and has his eye on some of the 70-74 state age group records.

 

After the race about 20 folks from the GCR had breakfast at Granny’s Country Kitchen in Icard just off Interstate 40 on the way home. I’m pretty sure that’s a contributing factor to what makes this such a fun racing experience for our group. It’s also a contributing factor to what keeps those of us without any willpower about 10 pounds overweight.

 

Race Number:  340

 

Race Name:  Cat’s Cradle 5k & 10k

 

Location:  Morganton, North Carolina

 

Date:  June 18, 2016

 

Race Rating:  96

 

Winners:

5k Top 15:

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10k Top 15:

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Course: Out-and-back course entirely on the Catawba River Greenway. It’s a beautiful course along the river and is mostly flat with just a few slight inclines along the way.
Weather at Start:  Sunny, 70 degrees, 60% humidity.

 

Click Here for Race Results

 

Race Photos:

 

My Stats:

  • Time:  22:38
  • Pace:  7:17
  • Age Group:  1 of  5
  • Overall:  13 of  130
  • Average Heart Rate:  160
  • Maximum Heart Race: 174
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:06  (71.72%)
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Gaston County Runners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OTHER
2 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no (2)yes
0 – Swag (free socks, water bottles, etc.): (0)no (2)yes, some (5)excellent
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:  94

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Race #299 – Cat’s Cradle 5k – Morganton, NC – 06/13/15

race3314_logo.brBl-IThe Cat’s Cradle 10k/5k has become one of my running club’s (Gaston County Runners) favorite races. For each of the past three years we’ve had an increasingly larger group each year to make the approximately 70-mile drive to Morganton for the race. It’s flat and fast along the scenic Catawba River Greenway, although this year by the 8:30 starting time the temperature was in the upper 70s and before the race was over it was a scorcher. I was about 2 minutes slower than at this same race last year, again running the 5k instead of the 10k, having just run a half marathon the previous week and with another one coming up in just a couple more weeks. Quite a few other runners were slower, mostly due to the heat, but I have other issues that probably affected me more than the heat.

 

After finishing the 5k I grabbed my camera out of the car and had fun taking pics of the rest of the 5k race then most of the 10k runners as well. I deleted a lot of the bad photos but kept the best and ended up with about 350 pictures in all, so my photography session was actually more successful than my race! Maybe I’ll become a race photographer if I ever have to stop running. The photos can be viewed by the public on my Facebook page. Click here for the photo album.

 

Race Number:  299

Race Name:  Cat’s Cradle 5k & 10k

Location:  Catawba River Greenway – Morganton, NC

Date:  June 13, 2015

Race Rating:  93

Winners:

5k:

  • M:  Abram Logan  (18:26)
  • F:  Amber Opp (20:39)

10k:

  • M:  Bobby Aswell Jr.  (41:14)
  • F:  Amy Edelstein  (43:25)

Course:  Flat and fast (just a couple of slight inclines). Lots of shade for the 5k provided a little protection from the heat. Not as much shade for the 10k.

Weather at Start:  Upper 70s (and climbing quickly)
Click Here for Race Results

Click Here for Race Photos (My Facebook Album – 346 pics)

 

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Group pic of the Gaston County Runners after the race.

 

 

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Me and my wife Linda. She’s doing great on her recovery from last year’s health problems and is back to running 5k’s.

 

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Our GCR friends Chris and Wendy. They ran the 10k in the morning and got married that afternoon!

 

My Stats:

  • Time:  23:10
  • Pace:  7:33
  • Age Group:  1 of  3
  • Overall:  10 of  115
  • Average Heart Rate:  162
  • Maximum Heart Race:  173
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:09  (71.1%)

 

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
0 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
2 – Water Stops: (0)none (2)normal (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking: (0)bad (1)good
4 – Course Scenery: (0-5) 1=bad and 5=fantastic
1 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
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
5 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap!
3 – Race Day Registration: (0)no (3)yes

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

AGE GROUPS
2 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less)
5 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 – 14 and under group (1)
1 – 65+ group (1)
1 – 70+ group (1)
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
7 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0)no (2)yes (5-9)fabulous door prizes!
0 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOTAL:   93

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Race #263 – Athletic Quilt Street Light 5k – Morganton, NC – 07/12/14

To say there’s not much advance promotion for this race is an understatement. There’s no website or even a Facebook page, which could be set up for free in about 5 minutes. I couldn’t even find an address for it until I saw that somebody on Facebook had posted the address of the Roses store in Morganton. Having said all that, it was their 20th annual race and word of mouth over the years has resulted in it becoming a popular race even without any promotion. It’s a nighttime race, beginning at 9:30 p.m. There are enough street lights that the entire out-and-back course is lit pretty well except in just a handful of areas. There aren’t any hills at all and no turns to slow you down so it should be a really fast course, but most nights in the middle of July are hot and muggy and that generally slows things down. On this night it was really muggy, resulting in several people dropping out, and there was also at least one runner who needed an ambulance. From what I’ve heard, that runner recovered okay, but it was definitely a hot one.

Something about this race brings older runners out of the woodwork, with all of the older age groups being more competitive than at almost any race I know of. I managed to squeak by Daryl Simpson of Virginia by less than a minute to win the 60-64 age group. The 65-69 age group was even more competitive, with four runners finishing from 23:17 to 24:54. Two runners in their 70s finished in under 30 minutes.

Pros:

  • Money Drawing: Probably the biggest appeal of the race is that after the race part of the proceeds are given back to the runners at a drawing. It changes from year to year but this time around they gave $40 to ten different people and a grand prize of $100 to one lucky runner for a grand total of $500. This year I didn’t go home with any of the loot, but when I ran here a few years ago I won $50 in the drawing. 
  • Low Cost: This is one of the rare races that knocks off 5 bucks if you don’t want a shirt, making it $15 for race-day registration. I’ve got a lifetime supply of T-shirts so I always take that option when it’s available.

Cons:

  • No website and very little information can be found for the race. 

Click Here for Overall Race Results

Click Here for Age Group Results

My Stats:

Time: 21:51
Pace:  7:02
Age Group:  1 of  10
Overall:  61 of  446
Average Heart Rate: 163
Maximum Heart Race: 175
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:16 (74.71%)

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

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

RESULTS
2 – Posted promptly online:  (0)no  (2)yes
0 – Clear link on race 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
9 – 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
6 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
6 – Entertainment:  (0)no  (1-9)yes
2 – Finisher times posted after race:  (0)no  (2)yes

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

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

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

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

OTHER
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:  95

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Race #259 – The Cat’s Cradle 5k/10k – Morganton, NC – 06/14/14

Last year a few of the Gaston County Runners made the trip up Interstate 40 to Morganton for this race and spoke highly of it, so this year even more of us attended (15-20 maybe?). The Cat’s Cradle is a nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing, sheltering, and finding homes for homeless cats. I’m a cat lover, so I’m all for supporting a race that rescues cats, and the organizers are doing a great job with this race so I hope it will continue for many years.

Having run two half marathons in the previous two weeks and with a 10k on my schedule for the week after this race, I decided to take it easy and run the 5k instead of the 10k.

Pros:

  • Cheap! Race day registration was only $20 for your choice of either the 5k or the 10k!
  • Flat and mostly shady course on the greenway that runs along the Catawba River, with the race starting and finishing at the beautiful Catawba Meadows Park.
  • Both the 5k and 10k have 5-year age groups all the way up to 80+.
  • Lots of good food for runners after the race (especially great pastries).
  • Results posted quickly after the finish, both at the race site and online.
  • A drawing was held after the awards (gift certificates, merchandise, etc.).

Cons:

  • No photography. It would be great if they had either a professional race photographer or just one or more volunteers with point-and-shoot cameras taking photos of runners that could be posted after the race. I believe it would generate more interest in the race (runners love race photos!).
  • Can’t think of anything else I didn’t like. I hope to make this a regular race I run every year.

Race Results:

5k Overall
5k Age Groups

10k Overall
10k Age Groups


My Stats:

Time: 21:07
Pace:  6:48
Age Group: 1 of  3
Overall: 7 of  114  (6.1%)
Average Heart Rate: 162
Maximum Heart Race: 175
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  16:41 (77.31%)

Some of the Gaston County Runners who ran the race.

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

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

AGE GROUPS
2 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less)
5 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 – 14 and under group (1)
1 – 65+ group (1)
1 – 70+ group (1)
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
8 – 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
9 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
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

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:  92

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Race #227 – Sunrise Run on the Greenway 10k – Morganton, NC – 09/07/13

There were a lot of races to choose from this past weekend, but because a bunch of the Gaston County Runners were going to this one Linda and I joined in. The greenway in Morganton is really nice and it’s pretty flat too, with nothing more than a few slight inclines along the way. According to the results I finished 5th overall in the 10k, but in reality I was actually 6th. There was a guy in front of me who stayed about 50 yards or so ahead of me for the entire race. He finished about 15 or 20 seconds ahead of me and I talked to him for a minute at the finish line but I didn’t catch his name. When the results came out he wasn’t listed. He did have a race number (431) so he wasn’t a bandit. My guess is that he probably forgot to put his timing chip on his shoe, or it’s possible the computer just didn’t catch him at the end.

Once again I wore my video glasses, and they tell the story of the race much better than I’m able to, so here’s the video, followed by a few photos…

The race started in the parking lot and, as you can see, there were a ton of people ahead of me from the git-go.

Only a quarter mile or so into the race the 10k branched off to the left and the 5k runners went to the right.

It was a little crowded in the first mile.

A couple miles into the race the runners thinned out.

As we ran past the businesses on the greenway I got a chance to check out my running form in the windows.
I was mostly reminded of how goofy my video glasses look. Wish I would have gone for a different style,
but them’s the breaks, I guess. They were expensive so I’ll hold on to them until they break. My previous video glasses
looked much better but only held up through about a half dozen races before they fell apart. The way these look,
they’ll most likely hold up for years so I’ll be stuck with them forever.

I stayed about this distance from this same guy for the last 4 miles of the race. I’m not sure why, but his results
didn’t show up in the listings. I can vouch for him that he ran the race though. 

At 2.68 miles into the race my heart rate was 172 and I was kicking myself about running the 10k instead of the 5k.
Just think… I’d almost be finished with the 5k. As always though, after the race I was glad I picked the 10k instead.
As we circled around to head back up and over the bridge, I caught a good glimpse of the half dozen guys
who were right in back of me. I kept thinking at least some of them would catch me but they never did.

This is where we split off from the 5k runners near the beginning of the race (we were coming from the right side).
The 5k runners were returning in the opposite direction and turning left to get to the finish line.
The 10k runners kept going straight and had to complete the 5k route then return to the finish line.

Once we were on the 5k course we met runners who were still finishing that race. Since it was out-and-back we also
met up with the runners ahead until the turnaround, and then we met the runners who were behind.
This is Robert Murray, the overall winner of the 10k as he was heading back to the finish line.

This is the guy who was ahead of me throughout the race. In the background you can see the cone that
marked the turnaround spot.

This is my good buddy Ray (yellow shirt) and some of the others who were on my tail just
before they reached the turnaround point. They seemed to be smiling much more than I was at the time.

Just about to hit the finish line. My official time was 44:07.

I finally caught up with #431 after chasing him for several miles. He told me his name but I didn’t catch it.
I thought he’d be in the results but for some reason he wasn’t. I suspect he forgot to wear his timing chip on his shoe.

This is my wife Linda (647), who at 61 is running better than ever. She started running the week after I did
almost exactly five years ago. She doesn’t keep up with the numbers nearly as much as I do but she has run
more than 150 races. I’m really proud of her and her running accomplishments, and I’m grateful that she has
put up with me for the past 34 years. That must be quite a feat in itself.

Click Here for 10k Race Results
Click Here for 5k Race Results

My Stats:

Time:  44:07
Pace:  7:06
Age Group:  1 of  4
Overall:  6 of  91  (6.6%)
Average Heart Rate:  169
Maximum Heart Race:  175
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  35:10 (76.34%)

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* RACE RATING *
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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
0 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
2 – Water Stops: (0)none  (2)normal  (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking:  (0)bad  (1)good
2 – Course Scenery:  (0)bad  (2)pleasant  (5)extraordinary
0 – 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
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
5 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent
0 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0)no  (2)yes   (5-9)fabulous door prizes!
0 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no  (3)yes  (5)really cool medals

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

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

T-SHIRTS
2 – T-Shirts: (0)no  (2)yes
1 – Design: (0)not good  (1)not bad  (2)nice  (5)beautiful!
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
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:  72

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Race #201 – Freedom Park Ultra Run Half Marathon – Morganton, NC – 12/31/12

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to stop wasting so much time writing my blog, so don’t be surprised if I keep it short. I do want to keep documenting my races and anybody interested is welcome to see how I did, but even I don’t want to read (or think) about all of the minor details.

This race and the full marathon were added on to the Freedom Park Ultra 24-hour race, which is the main attraction. After finishing the Huntersville Half Marathon in December in 1:42:00 I wanted to fit another half marathon in and see if I could get back under 1:40, which I managed to do — barely — with a time of 1:38:58. It was just 3 seconds slower than in this same race last year though so I’m happy with my time. I’m hoping I can stay under 1:40 for a while longer. I was also glad to see that my splits were much more even than I usually run, with my fastest mile (#3) being 7:11 and my slowest mile (#11) being 7:55.

The race is on the 1-mile walking track next to Freedom High School, very similar to Martha Rivers Park in Gastonia, where I usually run in nice weather. Of course the half marathon is 13 laps, which can get a little boring, but I kind of like being near the finish at all times. There are a couple of small hills which aren’t bad, but since you’re doing 13 laps those two small hills become 26 small hills during the race. The food was great, even for a vegan. They had something for everybody and I had a veggie burger, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and some potato chips.

This was my last race of 2012. For the year I ran 42 races including 16 half marathons, one 10-miler, three 10k’s, two 8k’s, and twenty 5k’s. In those 42 races I placed in the top 3 in my age group in all but two of them: the Brooklyn Half Marathon and the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon. I was 6th in both of those. I was also the Grand Masters Champion in the Running Journal Grand Prix, which I’d say was my biggest accomplishment of the year. Oh, and I also ran 366 days in 2012… yay for leap year! It was the first year in which I ran every day. My running streak (at least 1 mile a day) is now a little over 1 year and 6 months and I’m hoping to keep that up for as long as I can.

Click Here for Half Marathon Race Results
Click Here for Full Marathon Race Results
Click Here for 24-Hour Race Results

My Stats:

Time:  1:38:58
Pace:  7:32
Age Group:  1 of  1
Overall:  6 of  24
Average Heart Rate:  161
Maximum Heart Race:  172
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:20:04  (73:96%)

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* RACE RATING *
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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)
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
2 – 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
3 – Cost:  (0)expensive  (1)reasonable  (3)cheap!
3 – Race Day Registration:  (0)no  (3)yes

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

AGE GROUPS (* — No awards of any kind for the half marathon)
0 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less)
0 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
0 – 14 and under group (1)
0 – 65+ group (1)
0 – 70+ group (1)
0 – 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
0 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent
0 – 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
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
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!
2 – Material: (0)cotton  (2)technical fabric
2 – 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
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:  61

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Race #159 – Freedom Park New Year’s Ultra Run Half Marathon – Morganton, NC – 01/31/11

I didn’t really have any big plans for a race on New Year’s weekend, but on Thursday night when Stan Austin mentioned on Facebook that the ultra run in Morganton was adding a marathon and half marathon option at the last minute, I jumped at the chance to get one final half marathon in for the year. If you’re scoring at home, you may remember that I had intended to run a half marathon every month in 2011. It didn’t quite work out because I got sidetracked in November, but I managed to run a couple during two months and with this one on the last day of the year I ended up with 13 for 2011. I’ll keep trying to run 10 or 12 half marathons a year as long as I can. Right now it’s my favorite distance since it provides plenty of challenge while not requiring any extra training.

Since the marathon and half marathon were just added in the final week with no advertising at all, they were both tiny races, with only 6 runners in the marathon and 12 in the half marathon. Still, running simultaneously on the 1-mile walking track around Freedom Park along with the 24-hour ultra race there were plenty of runners on the track. In order for all the races to end at the same finish line the half marathoners lined up at a mark probably a third of a mile or so from the finish line and the marathoners were maybe a third of a mile in back of us. We all started promptly at 10 a.m., exactly two hours after the ultra began. I took the lead in the half marathon and was ahead for about 6 miles, but all the while there were two girls following me carrying on what seemed to be a leisurely conversation and I knew it was just a matter of time before they nonchalantly pranced around me. As they passed I managed to gasp out a few words: “What kind of time are you shooting for… 1:30?” I asked. Without missing a beat and hardly breathing, one of the girls just said, “-ish” and they were on there way. I watched them fade off into the distance little by little until the last lap when they were probably a half mile ahead of me.

I did finish third overall in the half marathon and was the first male finisher so that was nice, but it was such a small race it’s hard to revel in the accomplishment of being “1st overall male” so I’ll try to restrain myself.

As I write this the results aren’t available yet. My guess is that David Lee of Lee Timing is probably sleeping all day after being up for the 24-hour race and half the night before it started just getting everything ready. Once the results are available they can be found at the link below.

Click Here for Race Results


Click Here for Race Website

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* RACE RATING  (100 Possible Points) *
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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
2 – 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)
3 – Cost:  (0)expensive  (1)reasonable  (3)cheap!
3 – Race Day Registration:  (0)no  (3)yes

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

AGE GROUPS  (13 possible points)
0 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less)
0 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
0 – 14 and under group (1)
0 – 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)
1 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none  (1)yes  (2)excellent
0 – Age Group Awards: (0)none  (1)yes  (2)excellent
0 – 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)
2 – 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
2 – Design: (0)not good  (1)not bad  (2)nice
2 – Material: (0)cotton  (2)technical fabric
2 – 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)
2 – Dedicated race website (0)no  (2)yes
0 – 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
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:  57*

* With my new rating system 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.
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Race #104 – HOP Race 5k – Morganton, NC – 10/02/10

This was my first 5k race since August 28th, a little over a month ago. In the interval since then I’ve run a couple of 10k races and the agonizing Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon, so running a shorter distance today was kind of a relief.  I had actually planned to run the 10k, but I’ve got a 20-mile training run scheduled for tomorrow and thought it might be wise not to overdo it on the race mileage.
Both the 5k and 10k start at the same time and are mostly downhill for the first mile, which is great, but it’s an out and back course so what the first mile giveth, the last mile taketh away. After that first mile it’s pretty flat on the beautiful Morganton greenway, which we ran recently in the Sunrise on the Greenway race.
It was fun to go back and run the HOP Race (I think it stands for “Help Our Project”… or maybe it’s “Help Our Park”). Two years ago it was Race #4 for me, so it was nice to come back for Race #104 and reflect a little on how much has happened in the hundred races since then. In those two years I’ve managed to get faster and faster then turn it around in midstream to start getting slower and slower. It probably hasn’t helped that I’ve managed to get fatter and fatter over the past year, gradually gaining back about 10 of those 50 pounds that I had originally lost when I started running. Over the next few weeks as I get closer to the New York City Marathon (34 days from now as I write this) I’m going to try to lose those 10 pounds so I don’t have to carry them all over New York with me.
Speaking of losing weight, this is a race where you COULD enjoy the delicious fruit cups that they serve after the race, but I took the path of least resistance and also enjoyed the brownies and pizza that they also serve. I figured one last fling before getting serious with the diet would be okay. Hope that’s not a bad omen.
To be honest, I’m not THAT much slower than I was last year, probably about a minute or so in a 5k, which I do believe is most likely attributable to the extra weight. On the bright side, I’ve learned a lot since those first few races and am quite a bit faster than I was in this race two years ago. At that time my 5k time was 26:46, and today it was 22:01, so it’s nice that at the age of 58 I’m 4 minutes and 45 seconds faster than I was at 56. My wife Linda has improved over the time also, and her time of 34:05 today was almost 5 minutes faster than in the 2008 HOP Race.
Monday Morning Edit: I just received a note from the official photographer at Table Rock Photography. He has more than 3,400 great photos from the race! I’ve added a link…
I posted an additional 130 photos from the race (mostly people coming across the finish line) on my Facebook page that can be viewed by everyone, and you can feel free to tag yourself or others as well.
Race Results:
Race Rating:
3 – 1-10 Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
6 – 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)
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)
5 – 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)
8 – 1-10 Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
8 – 1-10 Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
6 – 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)
5 – 1-10 Bathroom Facilities
0-10 Other
TOTAL – 88
My Stats:
Time:  22:01
Pace:  7:05
Age Group:  1 of 4
Overall:  18 of 128
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Race #102 – Sunrise Run on the Greenway 10k – Morganton, NC – 09/11/10

Sunrise runphoto © 2010 The U.S. Army | more info (via: Wylio)

I don’t believe that “you’re only as good as your last race,” although you’d never know it by the way I kicked myself around all week after running a disappointingly slow 10k last weekend at the Midnight Flight in Anderson, SC. It’s not that it was really all that slow, but at 47:07 it was 4 minutes slower than I ran the same race last year. This week I decided to get back out there and run another 10k to see if I had actually slowed down that much in a year’s time or if maybe I could do better. Fortunately it was a better race and I finished in 43:32. There were a lot of races to choose within about a 60-mile radius of home, but this was the only 10k. It was definitely worth the 60-mile drive. The race was centered around the Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton and it’s got to be one of the most beautiful parks and greenway systems in the state. The entire race was on the greenway, with the 5k and 10k races starting together but then separating after just a minute or two into the race.
I started close to the front and was surprised to see so many runners already ahead of me as the 10k runners ahead took their separate route. I estimated that I was probably in about 20th place in that first mile. There were no hills to speak of. I passed a few runners and a few others passed me. I considered taking a walk break, which is nothing new for me, but I figured it could be in my best interests to keep running, which I did. At one point a runner passed me and I said something to encourage him like “good job” or something similar. It sounded to me like he replied with, “I’m not doing that good… you’re just doing bad.” Hmmm. Maybe I was just hearing things, or maybe he was just trying to be funny… or a jerk.  No biggy either way, I guess, but it was a strange response if I heard it right.
So I’m happy with my time and considered this a major tune-up for next week’s Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon, the second race of the Running Journal Grand Prix season. I also have another half marathon scheduled for the following week. I’m still wearing a knee brace and at times I’m feeling just a little instability in my right knee, but hopefully it won’t be too much of a problem until I run the New York City Marathon on November 7th.
Race Rating:
9 – 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)
3 – 1-10 Food for Race Participants (1 to 10)
6 – 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)
8 – 1-10 Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
8 – 1-10 Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
5 – 1-10 Entertainment (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
10 – 0-10 Age Groups (10 if 5-year groups; 0 if 10-year groups)
5 – 0/5 Indoor Shelter from Elements (0 if none; 5 if provided) (Covered area)
5 – 1-10 Bathroom Facilities
0-10 Other
TOTAL – 91
My Stats:
Time: 43:32
Pace: 7:01
Age Group: 2 of 6
Overall: 14 of 79
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Race #96 – Athletic Quilt Street Light 5k – Morganton, NC — 07/17/10

As we all know, there are NO TIME OUTS in running, so before I lose track of where I’ve been and where I’m going, I’ll continue on my merry way, so please forgive my indiscretion if I seemed to lose my train of thought for a day or two.
Actually, things are starting to get interesting for the first time in a while. After almost two years of pain-free running over which time I’ve never missed a race because of injury, it’s looking like Race #97 won’t happen as scheduled, but I’ll talk about that in a later post.
Morganton’s Athletic Quilt Street Light 5k is a race I had heard quite a few people talk about as one of their favorites. I’m not a huge fan of the nighttime races since I don’t like running in the dark and it seems to mess up my running schedule, but this looked like our best option for the week and except for it being a rainy night in Morganton it turned out to be an enjoyable experience. Linda and I both finished in 1st place in our age groups and I won $50 in cash in a drawing after the awards. That’s something this race does that makes it stand out from other races. Each year part of the money taken in for the race is given back to the runners. To encourage people to hang around for the awards, the drawing is held after the awards are given out. I’m not sure if it changes from year to year, but this time around they drew six names who each received $50 in cash and also picked two winners who won $100 each, giving back to the runners a total of $500. Great idea, and it attracted more than 400 runners to this small Burke County town.
A couple days before the race I had to cut one of my training runs short because of a nagging knee pain that was developing, but during the race I felt fine, at least as far as my knee was concerned. My time was 21:48, which is maybe 15-30 seconds slower than I have been running lately, but I won my age group and the trophies were really great! My good buddy Michele Hoheiser, that speedy and loquacious Lolita from Long Island, surprised me by finishing just 1 second behind me and finished as 3rd female overall. I have a feeling that next time I’ll be chasing her. The overall top 3 as well as the Masters winners received really nice plaques instead of trophies.
With the race beginning at 9:30 at night and about 75 miles from home, I ended up getting in bed at 2 o’clock in the morning, knowing that I had to get up and meet a couple of friends to run an 18-mile long run at 6:30 on Sunday morning. I didn’t have any problem making it to the Sunday morning run, but a few miles into the run the knee pain that had bothered me a few days earlier came back and over about the next 5 miles I would be in pain for a while then it would get better, then it would happen again. At about 11 miles I had had enough and had to call Linda to come pick me up. As I write this it’s Thursday evening and I’ve already made the decision not to run a race this weekend, and it will be the first time I’ve missed a race because of an injury. Hopefully it will just be a temporary setback and I can get back on the road in the next week or so.
Click Here for Race Results (Partial list of age group winners only. If you know where a link can be found with full results please let me know.)
Race Rating:
1 – 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)
3 – 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)
8 – 1-10 Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
9 – 1-10 Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
5 – 1-10 Entertainment (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
10 – 0-10 Age Groups (10 if 5-year groups; 0 if 10-year groups)
0 – 0/5 Indoor Shelter from Elements (0 if none; 5 if provided)
5 – 1-10 Bathroom Facilities
10 – 0-10 Other (Gave $500 back to runners in drawing — I won $50)
TOTAL – 89
The race director, Robert Murray, sent me the following information including full results and age group winners a week or so after the race…
Light rain and somewhat cooler temperatures greeted a record number of runners at the 16th annual Athletic Quilt Streetlight 5K last Friday in Morganton.
The twilight race drew 393 registered runners with 373 finishers.
Matthew Elliott of Green Sea, S.C., led one of the most competitive fields in years across the line in a blistering 15 minutes, 38 seconds. Close behind Elliott was 20-year-old Justin Gragg of Lenoir (15:47).
Former Freedom High and UNC Charlotte standout Josh Baker rounded back into shape with a third-place overall finish and a time of 15:51.
Another former Freedom High runner led the ladies across the finish. Erin McKee, who now resides in Durham, destroyed the field by almost two minutes, with a time of 19:39 in the 3.1 mile race.
Melissa Darling of Granite Falls (21:34) and Michelle Hoheiser of Lincolnton (21:49) placed second and third respectively in the women’s race.
The masters division, consisting of participants age 40 and over, was won by Jeff Larson. The Connelly Springs resident ran a speedy 17:46 to win the group by nearly one minute.
George Patterson of Kings Mountain (18.44) and Bob Heck of Charlotte (19:01) went second and third.
Angi Hendley of Marion (22:34) slipped past Morganton’s Donna Thackwray (22:55) to win the female masters.
Adam Freudenthal of Spartanburg, S.C., ran a time of 15:58 to break the previous record in the 19-24 age male group.
The race also saw its first ever contestant over 80, as Dawson Hunter of Black Mountain finished with a time of 40:00 at age 81.
16th annual Athletic Quilt Streetlight 5K
Friday, July 16, 2010
Morganton, NC
Male overall
Matthew Elliott 15:38
Justin Gragg 15:47
Josh Baker 15:51
Male masters
Jeff Carson 17:46
George Patterson 18:44
Robert Heck 19:01
Male 11 and under
Kaleb McKinney 22.30
Seth Warren 24:59
Caleb Lutjens 26:14
Male 12-14
Luke Lowry 19:53
Eric Gilbert 20:15
Ben Pleasant 20:22
Male 15-18
Travis Franklin 16:51
Alex Griggs 17:17
Zach Millsaps 17:27
Male 19-24
Adam Freudenthal 15:58
Matt Trivette 16:16
Zack McKee 16:40
Male 25-29
Alejandro Arreola 16:54
Jonathan Dameron 17:39
Michael Settlemyre 19:28
Male 30-34
Jonathan Thacker 17:52
Joe Cornwell 18:36
Derek Reinhardt 18:56
Male 35-39
Mike Lawson 17:34
Bryan Jones 21:35
Dan Briggs 21:59
Male 40-44
Jerry Custo 19:32
Scott Mosteller 21:01
Allen Alfare 21:07
Male 45-49
Richard Lilly 19:40
Richard Vance 21:09
Tim Summers 21:39
Male 50-54
Charles Thomas 20:22
Stanly Stewart 21:17
Gary Moore 22:52
Male 55-59
Richard Hefner 21:48
Daryl Simpson 22:17
Fred Carpenter 24:03
Male 60-64
Chuck Bayles 20:48
Bubba Anthony 21:10
Jerry Sofley 22:27
Male 65-69
Bill Fitch 22:15
Will Cooper 31:07
Male 70 and over
Harold Blankenship 27:25
Lester Copeland 27:44
David Whitaker 34:19
Female overall
Erin McKee 19:39
Melissa Darling 21:34
Michelle Hoheiser 21:49
Female masters
Angi Hendley 22:34
Donna Thackwray 22:55
Angie Burn 24:33
Female 11 and under
Chloe Fountain 29:12
Lanie Bumgarner 34:45
Tyler Johncock 35:02
Female 12-14
Allie Castro 22:45
Morgan Ellis 22:53
Neely Hallman 23:08
Female 15-19
Kady Braswell 22:35
Courtney Hull 22:37
Sarah Lowry 23:31
Female 19-24
Jessie Morrison 23:23
Hannah Simpson 25:28
Laura Kisselberg 27:57
Female 25-29
Ingrid Anthony 25:32
Emily Rhoney 28:09
Sara Smith 30:16
Female 30-34
Mitzi Triplett 22:50
Stacy McKinney 25:13
Kate Harrington 25:58
Female 35-39 
Kim Oates 23:32
Jennifer Martin 26:12
Dawn Hershenson 26:18
Female 40-44
Shirley Yancey 26:00
Kelle Huffman 26:51
Shannon Burel 27:23
Female 45-49
Sherry Morrison 25:01
Elizabeth Parson 25:42
Stephanie Hammett 29:27
Female 50-54
Kathy Smith 25:18
Bubbi Siefert 25:34
Pam Jolley 27:55
Female 55-59
Linda Hefner 34:51
Anne Teague 40:46
Female 60-64
Joyce Pharr 29:13
Kinda Beane 38:37
Overall Results
1 Matthew Elliott 15.38
2 Justin Gragg 15.47
3 Josh Baker 15.51
4 Adam Freudenthal 15.58
5 Matt Trivette 16.16
6 Zack McKee 16.4
7 Travis Franklin 16.51
8 Alejandro Arreala 16.54
9 Alex Griggs 17.17
10 Zach Millsaps 17.27
11 Noah Green 17.31
12 Mike Lansen 17.34
13 Jonathan Dameron17.39
14 Jeffrey Carson 17.46
15 Benjamin Lowry 17.49
16 Jonathan Thacker 17.52
17 Landon Minton 17.53
18 Jonathan Sharp 18.03
19 Jake Warren 18.06
20 Hunter Townsend 18.32
21 Cameron Witherspoon 18.34
22 Joe Cornwell 18.36
23 German Perez 18.39
24 George Patterson 18.44
25 Derek Reinhardt 18.56
26 Zeb King 18.59
27 Jonathan Williams 18.59
28 Robert Heck 19.01
29 Richard Bilhorn 19.04
30 Mike Darling 19.07
31 McClain Stoneburner 19.10
32 Joshua Mosteller 19.19
33 Dwight Winters 19.22
34 Justin Boyd 19.23
35 Michael Settlemyre 19.28
36 Jerry Castro 19.32
37 Erin McKee 19.39
38 Richard Lilly 19.40
39 Colin Burton 19.50
40 Luke Lowry 19.53
41 Justin Kuhn 19.56
42 Ben Godfrey 20.03
43 Kevin Holder 20.03
44 Galen Keene 20.04
45 Nathan Thacker 20.05
46 Zachary Arensman 20.10
47 Travis Byers 20.11
48 Eric Gilbert 20.25
49 Anthony Felkins 20.20
50 Charles Thomas 20.22
51 Ben Pleasant 20.22
52 Bo Rutkowski 20.24
53 Zachary Wesson 20.28
54 Zachary Shuping 20.29
55 Austin Winters 20.30
56 Brian Rider 20.30
57 Robert Lyday 20.40
58 Chuck Bayles 20.43
59 Brett Hilton 21.01
60 John-Elam Foust 21.01
61 Scott Mosteller 21.02
62 Jake Ford 21.03
63 Allen Alfaro 21.07
64 Richard Vance 21.09
65 Bubba Anthony 21.10
66 Trenton Burnette 21.15
67 Stanly Stewart 21.17
68 Jeff Kenst 21.20
69 Melissa Darling 21.34
70 Bryan Jones 21.35
71 Tim Summers 21.39
72 Kasey Hernandez 21.40
73 Richard Hefner 21.48
74 Matthew Lowry 21.49
75 Michele Hoheiser 21.49
76 Scot Hayward 21.52
77 San Briggs 21.59
78 McCartney Barrier 22.07
79 Matt Bradshaw 22.09
80 Mark Stinson 22.10
81 Grant Barnette 22.12
82 Bill Fitch 22.15
83 Daryl Simpson 22.17
84 Josh Folan 22.18
85 Byron Wesson 22.20
86 Jerry Sofley 22.27
87 Jessie Supernor 22.29
88 Kaleb McKinney 22.30
89 Tres McNeil 22.31
90 Angi Hendley 22.34
91 Kady Braswell 22.35
92 Courtney Hall 22.37
93 Dylan Dessecker 22.43
94 Allie Castro 22.45
95 Mitzi Triplett 22.50
96 Gary Moore 22.52
97 Morgan Ellis 22.53
98 Donna Thackwray 22.58
99 Drake Johncock 22.59
100 Austin Jones 23.00
101 Tyler Henry 23.00
102 Neely Hallman 23.08
103 David Mitchell 23.17
104 Graham Fleming 23.22
105 Jessie Morrison 23.23
106 Stephen Horan 23.23
107 Lee Johnson 23.3
108 Sarah Lowry 23.3
109 Kim Oates 23.32
110 Ashton Creech 23.32
111 Chris Lineberger 23.25
112 Joseph Pless 23.39
113 Kaleb Feeback 23.4
114 Tom Perry 23.52
115 Hannah Arensman 23.52
116 Ian Troutman 23.53
117 William Matthew McNeill 23.54
118 Frank Cooper 23.57
119 Dave Erchman 24.02
120 Fred Carpenter 24.03
121 Luke Shely 24.04
122 Collin Foster 24.05
123 Brenneman Thompson 24.06
124 Logan Ruppard 24.06
125 Grayson Barnette 24.07
126 Hannah Bolick 24.08
127 Cody Burel 24.12
128 Bruce Caldwell 24.13
129 Taylor Whisenant 24.14
130 Andrew Call 24.14
131 Amelia Bruce 24.15
132 Colt Chester 24.19
133 Grant Medlock 24.2
134 Mike Wilson 24.25
135 Ben Lineberger 24.27
136 Lee Starnes 24.28
137 Gabe Ellis 24.28
138 Angie Burn 24.33
139 Bradley Baldwin 24.34
140 Brooke Anderson 24.36
141 Zane Millsaps 24.43
142 Jason White 24.44
143 William McNeill 24.44
144 John Zimmerman 24.46
145 Rodney Sprinkle 24.47
146 Ty Stephenson 24.53
147 Michael Flicker 24.55
148 Garret Linquist 24.56
149 Mark Brooks 24.56
150 Seth Warren 24.59
151 Sherry Morrison 25.01
152 Keith Ruppard 25.03
153 Joe Hord 25.06
154 Daniel Gardner 25.08
155 John Gibbs 25.1
156 SR Evans 25.11
157 Adam Lineberger 25.12
158 Stacy McKinney 25.13
159 Brittany Porter 25.14
160 Phillip Gardner 25.14
161 Kathy Smith 25.18
162 James Wachsmuth 25.19
163 CJ McPherson 25.24
164 Alexis Mitchell 25.27
165 Hannah Simpson 25.28
166 Ingrid Anthony 25.32
167 Bobby Siefert 25.34
168 Michael Bingham 25.41
169 Elizabeth Parson 25.42
170 EllenSchilkowsky 25.43
171 Gary Coonse 25.44
172 Rodney Poston 25.57
173 Kate Harrington 25.58
174 Shirley Yancey 26
175 Charles Hall 26.09
176 Joshua Lowry 26.11
177 Jennifer Martin 26.12
178 Jason Ekkus 26.13
179 Caleb Lutjens 26.14
180 Michael Gonzalez 26.17
181 Dawn Hershenson 26.18
182 Monte Cable 26.18
183 Logan Winstead 26.19
184 Couby Stilwell 26.22
185 Junior Lain 26.22
186 Steve White 26.25
187 Mike White 26.26
188 Scott Whitmire 26.29
189 Richard McNeil 26.3
190 Steven Hice 26.37
191 Stan Winstead 26.46
192 Kelle Huffman 26.51
193 Tyler Turner 26.53
194 Steve Corder 26.53
195 Cassidy Mull 27.02
196 Dave Johnson 27.07
197 Mary Jessamine Michaels 27.09
198 Paul Haarala 27.09
199 Trevor Propst 27.1
200 Davis Biggerstaff 37.15
201 Lacey Warren 27.16
202 Tanner Melton 27.17
203 Will Copeland 27.17
204 Thomas Townsend 27.29
205 Zachary White 27.2
206 Caleb Craig 27.22
207 ShannonBurel 27.23
208 Harold Blankenship 27.25
209 Robin Bowen 27.3
210 David Lowry 27.32
211 Deana Barrier 27.32
212 Shane Hamby 27.34
213 Emily Harris 27.35
214 Steve Connor 27.35
215 Jon White 27.37
216 Ray Burnette 27.38
217 Jason Peidl 27.4
218 Lester Copeland 27.44
219 Pam Jolley 27.55
220 Johnathon Kersey 27.55
221 Nicole Brittain 27.56
222 Bailey Ragle 27.56
223 Sheri Dale 27.57
224 Laura Kisselburg 27.57
225 Madison Smith 27.58
226 Jacob Pratt 27.59
227 Neil Farris 28.02
228 Emily Rhoney 28.04
229 Hannah Corde 28.1
230 Kathy Robb-Williams 28.12
231 Scott Dagenhardt 28.19
232 Brian Rhoney 28.2
233 Jeff Hilton 28.32
234 Joshua Coates 28.42
235 Henry Warlick 28.47
236 Anna Ollis 28.52
237 Tony Daugherty 28.55
238 Unknown Runner 28.56
239 Donna Cope 29.09
240 Tracy Cooper 29.1
241 Wade Brittain 29.11
242 Andrew Robinson 29.12
243 Chloe Fountain 29.12
244 Joyce Pharr 29.13
245 Ellen Fountain 29.15
246 Ryan Farris 29.16
247 Caleb Hart 29.17
248 Cameron Connor 29.19
249 Stephanie Hammett 29.27
250 Karen Connor 29.31
251 Lisa Heller 29.33
252 Sydney Tomblin 29.33
253 Lisa Warren 29.36
254 Mason Streppa 29.38
255 Melissa Streppa 29.44
256 Mike Carpenter 29.45
257 Amy Evans 29.5
258 Amber Queen 29.5
259 Ernest Mitchell 29.52
260 William Pleasant 29.54
261 William Mitchell 29.54
262 Lori Whitmire 29.56
263 Jamie Minton 29.57
264 Wayne Burns 30.01
265 Chad Bolick 30.01
266 Donna Burns 30.02
267 Dawn Barnette 30.07
268 Kirsten Blanton 30.08
269 Sara Smith 30.16
270 Keith Clontz 30.18
271 Sara Poovey 30.19
272 Brooke Wilson 30.19
273 Michael Cope 30.21
274 Laura Wesson 30.38
275 Susan Bumgarner 30.43
276 Steve Bumgarner 30.47
277 Stephen Lyday 30.47
278 Amanda Berry 30.54
279 Christy Fleming 31.01
280 Bobbie Hilton 31.02
281 Will Cooper 31.07
282 Jennifer Lyday 31.11
283 Kerri Whitener 31.17
284 Madelyn Cockrell 31.18
285 April Hirons 31.2
286 Ashleigh Cox 31.21
287 Eleni Zenteno 31.25
288 Angela Myers 31.25
289 Margaret Ward 31.24
290 Amanda Bowen 31.27
291 Jessica Minton-Coble 31.32
292 Taylor Rios 31.34
293 Jamie Linquist 31.42
294 Sherri Russell 31.52
295 Arielle Lancaster 32.04
296 Ben Lancaster 32.12
297 Mary Simpson 32.14
298 Vicki Bradshaw 32.14
299 Stormi Bingham 32.23
300 Amanda Powell 32.39
301 Michael McBride 32.29
302 Roxanne Stiles 32.34
303 Joseph Martin 32.35
304 Chester Ragland 32.38
305 Angela Proffit 32.55
306 Bobbi Williamson 33.02
307 Rebecca Winkler 33.05
308 Alex Brown 33.08
309 Nick Cunningham 33.09
310 33.11
311 Kati Lockhart 33.13
312 33.16
313 Lonnie Porter 33.17
314 Tabetha Faught 33.34
315 Dana Ledbetter 33.4
316 Anne Gonzalez 33.42
317 Alex Pleasant 34.03
318 Shannon Pleasant 34.08
319 Brandi Bumgarner 34.09
320 David Whitaker 34.19
321 David Lowman 34.26
322 Melissa Bowman 34.27
323 Diana Caldwell 34.27
324 Kelsey Turnmire 34.28
325 Casey Caldwell 34.45
326 Lanie Bumgarner 34.48
327 Linda Hefner 34.51
328 Tyler Johncock 35.02
329 Reba Martin 35.03
330 Sydney Clawson 35.11
331 Jason Ledbetter 35.11
332 Mike Rutkowski 35.37
333 Tatum Rutkowski 35.54
334 Sydney Lockhart 35.54
335 Rick Moore 35.55
336 James Hart 35.57
337 36.1
338 Deanna Rios 36.2
339 Walter Pharr 36.37
340 Jerry White 37.08
341 Annette Ramsey 37.32
342 Luke Fountain 37.55
343 Robin Lail 38.03
344 Tracy Stilwell 38.21
345 Angela Porch 38.22
346 Hal Hershenson 38.24
347 Micah Hershenson 38.24
348 Danny Seagle 38.24
349 Loinda Beane 38.37
350 Kade Clawson 38.41
351 Shawn Beane 38.42
352 Shannon Horan 38.42
353 Ashley Hart 39.04
354 Ginger Biggerstaff 39.04
355 Pam Plemons 39.04
356 Juliet Horan 39.06
357 Don McMahill 30.09
358 Lisa Goersch 39.12
359 Susan Bruce 38.36
360 Shirley Hilton 39.44
361 Kelly Sizemore 39.59
362 Dawson Hunter 40
363 Anne Teague 40.46
364 Sydnor Thompson 41.51
365 Lucy Lutjens 42.09
366 Chuck Hensley 43.24
367 Jerry Neill 43.24
368 Caroline Foster 45.4
369 Corey Martin 45.52
370 Christian Ragle 46.02
371 Heidi Minton 46.3
372 Agnes Dillingham 46.32
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