Race #402 – Spencer Mountain 10k/5k – Gastonia, NC – 11/04/17

This is one of the races I look forward to every fall, partly because of the near legendary hill you have to climb to the finish but also because it’s just up the road about 3 miles from my house. It’s actually in the town of Ranlo, which is just outside Gastonia.

The “Spencer Mountain 10-Miler” seemed to me to be one of the most iconic races around and I remember hearing about it long before I ever became a runner in 2008. During last year’s 10-miler there was an unfortunate accident where one of the runners was hit by a car and severely injured, which resulted in a decision to discontinue the 10-miler and replace it was a 10k instead that would go in the same direction as the 5k and would be much more manageable in terms of traffic control.

It’s too bad that this race is dwindling in popularity. This year there were only 40 finishers in the 10k and another 59 in the 5k, for a total of 99 runners. The first year I ran it back in 2009 there were a total of 287 finishers. There are too many races these days to choose from so a race needs to do something to stand out from the crowd and unfortunately this one seems like it’s on autopilot. Better post-race food, better awards, and a person with a camera who can produce some race photos would possibly give it a boost.

I ran the 10k and for me personally I liked the course. It was out-and-back for what used to be the last 5k of the 10-mile course, and even though it was the part with the most hills it was also the most scenic part of the race. The big hill is still part of the course, but at least you get to go down it on the way out so it kind of evens things out a little.

I was happy with my finishing time of 47:33, which was 7th overall, and managed to squeak by Andrew Cook so once again we are tied for second place in the Gaston County YMCA series with 582 points each. There are only two races left in the series, and while neither of us has a chance to catch speedy Jimmy Glover unless he happens not to show up (unlikely), it’ll be fun to see how things turn out between me and Andrew. He pointed out to me that the next race in the series is a much bigger race (about 1,200 runners) so it’s likely that we’ll have a larger gap between us then. He also told me he’s coming back a day early from his vacation in Arizona so he can be back in time for the race, so he’s serious! Unfortunately the trophies for 2nd and 3rd place are virtually the same (wish they’d change that) so all either of us will get for 2nd place will be bragging rights, but it’s fun to have that extra element of friendly competition.

Race Number:  402

Race Name:  Spencer Mountain 10k & 5k

Location:  Ranlo, North Carolina  (Just outside Gastonia)

Date:  November 4, 2017

Race Rating:  79

Winners (Top 20):

 

Course:  Out-and-back course on rural mountain road with lots of ups and downs. First and last mile of the course is flat.

 

Elevation:

 

Weather at Start:  Unseasonably warm, sunny, 64 degrees, 88% humidity (Probably the last warm race of the year!)

 

Click Here for Race Results

 

 

My Stats:

Time:  47:33
Pace:  7:40
Age Group:  1 of 2
Overall:  7 of 40
Average Heart Rate:  165
Maximum Heart Race:  172
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  36:57 (72.31%)

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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
0 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
6 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
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)
0 – Top Overall M/F: (0)none or first only (2)top 3 or better
0 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no (2)yes
3 – Grand Masters Category (50+): (0)no (3)yes
0 – Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no (5)yes

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

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

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

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

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

TOTAL:  79

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Race #277 – Spencer Mountain 5k – Ranlo, NC – 11/08/14

I was planning to run the 10-miler at one of my favorite Gaston County races but after missing the previous weekend’s races because of having a cold I decided to not overdo it and run the 5k instead. That was probably a good decision, although not as good of a decision as avoiding racing altogether and taking another recovery week as I managed to run my slowest 5k of 2014 at 22:56. I’d like to blame it on the hills but it was actually pretty flat except for a short stretch a quarter of a mile or so down Spencer Mountain and back up.

There were some bright spots, most notably professional quality photographs taken by Matthew Gregory (I think he’s part owner of the running store in Belmont but I’m not positive). Either way, he’s apparently got a great DSLR camera and knows how to use it and took fantastic hi-res photos and posted them on Flickr for free. That’s a huge perk for a race, especially since race photographers tend to charge outrageous prices for their photos. There were photos of virtually every runner in the race and multiple photos of many runners. It would be great to have pics like this every year and over time it would probably make the race more popular than ever.

Here’s a photo of me taken by Matthew Gregory. I sized this one to be viewed
on the blog. The original is huge! Many of the other photos look better than mine of course
(the person in the photo does make a difference).

This is a well established race but still not too big (131 finishers in the 5k and 96 finishers in the 10-miler). I suspect a lot of folks are scared away from the challenge that the 10-mile race presents. It’s famous for the huge hill in the ninth mile and there are also a couple other major hills before you reach that one as you’re going to the small town of Spencer Mountain, but the first 5 miles of the race are actually flat so it’s not as bad as some people might think, and it’s a beautiful race in the autumn.

Here’s speedy Matt Longworth winning the 10-miler!
(I actually took this photo with the camera on my phone)

Click Here for Race Results

Click Here for Race Photos on Flickr

Click Here for Race Photos on the YMCA Facebook Page (214 pics)

Charlotte running friend (and faithful reader of my blog) Aaron Chan had a great race.


My Stats:

Time:  22:56
Pace:  7:07 (the race was a little long, measured by my Garmin at 3.25 miles)
Age Group:  1 of  4
Overall:  10 of  131 (7.6)
Average Heart Rate:  168
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:07 (71.18%)

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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!
2 – Certified Course: (0)no  (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no  (2)yes (a little long is okay… 3.25 miles)
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
0 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no  (2)yes
0 – Grand Masters Category (50+):  (0)no  (3)yes
0 – Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no  (5)yes

AWARDS
2 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent
0 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0)no  (2)yes   (5-9)fabulous door prizes!
3* – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no  (3)yes  (5)really cool medals
    *Medals for finishers of 10-mile race

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

REST ROOMS
2 – Porta Potties:  (0)no  (1)limited, long lines  (2)plentiful (only a couple needed)
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
5 – Professional Photography: (0)no  (5)yes
5 – Prices: (0)expensive  (2)reasonable  (5)cheap!  (FREE!)
5 – 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
2 – Part of race series or Grand Prix:  (0)no  (2)yes (YMCA Race Series)
0 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no   (2)yes
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  95

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Race #235 – Spencer Mountain 10-Miler – Gastonia, NC – 11/09/13

I would always prefer sleeping in on a cold Saturday morning, but the Spencer Mountain 10-Miler is kind of a special race. I’m not really sure why. Maybe it’s the challenging hills in the last half, or the fact that it’s only about 3 miles from my house, or maybe it because a lot of my running friends from nearby are there as well as other friends who drive from quite a distance to get here, or maybe it’s just a combination of all of that. Whatever the reason, it’s a race that I’ll get out in the cold and run, guy-who-hates-cold-weather that I am.

I arrived at Warlick School, the site of the start and finish line, about 45 minutes before the start of the race, plenty early enough to get in the school gym to pick up my shirt and talk to friends, but not quite early enough to get in the school bus parking lot so I ended up parking in the big field, which is an issue if it’s muddy but since it doesn’t rain anymore it was perfectly dry.

The 5k and the 10-miler start simultaneously but in different directions, and this is the only race I know that does that. I’ve never run the 5k, but from what I’ve heard it’s flat and fast, and people tend to run fast times in the 5k. One of my friends, 57-year-old Bill Weimer, ran his fastest 5k (22:16) in 30 years at today’s race, and several other friends ran their fastest 5k times of the year.

The 10-miler is a little bit of a different story. It starts out virtually flat for the first 5 miles, but after that it’s a roller coaster, with several huge hills including the final one that goes straight up for a half mile back into the town of Ranlo.

I’ve been feeling really good lately and had high hopes that I might be able to beat my fastest time here, which was 1:12:30 in 2009. To say the race start was anti-climactic is an understatement. I didn’t hear a thing but all of a sudden everybody started running and we were off. I carried on bits of conversation in the first mile with a variety of runners. Stephen Phillips said he planned on sticking with me then beating me at the end, but apparently he changed his mind and drifted a little ways behind. I came upon Bryan Allf and Fred Levy, who had both run the New York City Marathon last weekend, and they were both more in recovery mode than race mode. We talked just a little and Bryan asked me if I was using the heart rate method to run, and I of course replied that I was. He was the one who first gave me the idea to run by my heart rate about four years ago and I’ve done it ever since. I ran on up ahead and saw Ransel Wildes, who sometimes joins the Gaston County Runners for speed work, and we talked and ran together for a short while before I ran up a little ahead and caught up with GCR buddy Chris Baucom and ran next to him for a little bit. He wasn’t in a talking mood and had told me before the race that his training had been off lately. Little by little I drifted ahead of Chris, knowing that all of the guys I had passed were aware of my tendency to walk on the hills, and I figured (as did they) that they would all be back to haunt me before the end of the race.

Feeling remarkably well, I managed to bank a little bit of time by running a sub-7 minute pace for each of the first four miles. After that the hills started, and I took a short walk break of about 20 seconds on one of the first hills. I kind of kicked myself, remembering what Chris Baucom said about trying not to walk because when he does it once it becomes easy to do it again. I knew that not only Chris but the others I had passed earlier in the race were all close behind and I told myself I wouldn’t walk again in the race unless I absolutely had to. There were several more big hills that followed, and as I climbed each one I reminded myself that I would try to keep running. It worked, and even on the famous last hill in the 8th mile, which I had never run without taking several walk breaks, I slowed my pace and plugged away at it and managed a pace of 8:11. Just before the 8-mile marker that was part of the way up the hill, another GCR friend, Bernhard Heulmanns, who always runs a negative split, passed me. I wasn’t surprised that he caught up with me, but usually he leaves me completely behind. This time, since I was determined to keep running, I was able to stay pretty close behind him, and when we finally reached the top of the hill I was fairly close. He told me later that his last mile was his fastest of the race. I managed a pace of 7:06 for the 9th mile and 6:56 for the 10th mile but it wasn’t enough to catch him. I finished 16 seconds behind Bernhard but was happy I was able to stay fairly close behind for the last 2 miles.

As I approached the finish line there was a fairly large crowd of maybe a couple hundred people cheering on the finishers. I heard the announcer call out Bernhard’s name. The next thing I heard from the PA system was “Here comes the first female finisher.” I didn’t look around but I figured she must be pretty close behind me. I stepped up my pace as much as I could, which wasn’t a lot considering I was already at full steam. There were a lot of cheers and happy faces as I rounded the corner to the finish line. I figured they probably thought it was kind of cool that somebody my age had run so well. Turns out they were laughing about the announcer mistaking me for a female, so there wasn’t actually a girl approaching — it was just me. The next runner was over a minute behind me.

Just so nobody has to use their imagination, Bill Weimer captured this picture of me approaching the finish line. I don’t know. Maybe it was the tights, or maybe the long hair, which you actually couldn’t even see for the hat but somebody said it was hanging out the back.

Anyhoo, everybody had a good laugh and it makes a pretty good story, so no big deal.

I was much more concerned with finishing the race at a respectable time, which I did, with a time of 1:10:50, about a minute and a half faster than I had run my previous PR at Spencer Mountain back in 2009.

A couple minutes later Chris, Ransel, and a pack of four or five other runners all arrived at about the same time. Chris came over and looked kind of incredulous and said “What was that??” He was surprised, as was I, that I was able to finish strong without imploding on the final big hill. I don’t know really, but lately I’ve been running my best race times since 2011, which was my fastest season ever. I’ll just try to appreciate it while it lasts.

I finished 16th overall, which I’m really happy with, but I wanted to mention that up in the very front of the pack was one of our very own Gaston County Runners, Matt Longworth, who not only won the race but managed to win it by more than 5 full minutes over speedy Michael McWhirter, who came in second. Matt is new to the local racing scene but is quickly making his presence known.

Click Here for Race Results (10 Miler)

Click Here for Race Results (5k)

My Stats:

Time:  1:10:50
Pace:  7:05
Age Group:  1st
Overall:  16th of  115
Average Heart Rate:  168
Maximum Heart Race:  175 (had a high misreading in the first mile)
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  56:38  (78.36%)

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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
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)mediocre  (2)not bad  (5)very good  (7)spectacular!
0 – Certified Course: (0)no  (2) yes
0 – Correct Distance: (0)no  (2)yes (possibly 1/10 mile short)
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)
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
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!
3 – 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)
5 – Entertainment:  (0)no  (1-9)yes
2 – Finisher times posted after race:  (0)no  (2)yes

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

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

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

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

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

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:  81
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Race #196 – Spencer Mountain 10-Miler – Gaston County, NC – 11/10/12

Even though this race is only a couple miles from where I live, this was only the second time I have run it. Honestly, I had kind of avoided it over the last couple years since they had 10-year age groups and as I was approaching 60 I didn’t like being stuck competing in an age group with people who were as much as nine years younger than me. There’s a huge difference in being 50 years old and being 59 years old, whether you’re a runner or not, but especially in age group competition. This year the race organizers changed it to 5-year age groups, which to me is a great improvement. I’m 60 now so I would have been at the bottom of the 60-69 age group, but I don’t really take any pleasure in beating up on a 69-year-old either, and if you’re 69 you most likely don’t want to have to worry about the 60-year-olds, so it should be a welcome improvement for anybody who cares about age-group competition.

I don’t know the history of every race in Gaston County, but the Spencer Mountain 10-Miler is possibly the most established race in the county and is a well respected race in this region. The nearly mile-long hill that starts around the 8-mile mark is one of the most formidable climbs around, as far as local road races go, and it can be a daunting task to climb it after having already run 8 hard miles.

Fortunately, the first 5 miles of the race are pretty flat so you’re good and warmed up by the time you approach the rolling hills that precede the big one. Several of the warm-up hills are tough in their own right, and some of the downhills are too steep to really benefit from as well. As always, I wore my heart rate monitor with the intention of building my heart rate up to my cruising range, which is about 165 beats per minute, and stay in the range of around 165-168 throughout the race. To my surprise, I looked at my watch at the 2-mile mark in the race and my heart rate was already up to 175. That’s not only way higher than my cruising range, but it’s about my limit in the last mile of a race most of the time. A heart rate of 175 only 2 miles into the race would ordinarily set me up to be sitting on the sidelines waiting for the sag wagon (if there is one) about halfway through the race.

Lately I’ve had some health issues including a pulled hamstring and piriformis syndrome. I won’t even mention the sore piggy that went to market and promptly got run over by a shopping cart. A bigger issue of late has been the diagnosis of acute bronchitis and asthma. I actually seem to be getting used to the asthma and a lot of coughing that goes along with it, and it’s improved quite a bit with the medications, but some combination of medication left me with a prostate the size of a catcher’s mitt, so after a couple days last week of thinking about my mortality I once again ended up at the doctor’s office for another bout of medication juggling. I seem to be back on the right track now and feel relatively fine, but the whole point I’m trying to make is that I think this new medication regimen has affected my normal heart rate so it’s now 10 beats or so higher than it normally would be in a race.

As I ran along at the 2-mile mark I considered my abnormal heart rate for a couple of minutes and had to make a quick decision about how I should run the race. I didn’t even consider stopping but I did think about slowing down so my heart rate would return to normal. I felt fine with the 175 heart rate so I decided to try to stay between 170-175 as long as I felt okay. I did consider the possibility that getting up over 180 might kill me (not likely but there’s always the possibility) so I didn’t want to overdo it.

In the end I won my age group but was about 5 minutes slower than when I ran this race three years ago. I’m  not elated about being slower but I’m three years older and not quite as healthy and maybe not training quite as seriously as I did back then so I’m not surprised or terribly disappointed. My fastest days are behind me now but I’m just happy that I’m still running and hope I can keep it up regardless of whether it’s fast or slow.

There were some issues with the timing system. Some of the Gaston County organizations (YMCA, etc.) got together and purchased their own system to use instead of paying timing companies and this was only the second time they’ve used it, so there were some resultant problems. I’m really glad to see Gaston County make that kind of an investment though so I have no complaints, but then again I’m not one whose time was missed. I believe that over time it’ll help our community have a more active racing scene and I’m all for that!

Click Here for the 10-mile Race Results
Click Here for the 5k Race Results

Click Here for 591 FREE Photos on PhotoBucket (Courtesy of Brian Trotter)

My Stats:

Time:  1:16:55
Pace:  7:45
Age Group:  1 of  8
Overall:  30 of  136
Average Heart Rate:  172
Maximum Heart Race:  181
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:02:04 (71:5%)

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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)
2 – Water Stops: (0)none  (2)normal  (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
0 – Course Marking:  (0)bad  (1)good (1 turn unmarked… other runner knew course)
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!
0 – Certified Course: (0)no  (2) yes
0 – Correct Distance: (0)no  (2)yes  (.06 miles short on my GPS)
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
0 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less) (2 deep)
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
0 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0)no  (2)yes   (3)fabulous door prizes!
3 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no  (3)yes  (5)really cool medals

POST RACE
3 – Food for Race Participants: (0)none  (1)some  (3)adequate  (7)a feast!
0 – Entertainment:  (0)no  (1)yes
0 – Finisher times posted after race:  (0)no  (1)yes

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

T-SHIRTS
2 – T-Shirts: (0)no  (2)yes
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
0 – Prices: (0)expensive  (2)reasonable  (5)cheap!
5 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.):  (0)no  (2)yes  (5) lots of free pics!

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

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

OTHER
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:  65

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Race #62 – Spencer Mountain 10-Miler – Gastonia, NC – 11/14/09

The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful for the annual Spencer Mountain 10-Miler, a race I’ve heard referred to as “The Southeast’s Toughest 10-Miler.” I can’t say whether that’s true or not, but there are definitely some mean hills out there. The race begins and ends at Warlick Elementary School in the town of Ranlo (just east of Gastonia), travels up a couple miles through Lowell, and then down into the tiny town of Spencer Mountain. It’s surprisingly hilly for Gaston County, and coming back up the hill to Ranlo from Spencer Mountain at around the seventh mile of the race is the dreaded hill that this race is famous for. It’s a doozy, no doubt, but I threw in a couple of 20-second walks along the way and it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it might be.
We just live about 3 miles from where the race started (Linda taught at the middle school in Lowell for 30 years before retiring) but we really don’t get down around the town of Spencer Mountain very often. Although the hardest part of the race was the hills, that fact was lost a little in the beauty of the area in autumn, and it almost seemed like we were running in the North Carolina mountains instead of the Piedmont.
By the way, there was also a 5k Spencer Mountain race and my wife Linda placed 3rd in the 50-59 women’s division and had an all-time PR. We’re really starting to see some improvement in her running lately since her shin splint problems have disappeared. This is a woman who I was married to for 30 years before I ever saw her run, and since she began running 14 months ago she has run about 50 races.
I went into this race having never done a 10-mile race before and I didn’t bother to work the number out in my head as far as what to expect for a finishing time. I suppose (or I hope) I’ll eventually learn to pace myself, but up until now it works out for me to just get out there and run, no matter what the distance, and when I cross the finish line I stop running. Not too scientific, I know, but that seems to work pretty well at the moment. It does seem my pace is smoothing out a little on its own. I ran the first 4 miles all at a pace of under 7 minutes, then the next 3 about a minute slower. The 8th mile — the one with the big hill — was my slowest at 8:04, and I was able to turn it up a little in the last 2 miles.
  • Mile 1 – 6:39
  • Mile 2 – 6:41
  • Mile 3 – 6:59
  • Mile 4 – 6:58
  • Mile 5 – 7:34
  • Mile 6 – 7:34
  • Mile 7 – 7:50
  • Mile 8 – 8:04
  • Mile 9 – 7:27
  • Mile 10 – 6:58
My final time was 1:12:30 (pace 7:15), which was 3rd place (of 23 runners) in the 50-59 age group. Which brings me to my big beef about this race. It’s a big deal for age group competitors (like me) to compete in our own age groups. There is a standard of 5-year age groups that is used in most road races. I’m 57 and I compete in the 55-59 age group. I shouldn’t have to compete in a different age group and the other age groups shouldn’t have to compete against me. I know there’s no official rule but the fact is, there is an accepted standard of 5-year age groups, and race directors should realize this and go by that standard. We’re not talking about a huge amount of money, and I believe that over time any extra cost would be offset by having more runners compete because of having a better chance at placing in their division.
Anyhoo, other than that minor annoyance it was a great race. I love the T-shirts for this one: a bright green pre-shrunk long-sleeved Hanes “Beefy T” with one of the coolest designs I’ve seen on a shirt all year.
The awards were medals, which is always good, although for some reason the race directors didn’t receive the women’s awards from the manufacturer in time for the race. They did promise to mail them, though, and they acknowledged all who won awards. The overall winner of the race also won $100 (I’m not sure if there were any other cash awards for top finishers).

Click Here for Race Results for 10-Miler

Click Here for Race Results for 5k

I had some help taking photos this time around (thanks Kathy!) but unfortunately something went haywire in my camera along the way so we ended up with far fewer than we hoped for, but there are 40+ in the slide show.
Addendum:  Special thanks to Bill Weimer, who sent me an extra 32 photos he took at this race, which I have added to the slideshow, so now there are 70+.

Race Rating

4 – 1-10  Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
6 – 1-10  Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
5 – 1-10  Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
5 – 1-10  Food for Race Participants (1 to 10)
9 – 1-10  T-Shirts (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
4 – 4/6   Part of Race Series (Grand Prix, etc.) (6=Yes and 4=No)
0 – 0/5   Professional Photography (5=Yes and 0=No)
6 – 4/6   Chip Timing (6=Yes and 4=No)
7 – 3/7   Certified Course (by USA Track & Field) (7=Yes and 3=No)
8 – 1-10  Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
5 – 1-10  Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
5 – 1-10  Entertainment (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
0 – 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)
3 – 1-10  Bathroom Facilities
0-10  Other
TOTAL – 67
TEN-MILE RUN RESULTS
Place Name                Ag G Bib   City      St Time    Pace 
===== =================== == = ===== ========= == ======= =====
    1 MATTHEW ELLIOTT     24 M   142 Rock Hill SC   54:52  5:30
    2 CODY ANGELL         27 M    85 Belmont   NC   56:26  5:39
    3 JEFFERSON WAUGH     21 M   274 Statesvil NC   57:23  5:45
    4 BRADLEY ORR         23 M   211                57:52  5:48
    5 LOGAN BEYTAGH       24 M   104 Tybee Isl GA 1:00:40  6:04
    6 MICHAEL HEAFNER     30 M   161 Mount Hol NC 1:02:21  6:15
    7 KEITH MROCHEK       36 M   347 CHARLOTTE NC 1:02:36  6:16
    8 MILTON MATHENY      44 M   361 KANNAPOLI NC 1:02:55  6:18
    9 JASON COOK          27 M   127 Gastonia  NC 1:03:07  6:19
   10 BRYAN ALLF          52 M    83 GASTONIA  NC 1:05:15  6:32
   11 JOSH HEDRICK        26 M   166 Charlotte NC 1:05:22  6:33
   12 GEORGE MEYER        50 M   360 WELLFORD  SC 1:05:45  6:35
   13 JASON PIDGEON       28 M   331 FAYETTEVI NC 1:07:25  6:45
   14 DYLAN BELLES        16 M   103              1:08:04  6:49
   15 ERIC TUCKER         30 M   386 GASTONIA  NC 1:08:19  6:50
   16 MATTHEW BANKIRER    34 M    97 Mooresvil NC 1:08:31  6:52
   17 JUSTIN BOYD         18 M   333 KINGS MTN NC 1:09:23  6:57
   18 KEVIN FORD          41 M   410 BELMONT   NC 1:09:48  6:59
   19 ALEJANDRO ARREOLA   28 M   348 CHARLOTTE NC 1:09:55  7:00
   20 CHAD UNDERWOOD      37 M   270              1:10:01  7:01
   21 MITCHELL RIPPY      47 M   234 Shelby    NC 1:10:29  7:03
   22 WILLIAM PHILEMON    18 M   335 MT. HOLLY NC 1:12:02  7:13
   23 PAUL MARTINO        44 M   380 CHARLOTTE NC 1:12:05  7:13
   24 RICHARD HEFNER      57 M   363 GASTONIA  NC 1:12:30  7:15
   25 BILLY BURCH          0 M   114 charlotte NC 1:12:40  7:16
   26 CHRIS SCHMIDTKE     46 M   371 CORNELIUS NC 1:12:48  7:17
   27 DEREK WIDENHOUSE    54 M   281 Belmont   NC 1:12:51  7:18
   28 HEATHER VELLERS     24 F   272 Mt. Holly NC 1:13:10  7:19
   29 DAN TEAGUE          47 M   320 Ranlo     NC 1:13:24  7:21
   30 CHRISTOPHER BROWN   43 M   110 Statesvil NC 1:13:40  7:22
   31 RODNEY SAWYER       44 M   244 BELMONT   NC 1:13:43  7:23
   32 JEFF BABB           42 M    94 Gastonia  NC 1:15:00  7:30
   33 TODD HARTUNG        40 M   159 Davidson  NC 1:15:08  7:31
   34 CHAD RANDOLPH       44 M   226 Mooresvil NC 1:15:20  7:32
   35 PATRICIA TOPPER     51 F   269 Mt Holly  NC 1:15:51  7:36
   36 RALPH RUTLEDGE      52 M   241 STANLEY   NC 1:16:10  7:37
   37 JOHN BRADLEY        35 M   107 Gastonia  NC 1:16:25  7:39
   38 STEPHEN LINEBERRY   41 M   196 Gastonia  NC 1:16:30  7:39
   39 PHILLIP WERTZ       37 M   279 Cramerton NC 1:16:34  7:40
   40 JOHN HOLLAND        37 M   175 Gastonia  NC 1:17:01  7:43
   41 CHAD STINNETT       38 M   349 CLOVER    SC 1:17:18  7:44
   42 DAVID POSTON        54 M   221 Gastonia  NC 1:17:21  7:45
   43 JAMES GODFREY       51 M   356 RUTHERFOR NC 1:17:40  7:46
   44 GREGORY KIZIAH      54 M   191 Taylorsvi NC 1:17:43  7:47
   45 CATE DARIN          25 M   337 YORK      SC 1:18:22  7:51
   46 ANDY COOK           44 M   125 Belmont   NC 1:18:47  7:53
   47 STEVE VACALIS       40 M   271 Gastonia  NC 1:18:49  7:53
   48 BRIAN ERB           47 M   340 WAXHAW    NC 1:19:20  7:56
   49 JAMES GLOVER        53 M   151 Gastonia  NC 1:19:40  7:58
   50 BENJAMIN ZACHARY    53 M   295 Taylorsvi NC 1:19:58  8:00
   51 PAUL THARP          31 M   366 CHARLOTTE NC 1:20:51  8:06
   52 WALLY WARREN           M   353 CHARLOTTE NC 1:21:10  8:07
   53 DAVID DOCKERY       29 M   301 Gastonia  NC 1:21:10  8:07
   54 VICKY HEINRICH      49 F   167 GASTONIA  NC 1:21:14  8:08
   55 RICK WOOD           57 M   288 Charlotte NC 1:21:23  8:09
   56 SCOTT ROBERTS       41 M   408 GASTONIA  NC 1:22:35  8:16
   57 ARTIE MCINTURFF     38 M   351 MATTHEWS  NC 1:23:31  8:22
   58 BETTY SUE NIXON     28 F   209 Mt. Holly NC 1:23:34  8:22
   59 COOTER NIXON        52 M   210 Mt. Holly NC 1:23:34  8:22
   60 MATT LANEY          35 M   407 GLENDALE  NC 1:24:14  8:26
   61 FRANK ELLIS         61 M   352 GASTONIA  NC 1:24:20  8:26
   62 BECKY STRAHLER      52 F   257 Shelby    NC 1:24:21  8:27
   63 CLAIRE YOUNG        29 F   292 Charlotte NC 1:24:59  8:30
   64 TERRY RHYNE         49 M   232 Gastonia  NC 1:25:32  8:34
   65 DANIAL HOWELL       32 M   179 Mt. Holly NC 1:25:41  8:35
   66 BRANDI ADAMS        29 F    79 Charlotte NC 1:25:55  8:36
   67 AARON SUTTENFIELD   32 M   383 MT. HOLLY NC 1:26:29  8:39
   68 JERRY HALL          40 M   154 Columbia  SC 1:26:43  8:41
   69 JOSEPH HAMRICK      34 M   156 Lowell    NC 1:26:53  8:42
   70 RAY HARDEE          48 M   416 GASTONIA  NC 1:26:57  8:42
   71 STEVE STALEY        55 M   334 CHARLOTTE NC 1:27:15  8:44
   72 KEVIN SPALDING      54 M   346 GASTONIA  NC 1:27:33  8:46
   73 JEFF JIMISON        51 M   370 GASTONIA  NC 1:28:12  8:50
   74 SHASIDHAR BATHULA   39 M   100 Gastonia  NC 1:28:15  8:50
   75 BILL MCCARTER          M   369              1:28:22  8:51
   76 PAULA WEANT         48 F   276 Gastonia  NC 1:28:31  8:52
   77 SHARON HARMON          F   409 CHARLOTTE NC 1:28:48  8:53
   78 CORY PETERSEN       15 M   215              1:29:19  8:56
   79 MISSY RICE          42 F   332 CAMERON   NC 1:29:20  8:56
   80 ANN SCRUGGS         59 F   246 Statesvil NC 1:29:36  8:58
   81 HAYDEN HUGHES       16 F   355 CHARLOTTE NC 1:29:49  8:59
   82 MARK SUMMERS        51 M   260 Concord   NC 1:29:53  9:00
   83 TERRY WILLIAMS      47 M   283 Kings Mtn NC 1:29:55  9:00
   84 NANCY ANDERSON      59 F   358 SPARTANBU SC 1:30:00  9:00
   85 BARRY HUGHES        48 M   345 SHELBY    NC 1:30:01  9:01
   86 RICHARD LILLY       47 M   344 SHELBY    NC 1:30:01  9:01
   87 JOHNNY HASTINGS     42 M   160 Mt. Holly NC 1:30:04  9:01
   88 WENDY ROBERTS       38 F   235              1:30:26  9:03
   89 JOHN WOODWARD       38 M   290 Gastonia  NC 1:30:27  9:03
   90 JOYCE MORRIS        30 F   206 Gastonia  NC 1:30:48  9:05
   91 DALE GREENE         55 M   339 SHELBY    NC 1:31:19  9:08
   92 MELISSA MAGEE       53 F   199 STANLEY   NC 1:31:48  9:11
   93 AMY BABB            41 F    93 Gastonia  NC 1:32:20  9:14
   94 KELLI RICHARDSON    40 F   233              1:32:56  9:18
   95 KEITH BROWN         35 M   111 Kings Mou NC 1:32:58  9:18
   96 TIM WITHERELL       39 M   287 Gastonia  NC 1:33:42  9:23
   97 IZABELA ANNIS       33 F    86 Charlotte NC 1:33:55  9:24
   98 FAITH KIRKLAND      27 F   375 CHARLOTTE NC 1:34:15  9:26
   99 KATHLEEN LUNSFORD   32 F   198 GASTONIA  NC 1:34:19  9:26
  100 PATRICK RYAN        40 M   242 Charlotte NC 1:34:38  9:28
  101 ALLEN LECROY        40 M   194 Gastonia  NC 1:34:45  9:29
  102 UNKNOWN RUNNER           40000              1:34:50  9:29
  103 ROD SMALLWOOD       38 M   254 Belmont   NC 1:35:16  9:32
  104 BECKIE CALVERT      39 F   115 Cramerton NC 1:35:17  9:32
  105 MARYANNE PATTI      38 F   417 HUNTERSVI NC 1:35:31  9:34
  106 PAMELA SAINE        53 F   314 Newton    NC 1:35:31  9:34
  107 PAUL LINDEN         52 M   195 Gastonia  NC 1:35:37  9:34
  108 DUSTIN LETTS        39 M   368 GASTONIA  NC 1:35:37  9:34
  109 JERRY HALL  SR      59 M   155 Bessemer  NC 1:35:56  9:36
  110 TREY PRUITT         29 M   223 GASTONIA  NC 1:36:07  9:37
  111 STEPHEN STRICKLAND  30 M   258 Bessemer  NC 1:36:46  9:41
  112 ELIZABETH EDWARDS   45 F   374 CHARLOTTE NC 1:36:52  9:42
  113 PATTI MORAN         51 F   311 Spartanbu SC 1:37:02  9:43
  114 ERNIE LACASSE          M   193 Rock Hill SC 1:37:06  9:43
  115 PAUL BRUCHON        63 M   113              1:37:46  9:47
  116 LESLIE BANKIRER     34 F    96 Mooresvil NC 1:37:53  9:48
  117 FRANK HANNAH        70 M   158 shelby    NC 1:37:54  9:48
  118 CHARLES RAMSEY      32 M   224 Charlotte NC 1:38:06  9:49
  119 DUNCAN JONES        39 M   185 Belmont   NC 1:38:25  9:51
  120 RAFFAELO FALEIAI    30 M   367 GASTONIA  NC 1:38:46  9:53
  121 LISA BLANTON        34 F   105 Lawndale  NC 1:39:30  9:57
  122 THERESA HOUSER      35 F   178 Kings Mou NC 1:39:35  9:58
  123 BARBARA YATES       40 F   291 Gastonia  NC 1:39:54 10:00
  124 TOM PRICE           58 M   341 SHELBY    NC 1:40:04 10:01
  125 JEREMY WALTON       23 M   326 Gastonia  NC 1:40:34 10:04
  126 CATHY ROBINSON      42 F   236 Gastonia  NC 1:40:44 10:05
  127 SCOTT SPANGLER      46 M   256 Charlotte NC 1:41:12 10:08
  128 RODNEY EICK         54 M   140              1:41:12 10:08
  129 MEGAN SCULLY        32 F   247 indian La SC 1:41:13 10:08
  130 MICHAEL YOUNG       53 M   294 Cramerton NC 1:42:00 10:12
  131 CORBETT FOSTER      37 M   324 Belmont   NC 1:42:06 10:13
  132 KRISTIN FOSTER      38 F   325 Belmont   NC 1:42:06 10:13
  133 HAYLEE VIEREGG      15 F   273              1:42:08 10:13
  134 REBECCA HARVEY         F   365 CRAMERTON NC 1:42:17 10:14
  135 CAROL HITSELBERGER  45 F   171 Charlotte NC 1:42:42 10:17
  136 PAM SAK             45 F   243              1:42:45 10:17
  137 KEITH YOUNG         57 M   293 Charlotte NC 1:42:47 10:17
  138 SHANE STINNETT      41 M   350 GASTONIA  NC 1:42:49 10:17
  139 ASHLEY HEAVNER      42 F   165 Gastonia  NC 1:44:02 10:25
  140 STEFENIE DUFFIE     39 F   134 Gastonia  NC 1:44:03 10:25
  141 KATHRYN STYERS      38 F   259 Gastonia  NC 1:44:29 10:27
  142 DERESA SHERRILL     40 F   414 BELMONT   NC 1:45:05 10:31
  143 JAMES MAYBURY       30 M   338 KEYSER    WV 1:45:57 10:36
  144 JAMIE JONES         36 F   186 Belmont   NC 1:46:44 10:41
  145 MARTIN SANCHEZ      41 M   327 IRMO      SC 1:46:55 10:42
  146 KURT DYCK           41 M   135 Charlotte NC 1:46:59 10:42
  147 STEVE D'AVRIA       32 M   130 Gastonia  NC 1:47:18 10:44
  148 LYNNE GADD          47 F   149 Belmont   NC 1:47:52 10:48
  149 TAMARA BECKETT      27 F   102 Plantatio FL 1:48:02 10:49
  150 MARY GRACE OWEN     21 F   377 GASTONIA  NC 1:48:10 10:49
  151 TAMARA MOSES        37 F   364 SHELBY    NC 1:48:12 10:50
  152 BAILEY BAILEY       63 M    95 Albemarle NC 1:48:59 10:54
  153 GENE ALLEN          33 M    82              1:49:03 10:55
  154 JIMMY BROOKS        37 M   109 CHERRYVIL NC 1:50:00 11:00
  155 FRAN SALAMON COOK   48 F   126 Belmont   NC 1:51:31 11:10
  156 JERRY SWIFT         44 M   261 Gastonia  NC 1:53:34 11:22
  157 BECKY IGNATOWICZ    38 F   182 Clover    SC 1:53:44 11:23
  158 RAMON DEARMAS       35 M   131              1:54:49 11:29
  159 JAMIE CAMPBELL      32 M   117 Charlotte NC 1:59:13 11:56
  160 W E COX             59 M   129 Earl      NC 2:01:06 12:07
  161 TANYA EADES         44 F   136 Sherrills NC 2:02:10 12:13
  162 DONNA MATTISON      40 F   203 Sherrills NC 2:02:10 12:13
  163 RENEE DELAPORTE     44 F   132 Sherrills NC 2:02:51 12:18
  164 ALANNA BREWTON      33 F   108              2:03:11 12:20
  165 SALLY HENTZ         39 F   169 Matthews  NC 2:03:52 12:24
  166 SHERMAN HAGER       68 M   153 Matthews  NC 2:03:53 12:24
  167 ANTHONY GALLANT     47 M   150 Belmont   NC 2:04:10 12:25
 
 
5K RUN RESULTS
Place Name                Ag G Bib   City      St Time    Pace 
===== =================== == = ===== ========= == ======= =====
    1 TONY RAO            16 M   229 Charlotte NC   18:01  5:48
    2 JASON MEVLEMANS     35 M   379 GASTONIA  NC   18:17  5:53
    3 ANDREW BRADLEY      15 M   106 Dallas    NC   18:32  5:58
    4 ZAN SISTARE         51 M   253 Spruce Pi NC   18:33  5:59
    5 BOBBY ASWELL JR     46 M    91 Cornelius NC   19:10  6:10
    6 JAY RAO             49 M   228 Charlotte NC   19:23  6:15
    7 MADISON HEATON      16 M   164 Huntersvi NC   19:40  6:20
    8 JUSTIN WOODARD      15 M   289 Troutman  NC   20:04  6:28
    9 TYLER WICHMANN      25 M   280                20:09  6:29
   10 SETH GREENE         32 M   152 Charlotte NC   20:09  6:30
   11 ANDREW WILMARTH     47 M   284 Gastonia  NC   20:19  6:33
   12 TODD DACZKOWSKI     47 M   342 LAKE WYLI SC   20:37  6:39
   13 TAYLOR ADAMS        15 M   296 Gastonia  NC   20:40  6:39
   14 TRACY OUTEN         45 M   213 Gastonia  NC   20:42  6:40
   15 BUBBA ANTHONY       62 M    87 SHELBY    NC   21:07  6:48
   16 JERRY SOFLEY        62 M   255 Gastonia  NC   21:22  6:53
   17 BRENNEMAN THOMPSON  51 M   265 Charlotte NC   21:36  6:57
   18 REBECCA RUDISILL    12 F   240 Dallas    NC   21:46  7:01
   19 DUSTIN RUDISILL     15 M   239 Dallas    NC   22:16  7:10
   20 MELISSA ORR         29 F   212 Charlotte NC   22:57  7:24
   21 JOSHUA FOSTER       29 M   144 Gastonia  NC   23:02  7:25
   22 LINDSAY TAYLOR      20 F   264 Rock Hill SC   23:24  7:32
   23 WHITNEY ROBINSON    25 F   238 Belmont   NC   23:36  7:36
   24 WALTER MARTIN       25 M   201 Fort Mill SC   23:50  7:41
   25 MICHAEL MOSK        12 M   207 Kings Mou NC   24:02  7:44
   26 BILL WEIMER         54 M   277 Fort Mill SC   24:06  7:46
   27 DAVID THOMPSON      36 M   266 Gastonia  NC   24:07  7:46
   28 PHILIP ROBINSON     59 M   237 Belmont   NC   24:20  7:50
   29 LARRY SEAVERS       65 M   249 charllott NC   24:24  7:52
   30 MATTHEW JOHNSTON    41 M   184 Belmont   NC   24:34  7:55
   31 SAM RAPE            15 M   357 ROCKWELL  NC   24:41  7:57
   32 ROBERT ADAMS        53 M    80 Gastonia  NC   24:44  7:58
   33 KEITH WISE          42 M   286 Belmont   NC   25:09  8:06
   34 RYAN ANTHONY        31 M    89 Gastonia  NC   25:15  8:08
   35 JEFF BARNETTE       43 M    99 Gastonia  NC   25:35  8:14
   36 NICOLA BROWN        32 F   112 Gastonia  NC   25:54  8:21
   37 CARL WICK              M   418 GASTONIA  NC   26:04  8:24
   38 STEVE AUSTIN        62 M    92 Charlotte NC   26:12  8:26
   39 ADAM POOLE           9 M   218 DALLAS    NC   26:22  8:30
   40 LESLIE POOLE        40 F   219 DALLAS    NC   26:23  8:30
   41 CHERRI JOHNSTON     42 F   183 Belmont   NC   26:25  8:31
   42 SCOTT CAMPBELL      36 M   119 Gastonia  NC   26:37  8:34
   43 ANGELA RAO          12 F   227 Charlotte NC   26:46  8:37
   44 STACEY HEAFNER      28 F   162 Mount Hol NC   26:57  8:41
   45 CHRIS HUTCHISON     33 M   181 Gastonia  NC   26:59  8:41
   46 CARRIE WISE         38 F   285 Belmont   NC   27:25  8:50
   47 CHRIS EASON         47 M   138 Gastonia  NC   27:33  8:53
   48 KEVIN WILSON        32 M   319 Mt. Holly NC   27:37  8:54
   49 MOLLY D'AVRIA       29 F   372 BELMONT   NC   27:37  8:54
   50 RACHEL ANTHONY      31 F    88 Gastonia  NC   27:41  8:55
   51 AMY DACZKOWSKI      44 F   343 LAKE WYLI SC   28:12  9:05
   52 ROBERT MCMILLIAN-EL 14 M   384 GASTONIA  NC   28:13  9:05
   53 TOM BARFIELD        53 M    98 Rock Hill SC   28:26  9:10
   54 BRANDY WERNER       25 F   278 Rock Hill SC   28:36  9:13
   55 KORENA CAMPBELL     33 F   118 Gastonia  NC   28:52  9:18
   56 DANIEL HOROWITZ     16 M   411 CHARLOTTE NC   29:02  9:21
   57 JON BECKERING       16 M   412 HUNTERSVI NC   29:02  9:21
   58 MORGAN HOFFMAN      12 F   173 Gastonia  NC   29:19  9:27
   59 JUSTIN FULCOMER     11 M   147 Gastonia  NC   29:31  9:30
   60 MICHELLE HOFFMAN    33 F   172 Gastonia  NC   29:36  9:32
   61 DENISE WIEGAND      50 F   282 Belmont   NC   29:38  9:32
   62 MINYON THOMAS       13 U   317 Conover   NC   29:39  9:33
   63 J'LEN WILSON        13 M   318 Claremont NC   29:39  9:33
   64 CAMERON CHAPMAN     12 U   299 Catawba   NC   29:39  9:33
   65 KYLE LINEBERGER     13 M   308 Claremont NC   29:39  9:33
   66 KENDALL LINEBERGER  13 U   307 Claremont NC   29:39  9:33
   67 AUSTIN MUNDY        12 M   312 Claremont NC   29:41  9:33
   68 JORDAN MCGINNIS     14 U   310 Conover   NC   29:41  9:33
   69 MICHAEL BARKER      12 U   297 Catawba   NC   29:41  9:33
   70 JUSTIN SETZER       12 M   315 Claremont NC   29:41  9:33
   71 ANTHONY SOUKTHAVONE 12 M   316 Claremont NC   29:41  9:34
   72 JAKE LOFTIN         13 M   309 Claremont NC   29:41  9:34
   73 JORDAN ECKARD       13 M   302 Claremont NC   29:41  9:34
   74 MARY FAY            29 F   143                29:41  9:34
   75 GARRETT HOLLAR      13 M   304 Calremont NC   29:41  9:34
   76 AJ HINES            12 U   303 Conover   NC   29:42  9:34
   77 COLTON CHAPMAN      13 M   300 Catawba   NC   29:42  9:34
   78 LANDON HUFFMAN      13 M   305 Claremont NC   29:42  9:34
   79 WILL KENNEDY        12 M   306 Claremont NC   29:43  9:34
   80 KATHERINE FULCOMER  46 F   148 Gastonia  NC   29:43  9:34
   81 MISTY CAPPS         31 F   298 Newton    NC   29:43  9:34
   82 MARY CAVELL         51 F   415                29:46  9:35
   83 TRACY CARSTARPHEN   38 U   121 Cramerton NC   29:49  9:36
   84 KELLY KING          28 F   190 Belmont   NC   30:54  9:57
   85 MARYANN NORINA HINE 32 F   170 Gastonia  NC   31:41 10:12
   86 HUSTON SHEPPARD     55 M   250 Gastonia  NC   31:51 10:15
   87 CHERYL RAPE         41 F   230 rockwell  NC   31:52 10:16
   88 LAURA MATTHEWS      32 F   202 Gastonia  NC   31:59 10:18
   89 SUSAN METIUS        29 F   406 CHARLOTTE NC   32:15 10:23
   90 JEFF FULCOMER       45 M   146 Gastonia  NC   32:21 10:25
   91 NICOLE ASWELL        8 F    90 Cornelius NC   32:21 10:25
   92 LINDA HEFNER        57 F   362 GASTONIA  NC   32:58 10:37
   93 JENNY SIGMON        38 F   413                33:19 10:44
   94 MEREDITH POOLE      10 F   220 DALLAS    NC   33:33 10:48
   95 MEGAN HOLLAND       10 F   177 Gastonia  NC   33:37 10:49
   96 ROBERTA ALTMAN      47 F    84 Dallas    NC   33:47 10:53
   97 AMANDA HENSLEY      19 F   168 Marion    NC   33:48 10:53
   98 NOEL ROARK             F   313 Gastonia  NC   34:00 10:57
   99 MEREDITH HANKS      25 F   157 Gastonia  NC   34:21 11:04
  100 ERIKA KAST          24 F   189 Gastonia  NC   34:51 11:13
  101 CHRISTI ELLER       38 F   141 DALLAS    NC   34:58 11:16
  102 KYLE HOLLAND         9 M   176 Gastonia  NC   35:00 11:16
  103 BRANDON FULCOMER    13 M   145 Gastonia  NC   35:03 11:17
  104 EMILY READ          54 F   376 LINCOLNTO NC   35:27 11:25
  105 JOSEPH HEATON       52 M   163 Huntersvi NC   36:32 11:46
  106 LAVERNE PARTLOW     39 F   214 Charlotte NC   36:48 11:51
  107 IAN SULLIVAN        11 M   336 GASTONIA  NC   36:59 11:55
  108 BRANDI PETTUS       22 F   216 Dallas    NC   37:28 12:04
  109 PETE EARNEY         73 M   137 Dallas    NC   37:29 12:04
  110 DANNY SEAGLE        64 M   248 Morganton NC   37:34 12:06
  111 BROOKE BOUKATHER       F   382 GASTONIA  NC   37:40 12:08
  112 NATALIE TINDOL      44 U   268 BELMONT   NC   37:40 12:08
  113 EMILY SMALLWOOD     37 F   381 BELMONT   NC   39:49 12:49
  114 BONNIE SCHMIDT      63 F   245 Lake Wyli SC   40:14 12:57
  115 BRITTANY BAUCOM     18 F   101 Gastonia  NC   41:00 13:12
  116 BRITTANY CAMPBELL   17 U   116 Gastonia  NC   41:00 13:12
  117 PAMELA HEMPSTEAD    41 F   378 HUNTERSVI NC   41:08 13:15
  118 TONY SIGMON         41 M   328 GASTONIA  NC   41:36 13:24
  119 BECKY MAXWELL       65 F   204                42:34 13:42
  120 ALFRED CHEUNG       46 M   122 Gastonia  NC   53:23 17:11
  121 ANISA KONG          46 F   192 Gastonia  NC   53:25 17:12
 
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