Race #388 – Great Waldensian Foot Race 5k/10k – Valdese, NC – 08/12/17

For the past 42 years this race has been held in conjunction with the Waldensian Festival, a celebration of the history of Valdese. After the race it’s fun to stroll through the downtown festival just a couple blocks away from the race venue (the local community center) and check out the craft tents, entertainment, and food, all of which are hopping by the time the race ends.

The $10 race day entry fee (without a shirt) makes this the cheapest local race I know of, and every year the race draws lots of old school runners from surrounding communities but also quite a few high schoolers as well. I’ve run the race multiple times and have always chosen the 5k option. The rumors run rampant about the big hill on the way back if you choose to run the 10k, and I’ve never been in the mood to tackle an extra big hill. This week though, I missed a day of running as I was traveling and I needed a few extra miles so I figured I might as well see what all the fuss was about the famous hill and I opted to run the 10k for the first time.

It turns out that the big hill was tough, but I’d heard so many horror stories I thought it would be even worse, so it was a relief to find out it wasn’t that big of a deal. My Garmin measured the elevation gain of the entire race at a little less than 300 feet. That’s a speed bump compared to the Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon that I ran earlier this year, which had an elevation gain of 1,668 feet. I believe the hill might be more of a psychological roadblock in this race because it’s predominantly downhill going 3 miles out (maybe 75%) then it’s 75% uphill on the way back, making for an uncomfortable final 3 miles. It wasn’t easy but I enjoyed it (by the time it was over) and if I’m feeling good I’ll probably do the 10k in the future. The 5k always has many more runners than the 10k. This year there were 135 finishers in the 5k but only 39 in the 10k.

Race Number:  388

Race Name:  Great Waldensian Road Race 5k & 10k

Location: Valdese, North Carolina

Date:  August 12, 2017

Race Rating:  81

Winners – 10k (Top 25):

Winners – 5k (Top 25):

Course:  Out-and-back on country roads with rolling hills. Both courses go along the same route but the 5k turnaround is much less hilly since it turns around before the big hill.

Elevation:

Weather at Start:  Cloudy, 70 degrees, calm winds, 100% humidity

Click Here for Race Results

 

My Stats:

  • Time:  48:50
  • Pace: 7:52
  • Age Group:  1 of 3
  • Overall: 12 of 39
  • Average Heart Rate: 159
  • Maximum Heart Race: 169
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time: 37:57 (70.41%)
After the race with running friends Mike Albright and Dean Simon.

 

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RACE COURSE
1 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
0 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
2 – Water Stops: (0)none (2)normal (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking: (0)bad (1)good
3 – Course Scenery: (0-5) 1=bad and 5=fantastic
1 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
7 – 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
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)
5 – 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
3 – Design: (1-5)
2 – Material Quality: (1-3)
2 – Discount for no-shirt option: (0)no (2)yes

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

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

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

TOTAL:  81

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Race #304 – The Great Waldensian Footrace 5k & 10k – Valdese, NC – 08/08/15

2015-great-waldensianNow in its 40th year, the Great Waldensian Footrace is one of North Carolina’s oldest road races. It’s held every year in conjunction with the Waldensian Festival in Valdese, which is a great mountain festival that’s fun to visit after the race.

 

I had forgotten just how many hills there were in the 5k, but it’s pretty much rolling hills the whole way. I’ve always taken the easy way out by running the 5k option, because I’ve heard the horror stories about the monstrous hill at the 10k turn-around point, which is apparently a mile or so long. It’s a fun race — not too big and not too small — but the main draw (as I see it) is the unbelievably low registration cost. It’s only 6 bucks to register for either race on race day as long as you don’t care about the shirt. The T-shirt is nice but it adds $10 to the registration price, still the best deal I’ve ever seen for race-day registration. Due to the rock bottom registration price I’m giving it an extra 10 points on my rating system. It’s nice to be able to save 20 or 30 dollars on race day!

 

It had been three weeks since my last race thanks to a lack of decent races within a 50-mile radius in late July and early August, and I’m not in the greatest shape, so I was pleasantly surprised that I managed to knock a little over a minute off of my last 5k time even though I walked a couple times in the race.

 

In previous years this race went 5-deep in 5-year age groups, which is a bit of overkill for a race this size. This year they went to 3-deep awards, with medals instead of trophies, and while that’s a little less of a perk it’s more in line with what you get in a good small-town race with a couple hundred runners, so I think it’s a change for the better. They still have huge trophies for the top 3 overall (male and female) in both races, which are great, but have scaled back the age group awards from fairly big trophies to generic medals. I’m okay with that but I think it might disappoint some who have run in previous years. Hard to complain though with the low registration price, and the awards ceremony is a good one, this year held by the outdoor pool adjoining the recreation center.

 

I’d heard rumors that the race wouldn’t be held this year and was glad to see they weren’t true. I’d really like to see this one continue for many more years. Although it’s not a huge race, it does draw a lot of long-time runners who have come to appreciate it over the years, and I’m definitely one who plans on coming back next year.

 

Race Number:  304

 

Race Name:  Great Waldensian Footrace 10k/5k

 

Location:  Valdese, North Carolina

 

Date:  August 8, 2015

 

Race Rating:  96

 

Winners:

  • 5k Male:  Jacob Parker (Age 17) (Elkin, NC) – 17:05
  • 10k Male:  Caleb Critcher (Age 31) (Deep Gap, NC) – 36:19
  • 5k Female:  Emily Byrd (Age 22) (Connelly Springs, NC) – 20:44
  • 10k Female:  Liz Loftis (Age 25) (Rock Hill, SC) – 45:42

Course:  Both courses are out-and-back. Plenty of rolling hills in both but there’s a major downhill (about a mile from what I’ve heard) in the 10k past the 5k turn-around that you have to climb on the way back.

 

Weather at Start:  68 degrees, 100% humidity, and clear.

 

Race Results:

 

My Stats:

  • Time:  22:07
  • Pace:   7:07
  • Age Group:  1 of 6
  • Overall:  22 of 175
  • Average Heart Rate:  163
  • Maximum Heart Race:  171
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:32 (74.03%)

 

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

REGISTRATION
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 website: (0)no (1)yes   *(Not on Waldensian site)

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
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)
7 – Entertainment: (0)no (1-9)yes  *(No entertainment at the race but plenty at the festival afterwards)
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
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
x – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap
0 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.): (0)no (1-10)yes

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

OTHER
2 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no (2)yes
0 – Swag (free socks, water bottles, etc.): (0)no (2)yes, some (5)excellent
0 – Part of race series or Grand Prix: (0)no (2)yes
2 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
10 – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10) *(+10 extra points for $6 race-day registration)

TOTAL:  96

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Race #266 – Great Waldensian Footrace 5k & 10k – Valdese, NC – 08/09/14

It’s one of the oldest races in North Carolina, and The Great Waldensian Footrace sets itself apart from the crowd in a couple of ways: (1) With the race-day registration price (without a shirt) of just 6 bucks, it’s by far the least expensive race I know of; and (2) it’s the only race I know that gives awards 5-deep in 5-year age groups.

I recently added another item on my race rating list to add or subtract points for unusual items like these and I’m adding 10 points for the unbelievable $6 race-day registration price and another 5 points for the 5-deep age group awards. I have mixed feelings about the age-group awards. It’s kind of excessive to have so many awards for so few runners, but it does provide a way for runners who never get a chance to win an age group award the best chance of any race to walk away with a trophy — and they’re really nice trophies compared to those handed out in other races. I wish that the races with thousands of participants would take a hint and offer 5-deep age group awards.

The two things mentioned above make this a race worth running, and we had a big group from the Gaston County Runners who attended. I’m pretty sure this will become a race that many of us will look forward to each year.

I ran the 5k, which isn’t too hilly, but I hear the 10k has a killer hill of about 3/4 of a mile and that could explain there are a lot more runners in the 5k than the 10k.

Something else that deserves mentioning is that during the awards they also had a drawing where four different runners won $50 each. Kind of unbelievable with the $6 entry fee, but it was a nice surprise even though I didn’t win any money.

Nice group of Gaston County Runners at the end of the awards ceremony in the gym.

Race Results:

My Stats:

Time: 21:54
Pace:  7:03
Age Group: 1 of  6
Overall:  25 of  204 (12.3%)
Average Heart Rate: 166
Maximum Heart Race: 172
Age Graded Equivalent Time: 17:18 (74.54%)

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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
0 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
2 – Water Stops: (0)none  (2)normal  (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking:  (0)bad  (1)good
3 – Course Scenery:  (0-5) 1=bad  and 5=fantastic
1 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none  (1)normal  (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers:  (0)too few  (2)good
5 – 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 promptly online:  (0)no  (2)yes
0 – 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
5 – Age Group Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent
5 – 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)
3 – 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!
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
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
2 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no   (2)yes
+ – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)
10 -Lowest race-day registration price of any race ($6 with no shirt)
5 – Five-deep age groups

TOTAL:  103

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Race #223 – Great Waldensian Footrace – Valdese, NC – 08/10/13

At least partially because it’s cheapest race you’ll find anywhere ($6 registration fee if you don’t want a shirt), the Great Waldensian Footrace has been held continuously in Valdese in conjunction with the Waldensian Festival for the past 38 years. This is a race that I’ve known about forever — even in the days before I moved from Hickory to Gastonia 34 years ago — but this was the first time I’ve run it.

You can run either the 5k or the 10k — they both start at the same time — and both races have that same cheap registration fee. If you want a shirt (and I don’t since I already have a lifetime supply) it’s an extra 10 bucks ($16) to register on race day, but even that’s a bargain. I’m not sure why the fee is so low. Maybe it’s the same as when the race began 38 years ago and they just decided to keep it that way. Whatever the reason, it was a fun race and I’m on board now and hope to do this race every year from now on.

I considered running the 10k but instead decided on the 5k since I’m only about a month out from the hamstring injury that caused me to drop out of the 10k in Gaffney last month. I thought it might be best not to overdo it right away with two more 10k’s scheduled before my next half marathon on September 21st. The hamstring actually feels fine now, but I’m having some issues with an inguinal hernia that the doctor said I’d need to have surgery on this fall (lovely thought I know).

Something else that’s unique about this race is that the awards go 5-deep in 5-year age groups. It’s the only 5k race I’ve seen to have awards for the top five finishers in each age groups, and they don’t skimp on the awards either. The trophies are among the best I’ve seen for any race. It’s not a huge race so there are some age groups that don’t even have five competitors (especially the older age groups), but my guess is that they use the same trophies every year and just hold on to the trophies that weren’t used until the next year and reuse them.

Both the 5k and 10k courses are out-and-back, which I like. It allows you to see how many people are in front of you and also who’s behind you. Since I’m wearing my video glasses it also allows me to get a photo of a lot of people as I meet them coming in the opposite direction.

Here’s my video…

Lots of rolling hills on the curvy country roads. That’s my friend Michele Hoheiser coming in the opposite direction.
The 5k was hilly but I heard that the 10k was even worse, with a huge hill to climb. Of course, since it was out and back
things kind of averaged out in the end.

Here comes Linda (blue shirt). She was preoccupied with her watch and didn’t see me,
and for some reason I didn’t see her either until I checked the video afterwards.

Holly Boone is the daughter of some of my best life-long friends who live in Hickory.
Holly had a Personal Best in this tough 5k — her first time under 30 minutes!

The race wasn’t chip-timed this year. I heard a couple of complaints but I thought they did a good job.

As he customarily does, Josh Baker finished first in the grueling 10k with a blazing time of 34:49.

Good guy (and fast guy) Dwight Winters (Brooks shirt) stands with one of his five kids while waiting for the kids run
to start. Although he looks too young to have any children at all, his kids range in age from 1 to 17. He told me his
goal in this race was to beat his 17-year-old son, which he did, but just barely. They finished 5th and 8th respectively
in the 5k.

Runners congregated in the swimming pool area of the community center waiting for the awards after the race.

World War II vet Byron Logan (left), now 87, is still running strong.
Kathy Smith (right) is a great runner who finished 1st in the 55-59 age group.

Linda and I both finished in 1st place in the 60-64 age group of the 5k.


My Stats:
Time:  21:47
Pace:  7:02
Age Group:  1 of  5
Overall:  17 of  175
Average Heart Rate: 167 
Maximum Heart Race:  178
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:22  (74.28%)
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RACE COURSE  
0 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
0 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
2 – Water Stops: (0)none  (2)normal  (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking:  (0)bad  (1)good
2 – Course Scenery:  (0)bad  (2)pleasant  (5)extraordinary
1 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none  (1)normal  (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers:  (0)too few  (2)good
2 – Finish line: (0)mediocre  (2)not bad  (5)very good  (7)spectacular!
2 – Certified Course: (0)no  (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no  (2)yes
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads:  (0)yes  (1)no
REGISTRATION  
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 website:  (0)no  (1)yes
AGE GROUPS 
5 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less) 5 deep!= 5 points! 
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
5 – Age Group Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent
2 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0)no  (2)yes   (5-9)fabulous door prizes!
0 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no  (3)yes  (5)really cool medals
POST RACE  
4 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
4 – Entertainment:  (0)no  (1-9)yes
0 – Finisher times posted after race:  (0)no  (2)yes
REST ROOMS  
0 – Porta Potties:  (0)no  (1)limited, long lines  (2)plentiful
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!
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
WEBSITE 
0 – Dedicated race website (0)no  (2)yes
0 – 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:  73

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Race #35 – Waldensian Trail of Faith Hearts for Heroes 5k – Valdese NC – 05/30/09

The first annual Hearts for Heroes 5k wound its way through the quaint, historic, and beautiful town of Valdese, which is in the North Carolina foothills. There was plenty of up and down, which is to be expected in these parts, and once again I got plenty of hill practice. It was a fairly small race with only about 100 runners (I don’t have access to the results as I’m writing this), but I finished in 5th place overall at 22:05, which wasn’t my fastest time ever but was my highest overall finish in a race (yay!).
My mother lived near this area of Burke County as a girl and I always feel a little closer to her when I’m there, wondering if she might have traveled the same roads, so I like to run in these parts anytime I can.
There was no computer chip timing for the race but things ran smoothly and the race organizers and volunteers were helpful and courteous. The food was fairly basic race food but plentiful (bananas, apples, oranges, cookies, and bottled water). A lot of people hung around for the awards and there were some good door prizes given away, interspersed with the awards, which consisted of trophies for the overall winners and medals for the age group winners. They also started with the awards to the older age groups and worked their way backwards, which always makes us old codgers happy.
This race was part of the Founders Day Festival and was followed by special events for the rest of the day. We stayed after the race and watched the Civil War re-enactment, which was really entertaining — especially the part where they fired the cannon. Wow… I never heard a cannon before. Seems like just the sound, which was louder than anything I’ve ever heard, would have been enough to send the enemy running for cover.
I don’t have a link for the results of this race yet but will add one if and when it becomes available.

Race Rating:
1 – 1-10 Website (Informaton, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
7 – 1-10 Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
9 – 1-10 Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
6 – 1-10 Food for Race Participants (1 to 10)
5 – 1-10 T-Shirts (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
4 – 4/6 Part of Race Series (Grand Prix, etc.) (6=Yes and 4=No)
0 – 0/5 Professional Photography (5=Yes and 0=No)
4 – 4/6 Chip Timing (6=Yes and 4=No)
3 – 3/7 Certified Course (by USA Track & Field) (7=Yes and 3=No)
5 – 1-10 Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
5 – 1-10 Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
10 – 1-10 Entertainment (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
7 – 3/7 Age Groups (7 if 5-year groups; 3 if 10-year groups)
0 – 0/5 Indoor Shelter from Elements (0 if none; 5 if provided)
8 – 1-10 Bathroom Facilities
0 – 0-10 Other
TOTAL – 74
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