Race #204 – Cupid’s Cup – Charlotte, NC – 02/09/13

(L-R) Ralph Shore, Jeff Linson, Rodolfo Sequeyro,
Channel 36 news anchor Dion Lim, Richard Hefner,
and Bob Nelson.

After having made excuses for the last three weeks for not running a race (mostly because it was too cold), I decided that if I wanted to still be considered a runner it might be best if I’d actually run. I was eager to get back into the mix, as the Cupid’s Cup 5k has been one of my favorite 5k races for the past couple years and also one of my fastest. I was fairly pleased with today’s time of 21:11 (chip time) although it was considerably slower than last year (20:31) and even slower than the previous year (20:12). I do hope that’s not a permanent trend but now that I’m 60 and have been running for a few years I’m not looking for a PR and I’m pretty happy to be near the top of the age group and relatively healthy.

Once again I finished second in the 60-64 age group to my friendly foe, Bob Nelson, who got about a 20-second jump on me in the first mile. I could see him for the rest of the race but I couldn’t close the gap, and he finished 22 seconds ahead of me with a time of 20:49. Next week Bob and I will both be running the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon, which is always fun and is one of the big races of the year. Also running will be another friend, Roberta Villneff — Bobbi V — who started running a couple years ago at the age of 58 and has become quite the phenom since then, now one of the fastest female runners over 60 in the state. In today’s Cupid’s Cup she won 2nd Masters (that’s all females over 40) and her time of 21:56 was just 34 seconds off the North Carolina state road race record of 21:22 that was set 15 years ago by Susie Kluttz, one of North Carolina’s greatest runners ever. Bobbi V is still getting faster and I have a feeling she’ll own a lot of those state records in the next few years.

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My Stats:

Time:  21:11
Pace:  6:50
Age Group:  2 of  13
Overall:  51 of  926 (5.5%)
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  17:02  (75.71%)

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* RACE RATING *
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RACE COURSE
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
2 – Water Stops: (0)none  (2)normal  (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking:  (0)bad  (1)good
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
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     *(a little short)
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads:  (0)yes  (1)no

REGISTRATION
1 – Cost:  (0)expensive  (1)reasonable  (3)cheap!
3 – Race Day Registration:  (0)no  (3)yes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WEBSITE
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:  86

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Race #163 – Cupid’s Cup 5k – Charlotte, NC – 02/11/12

With the big half marathon in Myrtle Beach next week, I considered just taking this entire weekend off to rest up a little, but Friday night as I trudged along on the treadmill for just an easy mile to keep my streak going (now 247 straight days of running) I thought about how lucky I am to be able to run at all since so many people my age aren’t able to, and as soon as I completed my obligatory mile I hopped off the treadmill and told Linda she could sleep in and I would go over and run the Cupid’s Cup by myself. She was all for sleeping in and since we have another 5k scheduled for Sunday afternoon she didn’t feel too guilty about it.

It’s always fun to run the major races in Charlotte because so many running friends show up, and this is one of the best cold-weather races of the year. The big cold front was due to come in on Saturday afternoon so despite being pretty cold, it wasn’t nearly as cold as I was afraid it would be, and just like last year there were quite a few patio heaters in the parking garage where the race festivities were held so it was fairly pleasant both before and after the race.
Last year this was my second fastest 5k of the year with only the notoriously downhill (and possibly short) Santa Scramble being the fastest. I did manage to win my age group this year with a time of 20:31 but that’s 19 seconds slower than last year, which no doubt is a result of my diet since about Thanksgiving. I’ve gained about 5 pounds since then after having dropped 10 pounds and running my best times ever last fall. For some reason I haven’t been able to get back on track with the good eating habits yet. Hopefully I can make some progress this week with the huge race coming up next week. My training’s going great, and nothing hurts, which is nice just three weeks out from my 60th birthday. Now if I can just get a little self control on the eating.


My Stats:
Time:  20:31
Pace:  6:37
Age Group:  1 of  15
Overall:  49 of 914
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* RACE RATING  (100 Possible Points) *
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Note: With my new rating system (started in December 2011) there’s not a chance of any race scoring near 100. If it’s important to you, look at each individual category to see how points were earned (or not). Just trying to be more objective with the details. I generally like all of the races I run. If there’s something that really rubs me the wrong way I’ll mention it in the summary above.
RACE COURSE  (20 possible points)
3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
0 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
2 – Water Stops: (at least 1 for 5k, 2 for 10k, 4 for half marathon) (2 points)
1 – Course Marking:  (0)bad  (1)good
1 – Course Scenery:  (0)bad  (1)good
1 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none  (1)normal  (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers:  (0)too few  (2)good
2 – Finish line: (0)mediocre  (2)pretty good to excellent
2 – Certified Course: (0)no  (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no  (2)yes
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads:  (0)yes  (1)no
REGISTRATION  (6 possible points)
3 – Cost:  (0)expensive  (1)reasonable  (3)cheap! ($25 on race day… cheap for Charlotte)
3 – Race Day Registration:  (0)no  (3)yes
RESULTS  (3 possible points)
2 – Posted promptly online:  (0)no  (2)yes
1 – Clear link on website:  (0)no  (1)yes
AGE GROUPS  (13 possible points)
2 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less)
5 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 – 14 and under group (1)
1 – 65+ group (1)
1 – 70+ group (1)
1 – Top Overall M/F:  (0)none or first only  (1)top 3 or better
1 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no  (1)yes
0 – Grand Masters Category (50+):  (0)no  (1)yes
AWARDS  (9 possible points)
2 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none  (1)yes  (2)excellent
1 – 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)
4 – Food for Race Participants: (0)none  (1)some  (2)adequate  (5)a feast! (not quite a feast, but good)
1 – 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
1 – Design: (0)not good  (1)not bad  (2)nice
0 – Material: (0)cotton  (2)technical fabric
0 – Discount for no-shirt option:  (0)no (2)yes
PHOTOGRAPHY  (12 possible points)
5 – Professional Photography: (0)no  (5)yes
5 – 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
x – No dedicated site but separate page on other site (organization, running store, etc):  (0)no  (1)yes
2 – Results or link to results posted on website:  (0)no  (2)yes
OTHER  (5 possible points)
2 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no  (2)yes
1 – Swag (free socks, water bottles, etc.): (0)no  (1)yes, some  (2)excellent
0 – Part of race series or Grand Prix:  (0)no  (1)yes
TOTAL:  79
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Race #73 – Black Mountain Valentine Run 5k – Black Mountain, NC – 02/20/10

Last week our half marathon in Myrtle Beach was snowed out, and fortunately for us, so were all the rest of the races in the Carolinas, and many of those races were rescheduled for this week. There were some good races in the Charlotte area that we hated to miss, but there were a couple in Asheville that were part of the Asheville Track Club Grand Prix series. I’m trying to run at least ten of the ATC GP races this year so we headed for the mountains. As you might expect, the weather was a little cooler up in Asheville than Charlotte, but it was still in the mid to upper 50s and both races were in the afternoon during the warmest part of the day. As we approached Asheville everything was still white with the snow that has been falling for the past month in the North Carolina mountains, but by Sunday afternoon the unseasonably mild temperatures had erased most of the evidence that it was still winter.
It was our first time running the Black Mountain Valentine 5k. In an area with so many hills to contend with, this was one of the less hilly races in the area. There was one steep climb in the first mile that took most of the wind out of my sails but after that it was nothing much more than some mildly rolling hills.
I’m still experimenting with heart rate monitoring and in my two most recent races (a 5k and a 10k) I’ve managed to reach a heart rate of about 166 (about 95% of my maximum heart rate of 176) and hold it for the entire race. For some reason in this race I started out with that same goal in mind since it worked great in the two previous races. I was more than a little surprised to see that in my first mile with a heart rate of about 155 I was huffing and puffing and I felt like I was over 170 beats per minute. This was before I hit the steep hill. I’m not sure if it was just a bad day or my training hasn’t been what it should be, or even the outside possibility that it had something to do with what I had eaten before the race and what I was wearing.
Before early morning races I ordinarily eat either a bowl of oatmeal or raisin bran before leaving home, then on the way to the race most of the time I get an Egg McMuffin from McDonald’s. I know that’s not standard racing food but I like it and it always seems to be something that works for me. With this race starting at 2:00 in the afternoon, we ate lunch on the way to Asheville, stopping at McDonald’s again, but this time lunch (about an hour before the race) consisted of a regular hamburger, small fries, an apple pie, an ice cream cone, and a small drink. This also wouldn’t be considered great pre-race food and I’m pretty sure I won’t try it again before a race.
In addition to my less-than-perfect pre-race meal I also, as is my custom, managed to overdress yet again for a race. I did wear shorts and a short-sleeved shirt, but I somehow managed to rationalize the idea that it would be good to wear a long-sleeved Under Armour Heat Gear shirt under the regular short-sleeved shirt. About a hundred yards into the race I was overheated and mentally kicking myself.
So it’s very possible that the food and clothing had somewhat of an effect on my race performance. You live and learn, as they say, but Linda usually tells me that I just live.
At just past the 2-mile mark in the race I picked a spot where I hoped nobody was looking (didn’t want to blind anybody). I stopped running, slowing down to a walk, and I peeled off both shirts then put the short-sleeved shirt back on. I wanted to toss the Under Armour shirt but figured there will be plenty of cold days ahead so I held onto it until the end of the race. With a little bit of breathing room my last mile was my fastest, with a pace about 30 seconds faster than both the 1st and 2nd miles. As fate would have it, while I was changing shirts I was passed by somebody else in my age group, who finished 18 seconds ahead of me, but for all my problems I was still happy (and fortunate) to finish second in the age group with a time of 21:28.
T-shirts were great (black long-sleeved high quality tech material with a nice design), food was adequate but not great, and awards were drinking glasses.
Race Rating
5 – 1-10  Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
4 – 1-10  Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10) (GLASSES)
7 – 1-10  Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
5 – 1-10  Food for Race Participants (1 to 10)
8 – 1-10  T-Shirts (1 to 10 with 5 being average) (LONG-SLEEVE TECH!)
6 – 4/6   Part of Race Series (Grand Prix, etc.) (6=Yes and 4=No) (ATC-GP)
5 – 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)
7 – 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)
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 – 85
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Race #19 – Chase for Cupid’s Arrow 5k – Rutherford College NC – 02/14/09

Maybe I’m showing my age a little bit (there’s a scoop for ya) but this week’s trip to the town of Rutherford College, North Carolina (population 1,272) provided a welcome return to normalcy after the pandemonium at last week’s Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh. We had originally planned on running the Cupid’s Cup race in Charlotte but last week my long-time friend Michael Fox emailed me and said he was going to run in Rutherford College. Michael is the inventor of the Dulcijo and is one of the world’s greatest clawhammer banjo players (and the fella who taught me to play the banjo 30-something years ago). So Linda and I changed gears and headed to Rutherford College. The course was a challenge, with a couple of steep hills, but the run through the countryside (you can see it in the photos) was spectacular.
I stopped about ten times during the race to snap a picture. I figure I’m not going to win anyway so a few extra seconds shouldn’t matter, and in the end all three of us — Michael, Linda, and I — all placed 3rd in our respective age groups. That’s one of the fringe benefits of smaller races — a much higher likelihood of placing in the top 3 in your age group. So if you like such things as medals and trophies (and I do) it’s a definite plus. I think there were about 130 runners in this race.
The race was well organized, the after-race food was good, and the long-sleeved T-shirts were among the best we’ve seen (you can see them in some of the photos I’m posting). One other nice touch for us old guys was that during the awards presentation they started with the older runners first and worked their way back to the younger runners. Ordinarily it’s the other way around, and by the time they get around to the geriatric set all of the young folks have gone home and there’s nobody left but us old people. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but we still appreciate an attaboy or two every now and again.
Overall, this was one of those races that makes me happy to be a runner.
(Race Results are Below.)
Race Rating:
  • 6 – 4/6 Number of Participants (4 for less than 100; 6 for 100 or more)
  • 7 – 1-10 Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
  • 9 – 1-10 Awards Presentation (PA system, stating winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
  • 8 – 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)
  • 6 – 4/6 Online Registration (6=Yes and 4=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)
  • 9 – 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)
  • 7 – 3/7 Age Groups (7 if 5-year groups; 3 if 10-year groups)
  • 5 – 1-10 Bathroom Facilities
  • 0 – 1-10 OtherTOTAL – 91
6th Annual Chase for Cupid’s Arrow 5K
February 14, 2009
OVERALL RESULTS
PLACE NAME AGE TIME
1. Benjamin Canipe 17 18:04
2. Travis Franklin 15 18:16
3. Greg Kielar 16 19:02
4. Allen Alfaro 42 19:27
5. Mark Rostan 39 19:37
6. Scot Hayward 45 19:58
7. Charles Black 17 20:21
8. Jennifer Leone 38 21:31
9. Mike Flicker 39 22:30
10. Derek Marsh 16 22:44
11. Joe Kent 17 22:45
12. Shane Rooks 41 22:55
13. Rodney Lee 56 22:57
14. Jim Benton 55 23:03
15. Danny Dyson 44 23:24
16. Mackie Johnson 62 23:34
17. Joel Morris 52 23:41
18. Richard Watson 70 23:55
19. Richard Hefner 56 24:35
20. Seth Rickertsen 31 24:44
21. Derek McCloughan 18 24:47
22. Kim Oates 33 24:53
23. Frank Gentry 47 25:05
24. John Brittain, Jr. 45 25:10
25. Melvin Morrison 47 25:23
26. Leon Lewis 68 25:26
27. Amy Alexander 32 25:28
28. Jim Clark 40 25:29
29. Derek Dyson 9 25:31
30. Paul Mears 44 25:53
31. David Johnson 58 25:54
32. Emily Arensman 12 25:59
33. Lindsey Bakewell 22 26:03
34. Taylor Glenn 13 28:05
35. Elizabeth Parson 47 26:21
36. Hannah Arensman 10 26:53
37. Beth Roach 27 27:23
38. Jason Roseman 26 27:23
39. Melissa Littlewood 26 27:43
40. Foster Rich 10 27:45
41. Dale Less 49 27:52
42. Kirk Schwarting 22 28:00
43. Patti Griffin 54 28:04
44. Amber Allen 26 28:13
45. Emily Semmel 20 28:35
46. Robert Braswell 49 28:41
47. Jon White 37 28:44
48. Beth Kolb 30 28:50
49. Heather Wiatrek 36 29:03
50. Lester Copeland 68 29:15
51. Jim Gravely 55 29:21
52. JR Jensen 10 29:22
53. Jamie Reinhardt 30 29:29
54. Laura Roberts 25 29:32
55. Keri Anthony 27 29:38
56. Jerry White 45 29:39
57. Joyce Pharr 62 29:48
58. Laurie Toman 47 29:52
59. Amy Piercy 29 29:54
60. Danny Turner 51 29:54
61. Haley Brinkley 13 29:56
62. Tanner Carswell 10 29:59
63. Amanda Morrison 34 30:07
64. Melanie Mikusa 48 30:09
65. Andrew Call 27 30:09
66. Ingrid Anthony 25 30:13
67. Michelle Pazzula 25 30:18
68. Amber Justice 23 30:23
69. Wayne Thomas 43 30:23
70. Erin Byrd 23 30:44
71. Nancy Thomas 50 31:14
72. Kelly Cain 37 31:19
73. Michael Fox 53 31:20
74. Laurel Morris 23 31:39
75. Kelle Huffman 43 31:40
76. Charlotte McMillan 57 31:46
77. Carol Brinkley 36 32:23
78. Brittany Coffey 11 32:24
79. Katherine Arensman 9 32:25
80. Laura Justice 49 32:29
81. Kristie Compton 30 32:36
82. Ethan Thomas 12 32:48
83. Lynn Thomas 41 32:48
84. Karen Brown 46 32:51
85. Jim Cates 70 32:57
86. Catherine Lowry 44 33:16
87. Stella Turner 22 33:39
88. Wilma Bailey 61 33:51
89. Bridgette Blackwell 27 33:57
90. Alicia Mears 35 34:22
91. Ashley Simmons 23 34:27
92. Carly Raimondo 26 34:30
93. Becky Roach 57 34:47
94. Karen Rich 36 34:52
95. Linda Hefner 56 35:13
96. Teresa Pruitt 48 35:23
97. Cole Wilson 27 35:28
98. Lauren Wilson 29 35:28
99. Erin Leatherman 25 35:40
100. Nick Matzka 27 35:40
101. Anthony Cox 47 35:44
102. Lisa Wall 38 35:44
103. Erin Wall 29 35:45
104. Clementine Folan 13 35:46
105. Annette Skidmore 49 35:55
106. Teresa Clarke 45 36:01
107. Andy Lee 7 36:28
108. Dwight Winters 32 36:34
109. Steve Kent 48 36:44
110. Jordan Zuzolo 11 37:01
111. Scott Brown 47 37:06
112. Walter Pharr 72 37:08
113. Brittani W. 10 38:33
114. Mariea Brown 38 38:47
115. Peggy Mulrenin 52 40:01
116. Rhea Cooper 65 40:54
117. Danny Seagle 69 41:08
118. Tony Edmondson 60 43:58
119. Heather Oliver 32 52:37
120. Joy Garland 10 53:09
121. Jennifer Garland 40 54:15
122. Angie Alexander 34 58:21
123. Lynn Lawson 37 58:34
124. Tracy Oliver 32 58:36
125. Anna Jacks 13 1:00:17
126. David Pollpeter 47 1:01:03
127. ??? 1:01:09
128. Susan Pollpeter 52 1:02:09
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