Race #283 – Wounded Warrior 4-Mile Run – Kings Mountain, NC – 01/31/15

Patriot Jack’s hosted the race, which was managed and timed by Finish Well Timing.

The forecast of temperatures in the low 20s for this past Saturday morning didn’t make me want to jump up and down with excitement, but I knew I needed to get back out and race after a couple of dismal months. It didn’t help that I gained 5 pounds in 5 days the previous week on our Bahamas cruise. Add to that the fact that I was already 10 pounds over my best running weight and I’m in possibly the worst shape I’ve ever been in as a runner.


  • All finishers received a finishers medal, dog tags actually, which was a nice touch for a race of this distance.
  • The post-race food was nothing to get excited about, but there was plenty of free coffee, which always earns extra points with me on a cold day.
  • The overnight temperature dipped to about 23 degrees, but the relatively late starting time (9:00 a.m.) allowed it to warm up a bit, and the bright sunshine actually made it almost pleasant.
  • Race day registration and packet pickup was held inside the store, where it was nice and warm.
  • Very nice awards ceremony and they started with the older age groups first. More races should do that!


  • No T-shirts were left when I registered on race day, which is fine by me, but it’s nice to get a $5 discount in that case, which some races do. This was actually offset by the fact that they didn’t bump the price up for people registering on race day.
  • 10-year age groups that ended at 60+.

Click Here for Race Results

My Stats:

Time:  29:44
Pace:  7:26
Age Group (60+):  1 of  6
Overall:  8 of  160
Average Heart Rate: 165
Maximum Heart Race: 174
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  23:30 (71.72%)

Yep, I walked six times as you can see by the downward spikes on the timing chart. Notice that the walks correspond to the two big hills.



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
3 – 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
5 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
0 – Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes
0 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no

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

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

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

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

5 – 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

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

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

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!

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

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

TOTAL:  62


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