Race #290 – Run for Glory 5k – Boiling Springs, NC – 04/03/15

2015-run-for-glory-LOGOIn a pleasant detour from all of the half marathons I’ve been running lately, Linda and I both decided it would be fun to run a Friday night 5k so we could sleep in (sort of) on Saturday morning. This was the 10th annual Run for Glory 5k at the Flint Hill Baptist Church near Boiling Springs, which is a few miles from Shelby. This was our first time to run these country roads but I’ve known about the race being a favorite of some of our friends for several years.


The race director is Bubba Anthony, a great runner whom I have known since I began running, and the race is known for its great food after the race as well as the nice trophies that are handed out to the age-group winners. And speaking of age group winners, my wife Linda is on the comeback trail while still recovering from Bell’s Palsy, which first affected her on August 20, 2014. She took home the 1st place trophy in the women’s 60-69 division, and I’m proud of her for still running even though she’s still dealing with quite a few aches and pains related to the BP.


Packet pickup and race registration are held inside the church, which comes in handy if the weather’s bad, but on this beautiful spring evening the weather was nice and warm although it was windy enough to blow over the race timing clock before the race began so the clock was put away and there wasn’t a clock to look at as the race finished, but it really wasn’t an issue.


Thanks to Patrick Green for the photo!

I finished 11th overall out of 126 runners at a time of 21:58, which I was happy with, but finished 2nd in the 60-69 age group, with 60-year-old Jerome Smith finishing 13 seconds ahead of me at 21:45. Somebody asked me if I was taking it easy because Jerome didn’t look like he was old enough for my age group, but no, I’m not one to take it easy no matter who’s up ahead. I did the best I could and there was no catching anybody who was ahead of me. The one issue with this race is that they had 5-year-age groups all the way up to 60, and at that point they went to a 10-year group for 60-69 then 70-and-over. It didn’t affect me but it did affect several guys who should have been in the 65-69 age group, and I would hope they’ll add that single age group in the future.


Over the next couple weeks I have two more half marathons on my tentative schedule. I haven’t registered for either one yet and may decide to run shorter races instead because of some pain that’s been bothering me, but it’s half marathon season and I hate to miss it. We’ll see.

Click Here for Race Results (PDF)

My Stats:

Time:  21:58
Pace:  7:05
Age Group:  2 of  10
Overall:  11 of  126
Average Heart Rate: 165
Maximum Heart Race: 177
Age Graded Equivalent Time: 17:12 (74.98%)


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
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

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

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

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)
0 – 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

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

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

0 – Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
2 – 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!
2 – 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
2 – Swag (free socks, water bottles, etc.): (0)no (2)yes, some (5)excellent
0 – Part of race series or Grand Prix: (0)no (2)yes
0 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  81


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One Reply to “Race #290 – Run for Glory 5k – Boiling Springs, NC – 04/03/15”

  1. Way to go Linda!! The first thing that jumped out at me was here’s Linda with these aches and pains but still out running and getting first place. Then people who have no pains won’t get off the couch and run.
    Hey with a race director named Bubba it had to be a great race.
    Keep it up Linda.

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