Race #299 – Cat’s Cradle 5k – Morganton, NC – 06/13/15

race3314_logo.brBl-IThe Cat’s Cradle 10k/5k has become one of my running club’s (Gaston County Runners) favorite races. For each of the past three years we’ve had an increasingly larger group each year to make the approximately 70-mile drive to Morganton for the race. It’s flat and fast along the scenic Catawba River Greenway, although this year by the 8:30 starting time the temperature was in the upper 70s and before the race was over it was a scorcher. I was about 2 minutes slower than at this same race last year, again running the 5k instead of the 10k, having just run a half marathon the previous week and with another one coming up in just a couple more weeks. Quite a few other runners were slower, mostly due to the heat, but I have other issues that probably affected me more than the heat.


After finishing the 5k I grabbed my camera out of the car and had fun taking pics of the rest of the 5k race then most of the 10k runners as well. I deleted a lot of the bad photos but kept the best and ended up with about 350 pictures in all, so my photography session was actually more successful than my race! Maybe I’ll become a race photographer if I ever have to stop running. The photos can be viewed by the public on my Facebook page. Click here for the photo album.


Race Number:  299

Race Name:  Cat’s Cradle 5k & 10k

Location:  Catawba River Greenway – Morganton, NC

Date:  June 13, 2015

Race Rating:  93



  • M:  Abram Logan  (18:26)
  • F:  Amber Opp (20:39)


  • M:  Bobby Aswell Jr.  (41:14)
  • F:  Amy Edelstein  (43:25)

Course:  Flat and fast (just a couple of slight inclines). Lots of shade for the 5k provided a little protection from the heat. Not as much shade for the 10k.

Weather at Start:  Upper 70s (and climbing quickly)
Click Here for Race Results

Click Here for Race Photos (My Facebook Album – 346 pics)


Group pic of the Gaston County Runners after the race.



Me and my wife Linda. She’s doing great on her recovery from last year’s health problems and is back to running 5k’s.


Our GCR friends Chris and Wendy. They ran the 10k in the morning and got married that afternoon!


My Stats:

  • Time:  23:10
  • Pace:  7:33
  • Age Group:  1 of  3
  • Overall:  10 of  115
  • Average Heart Rate:  162
  • Maximum Heart Race:  173
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:09  (71.1%)



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
7 – 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

5 – 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)
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

2 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
2 – 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

5 – 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

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
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

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

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
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:   93

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