Race #323 – Corporate Cup Half Marathon – Charlotte, NC – 03/05/16

2016-corporate-cup-LOGOWith more than 3,000 runners in the half marathon and 5k combined, this is one of Charlotte’s biggest races of the year. With both pre- and post-race activities held in the Wells Fargo Atrium, it provides some nice shelter if needed although this year it was almost warm enough to stay outside. There are quite a few rolling hills as is the case with all of the Charlotte half marathons, and people seem to love to hate the climb up Morehead in the 12th mile. It’s a long climb but not really that steep — just kind of a nuisance since you’ve been racing for about 12 miles when you hit it.


I was a little apprehensive about running a different half marathon only a week before the Tobacco Road Half, but fellow runner Steve Price told me at the recent Charlotte 10-Miler he could get me into this one for free, so I jumped at the chance to overdo it once again. This was my first half marathon since I crashed and burned in Florida on December 13th, and since that time my aches and pains have caused me to reduce my mileage. This was only my third race of 2016 but I’m feeling ready to get out and run again. I expected to be slower at the Corporate Cup this year so I wasn’t surprised to finish 6 minutes slower than last year’s time at 1:45:58. A couple years ago that would have been a disappointing time, but that was then and this is now and I’m slower, so I was happy just to finish in under 1:50:00. I would hope I might still be able to run a sub 1:40:00 half once or twice in the coming year but whether or not that happens I’d just like to appreciate the fact that I’m still running, even if it’s slower.


Race Number:  323


Race Name:  Corporate Cup Half Marathon and 5k


Location:  Charlotte, North Carolina


Date:  March 5, 2016


Race Rating:  93




  • Elevation Gain:  483 feet
  • Elevation Loss:  470 feet
  • Minimum Elevation:  616 feet
  • Maximum Elevation:  802 feet

Weather at Start:  41 degrees, 61% humidity, wind 3 mph


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My Stats:

Time:  1:45:58
Pace:  8:06
Age Group:  3 of 9
Overall:  181 of  957
Average Heart Rate:  164
Maximum Heart Race: 174
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:23:25  (69.99%)


3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
5 – 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
8 – 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

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

2 – Posted online within 24 hours: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Easy to find results: (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)
0 – 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
0 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)
5 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

3 – 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

2 – 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
3 – Design: (1-5)
3 – Material Quality: (1-3)
0 – Discount for no-shirt option: (0)no (2)yes

5 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
1 – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap
0 – 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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