Race #341 – Peach Festival 10k – Gaffney, SC – 07/09/16

2016-peach-festival-LOGOThis was only my second trip to the Peach Festival race in Gaffney. It’s a well organized and popular race but just happens to land on the same day as other races so I usually have a conflict. When I ran it three years ago I popped a hamstring about halfway through the race and ended up dropping out and limping back to the finish line. It now has the distinction of being the only race I’ve ever dropped out of because of an injury. I was running the 10k that year so I wanted to run the 10k this year also just to try and redeem myself.


The 10k and 5k start together then branch off in different directions, but then meet up again several times during the race so you keep meeting up with different groups of runners along the way, which I don’t mind because it provides a little variety not to mention it makes me feel a little faster since I always end up with a slower group of 5k runners.


It was hot, humid, and hilly but I don’t really mind. I always just remind myself of how much I dislike cold weather and how fortunate I am to just be able to keep running. I’ve come to grips with being slower, and my time of 48:17 was my slowest 10k time since my first three 10k races back when I began running. I find myself actually being more comfortable with slower times these days and I’ll be lucky if I slow down a little bit at a time as opposed to being stopped in my tracks by an injury.


Next week is The Scream! Half Marathon, which is a logistical nightmare but one of my favorite races of the year. I’m looking forward to lots of downhill running and sore quads for several days afterwards.


Race Number:  341


Race Name:  South Carolina Peach Festival 5k & 10k


Location:  Gaffney, South Carolina


Date:  July 9, 2016


Race Rating:  82



10k Top 25:



5k Top 25:


Course: More hills than I expected — nothing major but lots of fairly long medium hills to climb, but of course you get to go down on the other side. Quite a bit of meeting up with runners in the other race so you have to be careful not to miss a turn.


Weather at Start:  Sunny, 70 degrees, 94% humidity.


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After the race I was showing off my new truck to some of my GCR friends. It replaces my beloved red Honda Insight that I've driven for the past 8 years. Gonna miss that car. I was able to keep my "RUNNER" license plate though.
After the race I was showing off my new truck to some of my GCR friends. It replaces my beloved red Honda Insight that I’ve driven for the past 8 years. Gonna miss that car. I was able to keep my “RUNNER” license plate though.

My Stats:


  • Time:  48:17
  • Pace:  7:47
  • Age Group:  1 of  1
  • Overall:   24 of  107
  • Average Heart Rate:  166
  • Maximum Heart Race: 175
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  37:53  (70.52%)



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
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
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

2 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap!
3 – 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)
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

5 – 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)
0 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

4 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
2 – 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)
2 – Material Quality: (1-3)
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
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

0 – 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
2 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:   82

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