Race #376 – Girls on the Run Spring 5k – Gastonia, NC – 05/06/17

Coming back down to earth after the big race in Las Vegas last week, it was nice to be able to drive just a couple miles from home to the race this week. This Girls on the Run race is part of the Gaston County YMCA series. Last week’s race in Mount Holly that I missed was also part of the series so that pretty much bumped me from any contention I might have had since all of the races in the series count this year. Last year’s series allowed runners to miss a couple races but this year they’re all counted so if you miss one you’ve had it. Too bad, and I hope that next year they’ll include a buffer in there. If not I’ll be one of the runners who won’t be officially in the series, although I do like the local races so I would do some of them whether I’m trying to contend in the series or not.


The Girls on the Run program consists of elementary (and maybe some middle school) girls who are involved in the running program at school, culminating in the 5k race at the end of the season. It’s a great program that originated in Charlotte and is now popular all across the United States. There’s a similar program for boys that has been started over the last few years called “Let Me Run,” and their 5k race will be held next weekend.


This race begins at Lineberger Park and uses the course that all races from this park have used since I’ve been running. It’s the same as the popular old Labor Day race that was held in Gastonia. The first mile has a huge uphill climb that you get to come back down in the last mile. It would seem that would result in fast times, but for some reason that’s not the case. I’m usually a bit slower here than in most other races, and times for other runners seem a little slower as well.


I managed to finish 9th overall out of 435 finishers, just ahead of the first female, who was not only NOT one of the elementary school girls but was my friend and beast of a runner, Dianne Allen, who at 61 years old is a phenomenal runner who shows no signs of slowing down. As a matter of fact, the day after this race she competed in a triathlon that included a 1,000 meter swim, an 18-mile bike ride, and and 4-mile run. Of course she was dominant there too. I took the day off.


I managed to leave my Garmin watch at home so I apologize that much of the data I usually have for races is missing on this one.


Race Number:  376

Race Name:  Girls on the Run Spring 5k

Location:  Gastonia, North Carolina

Date:  May 6, 2017

Race Rating:  90

Winners (Top 25 Overall):

Course:  Huge uphill in the first mile, followed by a mostly flat second mile through local neighborhoods, with the third mile being back down the big hill with a fairly flat finish.


Race Results:


Click Here for Race Photos on Flickr by Matthew Gregory


My Stats:

  • Time:  23:36
  • Pace:  7:35
  • Age Group:  1 of 7
  • Overall:  9 of 435
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  18:24 (70.55%)
Free photos provided by Matt Gregory are always a great perk at the local races!


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)
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

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

3 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
7 – 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
1 – Indoor Restrooms: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful

2 – T-Shirts: (0)no (2)yes
2 – 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
10 – 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
0 – 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
2 – 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:  90

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