Race #419 – Mount Holly 10k – Mount Holly, NC – 04/28/18

Formerly called the Mount Holly Springfest 5k, a couple years ago a 10k was added and it’s now the “Run Mount Holly 5k Downtown Dash and 10k River Run.” I’m not sure why, but as the name has expanded the crowd has contracted, and this year there were only about 120 total runners in both races, which is considerably fewer than there used to be when it was just a 5k. Most likely the major factor in the smaller race size is the number of races that are now available to choose from. I’ve also heard that not as many folks are running races as a few years ago, so a smaller turnout for all races is not surprising.

With a half marathon planned for next weekend I decided my best option would be to run the 10k, especially since it allowed me to squeeze out an extra point in our local race series. This would test my increasingly bothersome arthritic right knee a bit and at least give me an idea of how I should feel halfway through the half marathon. Not great but we’ll see.

One problem came up during the race. The course wasn’t marked as well as it should have been. At one point in the industrial park we ran through, I almost ran the wrong way. There was nobody close enough to see in front of me and I wasn’t sure whether to go left or right on a wide portion of pavement (not a parking lot and not a street, but something in between). I had to stop and ask the runners in back of me. Fortunately someone saw the faint white markings on the pavement that marked the course. So it was marked, but not well. There should have been some signs with arrows, especially when there were no volunteers at intersections. I talked to a few other runners who ended up off the course at another location and ended up running an extra half mile in the 10k.

Race Number:  419

Race Name:   Run Mount Holly 5k Downtown Dash and 10k River Run

Location:  Mount Holly, North Carolina

Date:  April 28, 2018

Race Rating:  70

Winners (Top 20):




Weather at Start:


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My Stats:

  • Time:  49:04
  • Pace:   7:54
  • Age Group:  1 of 1
  • Overall:  17 of 39
  • Average Heart Rate:  161
  • Maximum Heart Rate:  170
  • Age Graded Equivalent Time:  37:46 (70.75%)


0 – Chip & Gun 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.]
0 – 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
0 – 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
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
0 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no (2)yes
3 – 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
5 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)
0 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

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

2 – Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
0 – 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
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
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:  70

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