Saturday, February 14, 2009

Race #19 – Chase for Cupid’s Arrow 5k – Rutherford College NC – 02/14/09


Maybe I’m showing my age a little bit (there’s a scoop for ya) but this week’s trip to the town of Rutherford College, North Carolina (population 1,272) provided a welcome return to normalcy after the pandemonium at last week’s Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh. We had originally planned on running the Cupid’s Cup race in Charlotte but last week my long-time friend Michael Fox emailed me and said he was going to run in Rutherford College. Michael is the inventor of the Dulcijo and is one of the world’s greatest clawhammer banjo players (and the fella who taught me to play the banjo 30-something years ago). So Linda and I changed gears and headed to Rutherford College. The course was a challenge, with a couple of steep hills, but the run through the countryside (you can see it in the photos) was spectacular.
I stopped about ten times during the race to snap a picture. I figure I’m not going to win anyway so a few extra seconds shouldn’t matter, and in the end all three of us — Michael, Linda, and I — all placed 3rd in our respective age groups. That’s one of the fringe benefits of smaller races — a much higher likelihood of placing in the top 3 in your age group. So if you like such things as medals and trophies (and I do) it’s a definite plus. I think there were about 130 runners in this race.
The race was well organized, the after-race food was good, and the long-sleeved T-shirts were among the best we’ve seen (you can see them in some of the photos I’m posting). One other nice touch for us old guys was that during the awards presentation they started with the older runners first and worked their way back to the younger runners. Ordinarily it’s the other way around, and by the time they get around to the geriatric set all of the young folks have gone home and there’s nobody left but us old people. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but we still appreciate an attaboy or two every now and again.
Overall, this was one of those races that makes me happy to be a runner.
(Race Results are Below.)
Race Rating:
  • 6 – 4/6 Number of Participants (4 for less than 100; 6 for 100 or more)
  • 7 – 1-10 Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
  • 9 – 1-10 Awards Presentation (PA system, stating winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
  • 8 – 1-10 Food for Race Participants (1 to 10)
  • 9 – 1-10 T-Shirts (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
  • 4 – 4/6 Part of Race Series (Grand Prix, etc.) (6=Yes and 4=No)
  • 6 – 4/6 Online Registration (6=Yes and 4=No)
  • 4 – 4/6 Chip Timing (6=Yes and 4=No)
  • 3 – 3/7 Certified Course (by USA Track & Field) (7=Yes and 3=No)
  • 9 – 1-10 Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
  • 8 – 1-10 Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
  • 6 – 1-10 Entertainment (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
  • 7 – 3/7 Age Groups (7 if 5-year groups; 3 if 10-year groups)
  • 5 – 1-10 Bathroom Facilities
  • 0 – 1-10 OtherTOTAL – 91
6th Annual Chase for Cupid’s Arrow 5K
February 14, 2009
OVERALL RESULTS
PLACE NAME AGE TIME
1. Benjamin Canipe 17 18:04
2. Travis Franklin 15 18:16
3. Greg Kielar 16 19:02
4. Allen Alfaro 42 19:27
5. Mark Rostan 39 19:37
6. Scot Hayward 45 19:58
7. Charles Black 17 20:21
8. Jennifer Leone 38 21:31
9. Mike Flicker 39 22:30
10. Derek Marsh 16 22:44
11. Joe Kent 17 22:45
12. Shane Rooks 41 22:55
13. Rodney Lee 56 22:57
14. Jim Benton 55 23:03
15. Danny Dyson 44 23:24
16. Mackie Johnson 62 23:34
17. Joel Morris 52 23:41
18. Richard Watson 70 23:55
19. Richard Hefner 56 24:35
20. Seth Rickertsen 31 24:44
21. Derek McCloughan 18 24:47
22. Kim Oates 33 24:53
23. Frank Gentry 47 25:05
24. John Brittain, Jr. 45 25:10
25. Melvin Morrison 47 25:23
26. Leon Lewis 68 25:26
27. Amy Alexander 32 25:28
28. Jim Clark 40 25:29
29. Derek Dyson 9 25:31
30. Paul Mears 44 25:53
31. David Johnson 58 25:54
32. Emily Arensman 12 25:59
33. Lindsey Bakewell 22 26:03
34. Taylor Glenn 13 28:05
35. Elizabeth Parson 47 26:21
36. Hannah Arensman 10 26:53
37. Beth Roach 27 27:23
38. Jason Roseman 26 27:23
39. Melissa Littlewood 26 27:43
40. Foster Rich 10 27:45
41. Dale Less 49 27:52
42. Kirk Schwarting 22 28:00
43. Patti Griffin 54 28:04
44. Amber Allen 26 28:13
45. Emily Semmel 20 28:35
46. Robert Braswell 49 28:41
47. Jon White 37 28:44
48. Beth Kolb 30 28:50
49. Heather Wiatrek 36 29:03
50. Lester Copeland 68 29:15
51. Jim Gravely 55 29:21
52. JR Jensen 10 29:22
53. Jamie Reinhardt 30 29:29
54. Laura Roberts 25 29:32
55. Keri Anthony 27 29:38
56. Jerry White 45 29:39
57. Joyce Pharr 62 29:48
58. Laurie Toman 47 29:52
59. Amy Piercy 29 29:54
60. Danny Turner 51 29:54
61. Haley Brinkley 13 29:56
62. Tanner Carswell 10 29:59
63. Amanda Morrison 34 30:07
64. Melanie Mikusa 48 30:09
65. Andrew Call 27 30:09
66. Ingrid Anthony 25 30:13
67. Michelle Pazzula 25 30:18
68. Amber Justice 23 30:23
69. Wayne Thomas 43 30:23
70. Erin Byrd 23 30:44
71. Nancy Thomas 50 31:14
72. Kelly Cain 37 31:19
73. Michael Fox 53 31:20
74. Laurel Morris 23 31:39
75. Kelle Huffman 43 31:40
76. Charlotte McMillan 57 31:46
77. Carol Brinkley 36 32:23
78. Brittany Coffey 11 32:24
79. Katherine Arensman 9 32:25
80. Laura Justice 49 32:29
81. Kristie Compton 30 32:36
82. Ethan Thomas 12 32:48
83. Lynn Thomas 41 32:48
84. Karen Brown 46 32:51
85. Jim Cates 70 32:57
86. Catherine Lowry 44 33:16
87. Stella Turner 22 33:39
88. Wilma Bailey 61 33:51
89. Bridgette Blackwell 27 33:57
90. Alicia Mears 35 34:22
91. Ashley Simmons 23 34:27
92. Carly Raimondo 26 34:30
93. Becky Roach 57 34:47
94. Karen Rich 36 34:52
95. Linda Hefner 56 35:13
96. Teresa Pruitt 48 35:23
97. Cole Wilson 27 35:28
98. Lauren Wilson 29 35:28
99. Erin Leatherman 25 35:40
100. Nick Matzka 27 35:40
101. Anthony Cox 47 35:44
102. Lisa Wall 38 35:44
103. Erin Wall 29 35:45
104. Clementine Folan 13 35:46
105. Annette Skidmore 49 35:55
106. Teresa Clarke 45 36:01
107. Andy Lee 7 36:28
108. Dwight Winters 32 36:34
109. Steve Kent 48 36:44
110. Jordan Zuzolo 11 37:01
111. Scott Brown 47 37:06
112. Walter Pharr 72 37:08
113. Brittani W. 10 38:33
114. Mariea Brown 38 38:47
115. Peggy Mulrenin 52 40:01
116. Rhea Cooper 65 40:54
117. Danny Seagle 69 41:08
118. Tony Edmondson 60 43:58
119. Heather Oliver 32 52:37
120. Joy Garland 10 53:09
121. Jennifer Garland 40 54:15
122. Angie Alexander 34 58:21
123. Lynn Lawson 37 58:34
124. Tracy Oliver 32 58:36
125. Anna Jacks 13 1:00:17
126. David Pollpeter 47 1:01:03
127. ??? 1:01:09
128. Susan Pollpeter 52 1:02:09