Thursday, November 6, 2008

Race #7 – Runway 5k – Charlotte Douglas Airport – 10/25/08

It was rainy early but the rain stopped in time for the race. Most of the course was on one of the runways so it was pretty much flat the entire way, which was fine by me.

Linda and I both placed 3rd in our age division (55-59) and Mike Rucker (formerly of the Panthers) handed out trophies to all the winners and posed for photos with each winner, which was really a nice touch. There wasn’t enough food to go around, but other than that it was a great day at the races.

“Treasured Events of Charlotte (click to visit)” has posted over 2,200 photos of the race on their website (that’s Linda walking towards the camera in the picture at the top). They did a fantastic job with the photography and got pictures of virtually everybody who was there.

In the race ratings I gave the race an extra 9 points for the great photography, which is usually absent from 5k races unless you bring somebody with you to take pictures.


Race Rating:

6 — 4/6 Number of Participants (4 for less than 100; 6 for 100 or more)
8 — 1-10 Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
10–1-10 Awards Presentation (PA system, stating winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
4 — 1-10 Food for Race Participants (1 to 10)
6 — 1-10 T-Shirts (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
4 — 4/6 Race part of “Run for Your Life Grand Prix Series” (6=Yes and 4=No)
4 — 4/6 Online Registration (6=Yes and 4=No)
6 — 4/6 Chip Timing (6=Yes and 4=No)
7 — 3/7 Certified Course (by USA Track & Field) (7=Yes and 3=No)
8 — 1-10 Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
7 — 1-10 Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
5 — 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)
4 — 1-10 Bathroom Facilities
9 — 1-10 Other (photography)

TOTAL – 95