Saturday, May 28, 2011

Race #127 - Belmont Classic 5k - Belmont, NC - 05/28/11

Hometown races are always a lot of fun and it's just a couple miles to downtown Belmont from where I live. Our new running group, the Gaston County Runners, is doing great thanks to the enthusiastic bunch of people who are involved, and today we had more than 20 club members at the race. Things went okay for me despite the fact that I ate three hotdogs for lunch yesterday. I need to be reminded occasionally that that is not a great idea. My time today of 21:36 was 29 seconds slower than last year (21:07) but 31 seconds faster than I ran it two years ago (22:07). I'm happy with that considering I'm two years older now.


I don't have a lot of time to write today. Linda and I are heading out for Huntsville, Alabama, for the 32nd annual Cotton Row Run 10k, which I'll be running on Monday (Memorial Day). It's the final race of the season in the Running Journal Grand Prix.and one of my favorite races of the year. This year I've got a 180 point lead over 2nd place (Hi Bob!) going into the last race, so that's kinda nice...

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Two Charlotte area runners, Alice Rogers and Alejandro Arreola, are leading in overall points this year and will be the Open Division Champions for the year, and Jerry Sofley of Gastonia (like me) is set to win the 60-64 age group once again.

Click Here for 2011 Belmont Classic 5k Race Results

Race Rating:
6 - 1-10  Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
4 - 1-10  Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10)
6 - 1-10  Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
6 - 1-10  Food for Race Participants (1 to 10)
6 - 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)
0 - 0/5   Professional Photography (5=Yes and 0=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)
6 - 1-10  Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
6 - 1-10  Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
5 - 1-10  Entertainment (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
10 - 0-10  Age Groups (10 if 5-year groups; 0 if 10-year groups)
5 - 0/5   Indoor Shelter from Elements (0 if none; 5 if provided)
6 - 1-10  Bathroom Facilities
0-10  Other

TOTAL - 83

My Stats:

Time:   21:36
Pace:   6:57
Age Group:  2 of 11
Overall:  17 of 233