Saturday, September 10, 2011

Race #144 - Big Red Shoe 5k - Charlotte, NC - 09/10/11

Jonas runs with dad (our son Dave) in his first official race.
This was a special race for us -- the 1k was our 3-year-old grandson Jonas's first race ever. We'd been hoping we could take him to a race all summer and it didn't work out until September, but it was a great first race for him. Add a petting zoo, moon bounce, clowns, balloons, and lots of other excitement for kids and it was a perfect Saturday morning at the races.

The 5k was a good one for me as well. I finished with my second best 5k time of the year -- 20:13 -- and was 5th overall in the race, winning the Grand Masters and a $50 Omega Sports gift certificate.

Proceeds from this race go to the Ronald McDonald House (thus the "Big Red Shoe" moniker) and Myers Park Baptist Church does a good job with it. All participants get a free pancake breakfast after the race, and there were other goodies available such as watermelon and frozen yogurt.







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Race Rating:

7 - 1-10 Website (Information, results, registration, photo links, etc.)
8 - 1-10 Awards (Quality of medals, trophies, etc.) (1 to 10) (No trophies but lots of money$$)
6 - 1-10 Awards Presentation (PA system, winning times, etc.) (1 to 10)
8 - 1-10 Food for Race Participants (1 to 10)
5 - 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)
5 - 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)
7 - 1-10 Course (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
6 - 1-10 Parking (1 to 10 with 5 being average)
9 - 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)
5 - 1-10 Bathroom Facilities
0 - 0-10 Other

TOTAL - 99

Race Stats:

1st Overall Male:  Chris Parnek (18:22)
1st Overall Female:  Cynthia Lucas (21:09)
Total Finishers:  156

My Stats:

Time:  20:13
Pace:  6:31
Age Group:  1 of 5
Overall:  5 of 156