I actually felt okay about my performance. I finished 11th overall in the race with a time of 45:33. That's not a great time but it's a very hilly course and I walked several times on the big hills. In addition to the walk breaks that I really felt were necessary, I took a couple of extra walk breaks that probably added at least minute to my time near the end of the race when it was apparent that it wouldn't affect where I placed in the race since there was nobody visible in back of me. The 12th place finisher was about a minute and a half back so I kind of took it easy, at least until there were people watching (not a great racing strategy, but it's true).
As with all of the Vac & Dash races, this one is well organized and a lot of fun. It's held in conjunction with the Best of Badin Festival, with the start and finish line right in the middle of the festival, so there are a lot of fun things to do after the race. One of the best things about the Vac & Dash races is that they usually take hundreds of race photos then post them on Facebook for free. I include links below.
Here's the video I took during the race and a few photos from along the course...
|Bobby Aswell, Bill Shires, Sharon Davis, and Seth Utley at the start.|
|William Morrell, the eventual Senior Grandmasters winner, passed me about a mile into the race and never looked back.|
|A local cross-country high school team manned the water stops through the winding and hilly country roads.|
|Here's Bill Shires coming down Morrow Mountain after the turnaround on the out-and-back course.|
He was the winner of the 10k state championship race.
|As I was heading back down the mountain after the turnaround point I met a lot of runners from both the 10k|
and the half marathon. I always like out-and-back courses because you can see where everybody is in the race.
|This was the 11-mile mark for the half marathon so it was about 4 miles into the 10k. I'm still chasing Sharon|
and the guy in the orange (or yellow) shirt.
|The finish line... always a pleasant sight.|
Facebook Photo Album (Start - 214 Photos)
Facebook Photo Album (Course - 319 Photos)
Age Group: 2 of 3
Overall: 11 of 100
Average Heart Rate: 162
Maximum Heart Race: 173
Age Graded Equivalent Time: 36:19 (73.94%)
* RACE RATING *
3 - Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 - Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
2 - Water Stops: (0)none (2)normal (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 - Course Marking: (0)bad (1)good
2 - Course Scenery: (0)bad (2)pleasant (5)extraordinary
1 - Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 - Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
5 - Finish line: (0)mediocre (2)not bad (5)very good (7)spectacular!
2 - 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 promptly online: (0)no (2)yes
1 - Clear link on website: (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
2 - Masters Category(40+): (0)no (2)yes
3 - Grand Masters Category (50+): (0)no (3)yes *RRCA
5 - Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no (5)yes *RRCA
2 - Overall Winner Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
2 - Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
0 - Door Prizes or Drawing: (0)no (2)yes (5-9)fabulous door prizes!
0 - Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals
7 - Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
7 - Entertainment: (0)no (1-9)yes
2 - 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: (0)not good (1)not bad (2)nice (5)beautiful!
2 - Material: (0)cotton (2)technical fabric
x - Discount for no-shirt option: (0)no (2)yes
0 - Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
0 - Prices: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap!
5 - Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.): (0)no (2)yes (5)lots of free pics!
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
2 - Dedicated race website (0)no (2)yes
2 - Results or link to results posted on website: (0)no (2)yes
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 (V&D Trifecta Race Series)