Race #521 - Hit the Brixx 10k - Charlotte, NC - 05/21/2022


Oh wow... this was a disaster. With my first half marathon of the year coming up next week, I thought I should probably run a 10k since I've only done 5k races thus far this year. If these results are any indication, the half marathon will be a disaster, or at the very least I'll be over 2 hours for the first time in the past 119 half marathons. I'm not that concerned, and frankly, I'd like to get that streak behind me and start getting comfortable being over 2 hours in half marathons. 

Other than my poor showing, the race was a lot of fun. I met up with my good friend and competitor, Bob Nelson, who finished a couple minutes ahead of me and won the 70-74 age group. The pizza after the race was great. 

Race Name:  Hit the Brixx 10k/5k

Location:  Charlotte, North Carolina

Date:  May 21, 2022

Race Rating:  106

Top 10 (10k):


Top 10 (5k):


Course:

My Garmin measured the course at 6.28 miles -- not enough to take off rating points but enough to put my pace over 9 minutes. The 8:58 pace my watch measured is at least a little better than 9:04.

Elevation by Mile:

Graph:

Those 22 dips mean that I walked 22 times. That's not a good sign, and maybe it's a hint that I need to possibly consider doing a planned run/walk such as the Galloway method. That might result in a better performance, but for now, I'll just keep doing what I've been doing. I might need a reminder on the definition of insanity. 


Weather at Start:

There was a little discrepancy in the weather data. Garmin said it was 73 degrees and my Garmin said it was 87 degrees. I'm not sure either one was correct, but it was definitely hotter than 73.



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The professional photos were good and you could buy all of your personal pics for $29.95. 
I didn't buy mine but it's not a bad deal when compared to many other race pics.


My Stats:

  • Time:  56:17
  • Pace:  8:58
  • Age Group:  1 of 3 
  • Overall:  87 of 264
  • Average Heart Rate:  154
  • Maximum Heart Rate:  164
  • Age Grade Percentage:  65.18%


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RACE COURSE 

3 - Chip Timing (Start & Finish Mat): (3 points if yes)

2 - Water Stops: (0)none  (2)normal  (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]

1 - Course Marking:  (0)bad  (1)good

3 - Course Scenery:  (0-5) 1=bad  and 5=fantastic

2 - Mile Markers: (0)poor or none  (1)normal  (2)with clocks or time called out

2 - Volunteers:  (0)too few  (2)good

7 - Finish line: (0-9)   0=bad  and 9=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


REGISTRATION 

2 - Cost:  (0)expensive  (2)reasonable  (5)cheap!

0 - Race Day Registration:  (0)no  (3)yes


RESULTS

2 - Posted online within 24 hours:  (0)no  (2)yes

1 - Easy to find results:  (0)no  (1)yes


AGE GROUPS

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; (1) first only; (2)top 3 or better

2 - Masters Category(40+): (0)no  (2)yes

3 - Grand Masters Category (50+):  (0)no  (3)yes

0 - Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no  (5)yes


AWARDS

5 - Overall Winner Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent

2 - Age Group Awards: (0)none  (2)yes  (5)excellent

4 - Door Prizes or Drawing: (0-9)

0 - Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no  (3)yes  (5)really cool medals


POST RACE 

9 - Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)

8 - Venue (Entertainment, Race Setting, etc.): (1-9)

2 - Finisher times posted after race:  (0)no  (2)yes


REST ROOMS 

2 - Porta Potties:  (0)no  (1)limited, long lines  (2)plentiful

0 - Indoor Restrooms: (0)no  (1)limited, long lines  (2)plentiful


T-SHIRTS

2 - T-Shirts: (0)no  (2)yes

3 - Design: (1-5)

2 - Material Quality: (1-3)

0 - Discount for no-shirt option:  (0)no (2)yes

X - No shirt/No discount for late registration (-3)



PHOTOGRAPHY 

5 - Professional Photography: (0)no  (5)yes

3 - Prices: (1)expensive  (3)reasonable  (5)cheap

x - Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.):  (0)no  (1-10)yes 


PARKING 

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


OTHER

0 - Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no  (2)yes

2 - 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

0 - Kids Fun Run: (0)no   (2)yes

x - Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)


TOTAL:  106


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