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2009 Run The Vineyards Race Report


Sunrise over vineyards at Chateau Elan
Originally uploaded by Iron Mike Schubert

October 10th marked the first annual running of the Run The Vineyard 5k. This race took place at the beautiful Chateau Elan resort in Braselton, Ga. It was a simple out and back course across the rolling hills of northeast Georgia.

The race was well organized and went off without a hitch – a great feat for a first effort. There were somewhere between 100-200 participants on an overcast day. The race profile is below and speaks for itself. A downhill start translates into an uphill finish. The course was relentless all the way through and provided a great test of fitness. My plan was to test run a mile somewhere between a 7 minute and a 7 1/2 minute pace. At mile one, I was 7:15 on the nose. Then an uphill came and I decided to back it down and take it easy the rest of the way.

The shirts were good quality and there was ample food and beverages at the finish line.

Pros:

  • well organized
  • nice plaques for age group awards
  • good quality t-shirts

Cons:

  • gathered by the pub for registration & awards. Smelled like stale beer
  • t-shirt didn’t have date or distance. And was purple w/ flowers. Like I can wear that!

Good race. Great venue. I recommend adding it to your 5k schedule next time this comes around.

Bonus Material: Elevation profile

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