RC Cola and Moon Pie 10 Mile Run

DSC 0158This is race is one of those races folks want to do as much for the T-shirt than anything else. Why else would one want to get up and drive before daylight to a small town to run 10 miles of hot and humid hills on the first day of summer?

Was out the door before 5 am for the hour-long drive to Bell Buckle, Tennessee. It was overcast and I could see lighting in the East. There was a threat of rain which was all right with me as long was it was not like the Tom King in March.

Pulled into town a little past 6 and was directed to a field beside the railroad tracks to park. Which cost $5.00. I guess it is cheaper than a speed trap!

Walked over to get my bib, chip and shirt. Lisa was helping direct folks.

Just before the race started, Jill found me, so I had a running buddy.

Just about the time the race started the sun broke through the clouds and the heat was on.

The course is rolling hills with the steeper ones in the first 4 miles with the biggest hill between mile 4 and 5.

I hung with Jill until we started up the big hill. She told me to go on and she would catch me on the back side. I plodded up the hill.

About mile 7, the clouds rolled in and the humidity increased but no rain.

The last hill is at mile 9 and someone had painted on the road, “Rest Stop, 1 mile”. I was glad to get to that point…. I was hot and tired.

Made it back to town and crossed the finish line in 1:28:47. That’s a PR, beating my time two years ago by 7 minutes.

Headed to the food tent where they had fruit, popsicles, chicken and sausage biscuits and of course, RC Colas and Moon Pies.

Found Keith, James, Chris and Jeff and of course Jill before heading home.

Here are the stats….


Elevation (ft)


Mile Pace (min/mile) Speed (mph) Heart
actual +/- avg actual +/- avg
1 8′ 51 +0′ 00 6.8 -0.0 138 -16 ft
2 8′ 44 -0′ 07 6.9 +0.1 151 +52 ft
3 9′ 01 +0′ 10 6.7 -0.1 158 +56 ft
4 8′ 47 -0′ 04 6.8 +0.0 156 -19 ft
5 9′ 18 +0′ 27 6.5 -0.3 161 +88 ft
6 8′ 27 -0′ 24 7.1 +0.3 162 -37 ft
7 8′ 44 -0′ 07 6.9 +0.1 161 -50 ft
8 9′ 02 +0′ 11 6.6 -0.1 162 -7 ft
9 8′ 41 -0′ 10 6.9 +0.1 161 -59 ft
10 8′ 40 -0′ 11 6.9 +0.1 165 -10 ft
end 7′ 40 -1′ 11 7.8 +1.0 167 -3 ft
Versus average of 8′ 51 min/mile

6 Responses to “RC Cola and Moon Pie 10 Mile Run”

  1. Lisa Says:

    Yes, it is a GREAT race. Great job on the PR!

  2. Dirk Says:

    congrats on the PR, for a tough race with the heat, hills and humidity.

  3. Jill Says:

    Great race!! I am glad you PR’d. Sorry I was such a whiney butt. Next time, we’ll run warm up and cool down together. I’m going back to “Ill Jill” the mean racing girl.

  4. Rae Says:

    Great job!!! That is one sweet PR!

  5. Dusty Says:

    AWESOME!!!!! I’m impressed!! Way to start off the summer with a PR under your belt!

    I totally think parking should be included with your entry fee!

  6. Joe Says:

    Nice race David…and what a cool name and T shirt to have!!

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