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Saturday, August 8, 1998 -- Benwood
Debbie Green Memorial 5K Run/Walk

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They're off and running in the streets of Benwood
Over 300 runners turned out in Benwood on Saturday evening, August 8th, to show their support for Jimmy Jackson, a young boy sticken with Leukemia. The first running of the Debbie Green Memorial 5K Run/Walk raised close to $4000 for his benefit. Ron Green, race director, held the race in memory of his sister Debbie who died of Leukemia when she was 4 years old. The atmosphere was wonderful as the crowd gathered outside of Undo's Restaurant for start and finish of the race, as well as the post-race festivities.

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Ricky Moore held off all chasers for the win
When it came down to racing, the participants were sent out on a relatively flat course that included a prologue loop through the town of Benwood, and then out-and-back following the Ohio River south. By the time the racers headed back past the start/finish, having completed the initial loop, it was 17-year-old Ricky Moore and 24-year-old Ed Tullius out in front, setting a blistering pace. Close behind was 18-year-old Tim Miller in chase, followed by another group of four runners that included 16-year-old Ben Fisher and 17-year-old Skipper Hayes.

The fast pace of the front-runners began to take its toll on Ed Tullius, as the younger legs of the teenage crew hammered the streets. By the turnaround point on the out-and-back leg, Tim Miller had moved into second and appeared to be closing on Ricky Moore. With under a mile to go, Ricky pushed the pace a little harder and Tim could never close the gap. Ricky crossed the line 6 seconds ahead of Tim (16:42) in a time of 16:36.

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Jennie Castle was the only female to run in under 20 minutes
Meanwhile, Ben Fisher and Skipper Hayes began to establish themselves as contenders. Each, in turn, was able to overtake take slowly fading Ed. Skipper was the first and was able to secure a third place finish with the only other sub-17 minute time of 16:53. Late in the race, Ben surged past Ed to finish fourth in 17:14, just seconds ahead of Ed's fifth place time of 17:17. To Ed's credit, these top 5 runners out distanced the rest of the field by well over a minute.

In the female ranks, youth also prevailed, as 14-year-old Jennie Castle took her cue from the start. She led wire-to-wire, to post the only female time under 20 minutes, with a 19:57 winning time, 25th overall. Another strong female performance was put in by Kristen

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The youngest competitor, 6-year-old Justin Johnson, makes his way to the finish
Hetzel, who after running in the fourth position for much of the race, was able to put in an impressive late race surge. With little over a half mile left in the race, she was able to move herself past two other lady runners to take second place in 20:33. The third place female, Rachael Miller, finished ten seconds back in a time of 20:43.

In the walking competition, the racing was a little less dramatic. David Cooney easily took first, with almost a minute to spare, in a time of 29:26, over Rollie Woods (30:23). Both men were well ahead of the third place walker, Doug McKenery, who posted a time of 34:27. The female walk was dominated by Jane McKenery who finished with a time of 34:52. There was, however, a battle between the second and third place female walkers with Teresa Ondeck (37:40) getting the edge over Cindy Maidens (37:41).