Sunday, March 26, 2000 -- Morgantown, WV
Cooper's Rock Challenge 10K
Story and photos by George Gannon, with photos from Lewis McGrath
The course they would be conquering was the main road to the overlook:
a rolling, steady track with a nasty uphill at the start, eventually
taking the runners to the entrance of the campground and the picnic
area. They raced through the picnic area than returned to the gentle
zigzag of the road. The final stretch of the course was a speedy
downhill that launched the racers directly into the finish area.
For the women, WVU alumnae and Olympic hopeful Heather Bury crossed the finish line first, fifth overall, with a time of 37:49. Taking second place was Pamela Todd (44:10). The number three spot went to Kelly Harper (45:27).
For everybody who ran or walked the "Rock" there were cookies and ice cold drinks at the finish area. The awards ceremony was full of happy racers and new trophies. If this race was any indication of what the Morgantown Area Grand Prix 2000 is going to be like this year, you will not want to miss a single one. A special WVOutside shout-out goes to Bob Hiser for his handling of the race results.