Friday, July 14, 2000 -- Morgantown, WV
Brew Pub Twilight 5 Mile Trail Race
Story by Don Parks with photos by Dave McKain
The race began with a quick half-mile of wet city streets before
heading on to the paved Caperton Rail-Trail for a flat, 4.5-mile,
out-and-back to the finish. Showing his quickness early, E.J.
Linger paced the leaders through the first mile in just 5:11.
Soon, Linger was joined at the front of the race by Rich
Secrest and Kevin Williams. Before the 1.5-mile mark, it
was Linger fighting to keep the pace that Secrest and Williams were
now setting off the front.
The second half of the race saw the leaders maintain their respective
positions to the finish. Secrest took the win setting an initial
course record with a time of 26:38. Williams crossed the line at
27:24 for second while Linger hit the tape at 27:58 for third.
Commenting on the race, Secrest said, "It was just a warm, wet
summer night... and it was fun going in the Arboretum."
The battle for second overall women's honors took a little longer to
settle as about a half-dozen runners vied for the position early.
Pacing herself nicely, "In a 5-mile race I'm not going to go out
like a crazy woman," Beth Godwin surged just before the
Arboretum to pull even with Johanna Fisher. By the time
they returned to the rail-trail, Godwin had the advantage.
Many more wet and weary runners found their way through the heavy evening air to reach the finish. Waiting there, at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront, was live music being performed by Triple Shot along with a host of encouraging spectators. Then came the refreshments and awards ceremony at the WV Brewing Company. Other than the usual trophies, fruits and power drinks, we'll let you guess what they were serving to many anxious, over-21, participants in their new souvenir drink glasses. Rain or shine, you'll not want to miss this race next year.