Saturday, June 2, 2001 -- Kanawha City, WV
Run with a Cop 5K Run/Walk (iPO Event Id#: 2460)
Story and photos by Don Parks
The shootout began at 8:00am just outside the WVU Medical Building,
just off 31st Street in Kanawha City. It was a "flat and fast"
course, familiar to many, as it ran out-and-back along the Kanawha
River. One person particularly well prepared was 18-year-old Adam
Cross. The young gun, a University of Charleston runner, trains
often on the same roads that make up the course.
"I saw him get away and I wasn't sure if he'd drop off enough for me
to catch him," said Taylor after the race. Well, not only did Taylor
catch him, he continued right on past and continued on to a first
place finish in 15:41. Cross still hit the line for second at 16:16,
and luckily neither was cited for their excessive speed out on the
course. Rounding out the top three was the 43-year-old Glen
Baldwin with a time of 16:50.
The 42-year-old Robin Cannon jumped out ahead early with the
41-year-old Roxanne Carte content to sit back and bide her
time. Keeping Cannon in her sites most of the race, it wasn't until
the final stretch that Carte showed her cards. With what Cannon
called "some really great running", Carte raced past her rival to
steal second place with a time of 19:47. Cannon dropped all charges
as she said "it was really a great race," and still got the rewards of
a third place finish at 19:57.
Maybe deserving the most praise was the individual who was able to raise the most donations for Special Olympics. That honor, for the third year in a row, goes to Tessa Hager. Her work, and the work of the many other participants, volunteers and sponsors (including Dick's Sporting Goods, Duffs Ambulance, Columbia Natural Resources, and Balzout) is what really make the annual Run with a Cop a huge success.