Friday, July 13, 2001 -- Morgantown, WV
Brew Pub Twilight 5 Mile Trail Race (MAGP #4) (iPO Event Id#: 3072)
Story by Don Parks with photos by Dave McKain
The race, in only its second year, is attracting large crowds and the
areas heavy hitters were out, especially the track crew (past and
present) from West Virginia University. It was elite runners up
against elite runners and you could see on the competitors faces that
they were all working hard - especially sprinting to the finish
Bohan finished with a blistering time of 24:49 (4:58 avg. pace) to set a new course record by almost two minutes. McCollam finished second at 25:25, a time that also beat the 2000 course best of 26:38 set by Rich Secrest. Rounding out the top five where Jason Santucci (27:01) Tony Basta (27:13) and Ed Frohnapfel (27:40).
In similar fashion to the men's race, the women launched two runners to the front early with defending champion Rebecca Stallwood matching strides with Heather Bury through the first mile.
Stallwood would go on to finish the race in 29:00, a full two minutes
better than her previous year's winning time of 31:02. However, that
was still not enough as the impressive Bury was clocked at 28:03 (5:37
avg. pace) for a commanding win, 6th overall, and the new female
course record. Rounding out the top five where Merissa
Sexsmith (39:27), Johanna Fisher (30:53) and Sara
Many more runners and walkers found their way to the finish line to the cheers of the crowds gathered at the Riverfront Park Amphitheater. Waiting at the finish was live music and plenty of much needed refreshment.
After a quick cool down it was time to make the short walk over to the WV Brew Pub for the outdoor awards party. A nice big meal was waiting along with plenty of the Brew Pub's own brand of liquid refreshment. Adding to the fun was plenty of great random prizes along with the obligatory trophies for all the overall and age group winners. This event is sure to continue to grow so be sure to sign up early for next year!