Saturday, June 5, 2004 -- Masontown - Morgantown, WV
Deckers Creek Trail Half Marathon (MAGP #4) (iPO Event Id#: 6160)
Story and photos by Julie Black
Currently 46 miles of accessible trail are complete for non-motorized use, but quite a few miles are left undeveloped. MRTC's mission is to develop and maintain the Mon River Trail and other connecting trails for conservation and for pedestrian and cyclist use. Recently, MRTC has finished the Mon River Trail south to Prickett's Fort.
A few safety bikers lead the way to let folks know that the runners were just a few minutes behind them. One biker said, "There's guy out in front who took over around the 6 mile marker. Looks like he's way ahead." That runner was Tony Yurko from Cumberland, MD. Yurko finished fourth overall in 2002, but this year beat that time for a first place overall finish (1:16:28). Young Morgantown runner Ryan Skotnicki held onto second with 1:17:50 as Bill Lamb of Beaver, Pennsylvania crossed for third in 1:18:06.
After the race was over, racers could be found eating pizza, and enjoying other refreshments. The awards ceremony held at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park featured many prizes, accompanied by some Morgantown International Festival booths. Many runners stuck around to experience cuisine from around the world, games, crafts, dance, and music which celebrated the areas cultural diversity. The Festivities lasted all day. This race was a part of the Morgantown Area Grand Prix Series and the Mountain State Trail Run Series associated with the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners.