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Saturday, October 18, 2008 -- Wheeling, WV
10th Annual Auggie's 5K Run & Walk (iPO Event Id#: 10798)

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Story by Tom Rownd, Race Director, with photos by Julie Black

Auggie 5K photo by Julie Black
Competition at the finish
Sean Flanagan, who won the 2006 edition of Auggie's 5K Run & Walk by fifty seconds, prevailed in the tenth edition of the race, but it wasn't as easy this time. The Valley Grove resident won the out-and-back course on the Warwood section of The Wheeling Heritage Trail in 17:32, a mere eight seconds ahead of Sisterville's Scott Clegg.

Ed Tullius, last year's winner, also challenged, finishing third (17:46).

Flanagan, who suffered a stress fracture late in 2006 that caused him to miss virtually all of the 2007 racing season, said, "I'm finally rounding into form." He noted that he bumped up his training this summer, running fifty-five to sixty-mile weeks. He has targeted the 2009 Ogden 20K Classic and The Parkersburg ½ Marathon as goal races.

Heather Wayt, Wheeling Central's boys and girls cross-country coach, reprised last year's victory with a time of 19:45. Michelle Feathers (21:36) and Diane Basich (22:04) took second and third respectively.

Auggie 5K photo by Julie Black
Fun for everyone
Wayt said, "The conditions were great," but she admitted, "I went out very fast," which forced her to run more conservatively thereafter. "I struggled a little the last mile," she said, but she was able to summon a kick to the finish line on Viking Drive at Warwood Middle School. She expects to run a marathon when her children are older, but for now she's content to run local 5Ks.

Mouse Yoker won the 5K walk in 30:17, nineteen seconds ahead of Jim Matysiak. Jeffrey Smith took third in 31:33.

Amber Olnick grabbed first place honors among female walkers with a time of 33:42. Annette Vingia (34:14) and Jodie Hohman (34.54) placed second and third respectively.

More than two-hundred ran or walked in the race, which benefits the programming of the Ohio County Society For The Prevention of Cruelty To Animals.

Editors Note:

Race Director, Tom Rownd, celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Auggie's 5K Run and Walk. "This is the largest turn-out that we've had in two years. I hope all of you come back next year for even more great prizes. We'd really like to thank WesBanco and all of our amazing sponsors for their exceptional support."

iPlayOutside is proud to say that we've been at every Auggie's race since the very beginning. We'll be at many more.