Saturday, April 11, 2009 -- Glen Dale, WV / Reynolds Memorial Hospital, 800 Wheeling Ave, Glen Dale, WV 26038
Webark 5K Run & Walk
Walkers Equal Runners in Numbers at Webark
The top three finishers of the 5K Run ran together during the last half-mile of the race. It was difficult to tell who would finish on top. The first to breakaway was Noah Brak of nearby Wheeling WV. Brak took 2nd overall in this year's Cooper's Rock 10K and 3rd overall at the 2009 Grafton 5-Mile Run. He finished first on Saturday with a fast time of 16:18.
Ryan Gundling of Pittsburgh, PA held steady with Brak near the end to cross in second with a time of 16:25. Colin Gundling of Murrysville, PA (16:38), took home an honorable third place award.
Christine Lewis of Martins Ferry, Ohio was the first female to finish in 18:58. She was 13th overall. Erica Marrari of University Park, MD claimed the second spot in 19:12. Diane Basich of Bridgeport, Ohio claimed third in 20:50.
The event's beneficiary was founded seven years ago. Webark Estates No Kill Animal Shelter is managed by The Lacefields, well-known animal lovers as well as the owners of 17 Domino's Pizza stores in the Glen Dale/Wheeling, WV area. Managed by Pam Lacefield, Webark Estates, Inc. is a "No Kill" facility. It provides lifetime care to any animal accepted into Webark Estates.
After the race, raffle prizes by the dozen were handed out along with a spread of post-Easter goodies. Farm fresh boiled eggs, Domino's pizza, and many other treats were plentiful and indoors keeping the chill off the participants and their families.
Race Director, Tom Rownd, hosts more than the Webark 5K. He also hosts the Auggie's 5K in October. This year, the 11th annual Auggie's 5K Run and Walk will be held on October 17. The event also benefits area animals in need, this time going to the Ohio County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OCSPCA).