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The start of the marathon
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Susan Verona of Shinston, WV, 1st place womens overall
Joe Donahue of Butler, PA, took 2nd place in the marathon
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Larry Taylor took 1st overall in the 10 Mile Race.
Maureen Clarke, 1st place womens 10 mile run.
Saturday June 6, 1998, North Bend State Park -- Cairo, WV
20th Annual Ridge Runner Races

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North Bend State Park was host to the 20th Annual Ridge Runner Races on Saturday, June 6th. The events included a USATFA certified 26.2 mile marathon and a 10 mile race. Ranked as one of the top ten toughest marathons in the country by Runners World magazine, the event attracted runners from all over the country. The marathon had 84 runners while the 10 mile race had 50 runners.

The weather on Saturday was cool and overcast, perfect for a long run through the mountains. The marathon consisted of a figure 8 course that winded through Harrisville and ended back at North Bend. Dave Pruder, from East Lansing, Michigan and finishing third overall, said that aside from a race in Wyoming, this was the hardest course he had seen. "I'll be hurtin' for a week", commented Dave after the race.

The 10 Mile race consisted of approximately 50% gravel/dirt and 50% paved roads. Larry Taylor won 1st place overall in the mens category and Maureen Clark took 1st place in the womens category.

Amy Murray and Carrie Smith representing Cameron, WV. Have fun in Oregon, Amy!