Monday, September 7, 1998 -- Paden City
Paden City Labor Day 5K
The weather was perfect for Diana Thompson to practice drinking while running
While Labor Day brought a little rest and relaxation for some, many
others didn't take time to rest. On Monday, September, 7, these others
were seen, instead, taking to the streets of Paden City to compete for
the championship titles of the annual Paden City 5K. As Mother Nature
brought a close to summer with cool temperatures and a stormfront
closing in from the west, the streets of Paden City were lined with
only the most loyal of racing fans. But for the runners, the weather
promised a much needed break from the August heat and humidity.
The course took the runners through the streets of Paden City. A West
Virginia city stretched along the northern banks of the Ohio River,
this route offered racers a relatively mild trek in and around the
downtown area. But, what the course didn't offer in challenges, the
weather did. Just as the entrants lined the start, the rain
Dave Schupbach wins the race complete with a free shower
and the wind kicked in. Onlookers watched from under their umbrellas
as the runners winded their way throughout the town. Then as the
race neared a close and the threatening storm broke, only the
bravest of fans (and the racers) did not take shelter.
The runners in New Martinsville, West Virginia, however, must have been
training for this weather. As both the 1st place male and 1st place
female titles were claimed by residents of this northern panhandle city.
Dave Schupbach, captured the first place title with a time of 19:16,
almost a minute in front of his closest competitor, Dale Landefield at
20:13. Meanwhile Jill O'Neil took home the female championship title
with a time of 22:15, two full minutes ahead of the second place
female finisher, Dolores Thompson who completed the course in 24:36.
The competition continued as racers vyed for the remaining titles. The
15-19 male category brought an exciting finish as Michael King and
Jeremy Byers fought for this first place trophy. Michael finishing
only a second ahead of the fast closing Jeremy.
After taking shelter, the victors enjoy the spoils
The rain did not dampen the runners' spirits as they came off the course
with smiles on their faces -- many completing the biggest of tasks that
this day of rest, Labor Day, held for them. Kudos to the many Paden City
volunteers who stood the storm as well to make sure the runners were on
course and well taken care of. The annual Labor Day weekend event was
sponsored by the Paden City Track Team, New Martinsville McDonald's and
the Paden City Eagle's. The organizers are already planning next year's
event, so if you didn't skip the cookout this year, there's always
the 1999 Paden City 5K to look forward to.