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Saturday, October 31, 1998 -- Kanawha State Forest, Charleston
Great Pumpkin 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk

[Coverage/Recap w/Pics] [Pictures Set 1] [Pictures Set 2] [Results]

Duane Dombek follows Aaron Kaylor's lead
The 6th Annual Great Pumpkin 5K got underway on beautiful Halloween morning with ideal temperatures for running. Well over a hundred runners, walkers, and wheelchair racers came out with many in full Halloween regalia. The racing started around 9:00a.m. on the flat, out-and-back, course set on the pavement of the Kanawha State Forest access road.

Within the first half-mile, Aaron Kaylor had established himself as the front runner with Duane Dombek settling into second on Kaylor's heels. These two established a gap on a chase group that consisted of a tight pack of six runners that included the quick feet of female racer Christina Rawsen.

Christina Rawsen raced to a 6th overall finish
As the racers hit the halfway point in the race and turned to head back toward the finish, Dombek moved ahead of Kaylor and quickly pulled away to run alone at the front. Meanwhile, with Kaylor's pace slowing the chase group began to spread out with several runners making their move to chase down the leaders.

The first to catch Kaylor was Fred Waybright who quickly moved past and put a gap on the rest of the field. However, pacing himself nicely was Leif Irgens who also slowly moved ahead of Kaylor. Irgens continued his charge and slowly reeled in Waybright to move into second.

At the finish, it was Dombek easily holding on to his lead to take first with a time of 17:03. Irgens took second in 17:30 with Waybright close behind in third at 17:37. Kaylor was able to hold on to fourth (17:49) just ahead of Robert Schwartz (17:51) in fifth.

Joyce Stockwell Kendal knows that witches need to hydrate, too
Completing the group of sub-18-minute finishers were Christina Rawson (17:55), sixth overall and the first female, who edged out James Shock (17:56), seventh overall. The defending female champion, Kelly McGraw (19:23), settled for second place well off the blazing pace set by Rawson.

Another winner was Jim Young who finished first in the wheelchair division with a time of 21:53. Finishing second was Joseph Duncan who was participating in his first race.

After the competition was complete, plenty of refreshments were served and the awards ceremony was held. Race Director Manny Amores did a fabulous job of handing out random door prizes, awards for the best costumes, and the trophies for the fastest racers. Many thanks go out to all the participants, volunteers, and sponsors who helped make the event another successful benefit for the CAMC Physical Therapy Department's scholarship fund.