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Saturday, October 31, 1998 -- New Martinsville
Scarecrow Run 5K Road Race and Walk

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Runners take to the streets
The weather was a little chilly along Hydro Drive for the start of the Scarecrow Run 5K in New Martinsville. But, soon after the racers got started the sun came out to warm things up for a pleasant Halloween morning. The challenge for the runners and walkers on this morning was a 5K out-and-back course that followed a generally flat route along the beautiful Ohio River.

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Gordon Downie joins the fun for a morning run
Once the racing began it was Ed Tullius who jumped out to set the early pace. Tullius was able to build a lead of over 50 yards with over half of the race completed. However, Tullius began to struggle as the result of some over-hydration the previous Friday night. As Tullius had trouble maintaining his pace, Joe Foster quickly began to make up ground. With close to a mile of racing still to go, Foster overtook Tullius and continued to stretch his lead to the finish with a time of 18:15. Tullius held on to the second spot with a time of 18:45. Just a few seconds back was Donald Lane in third (18:54), who edged out David Schubach (18:55) finishing in fourth.

After the race, Tullius made no excuses for finishing second. But he did challenge Foster to a rematch at the Paul T. Boos Memorial 5K which is to be held in Wheeling on November 7th.

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Alex Owings(L) and Brock Frazier(R) battle to a sprint finish
The fastest female to cover the 3.1 mile course was Marlan Bergdolt with a time of 21:22, 12th overall. Not far behind was Cindy Culley who finished in a time of 21:46 for a 14th overall finish.

The first walker to cross the finish line was John Mike Nichols (27:31) who took a commanding lead to the finish. Still doing impressive in the walk, and taking second, was the 60+ Rollie Woods (30:18). The first female walker was Lynn Pryor (31:11) whose time was also good enough for third overall.

When the racing was over everyone was treated to some nice refreshments along with the awards ceremony. Many thanks go out to the race volunteers and the sponsors (New Martinsville Parks & Recreation Commission, Cameron Coca Cola, NMS PTA, and Wetzel County All Board Twigs) who made the event possible.