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Saturday, October 3, 1998 -- Beckley
Beckley Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk

[Coverage/Recap w/Pics] [Half Marathon Results] [5K Results]
Pictures: [5K Run] [Half Marathon Set 1] [Half Marathon Set 2]

Steve Crowder was pumped to win the first Beckley Half Marathon
It was a cool autumn morning in Beckley on October 3rd, but that is great weather for running a half marathon. For those who didn't wish to go the complete distance, of just over 13 miles, there was also a 5K competition. Both races began at Country Inns and Suites and ended just around the corner at the West Virginia Tamarack.

The half marathon course sent the racers out for one big loop around Beckley on rolling hills... at least for about the first 8 miles. The final miles of the race sent the racers up and over a series of brutal climbs. Some of these final hills were also part of the 5K event so that no one was spared. Even with these hurdles, the racers were pleased with the course that was laid out for the first running of the Beckley Half Marathon.

The half marathon racers saw the front runners move out and take up their positions within the first three miles. Setting out in front was Steve Crowder followed by Larry Taylor and John Frazier. Once they settled into these one, two, and three positions, they spent the rest of the race building the gap between one another. Crowder crossed the line first in a time of 1:12:20 with Taylor a few minutes back in second at 1:15:30. Frazier, a bit further back in third place, arrived at the Tamarack in 1:22:02.

Susan McGhie finished an impressive 4th overall
Crossing the finish line first for the women was Susan McGhie. Her time of 1:25:06 was good enough for a fourth overall finish. There were also several more impressive lady runners as the second and third place females also finished within the top ten. Kathy Lencio (1:29:45) crossed the line as the 2nd female, 7th overall, and Sharon Peake (1:33:51) finished as the 3rd female, 10th overall.

The other race for the morning was the 5K run, which was actually quite a bit short of a 5K with a course that ended up less than three miles. Clearly the fastest runner of this bunch was Brent Carter (14:04) who finished almost 2 minutes ahead of the rest of the field. The race for second saw Donnie McCoy (16:03, 2nd Overall) pass Dale Carter (16:11, 3rd Overall) after about a mile of running and hold this lead to the finish. Valerie Patterson turned in the fastest female time of 19:43.

Special thanks go out to all the organizers, sponsors, and volunteers that made the morning's runs possible. The event is sure to grow for future years so we'll be looking for you on Saturday, October 2, 1999, for the second running of the Beckley Half Marathon and 5K.