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Saturday, May 20, 2000 -- Buckhannon, WV
2000 Strawberry Mile
Story and photos by Marty Lamp

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Strawberry Mile
Brian Bergstrom and Trent Casto running hard
How often do you get a chance to run down main street in your town in front of thousands of spectators? Probably not very often, but if you venture to Buckhannon during its annual Strawberry Festival, you'll get your chance. If you are from West Virginia, it's no secret why the city sidewalks are lined with people from all over the world, not to mention just about everyone in Buckhannon.

For runners, the 4th Annual Strawberry Mile was a great chance to let it all hang out in a mostly downhill sprint and see just how fast a mile can fly by. With 90 entrants, this was the biggest field in the race's history.

Strawberry Mile
Julie Zickafoose setting the standard
At precisely 12 noon, the streets were cleared for the start of the race, and right after the race was finished, the parade was kicked off. The race started behind a police escort at the corner of College and Kanawha Streets and went north before turning right onto Main Street and blasting down to the finish line at the historical Bicentennial Hotel.

Locked in a tight battle the whole way, Brian Bergstrom(4:42) and Trent Casto(4:44) were neck-and-neck until the Bicentennial came into sight, when Bergstrom managed to have a little more kick for the final 1/8 mile descent. Bergstrom would finish first, Casto second, and Cameron Barkley(4:54) finished third overall.

Strawberry Mile
It's a strawberry thing...
For the ladies, Julie Zickafoose(5:34) and Rebecca Schoonover(5:36) proved their short distance power in another heated battle, while both managed to break the previous women's course record! Zickafoose has raced this race each year, and her only Strawberry Mile loss came last year when Schoonover was the winner. Zickafoose and Schoonover finished 16th and 17th overall, respectively, with Katie Kuba(5:49) finishing third for the ladies, and 24th overall.

Thanks go out to race director Mike Kuba for putting on a fine, organized event. If you missed out on the fun this year, no worries, you know they'll be running down main street again next year.