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Tuesday, June 20, 2000 -- Middlebourne, WV
Will E. Long 5K Run/Walk
Story by Don Parks with photos by Don Parks and Marty Lamp

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Speed
Fast & Fun, another 5K in Middlebourne
Middlebourne, West Virginia, home of Kerm Long's infamous Tuesday evening summer races. His notorious race directing skills produce what you might call the "fast food" of 5Ks. Promptly starting at 7:00pm (we're not kidding, WVOutside arrived at 7:01pm and missed the start, but we knew better...), and with a price tag of just $5.00, the final runners and walkers are usually still finishing the race when the awards ceremony begins.

The out-and-back course is a scenic route with plenty of rolling hills. The evening clouds did little to cool the warm and muggy conditions for this year's Will E. Long 5K. While the hills and humidity may not have been PR conditions, plenty of great racing was underway.

Kathy Wilming
Kathy Willming leads the ladies to the finish
With the leaders off to a blistering fast initial pace, by the first mile mark it was David Schupbach leading the charge with Matt Apesos, Dave Harshberger and Mitch Radella on the chase. As they finished the second mile, Radella was dropping slightly off the pace as Apesos and Harshberger worked to close on Schupbach's lead.

Keeping it close throughout, it wasn't until the final climb before the downhill finish that Apesos was able to make a move. Pulling away from Harshberger, he went on to pass Schupbach and take the lead. With a strong finish, Apesos took the overall win in 18:19. Schupbach (18:37), Harshberger (18:47) and Radella (18:52) soon followed for second, third and fourth, respectively.

George Macek
George Macek strides the final stretch
In the field of women runners it was another close battle for the overall title. Coming out on top was the veteran legs of Kathy Willming with a time of 23:27. Following on her heels were the teenage tandem of Abby Miller (23:35) and Kim Huck (23:44) crossing the line second and third, respectively.

Among the walking crowd it was a duel between George Macek and Bill Cunningham. At the finish it was Macek (32:29) edging out Cunningham (32:31) to take the title. The first female walker to cross the line was Darlene Burke with a time of 36:07. Second among the ladies was Martha Elliot hitting the finish at 38:17.

Awards
More satisfied customers thanks to Kerm Long's races
As the late finishers grabbed some refreshments, Kerm Long was in full awards distribution mode. Names were called and nice plaques handed out with the speed and precision of a skilled auctioneer. Kerm certainly couldn't do it without the assistance of his wonderful volunteers, and we'd like to give a special thanks to Dave Harshberger and Tracy Summers for helping WVOutside quickly copy down the post-race results.

If it is speed your looking for, come out and join Kerm and crew for the Jug Handle 5K on Tuesday evening, July 25th. The racing starts at 7:00pm, so don't be late... and no, you can't get fries with that!