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Saturday, June 10, 2000 -- Kingwood, WV
2nd Annual 5K Run for M.S.
Story and photos by Julie Bertsch

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.5 Mile Children's Run
Big smiles were abundant at the finish of the Kid's Race
The rolling hills of Kingwood saw quite a few folks from Pennsylvania running the course of the 2nd Annual 5K Run for M.S.. Held at the scene of the infamous Buckwheat Festival, over 30 runners gathered to participate in the 5K and cheer on the kids who were in the .5 Mile Children's Race. All of the proceeds from the day's events benefitted the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The warm weather did not deter the runners from kicking up some dust at the start, since there was plenty of water to go around, track coach and race promoter Mr. Martin made sure of that.

5K Run for M.S.
The gravel road start at the 5K
Some young runners sprinted out to the front right from the line, but it was the race experience of 33 year old Brad Herrington that brought him to the front of the pack in mile 2. Overall winner of the 2000 Anchor Glass/Rolling Rock 5K, Herrington, a Connellsville, PA native, ran away with the win with a time of 17:28.

Fourteen year old Scott Gemberling of Grafton, WV finished a very strong 2nd with a time of 17:52, and taking home the 3rd place trophy was Aaron Miller(18:16).

Sherri Flohr of Grafton, kept a hefty lead from line to line to finish 1st for the women and 6th overall with a great time of 20:54. Two more Grafton Girls took the top spots of 2nd & 3rd, Gina Spino(23:13), and Nicole Tingler(23:49).

After the race was over, there was all of the All-Sport you could handle, lots of fruit, and some of the nicest looking trophies around! If you didn't make it this year, you won't want to miss this challenging, scenic course next year.