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Saturday, June 10, 2000 -- Fairmont, WV
Seth Fest 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run
Story and photos by George Gannon

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Seth Fest 5K
Francis Rengers finished strong
Tall hills. Intense heat. A blazing sun. If the Seth Fest 5K had been a regular race, these elements might have been a problem. However, the positive vibes dancing through the air and way too many folks wanting to have a good time overcame anything Mama Nature brought to the party.

However, just because everyone was there to have a good time, did not mean the race was going to come easy. The hills were so brutal, one racer could only mutter a barley audible "horrible, horrible," when questioned about the uphill sections. WVU track star Heath Demron may have put it best when he said "it is definitely a course where you have to run strong."

Running strongest and finding the finish line first was Francis Rengers(17:34), another rising star on The Mountaineer track team. Starting out a little behind the pack, Rengers took over after the first hill and never looked back. Rengers described the course as "slow but fun." Taking number two honors was EJ Linger (18:01), another WVU track man. Rounding out the top three was Fairmont native Tyler Devault (18:02).

Seth Fest 5K
Sarah Corely after the hills
Two young ladies from Fairmont let everybody know that nobody was going to show them how it's done on their home turf. Sarah Corley (20:14) and Holly Hunter(20:31) finished one and two respectively. The finish line would not see another woman until Clarksburg native Jill Bramer (25:06) crossed almost five minutes later.

After the race, competitors beat the heat by taking a quick dip in the Mon River. It just went with the hang-loose, party-all-day, have-a-good-time-in-memory-of-a-great-guy feeling that dominated the entire day. More party than race, the Seth Fest is a great way to remember a fine person. A WVOutside shout-out goes to Mr. Dick Hawkins for his handling of the race results