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Thursday, June 8, 2000 -- West Union, WV
Doddridge County PATCH 5K Run
Story and photos by Julie Bertsch

[Details] [Coverage] [5K Run Results] [Mile Results]
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Tiny Tot Trot
The tots show us that they can do more than just trot
The 2000 Clarksburg Area Race Series continues to heat things up this summer, with it's 4th race, the Doddridge County PATCH 5K Run. Hosted by RunWV this is one of the few series that's absolutely FREE!

This year, runners were relieved to find that the temps were much cooler than the 100 degree humidity of '99. Having nearly 20 more racers in the the PATCH race for 2000, the competition was pretty steep. The 14 year old event is always kicked off with Children's races, and instead of running partially around the track, the children decided to go the distance, and just run the whole darn thing.

Robert Casteel is all by himself
The flat, rail trail 5K run course can be deceiving, because it's not necessarily fast. The fine gravel is great for spikes, but regular running shoes tend to slip with every stride. When over 80 participants took off into the shadows casted down by the green canopy, there was no telling who might be the first one back over the wooden bridge. Out of the woods, emerged Robert Casteel, a runner for Fairmont State, proved to be the fastest for 2000, finishing 1st with a time of 16:32.

Robin Stanton & Joe Herron run in scenic West Union
Josh Sheets(17:18), managed to hold off David Bee by 2 seconds to snatch away 2nd. Bee kept a heavy lead ahead of Josh Weekley to take home 3rd with a strong time of 17:20.

Amazingly enough, the first 4 finishers were all from Doddridge County. Either the folks in Doddrige know how to train their runners, or there's something in the water that the rest of us don't know about.

The women's overall finisher was 1 minute or more ahead of her competition. Robin Stone (20:38), took 1st for the ladies, and 26th overall. The race for second was a bit tighter, but Kelly Morgan(21:37), edged out her lead and stayed 10 seconds ahead of Stephanie Hatfield to sweep 2nd. Hatfield held her own, and finished 3rd with a sweet time of 21:47.

1 Mile Race
Matt Apesos defies gravity
The day's events ended with the all-time favorite, 1 Mile Race around the track. Round and round they went, and when it was time to really kick it in to the line, Matt Apesos was high stepping to finish 1st overall in 5 minutes flat. Rachel Brown remained untouched to grab the top spot for the women, and 8th overall.

This race continues to be a home town favorite. With it's interesting combination of rail-trail, and track races, there's always something for everyone.

Be sure to check out the next race in the CARS Series. Coming up on June 17th, it's the popular WV Italian Heritage Festival 5K.