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Saturday, September 9, 2000 -- Summersville, WV
Nicholas County Potato Festival 5K Run/Walk
Story and photos by George Gannon

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Potato Fest 5K
The competitor's veiw of Larry Taylor
"The thing that makes this course are the turns... it's like a maze," said Jared Smith, the second place finisher in the Potato Festival 5 K in Summersville.

Smith put in a great time on a course that would make a lab rat a little anxious. The runners zinged, zigged, zagged, and zogged on an especially circuitous track that wandered through the streets of beautiful downtown Summersville on a sunny Saturday morning.

However, course aficionado and savvy veteran Larry Taylor(16:24) did not let the maze get the better of him. Taylor and Smith were neck and neck until the first mile, after that Taylor was the all alone on what he described as a "hot and tough" course. Smith (17:24) fended off a few late surges by another course professional Dale Carter(18:07) but managed to jump up and take second. Carter pulled in at the number three spot.

Potato Fest 5K
Family fun in Summersville
For the ladies chasing the big potato, local superstar Susan Fralick did the course proud. Fralick, who admitted to being fully aware of the in's and out's of a tough course, put on a show with a time (22:42). Mary Legg(23:02), not off the pace by much, took the number two spot. Beth Hudspeth(24:07), also posting strong numbers, rounded out the top three.

Although the course was full of twists and turns, the general conscious among the competitors was that it was worth it. The Potato Festival 5K racers were treated to cold drinks and an awards presentation that included some Potato Royalty. An shout goes to Adam Acord for his prompt handling of the race results.