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Saturday, September 30, 2000 -- Parkersburg, WV
G.E. Race for Safety 5K Run/Walk
Story and photos Patrick Shreves

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Results: [O/A 5K Run] [5K Walk] [Kids] [By Class 5K Run] [5K Walk] [Kids]
Editors Note: Due to technical difficulties, 5K Run and Walk photos are not available.

Kids Race
The kids get a race of their own
On a cool, foggy, early autumn morning, the Parkersburg City Park was alive with activity. It was time again for the GE Race for Safety 5K and Kids Races, altogether a truly community and family affair that included a little something for everyone. The park was full of runners, walkers, fans and spectators, many of whom could be seen stretching and warming up as a DJ provided a little pre-race music.

Just after 8:30, a field of 119 runners was off and made their way from the center of the park, around the baseball field and the lake and out of the park. After leaving the park, the racers made their way up a hill and to the end of Washington Avenue where they turned around and raced back down Washington and back into the park, making a lap and then to the finish.

As the runners made their way through the park gate, Tony Basta was in front. About 150 yards back was Randy Gibbs in second. As the runners made their way around the lake and to the finish line, Bosta kept his lead and finished first with a time of 16:13. The distance between second and third was closer as Gibbs held on to second with a time of 16:48 and Jimmy Galloway not far behind at 16:53.

Coming in first for the women runners was Monica Vannest with a time of 20:25. In second place was Linda Cannon at 21:42 and third was Sharon Marks at 22:35.

Award Winner
Everyone likes to win an award
Five minutes after the runners were off the line, 107 walkers took their mark. At the gun, John Mike Nichols jumped out to an early lead with Doug Kreinik and Rollie Woods close behind. As the walkers left the park, Nichols had a commanding lead and would hold on to it until the finish, taking first place with a time of 23:39. Finishing second was Woods at 25.32 and third was Kreinik at 26.30. Talking to Nichols after the race, he said, "It was a great morning for a race, the weather couldn't have been better, it was an outstanding event, terrific turn out, it just keeps getting better and better each year."

The competition was closer for the women walkers. Placing first was Martha Marks with a time of 28:36. Second and third was Jan Stevens at 29:09 and Darlene Burke at 29:52.

By 9:45, the fog was gone and the sun had warmed up the cool morning air and it was time for the kids races. Everyone was included with age groups from three and under up to 10. All the participants received medals as they finished. There was especially good competition in the 6 - 8 year old group as the top six finished within 10 seconds of each other.

Along with medals for all the kids race participants and numerous awards for the overall and age group running and walking winners, still others were given special recognition. These included the Business Award given to Kreinik Manufacturing of Parkersburg for having the most participants, and Dorcas Godbey (79) for being the oldest participant.

The GE Race Committee and the volunteers did a good job of putting things together. The great registration packets consisting of a cooler, t-shirt and a pair of gloves (which came in handy in the cool morning air.) Thanks also go out to the River City Runners, who took care of time keeping, and Sandra K's Catering for brunch.