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Saturday, September 16, 2000 -- Huntington, WV
Chili Fest 5 Mile Run
Story and photos by Pam Anderson

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Clark & Nowalk
Scott Clark and Sam Nowalk battle for the lead
Saturday morning dawned a crisp chilly day, perfect for a sample of home cooked chili and a run through downtown Huntington. Kicking off a day of various recipes for chili lovers, was the Chilifest 5 mile run. Race director Katie Daniels got this year's race off to a spicy start promptly at 8:30am. As the gun sounded 157 runners headed into the streets on the 5-mile, totally flat, course.

As the lead runners rounded the turn to the finish line, it was Scott Clark pulling ahead for a first place victory with a time of 27:42. Cheering Scott on as he shot through the finish line was his wife Shelly and son. But only a mere ten seconds behind was second place finisher David Pyles (27:52). David, being paced by his nephew Jason, a Marshall University runner, stated, "I started running with my daughter about ten weeks ago and just kept on running." Also capturing top honors was Sam Nowalk with a third place finish of 27:59.

Runners
Floating through the streets of Huntington
Chelsea Walls of Preston Ohio, sprinted her way to a first place victory with a time of 34:36. Chelsea, a senior at Fairlawn High School, runs for their Cross Country Team. Finishing with a time of 35:26 was Missy Jordan for a second place overall victory. Not even a minute behind was Barbara Kuhlemeier (36:17) to capture the third place overall finish. Barbara, returning to racing after an injury, said she was feeling great about being back in running after five weeks of recovery.

The special awards for first place Physician was awarded to Dr. Thomas Dannals, first place Medical resident to Amy Lochow, and First place Medical Student to Monica Lamonte.

After the awards ceremony, runners wandered toward the warm spicy aroma of chili simmering (oh baby, get me some chili!). Thumbs up to the many volunteers, the National Guard and Huntington's finest in blue, and Chili Willi's for helping to make today's race a great event.

All proceeds from the run will benefit the American Diabetes Association. It is the nations leading organization helping people with diabetes. To learn more on Diabetes check out www.diabetes.org.