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Saturday, October 7, 2000 -- Kingwood, WV
Preston County Buckwheat Festival Run & Walk
Story and photos by Julie Black

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Buckwheat Fest 5K
The perfect place to run on a fall morning in WV
With the Morgantown Area Grand Prix heating up in the last few races, the Buckwheat Festival 5K Run & Walk was a cool break in the series. The cool break was not in the competition, but it was certainly in the weather. Saturday at the Preston County Country Club felt more like a late November afternoon than an early October morning.

The smell of fall was in the air, and despite that fact that everyone could see their breath at pre-race time, no one really seemed to mind. The colors of the trees were vibrant oranges, and lemon colored yellows, making the scenic course almost surreal with it's rich Autumn palette.

Buckwheat Fest 5K
The big boys cool down
Over 50 runners and walkers took off at the start to run along the Cheat River. The course was mostly all on paved roads, and rolling, though the country club with the mountains serving as an incredible backdrop. As golfers practiced their drives, and troops at Camp Dawson hurdled large walls, the racers cruised by them in a blur.

Emerging over a hill around the end of mile 2 was Scott Smith and Derek Clark. Hanging back behind Smith about 50 yards, Clark seemed to be just waiting for the right moment to turn on the speed. Smith was the one who turned the speed on in the end, and extended his lead to 1 minute ahead of Clark to take 1st Overall with a time of 17:39.

Buckwheat Fest 5K
What a great day to be outside!
Derek Clark(18:00), took home the 2nd place for the third year in a row. Clark may have even finished 2nd in this race before 1998, but with his recent fame from his new T-Shirt modeling career for the iPlayOutside/Pfizer Run, he seems to be in great spirits as always. Aaron Miller (18:56), finished a respectable 3rd, and 2nd in his age group.

Keeping up a great pace over the rolling part of the run was Janet Gates, who swept the 1st place spot for the ladies with a time of 23:06. Jamming her way to 2nd was the athletic Jennifer Shogren (23:38), who spends most of her time on a road bike. Renee Maust finished a cool 3rd with a time of 24:44.

Buckwheat Fest 5K
Paul Shogren wins 1st HW
After the race was over, it was time to get warm in the Preston County Country Club and eat some buckwheat pancakes! This race has a great course, nice locker rooms to change in, awesome refreshments, plus it's part of the MAGP Series. If you missed it this year, then you missed out. The next race in the 2000 Series is the Red Ribbon 5K on October 22nd.
The Special Hats Off Award... Goes to the Shogren family. Gunnar, Jennifer, Donna, and Paul Shogren all won awards either in their age groups or overall. What an awesome family! Hats off to the Shogren's athletic efforts.
Special Thanks... To John May for the results, and the rocking race staff who braved the cold with big smiles out there.