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Saturday, November 11, 2000 -- Martinsburg, WV
Veterans Day Road to Freedom 5K
Story by Neil Riemenschnieder

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Veterans Day Road to Freedom 5K
Come on, get to steppin'
Justin Thaine and Ruth Riemenschneider were easy winners at the First Annual Veteran's Day 5K Race held on November 11th. Held at the Veteran's Hospital in Martinsburg, the flat and fast course circled the Hospital grounds along with venturing out into the local Industrial Park.

Thaine, a native of Buffalo, NY, sped out to an early lead. "I just tried to stay focused and run my own race, "stated the winner of the Apple Trample 5K held a month earlier on the other side of town. "The wind was really tough in certain spots and that slowed everyone's times." The 22 year-old hit the tape in 17:11 and was never threatened.

Finishing second was 46 year old Neal Riemenschneider in 17:54. Riemenschneider, a special education teacher in Frederick County, VA was awarded the first veteran award, as he served in the US Army in the early 1970's. Finishing third was Winchester attorney Mark Vann in 18:05

Veterans Day Road to Freedom 5K
Ruth Reimenschnieder wins again
Ruth Riemenschneider, a second grade teacher in Frederick County, VA won her 6th consecutive race in five weeks as she cruised to a 20:22 finish. "I just felt a little tired out there and I was just hanging on the last mile" explained the Power Bar sponsored runner. "I went out a bit too fast and that hurt me at the end." Riemenschneider finished 10th overall.

Finishing 15th overall and coming in as second female was Winchester runner Heather Kremer. The recently married Kremer hit the finish in 21:25. Third female was 14 year old Rachel Eisenfeld finishing with a time of 22:07.

There were 72 finishers in the race with many veterans participating. The top male and female and the top veteran got to ride in Army jeeps and wave to the crowd during the ensuing parade. The staff at the VA Hospital are to be commended for putting on a fine race in their first year. Next year, they hope that the wind will be absent so runners can shoot for faster times.