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Sunday, December 17, 2000 -- St. Marys, WV
18th Annual 5K Mistletoe Run/Walk
Story and photos by Pat Shreves

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Mistletoe Run/Walk
Time to break out the snowshoes!
As I began to make my way to the 18th Annual Mistletoe Run in St. Mary's, West Virginia, a few thoughts crossed my mind: would anyone show up, are there people dedicated enough to compete on such weather, would there even be a race, given the snowing, blowing, adverse conditions?

Well the answer to these questions was a resounding YES! Over 100 competitors braved the elements to take part in the Mistletoe 5K Run. Competitors had to navigate an obstacle course of snow, ice and accidents just to reach the event. This was a far cry from the near 60 degree temperature, blue sky and sunshine of the previous year.

As the field left the starting line, they were faced with slick streets and wind gusts around 25 mph. Conditions were challenging to say the least. The course took the field down to the marina and to the one mile mark, then up Riverside Drive to Creel Street and on to the two mile mark.

Mistletoe Run/Walk
We run 5Ks whatever the weather
With the last section of the race to go, last year's second place finisher, Larry Taylor was leading Randy Gibbs by about 60 yards. Taylor was able to keep his lead to take first place this year. Randy Gibbs came though in second and Dale Leeper brought home third. (The weather proved to be too much for the time keeping equipment, so times are not available.)

In the women's division, it was Jessica Taylor navigating the slick course to take first, followed by Megan Taylor in second and Brook Leeper in third. The slick course caused at least one young runner some problems as she fell while making a turn. But, after collecting her bearings, she managed to finish the race and win her age group.

Thanks to Randy Nutter, his volunteers, and sponsors for a good race under less than ideal conditions. Great credit should be given to all participants for enduring the conditions to complete the race.