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Saturday, April 14, 2001 -- Blacksburg, VA
Run for Rescue 10K (iPO Event Id#: 3287)
Story by Steve Crowder with photos by Leslie Crowder

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Race Start
Hittin' the streets runnin' at VT
There are at least two things that can be said about Blacksburg, Virginia. First, the air is rarely ever still, and second, there aren't too many areas that could be described as flat. It would take more than wind and hills, however, to discourage those who turned out this past Saturday for the Run for Rescue 5k/10k on the campus of Virginia Tech.

The racing got underway at 10:00 AM, and while the turnout was small, the competition was good. Leading the way in the 5k was Jay Johns of Blacksburg. Johns was pursued closely by Mark Manny early in the race but used a long downhill about a half mile in to grab a lead he would not relinquish. Johns is currently preparing for the Penn Relays 10k and was using the race to get in some speedwork. His time of 15:57 was just over a minute ahead of Manny, who held on for second in a time of 17:01. Rounding out the top three was Thomas Inzana of Blacksburg, who completed the course in 19:40.

5K Winner
Jay Johns tunes up for Penn Relays
On the women's side of the 5k, there was a showdown between two recent race winners, Holly Wall of Christiansburg, Virginia, and Michele Edwards of Williamsburg, Pennsylvania. Wall was coming off a win a week earlier in the 5k at the Run for Healthy Play 5k/10k, while Edwards had won her last race as well, the Run Down Violence 5k on March 31. In the end, it was Wall taking the win in 21:03 with Edwards finishing second in 22:14. Third place finisher Shannon Baker, who has collected multiple top three finishes in road races this spring, wasn't far behind, finishing in 22:32.

In the 10k, Steve Crowder of Fincastle, Virginia, was going for back to back 10k wins after having won the Run for Healthy Play 10k the week before. Crowder separated himself from the field in the first mile and ran to the win in 32:06. Patrick Hagarty took runner up honors, completing the hilly course in 35:54. Perennial road racer Doc Weiss of Staffordsville, Virginia, took third in 37:48.

10K Winner
Steve Crowder does the Hokie victory dance
Erin Kelly dominated the women's 10k, winning the race with a time of 46:50. While Kelly ran away with the win, Kathrine Johnson and Megan Waterman waged a much closer battle for second. When all was said and done, Johnson emerged the victor, running 53:13 to Waterman's 54:06.

After the race, runners were joined at the awards ceremony by the Hokie bird, who handed out high fives and a few congratulatory hugs to the winners. The Hokie bird was also spotted doing a little break dancing but broke it off quickly when someone in the crowd mentioned that spring gobbler season wasn't too far away. Proceeds of the race went to benefit the Virginia Tech Volunteer Rescue Squad.