Saturday, April 27, 2002 -- Jane Lew, WV
17th Annual General Lightburn 5K Run (iPO Event Id#: 4954)
Story and photos by Don Parks
So who was General Joseph A. J. Lightburn (1824--1901)? He was a
Union general and boyhood friend of Stonewall Jackson. General
Lightburn was a delegate to the Second Wheeling Convention. He took
part in the campaigns of the Kanawha Valley and was driven from there
by General Loring's Confederate army in September 1862. General
Lightburn served during the rest of the war with Generals Grant and
Sherman. He is interred at Broad Run Church Cemetery, in Jane Lew,
adjacent the church where he served as a Baptist minister for many
years. His great grandson Joe still operates a small hardware store
In the women's field it was Ann Nakai (20:15) also dominating her competition. Taking second was Kelly Pinti (21:40) with Kodie Miller (22:02) racing in for third.
Before the 5K began, it was time for the One Mile Lightning Run. The
fast course begins with the same 1/4 mile downhill as the 5K and if
nice and flat for the remaining 3/4 of a mile. Taylor, who set a
course record of 4:34 in 2001, opted out of this 5K warmup and left
the door open for a new 2002 champion.
For the women it was the Sarah Ray (7:22) and Courtney Ray (7:44) grabbing the top two spots, respectively. Finishing third was Tonya Smith who finished her 5K warmup in 8:05.
A big thanks for this fine morning of racing goes to the Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Dept., The Jane Lew Police, the dozens of local volunteers who did an excellent job helping keep traffic and control during the races. A shout-out also goes to Carl Hatfield for handling all the race timing.