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Saturday, March 19, 2005 -- Pickens, WV
Haven in the Hardwood 5K (iPO Event Id#: 6712)
Story and photos by Jason Black

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Pickens
Trail running at the start
Is there any better way to start the running season, than a run through the snow and woods in Pickens, West Virginia? In my opinion the answer has to be no, the drive alone to Pickens is inspiring and worth the trip.

Every year around this time, the small town of Pickens is the host of the Maple Syrup Festival. It is a wonderful chance to experience how maple syrup was made, fill your belly with hot cakes, and have a challenging 5k run to top it off.

Pickens
Representing Elkins
This year's 5k had some familiar faces and some new ones. When you come to the mountains to run a 5k you never know what to expect, this year was no different. Old man winter left some snow on a parts of this years course, making even the best of runners legs burn.

The man who seemed to handle the course the best and cruise to an easy first place finish was Steve Johnson (18:02). For the second place spot Mark Wilfong crossed the finish line with a time of (21:26), followed by Greg Edgell (22:01) taking third. In the women division Amy Lewis (25:06) was the first to find the finish, followed by Stephane Zorio (27:27) and Kristen Carpenter (28:12).

If you're runner who enjoys good food, music, and a challenge, make your way through the mountains to the tucked away town of Pickens. Be sure to take home some hometown maple syrup to enjoy year round while you're there.