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Saturday, June 18, 2005 -- Charleston, WV
Smoke on the Water Run for Your Life 5 Miler (iPO Event Id#: 6956) Story and photos by Eric Anderson

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Photo by Eric Anderson
Starting uphill on a sunny day
All the money raised for the event went to benefit the Saint Francis Hospital's Prime of Life program, which provides low-cost colorectal cancer screenings. Even though the race has a young history, over 2,400 dollars was raised from this year's event.

It was a beautiful Saturday morning for the Smoke on the Water Run for Your Life 5 mile road race held in downtown Charleston this past weekend. 130 runners conquered the hilly course that leads the runners up to and around historic Spring Hill Cemetery and then back into town to the Smoke on the Water Cook-Off area.

Photo by Eric Anderson
Hello from Charleston, WV
All top three finisher's broke the six minute pace barrier. Future Marshall University Cross Country runner and former Poca High standout Matt Null was the first to finish the challenging course with a new course record of 27:52.

"I thought the course was really tough. I ran hard up the hills, which used up a lot of my energy, but I felt really good coming down the hills all the way to the finish."

Even though Null's performance gained the attention of the crowd at the finish line, Glenn Baldwin, a veteran of the roads also turned heads by finished strong with a time of 29:47. Right behind Baldwin was Bryan Harvey, who finished third overall with a time of 29:52, respectfully.

Photo by Eric Anderson
Coming in for a fast finish
For the women's side, Kelly McGraw defended her title as the women's champion from last year's race with a time of 34:09. The second female overall was 14 year old Ashton Clemens with an impressive time of 36:24. Right behind Clemens was runner Connie Young, with a time of 37:25.

For such a hard and challenging course in the summer heat, all top three men and women's times were very impressive. Although the top times earned attention, all runners who participated earned bragging rights and will have a good story to tell friends and family about how much fun it was to accomplish something so challenging and at the same time raise money for a very important cause.