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Saturday, June 18, 2005 -- Clarksburg, WV
WV Italian Heritage Festival (WVIHF) 5K (iPO Event Id#: 7013)
Story and photos by Jason Chastain

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Photo by Jason Chastain
Fun in Clarksburg on the day before Father's Day
The 2005 West Virginia Italian Heritage Fesitval 5K was their 7th annual race. This year brought new and exciting things, such as a new sponsor and new race location in the heart of downtown Clarksburg, West Virginia. The new sponsor, MCM Business Systems, located in Nutter Fort WV, helped move the event to uptown Clarksburg, a new location which allowed racers to enjoy the town's many shops and eateries.

Registration kicked off at the Harrison County Courthouse early that morning. Race organizers and volunteers were busy right up to the start of the race getting the PA system working, and laying out ribbons and medals. There were several people from a local Chiropractic office who had set up a tent to give the runners free stretching assistance before the race, and run-downs afterwards. A Sister (nun) from a local church gave a pre-race prayer and then the national anthem was sung by a local gal with a very sweet voice.

Photo by Jason Chastain
A family race day in Clarksburg
The race had a mass start with the fastest runners out in front quickly. It was a loop, so they were out of sight within a minute or two. As runners approached the finish line, smaller sprints would take place with each person in the smaller groups wanting to be first across the finish line. A good many kids and teens participated on this day.

Fresh fruit, drinks and cookies were supplied to all participants at the finish line. This year, the race organizers went high tech as each participant had a small transmitter attatched to their shoe laces. Then, when they crossed the finish line, a computer would record their exact finish time. All in all, everyone seemed to have a fantasic time.

Sam Santilli was on hand at the actual finish line to photograph participants crossing the white line. To find out how you can get Sam's photos go to www.samsantilliphotography.com.