Saturday, July 30, 2005 -- Clarksburg, WV
Greater Clarksburg 10K
(iPO Event Id#: 6993)
Story and photos by Julie Black
Past Clarksburg Coverage:
Ricky Moore holds his own
Still attracting elite, world class runners, the Greater Clarksburg 10K proves to be a main-stay as one of the top 10K courses in the nation. Now in it's 9th year, the event has grown since it's beginnings in 1996. Ten Weeks to 10K Runners' Clinics lead up to the day of the event. Dubbed the West Virginia State Championship 10K, the event also attracts many of the top runners in the state.
Ricky Moore of Wheeling, WV happens to be one of them. Sticking close to Kenya's Silah Misoi and Sammy Myamongo, Moore set his sights on first place. But the Kenyans had other plans. Their strategy held Moore to a respectable 2nd place overall finish, as Myamongo finished first with a time of 30:32. Moore's time was 31:05. Presently training in Montana and hoping to get a spot on the U.S. Half-Marathon team this November, Moore has been using 10k races as speed training.
The Kid's K gets underway
Last year's female winner, Tatyana Chulakh of Russia ran with teammate Olga Romanova close to the end, but Romanova set herself apart for the overall women's win with a time of 34:04. Chulakh took second with 35:06.
The first West Virginia woman to finish, Heather Bury, (39:08), is a well known local runner at the Pro-level. This local celebrity trains on the hills of Bruceton Mills, WV, and heads the Morgantown Area Grand Prix Series.
Teamwork is essential
iPlayOutside Reporter, Eric Anderson
, was on the scene, but not to work. Anderson was there to take some pictures of a friend and run in the 2-Miler. He finished first overall with quite a lead and a time of 10:32. Justin Couglin (10:44), finished 2nd, and Jared Smith (10:54), finished 3rd. Heather Saffel was the first woman to finish the 2-miler with a time of 11:51.
The events ended with the infamous Clarksburg Kid'sK. Children were separated into their age groups and guided to the finish where the first runner could break the tape. Clarksburg is a hospitable town, and the volunteers are numerous. Thanks to all who participated in this annual event.