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Saturday, August 27, 2005 -- St. Albans, WV
Homeland Security 5K (iPO Event Id#: 7062)
Story and photos by George Gannon

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Larry Taylor
Larry Taylors gets the hole-shot
It was a secure and safe homecoming for Jason Henley at the Homeland Security 5K in St. Albans Saturday morning. Henley, 31, a St. Albans native got out quick on the flat and fast course and never once worried about his secure position in the lead.

That's one thing he could take comfort in, because the weather was not too accommodating. It rained and rained and rained some more on a course that sneaks and snakes through the western Kanawha County town.

But Henley, a track coach at the University of Charleston, didn't get slowed down by the downpour. Just a little past the halfway point of the first mile, he took over and never looked back.

"It was nice day," said Henley, who hadn't raced in his hometown yet this season. "It could have been a little less rainy."

At a finish time of 16:23, Henley said he was happy with his time, and was getting ready for this weekend's Charleston Distance Run.

Jason Henley
Jason Henley is first in out of the rain
Coming in second was Larry Taylor, and rounding out the top three was Glenn Baldwin.

For the ladies, it was a family affair.

Monica Arnold (20:43) of Cross Lanes battled the rain and a few others to take the top spot, but hot on her heels was her daughter Ciara Arnold (22:35).

"It was wet, but it was fun though," Monica said.

As most runners in the Kanawha Valley, she was familiar with the course and had run well there a few weeks ago in another race. She took top in her age group that day, but at Saturday's race she won first place in the female category.

She got out fast, and was never pushed by anyone other than her daughter.

Monica is a coach at Nitro High and Ciara is a runner on the team, so there' not too much trash talk - just a little competitive back and forth.

"I like running with her," Ciara said. "She pushes me hard. It's fun"

The younger Arnold dodges questions about when she'll finally be able to outrun mom, only saying "sometime soon."

Coming in third for the ladies was 12-year-old Kaley Gregory (24:45)

The race is venue to make raise awareness for the Family Readiness Group of the 35th Civil Support Team.

A group of people making the homeland safe for racers - and everyone else.