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Saturday, September 17, 2005 -- Huntington, WV
Chili Fest 5 Mile Run (iPO Event Id#: 7112)
Story and photos by Eric Anderson

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Photo by Eric Anderson
Coming in for a close finish
Racers were running like there's no tamale in Huntington, West Virginia for some heafty cash prizes. At post-race time, it was tme to turn up the heat at the town's annual Chili Fest. There were 145 participants in the race who helped kick off the annual Chili Fest bash that began shortly after the race. Even though it looked like it was going to storm and possibly ruin the race and festival, the sky remained cleared. The course was flat and very fast, and finished by running all through scenic, downtown Huntington.

After the gun went off, the race soon became the Casey Batey Show, with Jason Pyles close behind. Batey and Pyles came in first and second easily, and Chuck Wentz who is just 16 years old and a high school distance runner, rounding out the top three with an excellent time of 29:16. All top three racers ran in position through out the second half of the race.

Photo by Eric Anderson
Cruising Huntington for 5 miles
The top females who conquered the full 5-mile race were Sarah Sturgill, Ronda Bell, and Wendy Hooten. Sturgill ran an impressive 36:59, with Bell just a few meters behind her with a time of 37:27. Hooten finished the race with a time of 39:04. All top three men and women went home with smiles on their faces and a little bit more spending money than they had at the beginning of the race thanks to the generous sponsors.

The event would not have been possible without the help of all the volunteers and the many participants. Thousands came to the streets of Huntington in search of the best chili in the around. Good luck with all your training this year and hope to see you again for next years Chili Fest 5 miler.