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Saturday, April 8, 2006 -- Huntington, WV
Huntington Half Marathon and 5K (iPO Event Id#: 7354)
Story and photos by Eric Anderson

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[Overall Results]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7] [Set 8] [Set 9]

Photo by Eric Anderson
Tough weather and tough competitors
This year's Huntington Half Marathon might not have had the beautiful spring weather like last year, but the competition was just as challenging. A new challenge was created for the leaders for this years 2nd Annual Huntington Half Marathon. The race had a "Tortoise" and the "Hare" challenge. Dr. Stephen Feaster left 28:40 ahead of the rest of the field. Whoever caught him first during the race, they would win 400 dollars.

There were many familiar faces that came to earn the 500 dollar prize for the overall male and female winner. Former West Virginia University (WVU) track star and NCAA 5,000 meter champion, Megan Metcalfe, came to contend for the overall female prize. Defending half marathon champion, Jason Pyles, eyed the chance for a repeat of last years record setting performance. The entire town of Huntington knew this race was going be a fight to the finish.

Photo by Eric Anderson
New course records in 2006
Although the runners raced in anything but ideal conditions, 40 degree weather, rain and wind, it did not stop Eric Putnam from churning out a new course record. Putman also earned 900 dollars by catching the tortoise and winning the half marathon in a new record time of 1:09:04. Jason Pyles also did not let the weather stop him from running the second fastest time overall with a 1:11:39. Well known road racer, Jared Smith, came in 3rd for the men's division with a solid performance of 1:18:44.

The overall winner for the female division was WVU stand out Megan Metcalfe. Although she finished first in the female division with a time of 1:18:43, she still finished 3rd in the overall standings. Metcalfe and Jared Smith ran together to earn solid finishes. Her time also earned her the new course record and 500 dollars. Kelly McGraw was the second female finisher with an impressive time of 1:29:17, and Tammy Tribett came in third with a timing of 1:37:06.

Photo by Eric Anderson
Hello from Huntington
The 5K race was just as exciting as the half marathon. Black Davis clocked 19:07 which earned him the victory. Carl Harshbarger came in second place with a time of 19:27, and Trevor Weikle came in third with a time of 20:53. In the women's division, Roxanne Carte came in first with a winning time of 21:52.

The 2nd Annual Huntington Half Marathon might not have had the pretty weather with sunshine, but the prize money and competitive field made this year's race even more entertaining and exciting than 2005. The volunteers did an excellent job of proving the Huntington has one of the best well organized and fun races in the state.