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Sunday, May 28, 2006 -- Point Marion, PA
Albert Gallatin Regatta 5K - MAGP #5 (iPO Event Id#: 7421)
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Story and photos by Heather Rau

Photo by Heather Rau
Racing fun in Point Marion
All who participated in the seventh annual Albert Gallatin Regatta 5K were treated to a scenic, fun evening, and the chance to contribute to a great cause. The proceeds from the race helped to relieve some of the medical expenses of local Point Marion runner, Kenny Frankenberry. Kenny was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease three years ago. Race Director, Mary Hubeaut, explained that the proceeds will help Kenny with the high medical bills that he has incurred fighting the disease.

The 5K course wound it's way through the small town, crossing the steel bridge over the Monongahela River, along the river on a road to a turn around point. Brandon Miles of Grafton, WV a senior at Grafton High School, was the first male to cross the finish line in 17:13. "The course was good." mentioned Miles, "Just hot out there."

Photo by Heather Rau
I'll take two when I'm done
Ed Filcheck of Uniontown, PA crossed in second with a time of 17:39 and Brad Rippey of Bunker Hill, WV grabbed third in 17:47.

In the women's category, the overall winner was Amber Riley of Bruceton Mills, WV with the time of 19:07. She was sixth overall. Local Point Marion runner, Holly Whoolery, crossed second with the time 19:20, and Susan Claar of Uniontown, PA rounded out the top three with a time of 22:16.

The race walkers really showed their strength in the heat. The top overall walker was Jamie Brooks of Uniontown, PA, finishing first overall with the time of 31:14.

Photo by Heather Rau
Perfect end to a perfect day
Ken Ashton of Morgantown, WV placed second in 34:50, and John P. Miller (35:34) of Uniontown, PA took home third overall. Samantha Starkey of Richeyville, PA took fourth overall and second for the women in 37:01. Michelle Smith of Morgantown, WV rounded out the top womne's walker spots three in 39:25.

Race walkers Jackie Cottrell and Samantha Reilly remarked on the benefit the community support shown on this day and look forward to contributing each year.