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Tuesday, July 4, 2006 -- Morgantown, WV
Spirit & Breath Challenge 10K - MAGP #8 (iPO Event Id#: 7423)

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Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7] [Set 8] [Set 9]
Past Coverage: [1999] [2000] [2001] [2002] [2003] [2004] [2005]

Photos by Jason Black with story by Julie Black

Photo by Jason Black
Lets hear it for the boys
First run in 1979, this traditional Fourth of July event, sponsored by BOPARC and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, is one of the area's oldest continuing races. More than 170,000 people in the U.S are diagnosed with lung cancer every year; more than 163,000 people die from it each year"that's 18 people every hour, every day. The Spirit & Breath Challenge was organized to create awareness about lung cancer risks and prevention, as well as the importance of early diagnosis and proper treatment.

The Spirit & Breath is one of those races that iPlayOutside's been to for over 7 years, and it's an event that has been popular since its first annual. The fun for everyone event style offers more races for more people and the timing gives families a chance to do more together on the 4th than just barbeque.

Photo by Jason Black
Smiling for the camera
University High's Eric Frohnapfel, ran his personal best 10K time on Tuesday of 37:31. Eric's not the first Frohnapfel to win the 10K. In 2003, Ed Frohnapfel was the overall 10K winner. Jobey Knapton of East Fairmont High is currently ranked 3rd in the 2006 Morgantown Area Grand Prix Series. He finished 2nd in the 10K in 38:21.

First overall woman and 3rd overall in the 10K was Heather Bury-Parks, a Saucony sponsored runner. Averaging a 6 minute14 second pace, she crossed the line in 38:40. Second woman at the Francis Bud Murphy Memorial 5K, Julie Lipniskas (44:03) was also 2nd on this day. Cathy Ricker (45:35), finished 3rd.

Photo by Jason Black
Cheering on the kids
California University of Pennsylvania cross country team member, Kenny King, crossed 1st in the 5K in 17:23. Preston High Schooler, 15-year old Craig Pritt (19:11) was 2nd, and Fairmont Senior High's James Haldeman took 3rd in 19:31. Laurie Pemberton (22:12), was the 1st woman. Sherry Carr-Smith was 2nd, and local Emily Calandrelli, 3rd.

Thirteen year old, Kate Ware, was the 1st walker to complete the 5K. Her time was 36:10. Thanks to all who participated in this event to help this noble cause. We'll see there next year, same time, same place.