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Saturday, September 23, 2006 -- Kanawha State Forest - Charleston, WV
Make-A-Wish Dream Run '06 (iPO Event Id#: 7731)
Editor's Note... We're still waiting for race results, so if you have any questions about them please contact the race director, Peggy Hamer, by phone: (304) 768-5700 x17 or E-mail.
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Story and photos by George Gannon

Photo by George Gannon
A little rain won't stop these racers
Despite the heavey rains, a number of people participated on race day to help provide provides a dream come true for a local child with a life-threatening illness.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® has been granting these types of wishes since 1980. The national organization has grown to achieve the status of granting a wish in the United States every 41 minutes.

With the help of the Kanawha Valley Chapter of the WV Credit Union League, the Southern WV Make-A-Wish Chapter has been able to make the event a success for years. Downpour or not, these folks are dedicated to the cause.

It takes more than a little rain to slow down Josh Holley.

In fact, it takes more than a creek-swelling, mudslide-causing downpour to impede the progress of the Marshall Cross Country stand-out. Holley dashed to a quick win at the 13th annual Make-A-Wish 5K Run on Saturday at Kanawha State Forest in Charleston.

Quick was the best way to do anything on Saturday, because the sooner you were done outside, the quicker you could get out of the rain. But for Holley, a freshman at Marshall, the rain wasn't an issue. It actually helped.

"I love running in the rain," he said. "It feels good. It cools me down."

Photo by George Gannon
You can run, but you can't hide
For the first few miles of the race, an out-and-back course that snakes along the edge of Davis Creek, Holley and Brett Stevens were running neck and neck. Holley pulled ahead with about one mile to go, and didn't pull up until he sprinted past the finish line.

He crossed the line at 16:20, and Stevens came in second with a time of 16:57. Duane Dombeck rounded out the top three at 23:21.

For the ladies, Teresa Ranck, running behind a high-speed stroller, took the top spot. She was followed by Kristen Rules (check this name) (24:55) and Jessica Fisher (26:44).

Thanks to all who participated, thanks to the race crew, and thanks to all of the sponsors make this event possible every year.