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Saturday, May 18, 2013 -- Charleston, WV / Kanawha State Forest
Dirty Dog 15K Trail Run (iPO Event Id#: 14487)

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Ten Years of Dirty Dogs

Story and photos by George Gannon.

Dirty Dog 15K
Dirty Dog 15K Finish
The 2013 edition of the Dirty Dog 15k lived up to its name-it was all kinds of dirty and there were plenty of furry, four-legged participants. Nearly 300 runners, many accompanied by their canine companions, took to the course at Kanawha State Forest on Saturday and all who crossed the finish line did so wearing plenty of mud.

The course, which snakes through the park, is a challenging mix of single-track and scenic trials. A few days of rain had left it pretty mushy, too.

Taking the top spot was Clay Warner of Beckley. However, he might have had a little help from his running companion Macy. This was her third year running as top dog.

"It's a wonderful race" said Warner. "This is my fourth time here. Love it."

Out in front for most of the race, Warner shot to the head of the pack early and never looked back. His finishing time was 1:09:28.8 and averaged 7:28 per mile.

Dirty Dog 15K
Old friends and new ones.
Rounding out the top three was 16-year-old Jacob Ashcraft (1:13:55.2) of Robson and Christopher Simmons (1:14:51.0) of Barboursville.

For the ladies, Kate Caldwell of Fayetteville took top honors and finished 11th overall. A course newbie, this was Caldwell's first time running the Dirty Dog. Following a somewhat slow start, she overtook everyone else near the first aid station and never looked back.

"I thought it was great. I love muddy trails," said Caldwell, who finished with a time of 1:18:55.3.

Rounding out the top three for the women was Megan Hevener (1:21:50.1) and Krystle Bailey (1:27:47.1).

In its tenth year, the race benefits The Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association and is sponsored by the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners.

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