Saturday, May 5, 2001 -- Charleston, WV
Komen West Virginia Race for the Cure
(iPO Event Id#: 3048)
Story and photos by George Gannon
Sets 8-12 added Thursday, 5/10/01
Larry Taylor does it again
Over 2000 people besieged the Kanawha Boulevard in Charleston West
Virginia on Saturday morning; people that were ready to participate in
one of the state's biggest philanthropic races. The Race for the Cure
was held to help raise money in the fight against breast cancer. If
May 5, is any indication, there are plenty of people out there ready
to do battle against an enemy that kills thousands of women each year.
The racecourse followed Kanawha Boulevard and did not veer much from
it. The "flat and fast" course lies right beside the Kanawha River and
had to be basic enough to handle the race's volume. A mass of people
could be seen making their collective way along the course. Dotted
among the races and walkers were pink shirts with the race's name on
it. Women who have survived breast cancer were wearing those shirts.
Running for a good cause
However, one shirt everybody saw from behind was that of Larry
. Taylor took out of the gate fast and, in true Taylor style,
never looked back or let anyone get anywhere near him. Taylor took the
number one spot with a time of 16:35, but the drama was in the number
two and three positions. The father and son duo of David and Duane
were battling it out the entire race, each trading the number
two and three spots. However, youth was served, and David took
the number two spot. Dwayne rounded out the top three, saying he
did not have "quite the kick" his son has.
For the ladies, Connie Young took top honor, beating the crowd with a
time of 20:35. Robin Cannon came in just after her, and Roxanne Cart
took the number three spot.
For the breat cancer surviors, Jamie Carter took the number
spot. Debbie McHenry and Peggy Pope took the second and third place
Racing for a cure in WV
, a Fayetteville resident , who is also hosting the Raft
for the Cure on May 12th, summed the experince up best when she said
"there is so much energy here - feel like I could run forever."
Even though there were awards given to people who crossed the finish
line before anybody else, the true winners were the women, and one
man, present who vanquished breast cancer. As proven by their presence
in the event, these people did not merely survive the disease, the
conquered it. An iplayoutside goes to Mr. Donnie Hudspeth for his help
in with the results. Tabulating 2000 people ain't easy.