Saturday, May 3, 2003 -- Charleston, WV
Komen West Virginia Race for the Cure (iPO Event Id#: 5366)
Story and photos by Ariana Kincaid
The proceeds from this race go largely to support breast cancer treatment, research, and awareness in West Virginia. The crowd of participants was so large that many walkers hadn't made it past Elizabeth Street (a block and half from the start) when the first runners were spotted, returning to the Capitol to claim their spoils.
With a virtual headlock on the competition was 41-year-old Larry Taylor of
Fayetteville, WV, who finished with a time of 16:50:26 It's interesting to
note that Larry regularly races in bright yellow shoes, and this year, there
seemed to be a great deal more yellow running shoes worn in this race than in
years past--imitation is the best form of flattery, eh?
Finishing in second place with a time of 16:59:07 was David Kline, 46, of Saint Albans, WV. Wrapping up the top three was Glenn Baldwin, 44, of Charleston, WV, with a time of 17:15:35.
The first female finisher was Saint Albans native Kelly McGraw, who finished
16th overall with a time of 19:11:06. Finishing 25th overall was second place
female Roxanne Polo-Reasor, with a time of 20:15:32. And at 20:34:79, the
third female finisher was Sarah Fletcher.
The festive yet poignant atmosphere of this event, like no other, lends itself to families running or walking together, and many with pets. Many runners and walkers did so with strollers (single and double), wagons filled with kids, or with kids and dogs in tow. Many kids this year accompanied mom or dad on their two-wheeled scooters.
Lots of parents, like Charleston Distance Run Coordinator
Kelly Castleberry, walked the route with a child on their
shoulders. The first "encumbered" finisher, however, was Corey
Zurbuch, an attorney from Charleston. He ran the race in 23:06:53,
pushing a stroller the whole way!
Special thanks to Yoplait, New Balance, Ford, V-100, WCHS-TV 13, Class VI River Runners, Joey's, Mountaineer Glass and CAMC for their many sponsorships during the organization of the race. Special thanks also to River City Runners of Parkersburg, WV for their wonderful time-keeping equipment and skills. And thanks to all of those who ran and walked and those who cheered them on.