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Saturday, June 19, 1999 -- Fairmont
Run to Read 5K
Story by Don Parks & Photos by Lisa Selmon

[Coverage] [Pic Set 1] [Pic Set 2] [Pic Set 3]
[Overall Results] [Results by Class]

Ready to chase their shadows in Fairmont
A beautiful morning greeted runners in Fairmont on Saturday, June 19th. They were there to run and to lend a hand to the Literacy Volunteers of Marion County, a United Way agency, at the first Run to Read 5K. A 1.55 mile loop through residential streets provided a few hills, but nothing too tough. Completing the loop twice brought you to the finish of the 5K event while the walkers called it a day after a single lap. With plenty of morning sun and low humidity, everything was set for some fun competition.

Will Hunter, a definite speed reader
Just after 9:00am, the starting signal was given and the racing got underway. Jumping out to the lead was Michael Brosenne, but Will Hunter and Greg Patton were calmly pacing themselves a little ways back. With about half a lap completed, Brosenne's pace slowed enough to allow Hunter to come around and take up the lead position. Hunter continued to run strong the rest of the way to secure a first overall finish in 17:46.

Later in the race, Patton was also able to make a move around Brosenne. Patton pushed ahead to cross the line at 18:41 and take second overall with Brosenne hanging on for third overall at 19:04.

Branden and David King enjoy a big day of walking
Keeping everything in the family, Holly Hunter, the overall winner's sister, ran a strong race to finish 10th overall. Her time of 21:01 was also first among the women runners. The two can be seen this year running as a formidable pair for WV Wesleyan College.

Also running well among the female crowd was second place Kristen Nestor with a time of 22:35 and third place Linda Huffman with a time of 23:37.

Many more folks made their way around the course to finish with smiles while plenty of refreshments waited. It was all thanks to the hard work of many volunteers who you can be sure will continue to make the event even better in future years. And, maybe a few more fortunate individuals will be able to read all about the racing on WVOutside.