Saturday, July 24, 1999 -- Clarksburg
Greater Clarksburg 10K
Story and photos by Marty Lamp
|John Korir crosses the finish line first|
The huge turnout is no accident; with nearly $22,000 in prize money
handed out, it's no secret why competitors came from countries like Kenya,
Ethiopia, and Russia, not to mention from all over the United States.
|Frank Shorter(1) showing he still has it|
The 6.2 mile course consisted of two loops through residential and
business districts. It started on Main Street then turned left at
Hardee's near the Joyce Street exit. Next it was a left at Marshall,
then a left on Pike Street took runners back to the start. The rolling
10K course is certified by USA Track and Field, and although it has no
long, steep climbs, the short hills proved plenty tough with the heat
and sunshine that made it's presence known on the second lap.
|The competition was tough no matter when you finished|
The top female finisher was Catherine Ndereba(33:31) of
Kenya. It was sweet justice for Ndereba who thought she had finished
first last year, only to be disqualified for not making it to the
starting line prior to the race. It was no easy win for Ndereba,
though, who relied on a final burst to win by only 1 second over
fellow Kenyan Marguret Okato(33:32).
|"Shorty" Bumgardner didn't mind the heat|
Terrance Mahon(30:20) of Pennsylvania was the first male finisher from the United States, and Vicki Mitchell(35:57) from New York was the first American female to finish.
The top male finisher from West Virginia was Dave McCollam(33:40), and the fastest female racer from West Virginia this day was Heather Bury(37:19).
Not enough can be said about all the hard work, preparation, and organization on the part of race promoters Carl Hatfield and Larry Mazza. Although the countless volunteers and helpers make it happen on race day, Hatfield and Mazza are responsible for this truly world-class event, and their attention to detail is apparent in every aspect of the race. Thanks also go out to Mark Courtney and Runner's High for handling the daunting task of managing the results. His efforts and thoroughness are greatly appreciated.