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Saturday, October 26, 2002 -- Wheeling, WV
Auggie's 5K Run & Walk (iPO Event Id#: 5109)
Story and photos by Don Parks

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Race Start
Ready to go at Auggie's 2002
The Ohio County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals got another big boost as the beneficiary of this year's Auggie's 5K. Large crowds came out on a cloudy Saturday morning to help the cause and enjoy some morning exercise.

Both runners and walkers took to a flat and fast 5K course entirely on the scenic Heritage Trail. Beginning and ending at Warwood Middle School, the participants headed out and back with the runners and walkers heading in opposite directions.

Race Pic
Brad Sponaugle saves some for the finish
As the runners headed north, it was Moundsville's Ed Tullius taking up the lead position with New Matinsville's Justin McEldowney doing his best to stay on his heels. At the turnaround, Tullius surged ahead and began to build a gap.

Tullius would not be caught, but strong finishes by Martinsburg's Brad Sponaugle and Martins Ferry's Mark Foster ruined McEldowney's bid for second. Inside the last mile, Foster and Sponaugle came around him and headed for a sprint to the finish.

In the end it was Tullius at 17:27 with Sponaugle (17:38), who runs for Wheeling Jesuit University, out-sprinting Foster (17:40) for second. McEldowney cruised home for fourth overall at 17:47.

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Julie McGee gets her 2nd Auggie's 2nd
Tullius, even after doing his best to make you believe he hasn't been off a bar stool in months, was almost a minute faster than his 2001 time. And, after competing in all four Auggie's runs, took home first place honors for the first time.

The women's race was not quite as close as New Concord's Harriet Hunter out-paced the competition to take the win at 19:53. Taking second was Wheeling's own Julie McGee, who improved over her 2000 second place finish by a single second, with a finishing time of 20:31.

The race for third did come down to the wire as Wheeling's Hope Childers (21:21) edged out 13-year-old Marissa Melanko (21:22).

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Out to enjoy a morning walk
Returning to the finish from the south were the always competitive walkers. The folks in this area take race walking quite seriously and two course monitors had their hands full making sure everyone was playing fair. That means you have to walk, anything close to a run is quick grounds for disqualification.

Striding his way to the overall win was Jerry Goodwin with a time of 30:25 with John Yoker (30:53) taking second. Third overall, and the first female was Barb Kornbau at 30:55.

Doin' it for the kitties
Rounding out the top three for the women were Roberta Snouffer (31:23) and Brenda Pomrenke (32:41). The last spot on the men's podium want to "The Legend", Terry Whitecotton, with a time of 31:41.

As all the runners and walkers finished it was time to head inside for some pizza from Domino's. After that is was on to some great random prizes, specially designed medallions by Sherry Stauver for the many award winners, and an opportunity to cuddle and adopt a new feline companion.