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Saturday, May 3, 2003 -- Huntington, WV
Huntington Chapter WV Credit Union League 10-Miler (iPO Event Id#: 5544)
Story and photos by George Gannon

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Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]

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A friendly battle to the finish
Just before the Huntington Chapter WV Credit Union League 10-miler and 5K run, one racer took the loud speaker and made a bold proclamation.

"The 10-miler's back," he said. "Let's do it right." The 131 racers headed his warning.

Both the 10-Mile and 5K courses weave through the River City's historic downtown. The course is flat and fast and perfect for longer races. Plus, with all the Marshall University Thundering Herd paraphernalia decorating the town, the runners couldn't help but get pumped up.

In the women's 10-mile Barb Kuhlemeler and Jennifer Merschoff battled back and forth for the length of the race.

Race Start
The wait is over for the 10-miler
Kuhlemeler thought she had a pretty comfortable lead, then, at the 9-mile mark, she learned the hard truth.

"I heard (Merschoff's) friend on her bike. I looked behind me and there she was," she said.

That scare was just what Kuhlemeler need.

"That last mile I took off," she said. And take off she did. Kuhlemeler burned off that last mile in just over five minutes.

Her finishing time was 1:07:02. She took eighth place overall. Merschoff took second, finishing 20 seconds behind Kuhlemeler. Wendy Gooenuagh took third (1:17:13)

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Big strides through Huntington
For the men, Charles Brennemen brought a little west-coast flavor to the party. The Sacramento, Calif., native ruled the course with a time of 57:09.20

He and second place finisher Greg Wheeler battled for the first few miles, then, at about the five-mile mark, Brenneman shuffled off the laid back, sunny California vibe and ran like the G-Men were on his tail for making moonshine.

Though he had never run a 10-mile race before, Brenneman said it was just fine by him.

"It was a great race," he said.

Rounding out the top three was Aaron Kaylor (1:01:04).

First across the finish line in the 5K was John Williams (16:19) The first woman to cross the 5K finish line was Ingrid Burnette (24:45).

The 10-mile is back ... and the racers did it right.