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Saturday, October 18, 2003 -- Wheeling, WV
Auggie's 5K Run & Walk (iPO Event Id#: 5721)
Story and photos by Julie Black

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[Overall Results] [Results by Class]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]
Past Auggie's Race Coverage: [1999] [2000] [2001] [2002]

Enjoying the trail in Wheeling
The Auggie's 5K has been dedicating it's proceeds to the Ohio County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for over 4 years now. Attracting a loyal following of both runners and walkers, this event has a unique trait that allows participants to run or walk with their 4-legged friends if they so choose. On this chilly Saturday, no one would've complained about having their "own" fur coat, since the temps were brisk and the wind was sharp. The race course, help on Wheeling's scenic Heritage Trail, has runners and walkers starting in the same location, but they head in opposite directions. It's the perfect set-up for the perfectly timed finish.

Race Pic
A sprint for the finish at Auggie's
Speaking of perfect finishes, local runner from Moundsville Ed Tullius was out for a repeat overall win. In 2002, Tullius stayed ahead of Brad Sponaugle to win with a time of 17:27. This year, Tullius was all by himself by the time he reached the finish line to take the overall win in 17:56. Rich Hall (18:23), and Mike Hudimac (18:53) rounded out the top spots with strong finshes of their own.

Judy Moore broke free from the ladies pack to breeze up the hill in 23:04 to grab the top women's spot. Twelve seconds later Joan Andrews (23:16) arrived to the line, and Shawna Zervos (23:40) completed the top 3.

Race Pict
Jerry Goodwin striding for a win
The walkers were moving fast this Saturday morning, possibly motivated to move a bit quicker in the cold no doubt! A familiar face in the race walking circut, Jerry Goodwin proved to have strong strides on this day to claim the over walk win with a time of 29:20 . The solid second overall performace goes to Barb Kornbau (29:36). And undoubtly the most recognized race walker in the Wheeling area, decked out in red and white, Terry Whitecotton (32:42) was all smiles for 3rd place.

Once again, Auggie's 5K race director Tom Rownd put on a fabulous race. It was a brisk morning, but the turnout was still a good one, and everyone certainly warmed up to the Domino's Pizza afterwards! Thanks again Tom!

Who was Auggie? Auggie was a beautiful black cat who was Tom Rownd's faithful companion for seven years. Auggie's early departure from this world inspired Tom to establish this race in 1999 as a fundraiser for the Ohio County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and to remember him by.