Saturday, June 14, 2008 -- Clarksburg, WV / Downtown
Cecil Jarvis Greater Clarksburg 10K
Celebrating Twelve Years of Running Love
Photos by Maria af Rolen with story by Jason Chastain and Julie Black.
Though the event has changed, becoming more of a down-home pride event, it still continues to attract big names and over 700 racers. As the WV 10K State Championship, the event offers over $10,000.
For the past two years, the event has been dedicated to J. Cecil Jarvis, a local Publishing Co. president and well-known public figure in the town.
West Virginia University's newest Mountaineer, Ronald McDonald, and Eat'n Park's Smiley cookie were on hand to greet and
cheer the racers on. On-lookers lined the sidewalks as racers filled the streets.
Kenyan runners dominated the field claiming the top 7 places overall. Residing in West Chester, Pennsylvania, 25 year old Valentine Orare is from Kenya. With a recent 3rd place win at WV's Ogden 20K Run in Wheeling, Orare separated himself from his countrymen in Clarksburg. Keeping a blistering pace, he finished 1st overall in 29:05.
Philiph Koech, also of Kenya, was 2nd, and Wegayehu Tefra, 19, Ethiopia, finished 3rd. The first woman overall was Florence Chepsoi (34:55), also from Kenya. Seblelede Klmariam, Ethiopia, was 2nd.
Josh Simpson of Morgantown, WV claimed the WV 10K State Championship win with a time of 31:04. Simpson's twin brother Justin was the second West Virginian to finish the race. He had a time of 33:31.
Jennifer Davis, sponsored by Saucony, claimed the first WV Woman award making her the female 10K state champ in 39:05. Jennifer resides in Star City, WV.
Clarksburg's Joshua Gray claimed the overall 2-mile win in 10:53. Thirteen year old Reba Cutright(13:28), from Buckhannon, WV finished as the first woman.
The kids were next. Wearing the official, bright yellow Clarksburg Kid's K T-shirts, groups of kids ran in heats according to their age. I'm not sure who smiled more, the kids or the parents.
Race organizers were please with the numbers. Participants were pleased with the continued dedication from Carl Hatfield and staff.