Saturday, June 18, 2011 -- Clarksburg, WV / Downtown Clarksburg
Cecil Jarvis Greater Clarksburg 10K
WV's Clara Grandt wins overall female for 2nd year
Story and Photos by Angela Ogle Lindley.
After a moment of silence to remember the race's namesake, Cecil Jarvis, runners released a cloud of colorful balloons as the starting gun sounded.
With a total of $10,000 in prize money to be paid out in four categories, runners gave it their all.
Reuben Mwei, 23, of Kenya quickly took the lead and finished over a minute ahead of his competitors. Mwei told the Clarksburg Exponent Telegram that he came from Atlanta to run the race, and he was hoping for a 28-minute finish.
But the double-loop course with its tough terrain held Mwei to a 29:48 finish time. Craig Leon, 26, of Ohio, took second with a time of 30:53, and Joseph Ngetich, 24, of Kenya took third in 31:17.
Although the course is challenging, many say this race is a favorite. In fact, several loyal racers sported jerseys reading, "I have run all 15 Clarksburg 10Ks."
Hundreds of spectators also turned out to cheer on the runners, and the race organizers created a festive atmosphere with balloons and music to get the crowd pumped up. After the race, runners were treated to massage therapy by Valarie Dunlevy and Friends.
About 180 runners competed in the 2-mile race that followed the 10K. Sterling Snyder, 20, of Morgantown, won with an impressive time of 10:05. Matthew Dearth, 15, of Bridgeport followed with a time of 10:44, and Gage Freeman, 18, of Cutler, Oh, came in third in 11:38.
Morganne Phillips, 16, of Bridgeport, was the first female, with a time of 12:50. She was followed by Hannah Ramirez, 12, of Clarksburg, at 13:52 and Abby Hart, 13, of Hurricane at 14:08.
And not to be left out, racers 12 and younger got an opportunity to compete in the kids' races that followed.
The race's namesake, Cecil Jarvis was an attorney and president of the Clarksburg Publishing Co. He was also a noted athlete, who had completed several Ironmans and marathons. Jarvis was killed while on a training ride in 2008.