Saturday, October 28, 2000 -- Wheeling, WV
Auggie's 5K Run & Walk
Story and photos by Julie Black
Now, a new name in Animal Fame is rising to the top in Warwood, WV, where the town has embraced the memory of a sleek, black cat named Auggie.
No, this is not some odd Halloween ritual, it's the 2nd year for the
Auggie's 5K Run & Walk. The race is not just about remembering
a special feline. The event has become a fundraising activity which
will abet the Society's efforts to care for unfortunate cats and dogs
in the area by donating all of the proceeds to the Ohio County Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
At the start of the 5K, over 120 runners took off running in one
direction on the flat paved trail, as over 120 walkers took off in the
opposite direction on the trail. A unique trait of this race besides
the fact that participants are encouraged to run or walk with their
pets, is that the trail combines the run and the walk for one big,
This year's women were fast, fast, fast. Felicia Greer made quite
an appearance with an awesome 11th overall finish. Greer took home
the overall prize for the ladies with a time of 18:14.
Wheeling native Julie McGee has been making some appearances of her
own in 2000. McGee(20:32), held onto 2nd with no problem. Young
Kallen Weaver of Wheeling held her own to finish a strong 3rd with a
time of 22:41.
Taking 4th overall in the '99 Auggie Walk, Kathy Campbell took 6th overall
and 1st for the women in the walk with a time of 31:53.
Jean Palmer(32:31), and Karen Britt(34:38), finished 2nd and 3rd in the
walk in the female category.
The amazing and inspiring Abigail Wood of Wheeling, WV, who at 90 years old finished the 5K Walk in 47:45. Abigail received a warm, standing ovation when she was given a well deserved medal. Race Director Tom Rownd said it best when handing Wood her award, "There is hope for all of us!"
Special Thanks... Goes out to Tom Rownd & Family, The Ohio Valley Runner's Club, Dominos Pizza, and the many, many other sponsors and supporters who made this event possible.