Saturday, September 21, 2002 -- Scottdale, PA
Scottdale Fall Festival 5K (iPO Event Id#: 5153)
Story and photos by Don Parks
Stretching their legs the furthest the fastest was a group of young guns giving Uniontown's thirty-something running veteran Eddie Filcheck everything he could handle.
Leading the charge for the first half of this out-and-back race was a Scottdale local, 16-year-old Steve Imel. Behind this high school junior was a group consisting of Filcheck, 13-year-old Jeff Palya, and 15-year-old Kenny Miller.
At the halfway mark Palya, just an 8th grader at Laurel Highlands Junior High, made his move. After pulling away from Filcheck he soon closed the gap on Imel. By the two-mile mark it was Palya leading the charge to the finish.
There would be no changes up front as they raced the final mile to the finish.
The barely-a-teenager Palya took the win at 17:20 followed by Imel at 17:29.
Filcheck coasted in for third at 17:42 while Miller held on to fourth overall
Her finishing time of 21:33 meant a first overall for the women, and a rare defeat of her husband by just 11 seconds. It seems that she's returning to form after taking 12-years off from running, to raise a family, before lacing up again this past January.
The other ladies to reach the podium where Paula Bossart (22:22), of
Greensburg, and Rita Cooper (22:37), also from Greensburg.
As everyone made their way to the finish it was time to enjoy a nice spread of refreshments. Everything including drinks, fruit, pizza, and subs was on hand, and there was plenty of it. With the locals coming out to help monitor the streets and volunteer their time, it was no wonder the the Scottsdale Fall Festival was off to another great start.