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Saturday, June 21, 2003 -- Fairmont, WV
Run to Read Races 15K/5K (CARS #6) (iPO Event Id#: 5393)
Story and photos by E.J. Linger

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Children at play in the streets of Fairmont
Wonder why this race is called Run to Read? All the proceeds from the race benefit Literacy Volunteers of Marion County (a United Way Agency). Literacy Volunteers provide free tutoring in reading, math, and English as a second language. WHAT A GREAT CAUSE!!

Friday evening before the race, the pre-registered runners enjoyed an all you can eat pasta bar located at RG's the Pizza Man restaurant. Runners enjoyed spaghetti, linguine, fettuccini, alfredo, ziti, salad, garlic bread, and a variety of beverages for dinner. Sounds good for a pre-race meal. Too bad I missed that one.

Saturday was a great day, cool and overcast, for a 15K race for the 74 runners. This is a challenging two-loop course that runs through the streets of Fairmont with the start and finish at the Marion County Adult Education Center.

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Zack Sabatino cruises in the 15K
Zack Sabatino, once again, was breaking course records. This time it was the Run to Read 15K. With a time of 50:04, Zack broke Justin Simpson's course record of 51:46 set in 2002. Zack was on pace to break 50 minutes for the 15K, but unfortunately, the police car lead him the wrong way after the first loop and then got in the way for the finish.

Zack was still pleased with his time. He also showed some of his steeplechase skills by jumping the stone wall by the Marion County Adult Education Center to get back on course.

Coming in second place was Ron Weist from Clarksburg with a time of 52:38. Ron has finished quite well the past couple of weeks; finishing 3rd in the West Virginia Italian Heritage 5K last week and now 2nd place at the Run to Read 15K. Rounding out the top three finishers was Greenwood, WV's Josh Sheets with a time of 53:18.

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The 5K run gets underway
For the women's race, Kelly Hoplisky of Morgantown won with a time of 1:07:18. Coming in second was Stephanie Hatfield of Clarksburg with a time of 1:12:57. Stephanie is the daughter of Carl Hatfield, a WVU All-American and July's Clarksburg 10K race director. She had a great year running for West Virginia Wesleyan College. Rounding out the top three was Bonnie McCaffrey of Pittsburgh with a time of 1:15:25.

The next race was the 5K Walk that started right after the 15K was finished. With 22 walkers, Mike Burns from Fairmont won with a time of 35:57. He was followed by the first female finisher, Sandra Oerly-Bennett with a time of 38:11. Third place overall was Cathy Tobrey of Fairmont with a time of 38:28. The second place male and fourth overall was Rudy Vincent with a time of 38:42.

For the shorter run, the 5K (another two-loop course), Zack's teammate at WVU, Tyler DeVault of Fairmont led from the start with a record time of 15:48. He improved his time from last weekend by 10 seconds and showed off for his hometown. Coming in second place was Mathias Hickman of Fairmont with a time of 17:52. The third place finisher was Michael Brosenne of Sheperdstown with a time of 19:08.

Setting sites on the finish line
While for the women's race, Emily Corley of Fairmont won with a time of 22:03. Jenna Fogg came in second with a time of 23:12. Both first and second place women were 14 years old; watch out for these girls in high school. Third place in the 5K was Lindsey Boegehold with a time of 23:13. Settling second and third place came right down to the finish. Great racing!

Along with the 5K was the Kids Fun Run that was just one loop of the 5K race. The kids enjoyed the 1.5 mile loop race with trophies waiting for all the finishers.

The start of the 5K Walk was a nice little breather for the 20 runners who ran in both the 15K and the 5K runs to complete the combined 20K. Joey Herron of Fairmont won the combined competition with a total time of 1:19:57. Following in a close second, just 14 seconds behind, was Brosenne (1:20:11) who benefitted from his 3rd place finish in the 5K. third-overall in the 5K. Rounding out the top three was D.J. Navarini of Clarksburg with a total time of 1:20:36. The top three were very close with the average mile pace between first and third just 3 seconds.

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Fun for everyone
For the women, Anna Holt-Gosselin from Fairmont won the combined race with a total time of 1:45:48. Following Anna for second place was Stacy Bolle from Bridgeport with a time of 1:55:18. And rounding out the top three was Teresa Ray from Fairmont with a time of 1:56:51.

While waiting for the trophies, the runners looked for their name on the random prize list and enjoyed some great food. The runners enjoyed Papa John's pizzas, hot dogs and many other refreshments. And depending how hardy a runner or volunteer you were, you could enjoy a swim with a free pass for the city's Wave Pool in Fairmont.

Thanks to Jim Woolfitt, the generous race sponsors, and all the volunteers for making this a great race!!