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Saturday, October 9, 2004 -- Oak Hill, WV
ACE New River Gorge-ous Trail Run (iPO Event Id#: 6042) Story and photos by Jason Black

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[2003 Coverage]

Dennis enjoy's ACE's scenery
The ACE New River Gorge-ous Trail Run delighted runners with the option of racing a 15 or 8.5-mile trail. Some racers decided to try their luck at the 5-mile walk. Ace Adventure Center's trails took participants deep into southern West Virginia's hardwood forests where they were surrounded by hues of orange, yellow and red. They were also treated to vistas of the New River Gorge and historic Town of Thurmond 1,000 feet below along the course.

Waking up Saturday morning high above the New River, I was greeted by the sun, peaking over one of the New Rivers many ridges, illuminating the fog that always seems to settle on the water beneath. This is what was waiting for the runners that decided to brave the Beast of the East, The New River Gorge in Minden West Virginia.

Running together, twice the fun
Once again The Ace Adventure center was entertaining another group of inspired souls to test themselves against the beast. Part of the group was running the fifteen mile run through the gorge, others chose the eight mile course and a few challenged themselves with a hardy five mile walk. These courses were enter lapped through a large portion of the run, splitting towards the end.

Standing at the two or three mile mark to get my first set of pictures, I was a little surprised to see how close together these runners remained weaving their way through the trees. But the story had changed standing at the split at the eight mile mark, the gorge had taken its toll out on many and at least left its mark on the others. The question of the day was a familiar where is the finish?

Hanging with friends
In the fifteen mile section Adam Childers was the first to find the finish with a time of 1:37:02. Jeff Jordan and Dominic Wyzomirski were breathing down his neck with second and third place times of (1:37:34) and (1:37:35). One of the tightest fifteen mile runs I have seen. But in the eight mile run it was a little different story, Jeremy Bartley ran away from the pack with a time of (52:06). Second and third place finishers was Issac Campbell (59:53) and Justin Kay (1:01:04). For the walkers Jenny Kay Edwards was the first to cross the finish with a time of (1:36:31). Pat Jones (1:42:20) and Heather Hunter (1:44:19) were second and third place finishers.

The Ace Adventure Centers facilities have proven to be a top notch place to hold any number of different types of races. Having the New River Gorge in their back yard offers endless possibilities and they are truly taking advantage of it. For all of you out their who have never seen the New River, pick one of the many styles of races held in the area and make a trip. Don't forget your camera, it will be a trip that you will not soon forget.