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Saturday, May 20, 2006 -- Charleston - Kanawha State Forest, WV
Dirty Dog 15K Trail Run - MSTR #3 (iPO Event Id#: 7264)

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Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]
[Set 6] [Set 7] [Set 8] [Set 9] [Set 10]

Story and photos by Julie Black

Photo by Julie Black
Yes, our dogs got dirty
Just three years young, the Dirty Dog continues to grow in popularity with participants; runners and dogs that is. Set in Charleston, West Virginia's stunningly beautiful Kanawha State Forest, in 2006 the event had 134 registered. Little over 119 showed on race day, ready to get their dogs dirty of course. Part of the West Virginia Trail Running (WVMTR) Series, and the Trail Runner Magazine Trophy Series, the event attracts a highly competitive bunch.

Hurdling logs in a single bound, and too fast for the camera, Brian Beckort broke the Dirty Dog course record in 1:06:01, seven minutes faster than last years best time for the trail. From Tell City, Indiana, Beckor is presently 2nd in the Trail Runner Magazine Trophy Series Marathon and Shorter Division. The Trail Runner Trophy Series is the world's largest off-road running series. Also in this its third year like The Dog, the series encompasses over 110 races and more than 20,000 runners who compete from March 1 to September 30.

Photo by Julie Black
Randy and Jack Gibbs beat the runner/dog course record
ACE Adventure Center employee, Emily Chaney of Minden, WV set a new women's course record crossing the finish in 1:21:33. Chaney is at the top of her class in the women's race for "top dog" of the WVMTR series, ranking 4th overall in cumulative points for both the men and women.

The "Big Dog of the Day Award" went to Jack Gibbs of Sitka, Ohio, who in the company of his two-legged runner, Randy Gibbs, broke the dog record in 1:12:15. Finishing in stride, man and best beast completed the 9-plus trail run with a 5th Place overall finish.

Photo by Julie Black
Log hopping in Kanawha
Leading the pack in cumulative points thus far, halfway through the Mountain State Trail Run (MSTR) Series, Michael Bee continues to finish in the top 2 of every WV trail run he enters. Bee finished 2nd in the dog in 1:08:18, beating last year's course record as well. Brother David Bee is close behind in overall points, ranking him 2nd in the series. The Bee brothers have dominated the top spots this year, claiming 2 of the top 3 spots all of the MSTR series races so far. With three races left, this could get very interesting.

Lauren Jefferson finished as the 2nd female overall in the dog on this day with a time of 1.22.53. Krista Birkelo followed for 3rd in 1.25.14.

Photo by Julie Black
I'm such a lucky dog
Post-race time was sunny and pleasant. Dogs sniffed and people chatted. Talk about the trail, great weather, and overall fun filled the air. Refreshments were plentiful, healthy snacks accompanied mini-brownies, and... doggie biscuits.
Thanks to Dan and Tracey Todd for putting on the event. Also, a shout-out and "Dog-Pound" howl to the many volunteers for their time and effort. The next MSTR Series race is not until September 10, but it's one you won't want to miss, the Helvetia 10K Mountain Run. Bring the entire family and enjoy music, camping and more.

The next WVMTR run is the Highlands Sky 40 Mile Trail Run in Canaan Valley Resort State Park - Davis, WV on June 17. See you out there.