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Race Start
The Masters start the lesson for the 30-somethings
Saturday, May 16, 1998, Keyser
3rd Annual Tornado Masters Classic

There is a reason why they call this race a "Masters Classic", that's because it is only open to runners 40 and over. Well, WVOutside showed up to crash the party. We thought we would sneak two 30-somethings into the crowd to beat-up on these aging veterans of pavement pounding. Sounds good on paper, but the seasoned runners at the Toranado Matsers Classic proceeded to blow away the younger intruders. To add insult to injury, the young cheaters had to pay a $12 fine (masters call it an entry fee) for their antics, but you should see the nice new t-shirts they're wearing.

Tom Langley strides to a victory

The run was basically an out-and-back 5K course that folowed the banks of the New Creek. The weather was beautiful and after 17.44 minutes Tom Langan was the first master to cross the line, leaving the breathless 30-somethings way back. Dennis Albright chased Tom most of the way but crossed the line 10 seconds later to take 2nd overall. The first woman to finish was Mary Siemen, who set a women's masters course record in 21.02.

Finally, last is certainly not least. Fred Poland completed the 5K at a modest pace to finish as the only over 60 competitor. A pretty nice morning stride for a man whose young-at-heart age of 86 makes our 30-somethings wonder if they have another half-century of racing left!

Mary Siemen about to finish a Women's Masters course record

Don't miss the all-ages July 4th race in Keyser. It follows the same flat course along the scenic New Creek that ensures some really nice times and maybe a PR or two.

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The WVOutside youngsters are left behind