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A little rain in the face doesn't seem to bother Dustin Cunningham
Thursday, July 30, 1998 -- Harrisville
Hughes River Holidays Road Race 5K Run/Walk

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The rain didn't deter runners and walkers at the Hughes River Holiday 5K Road Race in Harrisville on Thursday evening. For the second year the the race was sponsored by the Ritchie County Middle/High School Track Boosters. The Boosters took over the race organization last year to provide a service to the community and to raise funds for the new all weather track at the school.

The evening began with a children's race in which fifty-one children between the ages of 3 and 9 ran a course of approximately one half mile. Nine year old Taylor Phillips crossed the finish line first with a time of 2:40.

3-year-old Olivia Haught, one of many proud children's race finishers

This year ninety-one runners/walkers participated in the 5K race which is a challenging, certified loop course on paved and gravel streets in Harrisville. Jody Morgan, 17, of Sissonville finished first with a time of 17:39. He was followed by Josh Cotrill, 25, of Parkersburg and Mike Taylor, 42, of St. Marys. The first female finisher was Stephanie Meleady, 17, of Morgantown with a time of 21:32, followed by Lou Ann Cottrill, 44, of Parkersburg and Erin Hughes, 24, of Charleston

The Ritchie County Track Boosters would like to thank all the community, parent, and student volunteers who helped make the race a success. Special thanks go to North Bend Golf Course for sponsoring the t-shirts for the children's race and Hayhurst Equipment, McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Raiguel Funeral Home, Ellenboro EXXON,

Stephen Hiser, 6th overall, running outside (a much better place to be than inside!)
WesBanco, Western Auto, Starr Woodworking, Armstrong Telephone, Napa Auto Parts, Stout Hardware, and Harrisville IGA who sponsored the 5K t-shirts and refreshments. Mike Taylor of St. Marys provided the timer and race results.

Story by Jan Hughes, Race Director