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Saturday, August 22, 1998 -- Martinsburg
Dawg Daze 15K/5K

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A grassy start for the Dawg Daze 15K
On Saturday, August 22nd, the Poor House Farm Park was the site for what race promoter and Martinsburg High School cross-country coach Dick Aunkst proclaimed as the Unofficial Four State 5K/15K Championship. It consisted of a 5K cross-country race and a 15K road race with the proceeds going to support the High School cross-country team.

The weather for the races was a typical August day with sunny skies and temperatures in the eighties. The races began simultaneously with each group taking off in opposite directions. While the 15K grouped headed immediately to the gravel road that leads in and out of the park, the cross-country runners headed directly down the park's grassy fields.

Myron Kremer takes the creek in stride at the 5K cross-country
The crowd of runners was especially colorful thanks to participation from The Miracles, a group of fun folks out of the WV VA Hospital who seek peace and contentment through spirituality.

The cross-country course did two loops around the park taking the runners up and down a few rolling hills, your basic run in the park. However, the last leg of the course sent the runners across a creek, up a grueling two-tier hill, back down the other side of the hill and across the creek. The fastest runner for the day was Shaun Speilman (18:35) from Berkeley Springs High School. For the first two miles Speilman was pushed by Grant Cochran (19:07,) but over the course of the final mile he was able to pull away to take a comfortable lead to the finish.

Orlando Camacho takes the scenic route over the creek
The 15K road course, with the exception of a few hundred yards at the start and finish, was run on the scenic back roads of Berkeley County. The runners really seemed to enjoy the course even with the many hills and August heat. In the competition to become the Unofficial Four State 15K Champion, Eric Chandler had no rivals on this day. Chandler finished the race in a time of 52:09, almost 10 minutes ahead of second and running at a mile pace that was a full minute faster than the rest of the field. The battle for 2nd was a little closer as Karsten Brown (1:01:58) edged out Brian Overcash (1:02:08) by just 10 seconds.

Eric Chandler, finishing the 15K, was the fastest Dawg at the Dawg Daze races
The Dawg Daze races, in only their second year, are definitely a big success. Thanks goes out to all the volunteers that helped make it possible. Some of those folks include Dick Aunkst, race promoter and organizer, Pete Wright and Les Mentzer, the official timers, and Shoneys restaurant, suppliers of many of the day's awards.