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Saturday, September 18, 1999 -- Huntington
Chili Fest 5 Mile Run
Story and photos by Lori Garbesi

[Coverage] [Pic Set 1] [Pic Set 2] [Overall Results] [Results by Class]

Race Start
The Chili Fest is off to a fast start
A "Chilly" Morning The Chili Fest 5 mile run held in downtown Huntington, WV on Saturday morning, September 18, attracted approximately 130 runners to compete on this brisk yet beautiful morning. Racers tried to warm their "chilly" bodies prior to the 8:30 starting time. After lining up at the start on 8th Street at the corner of 4th Avenue, racers proceeded to 5th Avenue where they turned left and headed up 5th Avenue to 20th Street. At 20th Street, runners turned left and took another left to head down 3rd Avenue. Once the racers approached Veterans Memorial Boulevard, they turned right and ran to 8th Street at the Civic Center and turned left to go up 8th Street to finish the race. This was a fast course with a predominately flat grade for the entire race.

Will Byrnes
Will Byrnes had to be happy with his morning's run
Although everyone appeared to have a successful race, Marhsall University student, Will Byrnes, took the overall lead, finishing First Place in the Men's division with an impressive time of 27:02. Close behind Will was Second Place finisher, Dave Kannewurf with a time of 27:06 and the Third Place finisher was Scott Clark with a time of 28:44.

In the Women's Division, Velda Kannewurf took First Place with an outstanding time of 32:42. Jacquelyn Cyrus took Second Place in the Women's division with a time of 34:41 and Laura Jarrell finished third with a time of 36:31.

Jacquelyn Cyrus
Jacquelyn Cyrus cruises through the streets of Huntington
This was a very organized race with very little waiting time for the awards ceremony. Many prizes were given away, not to mention, the nice pottery from Mud River Pottery. Thanks to all those who made this race possible, including volunteers and other contributors. Unfortunately, none of the chili was ready for tasting for those who needed a tangy post-run replenisher. Hey! Maybe that's a good thing.