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Saturday, November 6, 1999 -- Wheeling
Paul T. Boos Memorial 5K+ Classic
Story & photos by Julie Bertsch

[Coverage] [Results] Pics: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3]

Paul T. Boos 5K+
The 5K+ Run & Walk Start
Last year in 1998, the weather for the local favorite, 5K+ tough course was frigid to say the least. The 99' conditions for the Paul T. Boos 5K+ were still a bit chilly, but the sun was on the way.

The course was a tough one indeed, and not your average 5K, since it's actually a 3.4 mile run/walk. One of the more memorable paths on the course, (besides the beauty of Oglebay Park surrounding you), is the long, uphill climb on the way out to the turn-a-round. Luckily, everyone got to go down the big hill on the way back to complete the 3.4 mile loop.

Paul T. Boos 5K+
Raymond Renaud cruises to the finish
Just before the start everyone took a moment with Race Director, George Frazier, to remember the very active and special, Paul T. Boos, who participated in all 13 previous athletic club runs.

With lots of energy in the air and a cool, early morning breeze in their faces, over 90 people took off into Olegbay Park. Always a strong competitor in the races surrounding the Wheeling area, Ed Tullis kept up a great pace to finish 1st Overall with a time of 17:42. "This was a great race for me," said Tullis, "It's been a while since I've had a really good race."

Coming strong into the downhill stretch, Joe Wade (18:13), held his own by beating out David Schupbach (19:03) for the 2nd Overall spot by nearly a minute. Schupbach took the 3rd Place Overall plaque home.

Paul T. Boos 5K+
George Macek & an "unknown runner" battle it out to the finish
Although Tina DiCocco was the 1st Female Winner in last weeks Auggie's 5K Race, such was not the case in this race. Sixteen year old, Bethany Romanek finished the hilly course as the first female with a great time of 22:41.

Tina DiCocco (23:06), heard Kathy Willming's (23:15), footsteps 9 seconds behind, but did not lose sight of the finish and crossed the line fast to take home the 2nd Overall Female Prize. Willming was really hearing footsteps as Amanda Morris was just 2 seconds behind her! Morris made a valiant effort, but it was Willming who took home the 3rd place prize. Morris finished first in her age group and 34th overall.

The Race for the top Overall Walker was intense, but the winner of Auggie's 5K, the WVU-SNA 5K, and the Red Ribbon 5K, (just to name a few), was already in front. Pittsburgh, PA's Steve Bence was the first walker to reach the line, getting an excellent time of 28:12. The first female walker was Polly Loy (38:22), who was all smiles about her win.

Paul T. Boos 5K+
George Frazier is all smile as he poses for photos
After the race was over, everyone was invited inside the Stratford Athletic Club for free pizza from Checkers, fruit, & beverages. Race Director, George Frazier, gave out awards with his helpful assistants.

It was a good day for all, with lots of plaques going to racers in each age group. Thanks to all who made this race possible, and to all of the sponsors for donating their time and efforts. WVOutside will see you there next year!