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Saturday, May 6, 2000 -- Lewisburg, WV
Greenbrier Valley Hospice 10K
Story and photos by George Gannon

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Hospice 10K
Steve Crowder way up front
According to Steve Crowder, he never "feels bad about being up front." He must have been very comfortable in The Greenbrier Valley Hospice 10K. Exactly six minutes and nine seconds more comfortable then his closest competitor. His condition was so commodious, he came dangerously close to the course record.

The city of Lewisburg has been good to Crowder (he placed in races there last year). Saturday was no exception. On a rolling, twisting course, the competitors were subjected to an unusually hot May morning and an intense, blazing sun; but also some of the most scenic vistas in the West Virginia. Crowder was the first racer to get from the Lewisburg Airport to the Lewisburg Theater (32:42). Also posting strong numbers, Billy Joe Peyton (39:32) captured second place. Jumping up two spots from last year, Jimmy Miller (40:08) rounded out the top three.

Hospice 10K
A beautiful day for a race
For the women, Sharon Peake was running proof that sisters can do it for themselves. Peake (42:07), took the top spot for the women, finishing sixth overall. Not too far off the pace, Lindsey Martin (45:31) and Andrea Bennett (46:29) captured the number two and three spots, respectively.

One interesting note, The venerable Mr. Eddie Boyd, who claims that this course is his favorite, "point to point," completed his 481st race. His first race, "The Big Mac Three" in Bluefield, took place in 1979. In one year, he competed in 40 races.

Hospice 10K
A wave for the camera
The awards ceremony, held in the beautiful Lewisburg Theater, was full of exhausted, but happy racers, warm food and cold drinks. It may not have been Churchill Downs, but historic downtown Lewisburg was the place to be on race day. Shout-Outs to Lee Scruggs, Valerie Currence and everyone at Greenbrier Valley Hospice for putting on a great race and to Amy Graham for her help. Be sure to check out next year's race, you will not be disappointed.