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Saturday, July 8, 2000 -- Gettysburg, PA
10th Annual Spirit of Gettysburg 5K
Story and photos by Marty Lamp

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Spirit of Gettysburg 5K
It's not like this everday in Gettysburg
The Tenth Annual Spirit of Gettysburg 5K took over the historic streets of this quaint town for a little while on Saturday morning, July 8th. Nearly 900 runners of all ages and abilities braved the morning heat to compete in one of the most poular 5K events around.

A truly unique aspect of this race is the historical sites one can see while running the course. General Lee's headquarters, McPherson's Ridge, the Railroad Cut, and the Eternal Peace Light Memorial are jsut a few of the points of interest to take your mind from the pain of a 3.1 mile sprint.

Spirit of Gettysburg 5K
Aurelio Handanga out in front and all alone
The out and back course went along the rolling hills of the battleg fields, taking runners along Rt 30 for about 1/4 mile upon leaving and returning to the town. At just a little after 8am, the gun was sounded as an ocean bodies took off.

One guy who wasted no time with taking in the sights was 27 year-old Aurelio Handanga(14:29) of Baltimore, MD. Handanga managed an amazing 4:40 per mile pace enroute to his win, and it was nearly a full minute before his next closest competitor, Jason Gish(15:24)from Dillsburg PA, arrived at the finish line. Brian Crispell(15:37) from Shippensburg PA finished third overall.

Spirit of Gettysburg 5K
It feels great to run!
The fastest female on the course was Hershey, Pennsylvania's Misty Demko(17:14). The 32 year-old Demko kept a steady 5:33 per mile pace to finish 34th overall, and first among all female racers. Amy Pyles(17:56). from Hummelstown, PA, finished a fast second for the women, while Frostburg Maryland's Stacy Gaynor(18:22) finished third.

Some end notes...
The largest female class was the 35-39 age group with 48 runners, while the largest male age group was the 40-44 class with 86 competitors. The top three male finishers were between the ages of 24 and 27, while the top three female finishers ranged from 29 to 34.

Thanks go out to Tina Hefner, all the volunteers and time keepers for all their efforts, and for providing the results so quickly.