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Saturday, August 12, 2000 -- St. Albans, WV
Thomas Memorial Hospital 5 Miler and Walk
Story and photos by Jenn Cavender

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Thomas Memorial Hospital 5 Miler
Robin "Fun" Young enjoying herself
People gathered at the firehouse in St. Albans early Saturday morning Aug 12 for the Thomas Memorial 5-mile run and 5K walk. St. Albans Mayor Jack Gessell sounded the gun and runners sprinted down the course. The run is a loop winding through the neighborhoods of Kanawaha Valley Terrace and Washington Street. Rolling hills begin the run. After about two miles, the hills taper off into nearly flat terrain.

Runners could take advantage of the sights of a small town. A quaint little shop area snuggled in the alley with brick-lined streets near the start. A Victorian house and several smaller houses watched as participants took advantage of the shade provided by the tree-lined streets.

Jason Redman and Glen Baldwin battled it out for the finish. Baldwin led with Redman on his hills until Redman pushed at the end. With Redman's winning time of 27:22 he finished in just under sixth-tenths of a second ahead of Baldwin. "Jason had a bigger surge at the end," said Baldwin. "He is a strong runner for such a big guy."

Thomas Memorial Hospital 5 Miler
The race to the finish
Zach Sabatino came in third overall with a time of 27:45. The young runner certainly has an exciting career ahead of him. Baldwin says today's run was practice for the Parkersburg half-marathon next Saturday.

Kelly McGraw led the pack for the female winners coming in at 31:52. Coming in for 2nd place female was Robin Cannon at 32:25. Third was Connie Young at 33:21. McGraw not only won the female category Saturday, but the veteran Thomas Memorial 5-miler winner also came in first in the Thomas Memorial Hospital corporate category.

"It was nice and cool today," said McGraw. "Last weekend I ran in Virginia Beach and the temperature was in the 105° Heat Index."

Walkers also enjoyed cool temperatures and camaraderie in Saturday's event. Their start sounded immediately after the runners. "It's a nice walk," said Juanita Cook. "It doesn't get enough credit."

Thomas Memorial Hospital 5 Miler
Kelly McGraw getting another win
"They always begin the walk with the words 'We hope some of you will be runners next year," said Regina Flinner. "It's not that one is better than the other. It's just which one you prefer." Still, walkers had a great time Saturday morning. Walker Mary Kline was the oldest walker participant at 71 years-old showing everyone that no matter what the exercise, it's best to get out there and do it. Runners just want so badly to convert everyone over to their sport. The adrenaline rush that comes from pushing oneself to the limit is worth the effort.

Thumbs up to Thomas Memorial Hospital, says Marcus Speaker. "It's really nice when pharmaceutical companies and health care professionals can work together in an event like this which benefits not only Thomas Memorial Hosptial but the community as well."