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Saturday, September 2, 2000 -- Whitehall, PA
10th Annual Whitehall 5K
Story and photos by Julie Black

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Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6]

Whitehall 5K
Smiling big for the camera
After taking a journey towards the busy streets of Pittsburgh, PA, one must vere away from the tunnel and head for the other side of the mountain to find the quaint town of Whitehall. Full of finely trimmed green lawns and impressive brick houses, this lovely suburban town kicked off their 10th Annual Community Day, with the Run in the Hall 5K, & 1 Mile Fun Walk.

This well supported race had volunteers at every turn, the Whitehall Police Department to control traffic, Scott Alexander from MIX 96.1 as the MC, and up to $2,000 in prizes! A large crowd was received a warm welcome from Race Director, John Wotus, who was impressed with the large turnout.

Whitehall 5K
Just one of the course's grueling hills
The course sent runners and walkers on a trek through the residential area. When asked about the course, Denny Bierbower replied, "It's REALLY hilly. A tough course!" That's no joke, as participants wound their way up and down, up and down, through the neighborhood in some major humidity.

Having no trouble with the hills however, was Brian Caskey & Stephen Beattig. The two runners battled up until the 2nd mile, when suddenly, Caskey made his move. "I basically stayed back and relaxed, and then I pulled ahead." said the overall winner. Brian Caskey(18:21), kept his lead to the line to claim quite a gap over the 2nd & 3rd place finshers. Beattig(19:01), captured the 2nd top spot, with Dennis Pegher(19:09), taking 3rd.

Whitehall 5K
Cruising downhill to the finish
The ladies spread out on the course, and in a blur of blue and gold, Tayrn Gibson blazed down the last hill to sweep 1st with a time of 23:06. Deanna Brown(24:20), kept a strong stride for 2nd, while Eileen Cunningham snagged 3rd for the women in 24 min. & 53 seconds.

After the race was over, a day of festival activities began with the thumping of a local high school band. There was something for everyone! Families could enjoy pony rides, bingo, basketball & volleyball tournaments, and so much more! Even this reporter had to take advantage of a phat kielbasa sandwhich, and some tasty chocolate chip cookies.

Results were done by Runner's High. * As soon as we receive them, they will be posted!