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Saturday, October 21, 2000 -- Pittsburgh, PA
Run Like Hell 5K Run & Walk
Story and photos by Julie Black
Results provided by The Runner's High

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Results: [O/A 1-350] [351-714] [By Class 00-29] [30-99]

It's a bird, it's a plane,
it's the Steel Phantom
What a wild, wild night it was in Pittsburgh, PA when crowds of runners and walkers came out by the hundreds to race in the unusual, Run Like Hell 5K. This event is not your average fast 5K. First of all, it attracted over 700 participants of all ages. Second of all, many of them were, well, dressed up in interesting costumes ranging from the scary, to just downright bust out laughing hilarious.

This race was not ALL fun and games though, it had a serious side. All of the event's proceeds went to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Western PA. The foundation assures to develop the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis, and also vows to improve the quality of life of those with the disease.

Run Like Hell 5K
Hell's Angels? You decide...
With all of the distractions of Halloween make-up and masked racers about it was amazing to see the first runner evolve out of the darkness in less than 16 minutes! The glowing eyes of Eric Shafer could be seen being lead by the hearse. Shafer left all others in the dust with a pace of 5:07 and a 1st place time of 15:52.

Dan Holland(16:37), clenched 2nd, and Eric Wilkins rounded out the top spots for the men with a time of 16:51.

Run Like Hell 5K
The Run Like Hell enthusiastic cheering squad
The women really did run like hell in this 5K, because the top 3 were neck, and neck, and neck! Jackie Malley, Melissa Vignetti, and Roxanne Romah all crossed the line practically hand in hand. It was Malley & Vignetti who took 1st overall with the same time of 20:43! Romah(20:45), finished just 2 seconds behind them. What a race!

The night included many family activities, such a costume contest with many categories, plenty of pizza, live music, Halloween treats, and ice cold brew for the ghouls over 21. What a great time, and thanks to everyone for their donations.

We saw a lot of people wearing shirts from the Pittsburgh Great Race, so check out hundreds of Great Race Photos right here on

Special Thanks... Goes out to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Western PA for their friendly volunteers, and to The Runner's High Crew for their professional results.