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Sunday, October 29, 2000 -- Uniontown, PA
Fall Back 5K Run/Walk
Story and photos by Don Parks

[Details] [Coverage]
[Overall Results] [Results by Class]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]

Race Start
An extra hour of sleep,
and they're off and racing
With an extra our of sleep working to their advantage, over 100 competitors took to the streets of South Union Township, a close neighbor to Uniontown, PA. With crisp fall air greeting the morning along with plenty of sunshine, conditions couldn't have been better for this race on the first day of daylight savings time. With everyone ready for some morning running and walking, it was also nice to know that everyone was helping out the deserving Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Organization.

When the racing started on the rather friendly, 5K out-and-back course, Uniontown's own Eddie Filcheck wasted little time in charging to the front of the pack. Filcheck's strong running gave him no reason to look back as he went on to take the win in 17:28.

Jeremy Molinaro
Jeremy Molinaro sprints for a big finish
The battle for second was a little closer as New Stanton's Dennis Flannigan (18:21) took runner-up honors as he held off Uniontown's Mark Naymick (18:36) who captured third. Pittsburgh's David Johnston (19:00) barely held on to fourth as another hard charging group chased him to the finish.

In the women's field it was Scottdale's Angie Garlowich leading them to the finish with a time of 21:24. In a close contest for second place honors, Smithfield's Janet Gates (22:37) beat out Greensburg's Rita Cooper (22:41) by just several seconds. Rounding out the top four was a Smithfield teenager in Julie Lipniskas, who found the line at 22:55.

Tom & Darryl
Just a great time of year to get outside with friends
In the group of walkers taking in the morning's three-plus miles, Millsboro's Thomas Starkey strutted to the finish in just 28:12. The quickest in the female half was Fredricktown's Kathy Paes in a time of 32:27.

With this first-time race held to benefit the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Organization, the crowd of racers where treated to an abundance of pre and post-race amenities. Enough drinks, cakes, bagels, croissants, homemade cookies, candies, and other assorted goodies were available to make everyone feel rewarded for their efforts. And all this, along with the beautiful awards and random prizes, was available in the comfy confines of the South Union Township Recreational Building that came complete with bathrooms and showers. A big thanks certainly goes out to all the race staff, volunteers and the Fayette Striders running club for putting forth their best efforts.