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Thursday, November 23, 2000 -- Beckley, WV
24th Annual Thanksgiving Day Run
Story and photos by George Gannon

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Race Start
Taking to the streets of Beckley
Five hundred races. No small feat. Especially if you are 67 years young. But that was what was at stake for the venerable Mr. Eddie Boyd of Bluefield. But we'll get back to Mr. Boyd a little later...

Achieving success at number 500 would be no easy task. At the annual Beckley Thanksgiving Day 5-miler, Boyd would have to fight through a tough and rolling course that twisted and turned through the streets of downtown Beckley. Not to mention that the race was being held on one of the coldest days of the year.

The course took the competitors through the streets of Beckley, throwing in a few hills and grades along the way just to make it that much harder to get to the turkey dinner.

Tonya & Monette
Running in two's for Turkey Day
The first person to cross the finish line was Chad Malay (25:20). Malay, a running superstar from the University of Connecticut, was fresh of a strong performance at the National Cross-country Championships. Malay's racing philosophy was right in line with a typical Thanksgiving Day attitude. "I was just kind of hanging out, and somebody had to win it." Taking the number two spot was Brad Carter (26:08), a track star with Marshall University. Rounding out the top three, and also posting strong numbers, was Jonathan Feddock (27:37).

For the ladies, Andrea Guerra, a student at Virginia Tech, took top honors in her first ever road race. Guerra said she had a great time and was very impressed with the final downhill of the race. Maryjane Walthall was also right in the mix. Robin "Fun" Young took the number three spot. The last time Young ran this course, she actually stopped a car when it tried to cross the intersection on which she was running - very impressive.

Eddie Boyd
Eddie Boyd, 500 and still counting
The real story was Mr. Boyd. Although he said that "Eddie Boyd used to be the man to beat," he now just runs for fun and enjoyment. Mr. Boyd says he still "feels good" after running in 500 races.

The runners enjoyed the awards ceremony in the warm confines of the Beckley YMCA. A cake was even prepared for Mr. Boyd to mark the milestone. An iPlayOutside shout-out goes to Mr. Jay Rutledge for such prompt handling of the race results. [Editor's Note: And maybe we'll get a complete copy by someday!]