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Saturday, November 4, 2000 -- Somerset, PA
Road Scholar 5K
Story and photos by Michael McCagh

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Road Scholar 5K
Home of the Eagles
The Somerset Area Jr & Sr High School was the site for November 4th's Road Scholar 2000 5K. Directed by David Mapes, the race, which raises funds for local scholarship programs, shined through a brisk morning chill and warmed the spirits of all involved.

Over 50 runner's and walkers of all ages met in the school parking lot at 10 a.m. and laced up their shoes for the Autumn adventure. Under a grey overcast sky, the starting gun was fired and the runner's were off running from the school, turning right and beginning their 5K loop.

Several warmly dressed and skillful race officials volunteered Saturday and were stationed at high traffic points along the course. As the race wore on, sunlight began to leak thru the low clouds and a faint shadow appeared to join all the runner's.

Road Scholar 5K
Volunteering is cool
When the pace car broke the horizon of the final long hill, Rick Brickley was there leading all racers. Soon more bodies were shuffling over the last incline, some with gloves in their hands, no longer needing any protection from cold, passing Adam and Tara, two kind race volunteers, the running made for the final downhill stretch that led to the finish line.

As the times were clocked, the runners began to gather in the school cafeteria. Inside, the host was met with warm and soft, delicious penutbutter cookies, drinks and casual conversation while Mapes tallied the times.

When the times were posted on the cafeteria walls, Rick Brickley, Thomas Clark, and Allen Welc were at the top of the overall listings. Brickley came in at 18:36, Clark at 19:49, and Welc at 20:32.

Road Scholar 5K
Fun on the run
Stacey Russell and Amy Kiddy, the fastest two women on the course, crossed the finish line just four seconds apart; Russell at 27:11 and Kiddy at 27:15. Julie McMaster claimed third overall in Women's with a time of 27:49.

Walk times were also tallied and the top three male times were Craig Baer at 33:18, Ed Lipski at 39:09, and Brain Henning at 39:21. Women Walk winner's were Judy Trent at 34:07, Sharon Berkey at 34:09, and Kara Miller at 45:39.

Congratulations to everyone who braved the chilly weather and who participated in the Road Scholar 5K that helps to fuel local scholarships in the area.