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Saturday, November 11, 2000 -- Lynchburg, VA
5K Fall Classic
Story and photos by Dana Harshberger

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5K Fall Classic
The young runners were out in force
Despite chilly temperatures and a nipping wind, approximately 80 runners and 20 walkers showed up at the beautiful Lynchburg College campus for the first, and hopefully annual, 5K Fall Classic.

The course consisted of several loops in and around the leaf-strewn campus, almost in a figure eight fashion. There were lots of short and steep hills to ascend and descend. A little before 9am, the runners and course walkers grouped up for the pre-race meeting, and then at 9am, it all began. The runners took off, escorted by a pace car/golf cart guiding the way.

Off the gun, was Luke Thomas, who set a brisk pace for the chasers. He managed to keep his lead for the first mile, but then the hills set in. Luke is not hot on climbing, and was passed by eventual overall winner Richard Ferguson (1st overall, and 31 and over). Luke ended up capturing 2nd overall, and first in his age category of 16-30.

Alumnae Leigh Cheatum (3rd, 31 and over), Jamie Smith, Traci Morton, and Allison Brooks came out initially because there was nothing else to do, and thought that it would be a good way to get some exercise. They thought that the course was fun, and hope to do it again next year.

5K Fall Classic
Smiling at the finish
There were also an impressive number of 15 and unders, perhaps due to the fact that they could race for free. Nine-year old Joel Sutton, who has run in 2 other races, found the course "pretty easy". Perhaps it's due to his training regime of running every other day, with his 'training partner' and brother Josiah, age 11. It was Josiah's 4th race, and he too, felt that the course was easy. Taking first place in the 15 and under category was Kyle Hagnar.

This event was a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and was sponsored by the Brothers of Beta Theta Pi and the Sisters of Kappa Delta. The run raised nearly $1400 for cancer research: spearheading the efforts were race coordinators Matt Martini, and Rosie Lopez, who were surprised and excited with the turnout.

Thanks should also go out to Dennis Foods for providing the bottled water, and Alpha Ki Omega for the fresh fruit. Many thanks also to all of the fabulous volunteers who helped set up the course as well as manning the water stations and directing the runners and walkers the right way.