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Saturday, November 4, 2000 -- Wheeling, WV
Paul T. Boos Memorial 5K+ Classic
Story and photos by Mike Monroe

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Race Start
Starting the charge in Wheeling
With some disappointment still haning in the air from Wheeling Park's first round upset loss in the West Virginia high school playoffs, excitement returned as the stage was set for the Paul T. Boos 5k+. The race was held at the Stratford Athletic Club on Waddles Run Road in Wheeling. With 112 people lined up to support a good cause, the excitement and laughter continue to grow, as the start of the race got closer.

All the money that was being raised by the race went to the children of the late Paul T. Boos for their scholarship fund. The scenery was wonderful as the course wound up the hill towards Oglebay and around the cabins and back down the hill across the finish line. This was also the last year the race was going to held at the Stratford Athletic Club, due to the changing of their name and them moving to a downtown Wheeling location.

Everyone could enjoy a beautiful day for racing
With 16-year-old Brad Grimm setting the pace it was going to be a quick three-plus miles. He ran the tough but fun filled course in 17:22. Ed Tullius (17:41) closely followed his pace. Ed was on his heels the whole race and only finished 19 seconds behind, and another thirty-four seconds behind him was Zach Brown (18:15) who also tried to take the lead but didn't quite make it, but still finished third in the pack. These guys pushed each other the whole way and congratulated each other while waiting on the results inside the athletic club.

Julie McGee was commenting on how great of a day it was before the race, little did she know that is was going to be that much sweeter as she crossed the line as the first woman overall. Julie always follows her own advice, "Be well and run like hell!" and definitely did finishing in a great time of 21:25. Pushing her all the way was Kaitlin Grimm (21:54) and Bethany Romanek (22:15). They raced back and forth for position all the way only finishing a few seconds after her.

The walkers strut their stuff
The walkers were also out in full force pushing it to the limits. While everyone else loved the downhill at the end of the race the walkers hated it as much as the runners loved it. "It makes you want to start running so you have to hold yourself back" stated Paula Curtain (35:57). But Paula still had plenty of fun as she was ready to smile every time the camera was near. Paula ended up finishing top overall the women's walkers, but the real battle was between Carole Litman and Martha Wright (38:57), Paul T. Boos' wife. They finished real close to each other, but Carole edged out an advantage with a time of 37:59.

The women's walkers weren't the only ones strutting their stuff on Waddles Run Road. The men wanted in the spotlight, too. Steve Bence (27:28) finished a whole three minutes in front of Jerry Goodwin, who just got back from running the Ironman! George "The Hammer" Macek (31:02) was close behind and finished a few moments after Goodwin crossed the line in 30:13.

The crew was an excited one, with everyone making new friends and talking about past races where they had competed against each other. So, next year keep your eyes open for the Paul T. Boos 5k and come out to support a good cause and be one of the first to run on the new course in downtown Wheeling.