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Saturday, March 31, 2001 -- Blacksburg, VA
Women Run Down Violence (iPO Event Id#: 3034)
Story by Steve Crowder with photos by Leslie Crowder

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Everyone joined in to
"Run Down Violence"
After a night of steady rain and cool temperatures, runners caught a break Saturday morning for the Run Down Violence 5k in Blacksburg, Virginia, and ended up with conditions that were just about right for good racing. By the time the gun sounded at 10:00AM, roads were mostly dry and temperatures were in the 40's for the 100 plus participants who turned out to tackle the challenging two loop course around the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

With the race being part of Women's Month 2001, the focus was on the women's competition, and Michelle Edwards of Williamsburg, Pennsylvania, turned in a strong performance to take the win. Edwards, who is a veterinary school student at Virginia Tech, pulled away from the competition early and extended her lead throughout the race, finishing in 20:24. Edwards was very pleased with her effort, as she improved both her time and place from her fourth place finish in the Blacksburg Classic 5k a month earlier. "The 5k is pretty much my favorite distance," Edwards said. "I felt really good today and turned in one of my better times in a while."

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Not at all a bad morning for a run
Following Edwards to the finish line was Kate Leffingwell who completed the course in 22:00 to win the 25-29 age group and hold off third place finisher Ellen Agee. Agee finished in 22:55 and picked up the win in the 35-39 age group.

On the men's side, Steve Crowder took the lead from the gun and never looked back, completing the course in 15:47. Crowder, who originally had not planned on racing and registered at the last minute, collected his second road race win for the month of March and fifth win of 2001. Taking second for the men with a time of 19:49 was Mark Lattanzi. Lattanzi prevailed by 17 seconds over third place finisher David McPherson, who completed the course in 20:06.

After the race, runners gathered for an awards ceremony where they were treated to some delicious fruit and muffins. Overall and age group prizes included gift certificates, portable CD players, t-shirts, and a variety of other items courtesy of the events many sponsors. Proceeds of the race went to benefit the Women's Resource Center of the New River Valley.