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Saturday, April 7, 2001 -- sistersville, WV
Sistersville Heart/Osteoporosis Walk (iPO Event Id#: 2861)
Story and photos by Pat Shreves

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Standing (and walking) proud in historic Sistersville
Halfway between Parkersburg and Wheeling, on the Ohio River is the town of Sistersville, West Virginia. The history of this town comes from the days of the oil boom. Its charm comes from it's still present Victorian architecture and the only operating ferry boat on the Ohio River in West Virginia. It's one of those places where you can still feel safe walking down the street and that's exactly what 60 competitors of all ages did on Saturday morning at The Heart/Osteoporosis 5K Competitive Walk.

Even though this is a competitive walk, the main idea is to promote better health and physical fitness. In fact, the week prior to the race was filled with things to emphasis good health. The "Spring Fling" had many events such as blood screening, EKG's, a silent auction, the 5K walk and a charity ball on Saturday night.

Race Pic
Fun and fog along the Ohio River
The race course started on Wells Street and went North a few blocks and then turned and proceeded along the river. Participants walked along Riverside Drive in the dense fog, past the ferry landing and oil derrick, around the park, past the hospital and on to Rt. 2 and to the country club. Here the racers walked along the tree lined driveway and turned around at the club house where there was a water stop. Making their way back on to Rt. 2, it was then a long straight stretch, one turn, a small downhill and uphill and then to the finish line.

Before the start of the race, the mood of the competitors was casual, but at the timers word, competition was on the minds of most as they left the starting line. After the walkers had made their way North and started back down Riverside Drive, Scott Clegg was leading the pack though the fog, but Jeanne Dorton and John Elliot were close behind and the rest of the pack was beginning to spread out. As the competitors made their way back to the finish line, Dorton had taken the lead and would hold on to take first place in a time of 32:01. Elliot would take second in 32:39 and Scott Clegg third at 35:25.

Nothing quite like a big hug after a big race...
Dorton commented after the race, "it's a lot of fun... I love the hills". Besides the exercise, John Elliot likes walking because it provides the opportunity to meet a lot of friendly people and make new friends. In the Corporate Team division, Sistersville General Hospital took top honors.

Along with trophies for age groups there were also trophies for the youngest and oldest to complete the course. The youngest racer to complete the course was Dalton Baker, age 2, who completed the course in 1 hour and 14 minutes! And the oldest racer was LaMoyne Sweeney, age 78, who completed the course in 45:46!

Thanks goes to Sistersville General Hospital, Champion Sports Cards and Trophies, The Fort, The Health Plan, Coca-Cola, The Osteoporosis Foundation, Mended Hearts and The Tyler Consolidated National Honor Society and all the volunteers.