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Saturday, April 7, 2001 -- Deep Creek - McHenry, MD
Railey Realty Waffle Run (iPO Event Id#: 3006)
Story and photos by Dave McKain

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Running to the breakfast table
Runners and walkers gathered below the still snowy slopes of beautiful, Wisp Resort for the Railey Realty Waffle 5K run and 2 mile walk.

As participants stretched in the parking lot prior to the race, warm winds blowing across the snow/slush on the slopes produced and erie and cold fog, the snow from the 2000/2001 winter breathing its last gasp, (we hope).

Several of the walkers mentioned how much they were looking forward to putting the cold weather (especially that from the Snowflake runs of the winter), behind them. While it may have been a little overcast, conditions for the run were good with 60 degree temperatures and slightly wet pavement. The course, and out and back, left the resort parking lot and headed along Deep Creek Lake.

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Thomas Wise and Drew Yurko sprint to the finish
While there weren't any long climbs in the course, there were enough rollers and an uphill finish to whet the appetites of the competitors for their well deserved breakfast afterwards!

Cruising to a win in the event was 18 year old Zach Bittinger (17:53). In the battle for second place, Tony Yurko (18:02) edged out Tad Davis (18:07) at the finish line. Rounding out the top five male finishers were 16 year old Sid Bittinger (18:44) and race sponsor Jimmy Railey (19:35).

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Race Sponsor Railey Realty
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Maureen Hall turned in a time of 20:48 to take first place honors amongst the women. Jen Wilson accomplished the task of besting her previous 5K time of 23:45 with a 22:05 and, in the process took second place honors ahead of third place Tracey Bishop who came across the line at (22:19).

After the race, paticipants headed to the Wisp Restaurant to dig into a free breakfast of hotcakes, muffins and fruits provided by the race sponsors. That's not a bad way to end a morning run!