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Saturday, April 28, 2001 -- Morgantown, WV
Honorary 5K for the American Cancer Society (iPO Event Id#: 3076)
Story and photos by John Nesbitt

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A fine day for a run through South Park
The first annual Honorary 5k for the American Cancer Society was held Saturday in the picturesque South Park area of Morgantown, West Virginia. The Seventy-Seven runners started at Morgantown High School and then ran the 3.1-mile road course, which featured several pleasant hills.

In the men's division Jonathon Wright of Fairmont finished first overall in a time of 17 minutes 49 seconds. According to Wright, a member of the West Virginia University Track team, his plan was to run a nice steady pace on the first two miles and then was going to let the race dictate how he ran the third mile, which featured the largest hill on the course.

John Baldwin finished second in the men's division in a time of 19 minutes 31 seconds. Baldwin was surprised with the few hills that the race provided but went on to say that the good weather, and people, provided for a fun time. Matt Kime finished third in the Men's division in a time of 19 minutes 49 seconds.

Sarah Walker
Sarah Walker leads a strong showing by the women's field
In the women's division Sara Walker of Morgantown and a former Wesleyan runner finished second overall in a time of 18 minutes 47 seconds. Walker stated that she felt as though the hills that the course provided made her feel pretty strong. West Virginia University Track Team member Kim Dorman finished third overall to give the women two of the top three spots. She completed the 5K in a time of 19 minutes 28 seconds as she chased Walker throughout the race providing her some competition. Dorman stated that she kept pace with Walker for the first mile and then was unable to match her pace the rest of the race. Finishing third in the women'ss division was Yasuko Amtoku who crossed the finish line in a time of 23 minutes 46 seconds.

Overall, the first year for this race was a great success with all the proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. The event organizers would like to thank these sponsors for their support: Kroger's, Giant Eagle, Shoneys, and Just for You Printing.