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Saturday, April 7, 2001 -- Roanoke, VA
Run for Healthy Play 5k/10k (iPO Event Id#: 3424)
Story and photos by Steve and Leslie Crowder

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[10K Results] [5K Results]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]

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Does anyone know what time it is?
The first seriously warm weekend of the year greeted runners in Roanoke, Virginia, Saturday, for the Run for Healthy Play 5k and 10k. While it may have been a beautiful day for a picnic or trip to the lake, it made for tough racing conditions for the 200 plus participants. Fortunately, both the 5k and 10k courses were relatively flat and fast, with the 10k course putting runners alongside the Roanoke River for much of the second half of the race. As a result, there were some fast performances in spite of the summer-like conditions.

In the 5k, David Angell of Salem, Virginia, took the lead from the gun and was never seriously challenged. Even though he said after the race that he wasn't very pleased with his performance, Angell ran a solid time of 16:57 to win by 16 seconds over second place finisher Will Colban of Blacksburg, Virginia. Colban has been a consistent performer on the roads this year and picked up his third top three finish in the past six weeks. Rounding out the top three with a time of 17:36 was Danny Sturgill of Rural Retreat, Virginia.

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Steve Crowder takes the 10K win
For the women, it was Holly Wall of Christiansburg, Virginia, who led from start to finish. Wall, whose husband Jason is also an accomplished runner, cruised over the course in an impressive 20:02. Second place finisher Anna Chase of Martinsville, Virginia, also turned in a solid performance, completing the course in 21:07. Chase's time is particularly impressive when taken into consideration with the fact that she is only 13 years old. Shannon Baker, of Radford, Virginia, grabbed the third overall spot with a time of 21:35.

The men's 10k saw the most competitive race of the day as Steve Crowder of Fincastle, Virginia, and Jason Wall of Christiansburg, battled for the win. Crowder forced the pace early with a sub five-minute opening mile, spreading out the field and dropping everyone but Wall, who followed close behind. As they entered the third mile, Crowder opened up some space and went on to win in 32:26. Wall wasn't far behind, crossing the line in 33:11 to take runner-up honors. Brian Falls of Roanoke rounded out the top three, finishing in 37:47. The race for third was also close, as Falls held off William Pearlman of Roanoke by just 9 seconds.

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Who's taking who for a run?
On the women's side of the 10k, things weren't quite as close for the win as Lydia Odell of Ferrum, Virginia, dominated the race. Odell's time of 40:17 was just over six minutes ahead of her nearest competitor. The race for the remaining overall spots, however, was much closer, as Kate Ericcsson of Roanoke held off Erin Kelly of Blacksburg for second. Ericcsson ran 46:21 to Kelly's 46:45. Kelly, meanwhile, was only 11 seconds ahead of fourth place finisher, Mary Ellen Janosko of Roanoke.

After the race, runners were finally able to take advantage of the warm weather as everyone gathered at Roanoke's Victory Stadium for food, beverages, an awards ceremony, and plenty of sun bathing. Proceeds from the race went to establish a scholarship fund for area youth recreation programs. Sponsors included US Cellular, Newschannel 10, Coca-Cola, WJJS, J93, Kroger, Nokia, and Five BoRo Bagels. Special thanks to the Star City Striders for help with the finish line and results.