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Saturday, May 5, 2001 -- Lewisburg, WV
Greenbrier Valley Hospice 10K (iPO Event Id#: 3020)
Story and photos by Steve Crowder

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Who put this hill
right at the finish?
The course for the Greenbrier Valley Hospice 10k takes runners from the Lewisburg Airport to the Lewis Theater via a route that contains plenty of picturesque scenery that one can't help but admire. However, as they encountered one climb and descent after another, the forty-nine runners in Saturday's race found that scenery in Lewisburg often goes hand in hand with hills. The hills wouldn't be the only difficulty facing the participants either, as Mother Nature decided to add warm temperatures and high humidity to the challenge. However, as everyone knows, runners are a hearty group, and it would take more than hills and weather to discourage those who turned out to complete the 24th annual running of this event.

In the men's race, 2000 champion Steve Crowder was back to defend his title. Crowder came into the race hoping to win again, run faster than the year before, and break the 32-minute barrier. He achieved two of those goals, as he took the lead early in the race and ran to victory in a time that was 38 seconds faster than the year before. However, he came up just short of his third goal, as he completed the course in 32:04. Claiming runner-up honors was Lewisburg resident Mark Looney. Looney, who will be heading to New York in 3 weeks seeking to win his third Buffalo Marathon, ran a steady race throughout and finished in a solid 35:25. Taking third overall in a time of 37:55 was Thomas Meadows.

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A scenic run in Lewisburg
On the women's side, race veteran Sharon Peake reached the finish line first in a time of 41:50. Peake is no stranger to the winner's circle in Lewisburg as she also won the race in 1999 and 2000. Like Crowder, she managed to run faster than the year before, taking 17 seconds off her 2000 time. Taking second was Holly Katchuk, who finished in a very respectable 45:34. Rounding out the top three was Aleacha McClintic. McClintic completed the course in 47:51, a time that was good for 15th overall and is made all the more impressive by the fact that she is only 15 years old.

After the race, runners gathered at the Lewis Theater for an awards ceremony and refreshments. The hot pizza and cold beverages made the tough trip there more than worth it. Proceeds of the race went to benefit Greenbrier Valley Hospice. Special thanks to Lee Scruggs, Pat and Dan Withrow, and Diane Hays for all their hard work in making the race a success.