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Monday, May 28, 2001 -- Parkersburg, WV
RCR Series 4 - The Smoot Mile (iPO Event Id#: 3057)
Story and photos by John Nesbitt

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The fans cheer for another close finish
On Memorial Day the annual Smoot Mile took place in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The annual race drew a good turnout with lots of people liking the format of the races with each age group running a separate heat. Several heats did combine the a few of the less popular age groups just to make the competition an little more fun.

The races started at St. Josephs Hospital and went mostly downhill and finished at the Smoot Theatre, which several years ago (with the help of this race) was saved from the wrecking ball.

The morning started with the first heat being contested by the walking division. John Mike Nichols and Kimberly Creagh ran, or shall I say walked, away from the field in times of 8:52 and 9:37 respectively. After this race the running commenced with several of the upper age divisions being combined.

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Focused on that finish line
Throughout the morning there was some great racing and very close finishes. In the men's 45 to 49 age group brothers Don and Jack Lane dueled it out right until the finish with Don winning the race in a time of 5:25 compared to Jacks 5:27. In the men's 24 & under Adam Cross ran away from the competition in a time of 4 minutes 32 seconds.

The high school races had the most overall participants of the day, which also allowed for some very good competition. In the girls division, first overall in a time of 5 minutes 40 seconds was Rachel Fox followed by second place finisher Andrea Corbin in a time of 6 minutes 15 seconds. In the boys division the first eight runners to cross the finish line all finished in times of 5:16 or less. Adam Raper finished first overall winning in a time of 4 minutes 41 seconds and was chased right until the finish by Forrest Boggess who finished in a time of 4 minutes 44 seconds.

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High steppin' for the sprint finish
Bryan Smallman gets an iPlayOutside "atta-boy" for running a 7 minute 36 second mile in the 7-8 year old category. Former Parkersburg South runner Michael Jones who finished in a time of 4 minutes 32 seconds captured the highly anticipated last race of the afternoon, the Men's Invitational. According to Jones it was a very tough race and the competition that Tony Basta and the rest of the field provided was great. Basta, the second place finisher finisher, was a mere two seconds behind Jones in a time of 4 minutes 34 seconds. Basta stated that he liked the layout of the course and that the competition was very tough and that they ran a very fast race. Third place finisher Randy Gibbs, with a time of 4 minutes 40 seconds, liked the challenge and noted that the course did have a slight uphill midway through the race.

A final thanks goes out to all the volunteers who helped in organizing and running the event, and supporting the preservation of the Smoot Theatre.