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Saturday, May 19, 2001 -- Gassaway, WV
Run For Hunger Races (iPO Event Id#: 3220)
Story and photos by George Gannon

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Despite the weather
Having a good time in Gassaway
At the 20th annual Race for Hunger in Gassaway, Bill Potts was running with a mission. Not only was he back on his home turf for a race his family was instrumental in starting, but he was running in memory of his mother Judy, who died of cancer in 2000. Bill did her proud. The race, which is held in the town of Gassaway every year, has rasied over $100,000 dollars to fight world hunger. And the racers would be in need of some nourishment after it was all said and done. The five-mile course weaves its way through the town, and although it is pretty flat, there are a few hills and twists it there just to make it interesting. And, to make things a little more fun, the rain that had been deluging the state all week was ready to drop some water the runners

Under gray clouds and a dense mist, the runners, both for the five mile and two mile racers, took off, along with a host of intrepid walkers.

Fighting through the rain, and first to hit the finish line for the two-milers was Gary Bonnet (10:35). Khristy Clauser took tops for the ladies, crossing the line at the 15:06 mark.

Race Pic
Finishing strong
Not long after the most of the two-mile runners were in, the rain hit, and it hit hard. However, Potts was ready. Letting it all hang out and bringing home top honors. After the Race, Potts (30:09) said he had come up from his new home of Charlottesville, VA and was running the race in memory of his late mother. Alone from the start Potts was pleases with his time.

"I'm a big boy, and getting around a five-mile course is rough." said Potts.
Grabbing the number two spot for the men was Jason Morrison (31:33) an rounding out the top three was Bruce Johnson (33:06).

For the ladies, Charleston native Marlene Moore (36:27) took the number one spot. After the race, Moore said that the rain affected her time, but she was happy to take the number one spot after coming in second back in 1999.

Awards were presented after the race, and everyone was reminded that the event was held in memory of Judy Potts. It was a great race for a great cause, made even better because it was dedicated to a fine woman. An iPlayOutside shout-out goes to Daphine (sp) Moore for her help with results and to Rosemary Mihaliak for doing her best to keep me dry when the rain came.