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Saturday, June 9, 2001 -- Parkersburg, WV
RCR Series 6 - Mountain State Classic (iPO Event Id#: 3058)
Story and photos by Pat Shreeves

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Just a walk in the park?
After all the rain we've had, it was a welcome change to see a beautiful day on Saturday, June 9 for the Mountain State Classic. Parkersburg City Park was the setting for 145 runners and 33 walkers to compete. For the runners, this is the Road Runners Club of America West Virginia 10K Championship.

After signing up at the park pavilion, the runners and walkers lined up in front of the baseball field and prepared for the mass start. At the sound of the starters pistol, they were on their way around the outside of the baseball field, around the pond and out of the park. As they left the park and headed up Washington Avenue, a group of seven runners began to break away. Among the break away group was Larry Taylor, Tony Basta and Randy Gibbs. At the end of Washington, the runners turned right on to Dudley Avenue, then right on to 23rd Street, then left on to Broad Street and up a good size hill. Larry Taylor commented, (on the hill) "they would always pull up on me and get ahead" but that wasn't the case today. The runners made their way through the rest of the course and into the back of the park. About 10 second separated the first and second place runners. As they made their way to the finish, it was Larry Taylor taking first with a time of 33:23 and claiming the Men's West Virginia 10K Championship. In second was Ben Redman at 33:33 and third was Kevin Williams at 33:48. In the ladies division, Robin Owsley took first at 42:43 and the Women's West Virginia 10K Championship. Owsley commented "I've never ran this course before..." and the rolling hills were a welcome obstacle in contrast to the hill in the Wheeling race. Second was Jessica Hill with a 44:32 and third was Leslie Molinaro with a 46:33.

The walkers competed on a 4K course. They followed the same course as the runners until the end of Washington Street, where they turned around and came back down Washington and reentered the park and turned left to make their way around the pond and to the finish line. As the walkers left the park, John Nichols was in the lead with others close behind. When the walkers reentered the park, Nichols still lead by about 20 seconds and would hold on to finish first with a time of 24:08. Their was a dramatic battle for second with Terry Whitecotton overtaking Gary Young near the finish line. Whitecotton finished second at 24:25 and Young in third at 24:27. As the ladies came to the finish line it was Kimberly Creagh with a time of 26:02, in second was Martha Marks at 26:36 and third was Barbara Schaad at 27:25.

There were also races for the kids. Different age groups competed at different distances and were cheered on by the crowd of parents and spectators. At the finish, everyone was awarded a ribbon and a cold bottle of Kool Aid. Toys R Us Gift Certificates were also given to the top two boys and girls finishers in each race.

After the race, there was a picnic lunch for all the racers. Race director, Warren Carter, acknowledged all the volunteers that helped make the race such a success. Thanks also goes to the sponsors: Mountain State BlueCross BlueShield, Camden-Clark Hospital, Road Runners Club of America, River City Runners, USA Track and Field, and Gatorade. Everyone involved in putting on the race can be proud of a job well done.