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Saturday, June 9, 2001 -- Kingwood, WV
Kingwood Klassic (iPO Event Id#: 3548)
Story and photos by John Nesbitt and Erin Devitt

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Race Start
Chasing Matt Bear
The annual Kingwood Klassic (a.k.a. Run for M.S.) took place with over 50 runners and walkers enjoying the great weather on Saturday morning. The course started near where the famous Buckwheat Festival takes place and featured several moderate hills throughout the 3.1-mile course.

In the men's division, 19-year-old Matt Bear from Mount Morris Pennsylvania captured first place and beat out a host of teenage front runners with a time of 16:05. The course he said was very good and bearable (no pun intended... or is it?) Coming in second place was 16-year-old Scott Smith in a time of 16:29. Third place, and just three seconds back, was 17-year-old Kenny Beerbower who covered the course in a time of 16:32.

Fun Run
It sure is nice to have a good running partner
In the women's division, finishing eighth overall and recording the fastest female time was 17-year-old Sherry Flohrone of many Grafton area runners who made the trek down to Kingwood for the annual run. She said the course was hillier than she remembered and that she did not have much time to train because she just got back from the Naval Academy.

Coming in second place was Nicole Tingler, also from Grafton, in a time of 22:43. She beat out Natasha Sheen who finished in a time of 22:52.

Race Pic
Trying to keep up with that younger generation
In the walking division Yvonne Willems, walking in her first competitive walk, captured first in a time of 37:52. She stated that she felt that the course was very mellow and that she was very happy with her time since she mostly walks for fun.

A special thanks goes out to Mary's Restaurant for sponsoring the race and the Kingwood Fire Department for traffic control. The proceeds from the race benefit the National Multiple Schleriros Society. Also an thank you goes out to Kelly and Paul Martin for organizing the race and providing us with the results.