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Saturday, June 30, 2001 -- St. Albans, WV
Kanawha-Coal Riverfest 5K Run/1 Mile Walk (iPO Event Id#: 4042)
Story and photos by Don Parks

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Results: [5K Run Overall] [5K Run by Class] [Walk]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]
Past Coverage: [1998] [1999] [2000]

Jessica Taylor
Jessica Taylor fights off the competition
The flat and fast 5K course in St. Albans proved to be just that on Saturday morning. "I knew there'd be some tough competition, that's why I came," said Fayetteville's Larry Taylor. The competition that Taylor was speaking of came in the form of Dave McCollam and Ben Redmon.

The race began with the field content to let Taylor set the pace for the first 1.5 miles. That's about the time Redmon decided to surge off the front while McCollam was still sitting on Taylor's heels.

Around 2 miles in, McCollam made his move to close the gap on Redmon. By the 2.5 mile mark the two were running together while Taylor could only watch as they're lead slowly grew. With less than half a mile to go McCollam again turned it up a notch to make his kick for the win with a time of 15:17. "Redmon made it tough on me," said the winner after the race.

Redmon took second at 15:30 while Taylor hit the line third at 15:47. Also finishing in under 16 minutes was Kevin Williams who finished fourth at 15:54.

Race Pic
Getting everyone out for a morning stroll in St. Albans
In a bid to win the women's overall title, Larry's daugher Jessica Taylor also found some competition among the ranks. She was leading the race going into the turnaround, but that's where she saw Robin Cannon running a close second. In relaying her thoughts after the race, Taylor said "I saw her [Cannon] and thought, 'I guess I have to run hard now'."

With 3/4 of a mile to go Taylor still had not shaken the tenacious Cannon, but it wasn't a secret that she was still in pursuit. "I saw a shadow and knew I had to pick it up again," remarked Taylor. This time Taylor got away and she went on to finish first with a time of 19:07. "I saw her [Taylor] and tried to close, but she just had a great finish," said Cannon who finished second at 19:18. Finishing third for the ladies was Robin Owsley at 20:07.

In the 1-mile walk event Judy "Speedy" Gunsaulis out paced all contenders with a winning time of 12:03. First for the men and second overall was Donald Bond at 12:30.

For everyone it was another great morning of racing and a perfect way to start the day's festivities at the annual Kanawha-Coal Riverfest. A special thanks goes out to Fred Waybright, W.K. Munsey and Pat Board for making sure everything ran smooth and that iPlayOutside got the results!