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Saturday, July 28, 2001 -- Clarksburg, WV
CAR Series - Greater Clarksburg 10K (iPO Event Id#: 2988)
Story and photos by Julie Black

[Details] [Coverage]
Results: [Overall 1-300] [301-625] [Women By Class] [Men By Class]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]
[Set 6] [Set 7] [Set 8] [Set 9] [Set 10] [Set 11]

Check out Dave McKain's 250-plus additonal photos!

Past event Coverage: [1998 Coverage] [1999 Coverage] [2000 Coverage]

Race Start
And the party gets started...
It was a battle all the way to the finish for an elite field of runners as they attacked the grueling 10K that is two loops through downtown Clarksburg, West Virginia. With Kenyan's dominating all the top spots (the first 17 men and first 9 women), it was an incredibly close race for the top overall spots.

Founded in the fall of 1996, The Greater Clarksburg 10K has been promoting it's motto of good health and overall wellness over the past 5 years with the help of it's race director Carl Hatfield and it's top organizer, Larry Mazza.

Hard to miss in his purple and white "Race Director" ball cap and winning smile, Hatfield is no stranger to participating in large events. He won the very first Pittsburgh Great Race, and qualified for four Olympic Trials, among other accomplishments. For the 2001 10K, Hatfield and Mazza had the honors of introducing Clarksburg to Billy Mills. This celebrity runner is a 1964 gold medallist in the 10,000-meter run in the Tokyo Olympics.

Race Leaders
And what do you know, the Kenyans are out in front
This year's race had quite an elite line-up. Among them was the 2000-2001 Boston Marathon Women's Champion from Kenya, Catherine Ndereba. Ndereba is hailed as the world's 4th fastest marathoner, and has been at the top of the women's elite running scene since 1996. Ranked the number two 10K in the country, and with $20,000 in prize money, it's no wonder that the Clarksburg 10K attracts some of the world's best in this great sport.

Hundreds and hundreds of racers lined up at the start. As soon as the ESPN and the WBOY-TV 12 cameras were ready, the balloons were released and the racers took off! The first group of runners to be seen was the Kenyan men, gaining on the motorcycles just ahead of them. The crowds lined the finish stretch on Main Street, and cheers could be heard as four men running at a blistering mile pace of 4:35 peaked the last short hill.

Thirty three year old James Koshei, his competition 10 years younger in Evans Rutto, and high stepping 20 year old Gilbert Koech, all of Kenya. They battled to the line in one of the closest finishes Clarksburg has seen since 1999! Koshei poured on the extra juice to pull a mere second ahead of his countrymen and finish 1st overall with a time of 28:30. Rutto(28:31), and Koech(28:31), were right on his heels with Rutto stretching across the line for 2nd. The first 17 men to finish in the 10K were from Kenya, many having extremely close times at the line providing a lot of excitement!

Race Pic
Showing a winning kick at the finish
The elite women rounded the last turn in the top 30 overall. To no one's surprise Catherine Ndereba captured 1st for the women with a time of 33:15. What can we expect next from Ndereba? She plans to challenge herself and the world by breaking the women's marathon world record, so look for her in the papers! Gladys Asiba, and Eyerusalem Kuma of Kenya, put on a show. Asiba pulled ahead by just enough to snatch the prize money for 2nd place with a time of 33:17, while Kuma(33:18), finished a strong 3rd.

The first runner from the United States was John Sence(30:16) of Cincinnati, Ohio, who finished 18th overall. The first West Virginia runner to cross the line was Dave McCollam of Charleston who finished 25th overall with a time of 31:54.

Kids Race
It looks tense at the Kids race starting line
A great time was had by all; wrapping up the race excitement with the Kid's Races and a lunch buffet. Hats off to Larry Mazza and Carl Hatfield who once again have done the impossible and made the Clarksburg 10k better than ever.
Timing services for the Clarksburg 10K were provided by The Runner's High. An organization of road race management experts and computer timing services throughout Western PA, and it's surrounding areas since 1980. S. Mark Courtney and his crew now provide ChampionChip technology as well. For more information please visit their web site at or call (724) 458-4435.