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Saturday, July 14, 2001 -- Somerset, PA
Daily American 10K (iPO Event Id#: 3189)
Story and photos by Dave McKain

[Details] [Coverage]
Results: [10K Run (O/A)] [10K Run (Class)] [10K Walk (O/A)] [10K Walk (Class)]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7] [Set 8] [Set 9]
[Set 10] [Set 11] [Set 12] [Set 13] [Set 14] [Set 15] [Set 16]

and battling it out
Rounding the turn for home
Runners and walkers alike gathered in Somerset, PA for the Daily American 10K. Temperatures that approached record lows the night before made for great racing but it was time to bask in the sun or put on some extra clothes afterwards to keep from getting too cold. Over 950 participants turned out for the event and, in the process, helped raise over $26,000 for Laurel Arts and In Touch Hospice.

In a battle for the overall win, 15 year old Dave Mock stayed on the heels of experienced Ian Bath for a while but Bath eventually pulled away to take the win by nearly a minute, finishing with a time of 34:09.

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Enjoying a pleasant morning run
After the race, Bath commented on starting and finishing the race on a high school track - noting the transition from the rubber compound of the track to the asphalt and back as feeling quite strange. Rounding out the top three was Levi Foust (35:26) who held off Justin Gindlesperger (35:38). In the Mens Masters class, Warren Smith (39:42) took the win.

For the women, Jesi Christiansen (39:28) took the win over second place finisher Jil Christiansen (39:46) while Megan Elder (42:21) took the third spot. Jil didn't feel so bad about getting second place since it was her sister who won but, since Jesi is two years younger, we imagine that Jil may be putting in some extra training to retake the family crown. They both better watch out as older sister Jeni and eight year old Jacy took fourth and fifth overall for the women while their mom Marcia took the Womens Masters win.

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How did I do?
In the 10K walk, Steve Bence (55:28) took the win with Tom Bower (58:45) finishing a strong second and Bill Goodwin (59:15) taking third. For the women, Sharon Berkey (1:06:49) was the first to cross the finish followed by Sally Miller (1:07:10) while Tammy Sandor (1:11:51) nipped Lori McNelly and Kimberly Berkley to take the third spot. Bence, although happy with the win, was disappointed to miss the course record by less than thirty seconds. No doubt this will help him motivate himself for next years race.

The promoters of the race would like to thank all of those who took time out of their Saturday morning to volunteer as course marshalls and to help at the start/finish. Additionally, everyone was grateful of the support given by Giant Eagle and Congressman John P. Murtha in helping them make the race a success.

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