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Saturday, July 7, 2001 -- Windber, PA
J.I. and John Whalley Memorial Run (iPO Event Id#: 4062)
Story and photos by John Nesbitt

[Details] [Coverage]
Results: [Overall Run/Walk] [By Class Run/Walk] [Kids' Races]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]
[2000 Coverage]

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Elizabeth Pile runs away with a victory

Downtown Windber provided the backdrop for the 22nd annual J.I. and John Whalley Memorial Run. Over 175 people came out for the 2-mile walk, a kids fun run, or for those seeking more of a challenge, there was a 5-mile run throughout the Windber area.

The walk was the first of three events of the day starting at 8:30 in the morning. Sixty-two walkers converged at the starting line. When it was all said and done A.J. Harbaugh and Diane Rugh where the first male and female, respectively, to cross the line. Harbaugh completed the course in a time of 17:56 while Rugh finishing 4th overall crossing the line in a time of 19:58.

At 9:00, as the last remaining walkers were nearing the finish, the runners took off. In the men's division Ryan Gleason of Johnstown repeated his 2000 victory finishing first in a time of 27:02. Stephen Gonzalez also of Johnstown finished 8 seconds behind Gleason to capture second place. Gonzalez said that the hills between the third and fourth mile made the race and this is where he and Gleason and started pulling away from the pack. He also went on to say that he liked the organization of the race. Dave Mock also of the mighty Johnstown contingency took third place in a time of 27:32.

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A huge sprint for the finish line
In the women's division Elizabeth Pile of Davidsville, PA captured first in a time of 33:02. She said that she liked the layout of the course and that towards the end of the race she was able to catch and pass her competition. Leanna Nastase took second in a time of 33:15. Windber's own Samantha Kormanik finished third in a time of 36:13.

The race organizers would like to thank their sponsors for donating to the race: the Whalley Family, Mr. & Mrs. David Klementik and Family, Mimo's, Bilo, Giant Eaglee, Sheetz, Donut Connection, Pizza Hut, Weyants Produce, Snyders of Berlin, Valenty Water.