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Saturday, August 25, 2001 -- Morgantown, WV
Pfizer Run for Men's Health 5K (MAGP #6) (iPO Event Id#: 3083)
Story Don Parks with photos by John Nesbitt

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Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [2000 event coverage]

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Heading for the finish at
Chestnut Ridge Park
For the second year in a row, Pfizer and Chestnut Ridge Regional Park have teamed up with iPlayOutside for the 5K Run for Men's Health. Great weather greeted all the runners who came out to test their speed on this "mostly downhill" course and to support the National Alzheimer's Association and their Northern West Virginia Chapter.

A great crowd of runners made their way to the starting line on the gravel road that leads to the Sand Springs Campground. It is a mile on this slightly rolling road before a quick half-mile loop through the campground. From there it is downhill on the pavement all the way to the finish at Chestnut Ridge Park. Well, that is with the exception of a short uphill with just under a half mile to go. Many runners commented on how this surprise took its toll on on otherwise fast course that nets 400 feet of elevation loss.

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Danny Fink picks up speed on the downhill course
The first mile of racing saw no one with a clear advantage as it looked like five-wide leading the way down the road. Once in the campground loop, Fayetteville WV's Larry Taylor took control. The 40-year-old Taylor went on to win with a time of 15:10, just five seconds off the course record. He was followed to the finish by Swoope VA's Danny Fink (15:37) with Scott Smith (15:43) rounding out the top three.

In the women's race it was all Heather Bury as she took over a minute off the women's course record with a time of 16:55. The top three women were all from Morgantown WV as Sara Walker (18:31) took second and Maria Stover (18:51.1) edged out Sallie Johnson (18:51.5) for third.

It was a wonderful day in the park as food, drinks, awards, and prizes were distributed at the finish. iPlayOutside wishes to thank all the generous race sponsors, the many volunteers, and all the participants that came out to race.