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Saturday, August 18, 2001 -- Lower Burrell, PA
Dog Days Dash 8K - AK Valley Runners Triple Crown #1 (iPO Event Id#: 3230)
Story and photos by John Nesbitt

[Details] [Coverage]
Results: [Overall Results] [Results by Class] [Series Standings]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]

Race Start
Hitting the first hill running
The first race of the 2001 A-K Valley Runners Triple Crown Series took place Saturday with the Dog Days Dash 8K (for those who prefer the British/American measures, that's 4.97 miles). The event took place on a country road with the runners completing a loop which started and finished at the VFW in Lower Burrell. The Triple Crown series allows for all runners to be scored on a common ground by using various factors including age and race time.

On the men's side Brandon Shemak of Murrysville, Pennsylvania came out with his Kiski Area High School teammates to capture first place in a time of 29:07. This was Shemak's first time running this race and he said that he liked the layout of the race and that the course also provided some decent hills.

Race Pic
Concentrating on a strong finish
Coming in behind Shemak was a pair of Masters runners in Lee Zelkowitz from Verona, PA and Steve Swantner from Pittsburgh. These seasoned runners let the younger legs in the crowd surge up the first hill. The rest of the race the two let them all come back to them as Zelkowitz took second at 29:28 and Swantner third at 29:41.

On the women's side Kiski Area High School Cross Country Coach Missy Schaeffer of Sarver, PA took first place in a time of 32:48. She also liked the course and the rolling hills that it provided. Emily Lion who finish second in a time 33:33 chased Schaeffer throughout the race but was unable to catch her. Rounding out the top three was Tara Mohamed with a time of 35:55.

Kids Race
Everyone loves to run with a friend
After the first of the three races in the series, the standings show that Margretta Lutz is in first place a position she has come to hold for many years now. At a very young 72, Lutz has earned herself a very nice time adjustment factor.

The next race in the Triple Crown Series is the Allegheny Township Community Days 5K which takes place on September 23, 2001. A "thank you" goes out to Jim Bank's for getting us the results and series standings in such a timely manner.