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Saturday, October 20, 2001 -- New Kensington, PA
AK Valley Runners Triple Crown #3 NK 10K (iPO Event Id#: 3232)
Story and photos by Dave McKain

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Results: [Overall Results] [Results by Class] [AK Triple Crown Results]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7]

[2000 Coverage]


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Close Quarters in New Kensington
Oh what a beautiful morning it was for a 10 kilometer jaunt through the streets of New Kensington, Pennsylvania. Up for grabs were honors in the AK Valley Runners Triple Crown as this was the third and final race in the series.

The course wound its way through downtown New Kensington with the only major climb coming in the first mile and several long, straight stretches. Several runners said the straight, level stretches were more difficult than the hills since they could see just how far it was in the distance that they had to go.

Mark Hunkele (35:23), Tim Monfre (35:42) and Douglas Basinski (36:00) got to the front early and stayed there, finishing in first, second and third places respectively. Leading the way for the women was Tammy Slusser who, coming down the home stretch, could see the clock and knew that she had to kick it in to set a course record. In addition to taking first for the women, Slusser broke the record by 4 seconds, finishing with a time of 37:05 -- good enough for a fifth place overall finish. Mary Anne Hredzak (42:01) took second while Melina Caprino (44:41) finished in third.

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Having fun in the sun
As for the triple crown, Seventy-two year old Margretta Lutz took top honors for the second year, taking advantage of her age adjusted time handicap.

After the main event the street was turned over to the kids for sprint race. While some kid knew exactly what to do, others had to be coaxed through the cheering crowd. It's harder to not be distracted by a bottle of orange juice near the finish or a cheering parent when you are only 2 years old.