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Saturday, October 20, 2001 -- Huntington, WV
6th Annual Wild DAWG Alum Run 5K (iPO Event Id#: 4047)
Story and photos by Arianna Kincaid

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Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6]

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Rounding the corner
The excitement of Homecoming Weekend was in the air for the 6th Annual Wild DAWG Alum Run 5K on the campus of Marshall University. With the sky clear and the air a crisp 53 degrees,the weather was perfect for the Herd's game against Central Michigan, but football weather also proved to be running weather for the nearly 200 participants in this year's race.

The flat, fast course took the runners down frat row where tailgating had already started in earnest, and past Thundering Herd Stadium just before the final turn before the finish line. Certainly a walk down memory lane for the alumni taking part in the race! Dave McCollam, 22, a Marshall alum, finished first overall, with a time of 15:15. That's a pace that left the volunteers at the final turn with mouths agape-one volunteer swore she was going to get his autograph, as he was her new hero!

David Lyle, 25, finished at 15:42, and Larry Taylor, 40, all the way from Fayetteville, finished third at 15:55. The first female finisher was Sarah Walker, 25, at 18:50; she finished 21st overall. Connie Young was the second female, finishing 28th overall in 19:30. And rounding out the top females, Shelly Shaver came in at 22:20, earning 69th place overall.

Never one to disappoint, perennial (and this year's only) wheelchair participant, Chad Beam, completed the course in 31:30 to once again take home a victory.

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Superheroes Captain Underpants and Batman in attendance
Some more superheroes made an appearance-Batman made an appearance, as did Superman, and someone we'll refer to as "Captain Underpants", as he completed the race in his bright red union suit (one-piece long underwear). The Marshall men's and women's track teams ran all together-literally. Each team was connected by yards of fabric, which made the teams resemble large green and white caterpillars running through the streets of Huntington.

A couple of folks took the DAWG in the name of the race literally, and Sadie, who looked like a cocker spaniel mix finished first of the canine participants, and Claven (as in Cliff Claven, from "Cheers") finished second in the canine category. If you'll recall, Claven and his owner made an appearance in the 1999 race as "Superwoman" and "Wonder Dog".

After the race was over, runners headed to the hospitality room beneath the Cam Henderson Center for great food from area restaurants and prizes from local merchants while waiting to find out who would receive the coveted glass trophies. Stewart's Hotdogs and Little Caesar's Pizza appeared to be a little more popular than the healthy bananas and cereal that was also available, but if you had a post-race craving, it was satisfied!

Special thanks to Sharon Stanton and Tom Plummer for getting us the results so quickly! Sponsors included WDGG 93.7, The DAWG radio station; Marshall University's Recreational Sports Department; the Division of Exercise Science, Sport and Recreation; Marshall Alumni Association, ROTC, the Huntington Track Club, Pepsi, Marshall Student Health; Marshall Fitness Center; Marshall Athletics; Fabric Town; Stadium Bookstore; Hospice; Marshall Student Government Association; Schlotsky's Deli; Underwood Law Office; Boggs Roofing; Stone Flower City; Dual-Air Refrigeration; Bob Pruett Steakhouse; Tri-State Pawn; Holley Excavating; The Hit Center; Rocco's Ristorante; Kroger; Marriott; Ponderosa; and Chili Willie's.