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Saturday, November 10, 2001 -- Martinsburg, WV
Veterans Day Road to Freedom 5K (iPO Event Id#: 4582)
Story by Neal Riemenschneider and photos by Karsten Brown (the famous web master for the SVR) and Jen Peachey

[Details] [Coverage]
[Overall Results]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7] [2000 Coverage]

Eighty-two runners and walkers heeded the call to form up at the VA Hospital for the start of the 2nd Annual Road to Freedom Veterans Day 5K. When the pre race instructions were completed, the command was given to begin the race.

Shepherd College runner Mike Brosenne sprinted to the lead and left no doubt that he was here to win. "With our cross country season completed, I was looking froward to running a fast time on this fast course. I felt good the whole race and just focused on maintaining my pace throughout the whole race," explained the Accounting major.

With the win sealed up by the first mile, the only item of business for Brosenne was the course record. Finishing in 16:37, the Clarksburg, WV resident smashed the course record by 34 seconds. Finishing second was Brosenne's cross-country teammate Patrick Gladden (17:13). The top veteran overall was one Neal Riemenschneider finishing 5th overall with a time of 18:37.

The women's race was very close as Heather Kremer battled it out with Tina Gray. Kremer took the lead at the start but was never able to relax as Gray stayed close the whole race. "I knew Tina was back there the whole time and I just had to stay focused the entire race," stated Kremer, who is a full time Mom and does part time work for a surveyor. "My right leg was really bothering me the whole race but I just had to run through it." Kremer hit the tape first in 22:58 just 10 seconds ahead of Gray.

The course was run in and around the grounds of the WV Veterans Hospital and surrounding roads. The dead flat course (unusual for this area) allows for fast times which is a real treat to area runners used to competing on hilly courses.

There were a number of veterans running in the race and it was nice to see awards given out in age groups to the veterans. Some 15 veterans ran the race and were treated to loud applause when they received their awards. Other notable finishers included 10 year olds Katie Beck (2nd 13 & under) and Rodger Ausherman (3rd 13 and under) along with 66 year old Bob Gurtler (1st 60 and over).