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Thursday, November 22, 2001 -- Stephens City, VA
FCPRD Thanksgiving Day 5K & Kids 1/2K (iPO Event Id#: 4688)

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FCPRD Thanksgiving Day 5K
Rounding the track
Another contribution from Neal Riemenschneider with photos by Karsten Brown, Alex Gray and Brian Haywood. Please thank the SVR!

If you want to overeat on Thanksgiving Day (and who doesn't?), then why not start the day with a race? The Winchester area has had a Thanksgiving Day 5K for four years now and it is always a good way for runners and walkers to work up that ever-important appetite.

The Frederick County Parks and Recreation Department puts on a race at Sherando High School in nearby Stephens City. The certified course, which starts and finishes on the Sherando High School track, is run on school grounds and in woods of Sherando Park on a wide trail that is easy on the feet.

FCPRD Thanksgiving Day 5K
Kicking up some leaves
Mike Lehman made the hour drive up from Harrisonburg to take a shot at the win. Leading from the gun, the 46-year old middle school computer teacher ran unchallenged to victory. "It was a nice course that was well-marked. I liked running through the woods and with no traffic out there it was a nice place to run." Lehman took the win in 17:28 while 14 year old James Wood High School runner Zach Frye (17:48) took second and Mark Vann (18:19) third.

For the women, 52 year old Sandy Adams took the lead near the one mile mark, lost it a 1/2 mile later but than regained it at mile 2 and sped o the finish line in 21:24.

"I didn't like the footing in the woods as I had to really concentrate on the ground," stated the retired U.S. government worker. "I wasn't sure I could retake the lead the second time but I just worked as hard as I could." Finishing second was 13 year old Laurie Murphy (21:37) was second while defending champion Ruth Riemenschneider (22:20) took third.

FCPRD Thanksgiving Day 5K
Hat with a mind of its own
The top master runners were recognized with nice plaques and the winners had one thing in common. Nancy Specht (23:50) and the guy with the name of Neal Riemenschneider (18:50) are both educators though Specht has the harder job as she teaches at a middle school!

Race day saw an amazing 80 participants sign up to run as 112 runners and walkers completed the event while another dozen or so kids took a lap around the track to the cheers of everyone present.

Some 67 awards were given out along with numerous random prizes and with an awards ceremony that is the fastest east of the Mississippi; everyone was on their way home before 10 AM.

Kudos to Diana Treece and her staff at the Parks Department for organizing an excellent event. The money raised was given to Big Brothers/Big Sisters and many of the volunteers were associated with this worthwhile charity.

Additional assistance was given by the Shenandoah Valley Road Runners Club while thanks also goes to Valley Heath Systems, Coca Cola, Hotel Strasburg, and Nautilus for their sponsorship.

FCPRD Thanksgiving Day 5K
Even the dogs were smiling
As everyone headed home, talk consisted of what a fun event it was and what everyone was doing for the day. Talk of families, parade watching on TV, turkey bowls (football games) and some serious chowing down echoed around the track as we headed to our cars for the ride home.

Gobble Gobble Everyone!