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Saturday, April 27, 2002 -- Jane Lew, WV
17th Annual General Lightburn 5K Run (iPO Event Id#: 4954)
Story and photos by Don Parks

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Sarah Ray
Starting the morning with a fast mile
Joe Lightburn, the great grandson of General Lightburn was on hand to drop his hat and start the racing. The notoriously fast 5K course through the small central West Virginia town of Jane Lew seldom disappoints. This year, the General Lightburn 5K was also the second race in the 2002 Clarksburg Area Race Series (CARS).

So who was General Joseph A. J. Lightburn (1824--1901)? He was a Union general and boyhood friend of Stonewall Jackson. General Lightburn was a delegate to the Second Wheeling Convention. He took part in the campaigns of the Kanawha Valley and was driven from there by General Loring's Confederate army in September 1862. General Lightburn served during the rest of the war with Generals Grant and Sherman. He is interred at Broad Run Church Cemetery, in Jane Lew, adjacent the church where he served as a Baptist minister for many years. His great grandson Joe still operates a small hardware store in town.

Joe Lightburn
Joe Lightburn, the honorary race starter
Okay, back to racing. It was no surprise to see Larry Taylor back to defend his title from 2001. Even without a lot of competition at the front, Taylor took more than 10 seconds off his previous year's winning time finishing at 15:40. This also broke the old course record of 15:42 set by Mikey Guinn in 2000. Don Weist, who has just recently returned to competitive running, was the closest challenger finishing at 16:36. Taking third was Murshid Latif (16:58), an area runner from just down the road in Weston.

In the women's field it was Ann Nakai (20:15) also dominating her competition. Taking second was Kelly Pinti (21:40) with Kodie Miller (22:02) racing in for third.

Before the 5K began, it was time for the One Mile Lightning Run. The fast course begins with the same 1/4 mile downhill as the 5K and if nice and flat for the remaining 3/4 of a mile. Taylor, who set a course record of 4:34 in 2001, opted out of this 5K warmup and left the door open for a new 2002 champion.

5K Start
Charging down into Jane Lew
Down the final stretch Chad Feathers was looking back over his shoulder to see who was chasing. His lead was safe as he hit the line for the win at 5:40. Providing the chase, and placing second, was Jay Taylor who finished at 5:46. Rounding out the top three, and the only other runner finishing in under six minutes, was David Ferrari at 5:53.

For the women it was the Sarah Ray (7:22) and Courtney Ray (7:44) grabbing the top two spots, respectively. Finishing third was Tonya Smith who finished her 5K warmup in 8:05.

A big thanks for this fine morning of racing goes to the Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Dept., The Jane Lew Police, the dozens of local volunteers who did an excellent job helping keep traffic and control during the races. A shout-out also goes to Carl Hatfield for handling all the race timing.