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Saturday, April 27, 2002 -- Winchester, VA
Doo Dah Day 5K (iPO Event Id#: 5058)
Contributed by Karsten Brown of the Shenandoah Valley Runners Club (SVR).

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Results: [5K Overall] [5K by Class] [1 Mile Fun]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7] [2001 Coverage]

When you see that a race is sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Runners, the odds are good that the race will involve some hills. But the Doo Dah Day 5K is an exception to the rule! Consisting of three loops around the Apple Blossom Mall perimeter road, the Doo Dah Day 5K is flat and extremely fast. And with temperatures of 51° and no significant wind on the morning of the event's eleventh running, the 126 participants in the 5K and the 1 mile walk/run had the perfect opportunity to set personal bests.

Local high school track coach Craig Woshner did not set a personal best, but the 32-year-old had an exceptionally easy time winning the 5K. Perhaps in a rush to get across town to coach his James Wood Colonels at that morning's Handley Invitational, Woshner sped through the course in 15:36.

Spectators had to wait nearly two minutes for the next finisher, 35-year-old Mark "Big Time" Vann, to cross the finish line. Vann finished in 17:24 and took the top place in the men's 30-39 age group.

Sterling, VA's Rob Allen, was runner-up to Vann in the 30-39 age group with his excellent 17:48 finish. The fourth overall finisher, Winchester 45-year-old Weaky Weak, took the first Masters prize with a personal best of 18:14. And the fifth finisher, 16-year-old Kendal Hudson of Bunker Hill, WV (18:35), was joined at the race by a number of his fellow Musselman High Schoolers. (Go Applemen!)

The battle for the overall women's win was a little closer, but 33-year-old Lori Fountain-Bales opened up an early lead on 20-year-old Mary Page, holding on for the win in 20:43. Page stayed strong and finished second in 20:55, thereby winning the women's 20-29 age group.

The second award in that age group went to third overall finisher Katie Kerr-Hobert, 22, who crossed the line in 21:38. Kim Weisgerber-Craig, 36, finished eight seconds later, showing that she's back in top form after having given birth to twins in January! And finishing fifth overall in 23:58 was 13-year-old Linda Dunlap of Winchester, leading a number of female finishers who were under the age of twenty.

The female participation levels definitely skewed towards the young side, as the oldest female finisher, Loretta Briedé, is a mere 45 years of age. Loretta's 28:41 finish was good enough to earn her the top female Masters award.

After the 5K ended, forty-two people lined up for the one mile walk/run. The fact that it was more of a fun run than a race did not deter many of the participants from giving it their all!

Rollerbladers were also welcome, and naturally a rollerblader was first across the finish line-- 9-year-old Jake Schrank of Winchester, who skated to the finish in 6:44. 10-year-old Jimmy Dingess ran an impressive 6:50 to finish as the first runner, with fellow 10-year-old Jenny Ice ending up as the first female runner in 7:15. Both Jimmy and Jenny have won their share of kids runs in the Shenandoah Valley over the past couple years! All of the one milers went away happy, as each received a trophy for their efforts.

Many random prizes were handed out after the race by co-race directors Myron and Heather Kremer. The Kremers tell me that thanks to everyone's participation, along with donations from the race's sponsors, the Winchester Exchange Child-Parent Center will end up with over $1200 in race proceeds!

We must in turn thank the Kremers, who did a fabulous job in their first-ever race directing effort. They also received fine assistance from volunteers Rick Kerby, Karsten Brown, Jen Peachey, Lynne Lawrence, Craig Clauson, Brian Haywood, Mike Allen, David Black, Terry Leckie, Kelly Vanover, Kelly Stallard, Mackenzie Vanover, Colleen Snyder, and Wren Snyder. Hopefully everyone will return for the 12th annual Doo Dah Day 5K & 1 Mile Walk/Run on Saturday 26 April 2003!

Sponsors & supporters: Apple Valley Hyundai; the Lord Fairfax District of the Virginia Department of Health; Shenandoah Sand, Inc.; Culligan; Shade Equipment; Simon Property Group; Byron A. Brill, DDS; Door Mouse; Blockbuster Video; Motion Video; Sports Depot; Shenandoah Mini-Goldf; Dixie Beverage; Cap America; Instant Replay Sports; Winchester Equipment Co.; Jimmy's Restaurant; Venice Italian Restaurant; Golden Corral Restaurant; Stone Soup; Napa Auto Parts; Element Sports; HealthSouth; Lady Foot Locker; Horton's Nursery; Reading Landscapes; Court Square Copies; Action Concrete Supply; G.L. Dunn & Son; Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; Shenandoah's Pride; Kraft Foods; Old Town Silversmith; Stonebrook Fitness; Nautilus Fitness; Chelsea Bagel; Trophy World; A Sign Place/Winchester Business Services; Signet Screen Printing; Dave Fincham; Fred Block Co.; Apple Blossom Mall; and the Winchester Department of Public Works.