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Saturday, July 6, 2002 -- St. Albans, WV
St. Albans Riverfest 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk (iPO Event Id#: 4985)
Story and photos by George Gannon

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Making the most of a flat and fast course
Small American Flags were flying high Saturday morning as 207 runners took to the streets of St Albans for the Riverfest 5K run and one mile walk. The course, which winds its way through a small section of the town, is billed as "flat and fast".

Marshall University track star Jason Pyles proved the claim true. Running with the pack as they got out of the gate, Pyles turned on the jets about one mile into the run and never even thought about looking back.

"For the last mile, I was on my own," he said. Even though it only took him 15 minutes and 57 seconds to cross the finish line, Pyles was not impressed by his numbers. "I'm happy with the win," he conceded, "but I know I'm in a lot better shape than that."

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Some worked harder than others to go the 5K
Following Pyles across the finish line was J.C. Chirgwin (16:23). Taking the number three spot was Dave Kline (16:45).

For the ladies, home court was key. Kelly McGraw, a St. Albans native, took top honors. "I've won on this course before," she noted. McGraw, got out fast and stayed out. She bolted past the finish line with a time of 19:01.

Coming in second for the women was Tomike Williams (19:33). Rounding out the top three was Connie Young(19:58).

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Time to relax with friends after the race
In the Master's Division, Beckley runnerer Tim Howard (17:57) took the top spot for the men, and Robin Cannon (20:01) was tops for the women.

Following the race, cool drinks and run talk were the order of the day. The town's mayor proclaimed that the run was the "marquee event" of Riverfest.

An iPlayOutside shout-out goes to Fred Waybright for getting us the results so quickly.