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Saturday, August 10, 2002 -- West Union, WV
RunWV 7K (iPO Event Id#: 5007)
Story & results contributed by Josh Weekley and

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The second annual RunWV 7K took place Saturday, August 10th at Cline Stansberry Stadium. The course would see the runners take nearly a full lap around the track and loop around behind the visitor?s side bleachers before climbing the course?s only hill. The field of 58 then made their way onto the Rail Trail for the next 3.3 miles.

By the time the runners approached the 1K mark, the race leaders had been established. Parkersburg?s Dave Ferrell and West Union?s Josh Sheets were running stride for stride, with West Union?s Josh Weekley close behind. On the women?s side, West Union?s Clara Grandt had already taken command of the race.

At the turnaround point of this out-and-back course, Dave Ferrell had built nearly a 15 second lead over Sheets and Weekley. Murshid Latif had entered the picture, trailing close behind the 2nd and 3rd place runners. For the women, Clara Grandt had built a resounding lead.

The first runner to come back into sight of the stadium was Ferrell. He had maintained and increased his lead over his competitors. Latif had worked his way into second, with Weekley hanging on to third. Clara Grandt cruised to an easy victory, over 4 minutes ahead of her nearest competitor, Delores Bonnell.

The RunWV 7K also features the "County Cup". A county that has at least 4 runners in the race qualifies to compete for this award. The County Cup is scored similar to a Cross Country meet. The places of the top four individuals are added to get a team score, and the lowest team score wins. However, runners who were not from a qualifying county are removed from the tabulation as are excess runners from a qualifying county (meaning any runner after the first four from that county). With Wood County unable to defend its County Cup title of a year ago, Doddridge County took home a narrow victory over Marion County.

Each runner was announced over the stadium speakers as he or she ran down the final stretch of the race into the finishing chute. All competitors were provided with bottled water, fruit, and hot dogs at the concession stand.

A random drawing was performed to determine the winner of the door prize, a doll donated by J & J Flowers. The winner of the doll was David Salsberry.

The organizers of the RunWV 7K would like to thank race sponsors West Union Bank, First National Bank, Fairview Chevron, Star Furniture, Michels Pharmacy, Doddridge Veterinary Service, State Farm Insurance, Big Kahuna?s, Shop N Save, Family Dentsitry, and J & J Flowers. We would also like to thank our many volunteers that helped us get through the day smoothly.