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Saturday, September 21, 2002 -- Williamson, WV - Belfry, KY
King Coal Festival 4 Mile Run (iPO Event Id#: 4871)
Story and photos by Ariana Kincaid

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What rain?
The King Coal Festival 4 Miler, traversing the 4 miles between Belfry, Kentucky, and Williamson, West Virginia, was plagued by rain this year, for the first time in its five-year history. But the rain didn't dampen the spirits of the 31 runners and walkers who waded through the parking lot of the Belfry Fire Department to get to the starting line.

Despite the rain, some road construction, and more than a few inconsiderate drivers, Randall Watts, 47, arrived at the Williamson Flood Wall finish line in 24:38.32. Finishing within a few steps of one another were second-place finisher Mike Maynard, 35, with a time of 26:06.74, and Denny Paul May, 36, with a time of 26:10:81.

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Racing with an escort
For the women, Katrina Blankenship finished first (fifth overall), with a time of 29:43:16. Lisa Salyer finished second for the women, and seventh overall, crossing the line at 30:13.85. And Jill Williams finished up the women's top three with a time of 37:57.38, good enough for 21st overall.

There were also two other big winners for the day. A big "Congrats!" goes to Danny Eliot, who lopped over 13 minutes off his time (and we won't mention how many pounds from his frame) from last year, to finish at 41:00.22.

A whole lot of winners!
And a big welcome goes to Deborah Runyon, who competed for the first time ever as a walker! Race organizer Dave Hatfield was so pleased, he even gave her a trophy for her achievement (and probably as an incentive to keep coming back for more!).

Special thanks to David Hatfield, Jeannie Rivard, other members of the Tug Valley Road Runners Club, and sponsors A.I.M., Tug Valley Physical Therapy, Sycamore Inn & Brass Tree Restaurant, Hardee's, Bank of Mingo, Belfry Sport Shop, Belfry Fire Department and Williamson Daily News.