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Saturday, September 21, 2002 -- Davis, WV
Leaf Peepers Festival 5K Tour of Davis (iPO Event Id#: 5035)
Story and photos by Dana Harshberger

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Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]
Past Event Coverage: [1998] [1999] [2000] [2001]

Race Pic
Don't look now, someone might be behind you
This past Saturday the lovely town of Davis hosted it's 14th Annual Leaf Peepers Festival and another Tour of Davis Fun Race. The weather although cloudy and humid, was mostly cooperative with just a few sprinkles that threatened to move the awards ceremony indoors.

Returning again this year to successfully defend his title of now three years, was Matt Barnes (18:50). Matt took off at the start and for a short time had James Scheer (18:50) and Adam Chase (20:41) at his heels. But he just kept up a strong pace and shook his trailers to cross the line first. Scheer followed for second with Stephen Velott (20:14) working his way if for third overall.

No rain in Canaan for the race start
After making a nice sweep at the awards table, winning 3 different prizes (men's overall, first mens 20-29, and first West Virginian), Matt commented "I came for the peanuts", which referred to one of his prizes; a can of peanuts from the Peanut Patch.

Also coming back from last year was "Team Summerfield". This not-to-be-missed duo consists of DeAnna and BreAnna Summerfield, who are 10 year-old twins. The twins had amazing support with a bicycle entourage, an on-foot cheerleader, as well as another person who was waiting for them at the finish line. As one would expect of a team, everyone was decked out in matching bright orange t-shirts and navy blue pants!

Dan Lehmann
Seeing the scenic side of Davis
The Chase/Little family made it a family affair, with Adam, coming in 4th overall (21:41), Mom Laurie coming in at 31:09 and Morgan sitting at the finish line, with the free kittens! Sadly missing from the bunch was "Shoeless" Chip (see 1999 event coverage), who had to work.

The fastest women in Davis on this day were Jane Rodrigue (24:05), Linda Kolb (26:23), and Teresa Mason (28:47).

But Heidi Qualla did it in style, not only capturing the win in her division, but also had the honor of the last place place as well! While collecting her "determination" prize, she was overheard to say, "See, it pays to be slow!"

Big Fan
I hope I win a prize!
Thanks to Annie Snyder for all of her hard work in organizing this event. Thanks also to all of the sponsors for their contributions to the awards and prize table: Alpine Festival Association, Ski Barn, Sirianni's, East-West Printing, Timberline Resort, Tucker Wellness Center, Kristin Douglas-Massage Therapist, Canaan Valley Outfitters & Highland Scenic Tours, Pride of the Mountains, Runner's World, and The Peanut Patch.

And certainly a huge thanks to all those who participated in the run and those who volunteered their time to help out.