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Saturday, October 19, 2002 -- Gilbert, WV
Mountain Heritage Fall Classic 6K Trail Run (iPO Event Id#: 4872)
Story and photos by Ariana Kincaid

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Hitting the trails at RD Bailey Lake
The weather was chilly for the bystanders, but great for the runners for the final race of the Tug Valley Road Runners Club's series of races in the southern part of the state. The Mountain Heritage 6K Trail Run started and finished at the base of the dam which created RD Bailey Lake out of the Guyandotte River, in Justice, West Virginia.

As people fishing in the spillway looked on, sixteen people attacked the winding, twisting, narrow trails around and above the dam. (Want to know who R. D. Bailey was, and why he has a lake named after him? Look under "General Information," at

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And into the woods
The first person to complete the potentially hazardous course was Paul Bishop, 39, in a time of 25:31.83. Not too far behind him was Mike Maynard, finishing up at 26:06. And third place overall was also the first female finisher, Robin Weiner, with a time of 29:11. (Formerly Robin Cannon, she finished the Hatfield-McCoy Marathon in 3:25:19, for second place overall.)

Fourth place overall was the second female finisher, Katrina Blankenship, at 32:01. The third place male finisher was Terry Hamrick, who placed fifth overall at 32:01.50. And the third place female finisher was Sherri Morgan-Ellison. With a time of 36:33, she finished tenth overall.

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Not a guy you'd like to meet on the trail
The awards ceremony was held at the dam's visitor's center, overlooking the lake and the dam. The visitor's center had a fine wildlife exhibit, as well as information about the building of the dam. One could also listen to tape recorded stories of the floods that plagued the area before the dam was built. It's always nice to have a distraction while the results are being tabulated!

As with many a season-end race, several awards besides those for the current race were announced. Katrina Blankenship was names TVRRC's Top Female Runner of the Year, and Bruce Hinkle was named TVRRC's Top Male Runner of the Year. Additionally, each person who completed all five races will be scored and ranked according to the races they participated in and how they finished. All of the "five-timers" will receive a plaque for their perseverance.

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TVRRC celebrates another year of racing
The Tug Valley Road Runner's Club doesn't just put on fine races for the folks in Southern West Virginia; the money raised by these races goes to college scholarship programs for high school runners in Mingo County, West Virginia, and Pike County, Kentucky. The TVRRC also sponsors running programs in local area elementary schools so when you are hanging out with the TVRRC, you are also helping children find their love of running, and helping them go on to bigger and better things!

Special thanks to all of the members of the Tug Valley Road Runner's Club, especially David Hatfield, Kristina Blankenship, and Danny Elliot for all of their help not only during this race, but all of the TVRRC races throughout the year. Sponsors including Tug Valley Physical Therapy, Bank of Mingo, Appalachian First Response, Hardee's, Belfry Sport Shop, Stafford Emergency, Sycamore Inn & Brass Tree Restaurant, and Power 106.7 FM also deserve a hearty thanks for their support of the TVRRC and their races.