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Saturday, October 12, 2002 -- Ravenswood, WV
Ravenswood Octoberfest 5K (iPO Event Id#: 5195)
Story and photos by Ariana Kincaid

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Race Start
Octoberfest starts early in the morning
Two things were remarkable about the Second Annual Ravenswood Octoberfest Distance Run not only was the temperature twenty-five degrees warmer than last year, but race director Luke Schindler had more pre-registered this year than there were runners last year. Way to go!

The day was great for running slightly overcast, and sixty-two degrees at race time. A threat of rain failed to follow through, and runners and spectators remained comfortable and dry. Well, the runners did until the race started, and they started working hard as their legs pumped their way toward the bridge crossing the river into Ohio, and past Riverfront Park, where the pancake breakfast was under way, kicking off this year's Ravenswood Octoberfest.

Parkersburg's Mike Massey came in first place, with a time of 16:56 a minute and a half quicker than the inaugural time. In second place was Robert Boston of Marietta, Ohio, with a time of 17:45, and right behind him was Darren Barton of Parkersburg, with a time of 17:46.

Race Pic
Boston and Barton in a sprint finish for second
And last year's top three females managed to keep the same spots this year Monica Vannest of Ravenswood finished first with a time of 19:59, and fourth place overall. Murraysville, West Virginia's Leslie Thomas finished second in 21:59 (good enough for tenth overall). And the third place female was Beth Ely of Ravenswood, who finished with a time of 22:59, and fourteenth place overall.

Kudos to the only wheelchair participant, William Riddle of Ripley, who finished with a time of 26:59.

And how about local runner Jacob Lavendar (27:17), who made this his very first race at age 8. Throughout the race Jacob encouraged other runners, including those kids in his age category, with an enthusiastic "good job". He even helped encourage one young girl to continue running after she had stopped and walked due to a side stitch.

Jacob Lavendar
Jacob Lavendar hits the home stretch
When Jacob saw the finish line, he gave it all he had with a big sprint for the finish. His efforts earned him a big round of applause from the crowd, as they knew it was his first race. Jacob remained at the finish line to cheer the rest of the runners/walkers in. Certainly an impressive display of a positive attitude and great sportsmanship for such a young man.

Special thanks to race organizer Luke Schindler, race sponsors Citizen's First Bank and its president, Tom Lookabaugh, and SDR Plastics, and its president Dough Ritchie, as well as the several volunteers and helpers that made the race, well, run. Special thanks also to Ravenswood Police and Fire Departments, and Jackson County EMS.