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Saturday, March 8, 2003 -- Buckhannon, WV
West Virginia Half Marathon & 5K Run (iPO Event Id#: 5352)
Story and photos by Erin O'Reilly

An update on the condition of Bill Young follows this article.

[Details] [Coverage]
[Overall Results] [Results by Class]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7] [Set 8]

Race Pic
And the first time is a good one
The Buckhannon Upshur Chamber of Commerce and CVB held their first West Virginia Half Marathon & 5K Run with a promise "to put an end to winter and start your 2003 running season". With some fantastic weather and both a "moderately hilly" half marathon and a 5K to choose from, they certainly delivered.

Over 160 runners showed up to compete and taking the overall win in the half marathon was 25 year-old Jared Smith in 1:25:55. Jared was tailed fairly close by 18 year-old John Riffle in 1:26:13. The third place finisher was the 32 year-old Ted Waybright in 1:28:42.

The top female finisher in the half marathon was 45 year-old Sharon Marks in a time of 1:37:20. Sharon was also a remarkable 13th place out of a sea of 111 runners!

Second was 25 year-old Shelly Shaver in a time of 1:43:41. Following three places back, in third place for the womens, was 43 year-old Carol Davis with a time of 1:44:26. Carol was also 29th overall.

Capturing the overall win in the 5k race was 19 year-old standout Matt Quinet. Matt took the field in a time of 17:05. Zac Newman was the 5k runner-up in a time of 17:41. Six seconds behind Newman finished 31 year-old Ron Weist in 17:47.

On the women's side, 30 year-old Kelly McGraw was the top finisher in 20:55. Kelly was also the tenth runner overall. Ten spots back and finishing second overall was 15 year-old Sara George. Sara ran a time of 24:33. Finishing third, right behind Sara in 21st place overall, was Jackie Zuliani in a time of 25:20. The next 3 spots in a row were also women. Do we sense a training group here?

Congratulations goes out to everyone, and with this year's great success, you can be sure it will only get better with age. Now we'll just have to wait and see if Mother Nature will agree to continue to help the cause.

Update on Bill Young

At approximately 1:37 into the HM, past the 13 mile mark with about 350 feet to the finish line Bill Young went down. We saw it from the finish line. He was on his hands and knees for 10-15 seconds and then got up. He took a few steps and went down again. I called 911, Upshur EMS was standing by on the course about 1/2 mile away. They were there in a matter of minutes. Their rapid response, and St. Joseph's ER, and LifeFlight to Ruby saved him.

His wife Lydia was picked up at mile 10 and transported to the hospital. His daughters were at the finish. It was tense man.

He suffered a heat stroke, body temp was up to 107 degrees!

The temps were in the 60's and the humidity was low so runners were not perspiring much.

Bill recovered and was released from Ruby Monday afternoon. He recognizes now that he was pushing hard and did not take in enough fluids.

After a period of rest he will be back. He's registered for the 5K in Pickens this Sunday, but will only cheer Lydia to the finish this time.

Thanks to all who assisted,
Dan Lehmann