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Saturday, June 21, 2003 -- Uniontown, PA
Chef Joe's Omelette Run (iPO Event Id#: 5678)
Story and photos by Don Parks

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Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]

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Team training at Chef Joe's Omelette Run
Chef Joe's combination of passions, running and cooking, brought the Uniontown community together for a 5K run and omelette breakfast. While the event is focused on raising awareness and support for the fight against Leukemia, the post-race meal at Caileigh's sure made the run in the rain worthwhile.

First to the breakfast table was Uniontown's own Adam Shinsky. The 19-year old, who is often seen at the front of local races, completed the course in 16:08. Masontown's Patrick Reagan is often on Shinsky's heels and was once again. The 16-year old finished second overall at 16:36.

Rounding out the trio of teenage racers on the podium was Hopwood's Jeff Palya. The 14-year old was clocked at 17:05 for the 3.1 mile distance.

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Adam Shinsky is first to the finish
On the women's side, it was not youth that prevailed. Forty-six year old Darsie Lonce,from Perryopolis, out ran a chasing pair of twenty-somethings to take the win at 21:52, 21st overall.

Following her in 22nd and 23rd overall where the second and third place female finishers. Taking second was Uniontown's 24-year old Wendy Craft (22:08) and third was Connelsville's 27-year old Carrie Armstrong (22:30).

Taking a long walk to get to the breakfast table was the crowd of 5K race walkers. Bruce Kukan, hailing from Smock, had the quickest steps to finish first at 27:04. Rounding out the top three were Fort Hill's Craig Baer (27:54) and Farmington's Clyde Johnson (32:36).

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Will walk for Chef Joe's omlettes!
The leading ladies in the walk division battled to the finish with Dunbar's Laura Jericho (35:03) out pacing Mount Morris's Lisa Bennett (35:12) down the stretch. Mt. Pleasant's Ruth Snyder was a close third at 35:34.

As everyone finished the packed Caileigh's restaurant to enjoy some of Chef Joe's omelettes and collected their prizes. Adding to the good feelings was the knowledge that everyone was lending a hand to Colby Cole. At five, he was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia, almost the same time as survivor Chef Joe. His illness is graver and needs much more attention and money. A huge thanks goes out to all those that came out to help support Colby and his family.