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Saturday, July 5, 2003 -- Follansbee, WV
Follansbee Pharmacy 5K Challenge (iPO Event Id#: 5603) Story and photos by Tara Struyk

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Race Pic
A fine day for a run (or a walk) through Follansbee
The main street of Follansbee, West Virginia, was cool and quiet Saturday morning. As if in anticipation of the two-hundred runners that were to run, jog and walk through town in the annual Follansbee Pharmacy 5K.

The race begins at the Brooke High School, a mile south of Follansbee. After taking a bus from the finish line, the runners made their way along the mostly flat, point to point course right through the center of the town.

Ryan Wilson, 18, and Justin Simpson, 19, set the pace from the beginning and ran side by side throughout most of the race. Wilson managed to pull away in the last mile, surging up a gradual rise to the finish line to win in 17:39.

Women's Winner
Harriet Hunter brings the hammer
Simpson was second in 17:50 and seventeen-year-old Glen Ives was a distant third, finishing in a time of 19:17.

Ives was not running on his own, however, but was in hot pursuit of Harriett Hunter, 33, of New Concord, Ohio. Hunter was the top female finisher in the race, clocking a time of 19:12, fast enough to earn her third place overall in the race.

The next female finisher was not seen for nearly two minutes, when Weirton's Nicole Lemal, 18, came through in 21:14. Kim Simon, 48, also of Weirton, was third in 21:58.

Race Pic
Fun all the way to the finish
In the 5K walk, Barb Kornbau, 42, strode to the finish as the first female walker, beating out the men's field to take first place overall in the walker's division. Her time of 29:24 beat the first male finisher by well over a minute. John Yonker, 45, was the second walker to cross the line in 30:53.

Despite some confusion during the awards ceremony, trophies eventually made their way into the right hand. Most of the participants were too busy picking their way through the post-race buffet of fruit, cereal and muffins to notice the mix-up. And those who did not leave with a trophy were fortunate enough - their hands were free to carry a handful of snacks for the road.