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Saturday, July 12, 2003 -- Flintstone, MD
Katie's 5K Race (iPO Event Id#: 5751)
Story by Heather Bury with photos by Don Parks

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

Race Start
The Women's 5K takes to Rocky Gap State Park
It was simply a gorgeous morning to be outside at Rocky Gap State Park. With blue skies and a nice breeze (okay, it was actually getting windy out there), it was a perfect day for the Katie Derosa Ladies Distance Festival. Now known simply has Katie's 5K, the event hosts both separate men's and women's 5K races. With the ladies going first, of couse.

It felt like an early fall morning as the ladies toed the line for the women's race. Maria Spinnler and Maureen Hall were pacing off of each other on the first half of the out and back course, but at the turn around it was Spinnler's race.

The 41 year old Spinnler finished the 5k in 18:54 for first place. The 38 year old Hall placed second with a time of 19:48. Rounding out the top three was Tammy Shell of Uniontown, PA in 20:12.

Race Pic
A fine morning for racing
In the men's race, local favorite Jaron Hawkins took the race out hard, but later paid the price as the wind kicked up. Hawkins hung on for first place, winning in a time of 16:24.

Although 18 year old Jordan Davis couldn't catch Hawkins, he hung on for second in 16:46. It was 40 year old Tony Yurko who ran in for third at 16:58.

The proceeds from the race go to an annual male and female college scholarship i n Katie Derosa's memory. Katie was killed by a speeding car while training for h er first high school cross country season in 1998.

"Why do I run? The aches, the pains, the pouring rain. Up at the crack of dawn. The gasping breaths, the glory. I run because I love it." - Katie Derosa