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Saturday, September 27, 2003 -- Snowshoe, WV
Snowshoe Mountain's Blues and Brews 5 Miler (iPO Event Id#: 5643)
Story and photos by George Gannon w/additional photos by provided by Snowshoe.

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A downhill start on top of Snowshoe Mountain
Mallory McClaine came to Snowshoe for a relaxing weekend with her parents. They were going to take in the fall colors, hit the pool, maybe even hear a little blues music.

But on her way to a good time, McClaine found five miles of trails to navigate.

The 15-year-old Williamsburg, VA, resident was the top female finisher at this year's Blue and Brews 5 Miler. She crossed the finish line in 38:53 and was seventh overall.

McClaine got out fast and never looked back. She took an early lead on the course's downhill section, then put it in cruise control for the last few uphill miles. Though, just because her competition wasn't close, doesn't mean McClaine had an easy time.

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Taking on the single-track with a smile
Despite the dry, and relatively warm weather, the single track-course was narrow and muddy, but the fleet, nimble McClaine managed to stay on her feet.

"I had a great time," she said.

Erin Lash (43:21) a Pocahontas County native who was practically running in her back yard, came in second despite two falls.

Jeannette Wiggert (43:53) rounded out the top three.

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A nice steady climb up the mountain side
For the men, South Charleston's Glen Baldwin took the top spot. Baldwin, an avid skier, kept his eyes on the prize. Because of his effort, Baldwin (31:59) won a season pass to Snowshoe.

"I'm a big skier, so this is the perfect award for me," he said.

Baldwin, who noted that the single track was fun, was in front from about the half-mile point on and never looked back.

Rounding out the top three was Bill Butcher (34:09) and David Huber (35:06), respectively.

It was a tough course, but all the racers had to do to ease their blues was find some brews.