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Saturday, September 27, 2003 -- Kanawha State Forest - Charleston, WV
Make-A-Wish Dream Run '03 - 5K & 2 Mile Walk (iPO Event Id#: 5824) Story and photos by Ariana Kincaid

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Race Start
Racing into turn number one is a Dream
The Make-a-Wish Dream Run, held each year at Kanawha State Forest, has got to be one of the most rewarding events of the year. Yes, runners come out to compete against themselves and others, but the real reason to come out is to support the phenomenal work of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Southern West Virginia.

Did you know that Make-a-Wish has funded 84 wishes so far this year? That's for 23 counties in Southern West Virginia. Did you know that they don't receive any Federal or State funding? Their expenses are raised by events like the Dream Run, and donations from generous folks in the region. Did you know that kids don't have to have a terminal illness to qualify to have a wish fulfilled? Their illnesses must qualify as "life-threatening." And did you know that Make-a-Wish includes the entire family "whomever lives in the household with the afflicted child" in the wish? They sure do!

Race Pic
Taking a more casual appoach to racing
The most frequent wish is, of course, a trip to Disney World, with Disney Land following a close second. But according to the Regional Manager of Make-a-Wish, Connie Long, they are seeing an increasing number of children who want to take the Disney Cruise on the "Big Red Boat," as Nicholas Ransbottom, a child with Cystic Fibrosis who walked in the Dream Run, announced before the race. And Connie couldn't stick around for the whole race, because she was taking a girl from Spencer to the mall for a shopping spree.

The day of the race was a pretty one, with it only raining briefly, and only toward the end of the race. The course was the usual out-and-back course, from the shelter at the pool area, to the entrance of the Forest, and back.

Race Pic
And now for the big finish
Marshall Spradling led the way, finishing with a time of 16:53. Beating the raindrops to the finish were Ted Waybright and Jimmy Groves, finishing in 17:45 and 17:51, respectively.

First finishing female was Caitlin Miller, who was 18th overall with a time of 22:27. Second place female was Sherri Morgan-Ellison 20th overall, finishing in 24:04. And Shannon Froese, with a time of 24:26, finished 24th overall and third for the ladies..

Special thanks to Carolyn Schultz, and the many Credit Union teams that made the event a big success, as well as West Virginia Auto Adjustment, Garlow Insurance, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Thomas Memorial Hospital.