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Saturday, January 24, 2004 -- Deep Creek, MD
UNO's Snowflake Chase (iPO Event Id#: 5933)
Story and photos by Heather Rau

[Details] [Coverage]
Results: [5 Mile Results] [2 Mile Results] [Awards]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7] [Set 8]

UNO Snowflake Chase
Chillin' in Deep Creek
Once again, another outstanding race day in Deep Creek, Maryland was had by all. Over 195 participants joined together for a chilly 20 degree start at the Deep Creek Lake State Park last Saturday for the 4th Annual Uno's Snowflake Chase. The event raises money each year for the Garrett County Chapter of Big Brothers and Sisters.

The weather provided the most amazing backdrop for the runners and walkers as they completed their 5-mile run or 2-mile walk. At least six inches of fresh snow fell the night before, blanketing the roads and evergreens that lined the course. The conditions sure didn't scare off these competitors.

UNO Snowflake Chase
Starting with the snow
Jaron Hawkins of Frostburg, Maryland took 1st place overall in the 5-mile run with a time of 30:12, (6:03 mile). Tony Yurko of Cumberland, Maryland finished 2nd in 31:20 (6:16 mile), and last year's 1st place winner Ed Frohnaphel of Morgantown, West Virginia, took 3rd place went with a time of 31:37, (6:20 mile).

The women finished strong on the snow covered roads with Maria Spinnler of Hagerstown, Maryland passing the finisher's flags first to nab the top spot with a time of 35:24 (7:05 mile). Maureen Hall of La Vale, Maryland came in 2nd for the ladies in 36:09 (7:14 mile), and Maria Dalzot finished 3rd with a 39:06 (7:50 mile). Those are some great times for both the men and women finishers for a chilly day in January.

UNO Snowflake Chase
Walking with a smile
In the 2 mile Fun Walk/Run Art Siemann of Frostburg, Maryland crossed the finish line with a time of 19:00, with Craig Baer on his heels. Baer snagged 2nd with 19:01. DJ Ritchie from Swanton Rounded out the top spots with a time of 20:11.

The top three women were all smiles. Suzanne Wilburn from Oakland, Maryland took 1st 0with 20:06, Glenda Morton of Frostburg, Maryland was second (22:06), and 3rd was Desiree Fritsch of Romney, West Virginia (23:00).

UNO Snowflake Chase
Giving out the goods
Afterwards, competitors returned to Pizzeria Uno in Deep Creek, MD for some great pizza, and warm liquids that brought the body temperatures back to normal. As the food and beverages were consumed the conversation flowed. Many people discussed their snowflake race experience, other up and coming QCS events, and many remarked about how much warmer it was this year then in 2003! When it was time for the results to be read and the awards to be given out, racers were ready to attack the cold temps again. Race coordinator Dave Ritchie took to the "mike" outside of the Honi Honi Pub to report the final dollar amount raised for the Garrett County Chapter of Big Brothers & Big Sisters. He and his crew also distributed many random prizes donated by local merchants in the area.

UNO Snowflake Chase
Racing tires me out
For the Record...
This was my first assignment with iPlayOutside as a photographer/reporter and I am thrilled to have met you all. Visiting and photographing a beautiful place, meeting terrific people while sipping hot coffee, and taking part in the endless cross-country skiing of Deep Creek State Park after the race, hey, I just can't think of a better way to be exposed to the true meaning of iPlayOutside. The competitors on that cold January race day displayed the great character of runners and walkers coming together to experience the elements, environment, good company of others, and to benefit an outstanding cause. I hope to see you all again at another race!