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Saturday, May 22, 2004 -- Nitro, WV
God and Country 5K & 2 Mile Walk (iPO Event Id#: 6199)
Story and photos by Jason Black

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God and Country 5K
Beautiful Ridenhour Lake
This years God and Country 5K Race was held in conjuntion with Antique Fair Day in Nitro, West Virginia. Antique displays, crafters, hayrides, and food booths were all a part of the festivities. Live music was played throughout the day. Barbershop, Gospel, and Bluegrass tunes could be heard all around the quaint, little town. Benefitting the Cross Lanes Methodist Church Youth Mission Trip, this event offered a full day of festival fun, starting with the race. Racers were treated to scenic views as the course took them around Ridenhour Lake.

The early morning start provided the racers with a chance to see where the name of the race originiated. The midst hung over the lake just as the sun broke the tree line. Squinting to get a look, my thoughts were, "What a beautiful backdrop."

God and Country 5K
Ready to race early
The delightfully challenging part of the course took participants on a trek down a wooded trail which featured a foot bridge. The race finished on the downward slope of 21st Street.

Long time Cross Lanes resident, Glen Baldwin claimed the overall spot with a time of 18:07. "The course was a little more challenging that I expected." explained Baldwin, "The trail was a little slick from earlier rains, making for an exciting run." He was followed by Jason Redman (18:17), and Brandon Merritt (18:44).

God and Country 5K
Waving hello from Nitro
Fourteen year old Kylie Lemons took the womens title home with her. Gina Thomas (24:13), finished 2nd, and Savannah Rutherford (24:28), kicked it down 21st street for 3rd.

The scenery, exciting 5K course, and day of old fashioned festivities proved to be fun for competitors of all ages. As the good word spreads throughout the Southern West Virginia valley and beyond, we expect to see quite an increase in particiaption for this event in the many years to come.


For the Record... Thanks to Dan Kay for writing out the results. He may not be web savvy, but he's a darn nice guy.