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Saturday, July 3, 2004 -- Keyser, WV
Independence Day Run (iPO Event Id#: 6123)
Story and photos by Heather Rau

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Independence 5K
Crossing the patriotic finish
Early morning in Keyser, the mountains, valley sides and creeks provide an amazing backdrop for the drive. It's a beautiful time of the day for running too.

The 15th Annual Independence Day 5K Run and Walk, sponsored by Keyser Kiwanis Breakfast Club, went off without a hitch. Race organizers changed the start time from last year by moving it ahead 30 minutes. This proved to be a wise decision as the humidity level was lower than later in the day. Many racers commented on how much better the conditions were compared to last year.

Clyde Burdock and Martin Smelik of the Keyer Kiwanis Breakfast Club organized the events for the day. They spent a few moments after the race explaining how money raised from this day will benefit Keyser. All proceeds go to children's programs in the local area. Little League football and baseball teams, Clary Street Learning Center, and the Youth Leadership Organization are but a few of the groups that will benefit. Clyde and Martin spoke happily about the clubs and organizations that will be better off thanks to the attendees kindness and generosity.

Independence 5K
Cooler morning temps help
First place overall was captured by Bruce Dotson, 24 from Cumberland MD (17:48 - 5:45 mile), and in second Brian Hopkins, 34 from Cumberland (18:12 - 5:53 mile), and David Magida 17 from North Potomac MD (18:37 - 6:01 mile) placed third. Maryland gal Maureen Hall finished first for the women in 19:44 and seventh overall. Janet Urbanski(21:39) of Fredrick, MD swept second, while Sierra Wolford (23:32) of WV took third.

Joe Altoberro is the race director and manager. He's worked with the Kiwanis Breakfast Club for the past 15 years making sure that everything runs smoothly. All details were considered during the planning process. The course runs essentially flat, following alongside the Potomac River.

Independence 5K
See ya next year!
Runners were pleased with the tall shade trees and cool breeze from the water. Joe happily reported that things ran safely and efficiently. Plenty of drinks, fruit, and refreshments were on hand for everyone. It concluded with the awards ceremony.
For the Record...
Some folks seem to think that the Independence Day Run was the very first event ever covered by iPlayOutside/WVOutside. Is this true? No, it's not. But back on July 4, 1998, iPlayOutside (then WVOutside) did cover the Keyser race. That year was the first year of operation for our young company which has now been traveling the great state of West Virginia and it's surrounding states covering outdoor events for about 7 years now.