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Saturday, July 24, 2004 -- Morgantown - Coopers Rock State Forest, WV
Hard as a Rock Trail Run (iPO Event Id#: 6397)
Photos and story by Julie Black with extra race report by Dan Lemann

[Details] [Coverage] [Overall Results] [Results by Class]
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Hard as a Rock
Lew McGrath hits the trail
Perfect weather in Coopers Rock State Forest, West Virginia provided scenic views for all on Saturday. Manys racers smiled (in the beginning), as they headed to Henry Clay's Furnace and back again.

The rocky trails were well marked with ribbons, and many water stations. Runners in both the 20K and 5-Miler started together and then the courses split after a jog around the lake and up to the first water stop. The 5-Milers raced back towards the campground and the start as over fifty five 20Kers headed deeper into Cooper's woods.

Hard as a Rock
Rounding the lake
The Rocky 20K Trek
Pacing himself in the beginning miles Morgantown, West Virginia runner/biker, Derek Clark, led the pack in the end to finish first overall with a time of 1:30:18. Bradley Mongold (1:30:30), took a commanding second place and Will Hunter (1:32:36), rounded out the top spots in the 20K.

The first to finish of a few trail-running females who participated was Kelly Holipski with a time of (2:02:04). Joni Adams (2:06:43), in second with Alice Vernon (2:23:48), completing the course a respectable third.

Hard as a Rock
Having a great time
5-Mile Stories
With the course being as rocky and rolling as it could be, racers such as 15 year old Bryant Cummings appeared to leap like a white tailed deer along the route. Cummings rounded the lake alone and never looked back as he took home the first place rock with a time of 31:40. Marc Glass (34:32), held a strong second as Adam Young (34:41), crossed the line for third.

Special iPlay Shout-Out
To Lew McGrath who's a true survivor and inspiration. Thanks to Rocky Kimble, Don Parks, Heather Bury, Dan and Jody Lehmann, and the "Hard as a Rock Crew." Also, thank you Jennifer Saunders for your hand-painted awards.

Race Report from the Mountain State Trail Run Series and WVMTR

Hard as a Rock
Enjoying the flats
The inaugural of the Hard as a Rock 5 M & 20 K races attracted a total of 86 runners between both distances. Interestingly all those entered in the MSTR Series opted for the 20 k course. The weather at Coopers Rock was near perfect for a late July run. The course was entirely on the trails, mostly single-track. As promised by race directors Don Parks and Rocky Kimble there were plenty of rocky sections to add to the challenge. Overall the grades were very runnable and you could negotiate all of the stream crossing without getting wet.

Hard as a Rock
A good time was had
The 1st Place Men's Overall went to Derek Clark with a 1:30:18, but hot on his heels for 2nd was Bradley Mongold who finished 12 seconds behind running a 1:30:30! 3rd Place Overall went to Will Hunter with 1:32:36, and Joel Rodgers took 4th Place and 1st in the Series competition.

Kelly Holipsky was the 1st Place Women's Overall winner running 2:02:04, and Joni Adams brought in 2nd Place at 2:06:43. 3rd place went to Alice Vernon with 2:23:48, and 4th to Jen Robertson with 2:25:30. Congratulations to all who dared to run the ROCK.

Big thank you to Rocky and Anna Kimble, Heather Bury, Don Parks, and Jody Lehmann..... plus all the helpful volunteers.