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Saturday, August 7, 2004 -- Brownsville, PA
Brownsville Falcon 5K (iPO Event Id#: 6361)
Story and photos by Julie Black

[Details] [Coverage]
[Overall Results] [Results by Class]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6]

Editor's Note: Check out Herb Mitchell's Brownsville Community Photo Album at for more great Falcon 5K pictures. Thanks Herb!

Falcon 5K
Fun at the Falcon 5K!
Once used as the easiest route over the Allegheny Mountains, the historic town of Brownsville, Pennsylvania is now one of the easiest routes to a runner's personal 5K best. Blessed with beautifully cool weather, blue skies, and a great turnout the Brownsville Cross Country Team benefited from Mother Nature's good mood.

Race director and Brownsville Cross Country Coach, Sam Taylor, was pleased to see a large crowd gathered under the black registration tent for the 9th year in a row. The events began with an exciting kids race.

The flat course took racers down Water Street, just over from Market Street, which runs along the Monongahela River. The trek went through parts of the sleepy mountain town where neighbors from their front porches with coffee cups in hand waved and cheered.

Falcon 5K
Many XCers raced the 5K
First to be seen with the sun at his back was Dustin Thomas of California, PA. Thomas blazed down the course in to claim first overall. Ryan Morevec (17:12), of Belle Vernon, PA claimed second, with Francis Molinaro (17:25), of Connlesville, PA took third respectively.

All top three women finishers were also from PA, with Debbie Conner of Dunbar crossing for first with a time of 21:47. Rebecca Leary (22:16) of Dawson and Erika Coffey (22:37), a Brownsville native, rounded out the top female spots.

Falcon 5K
Enjoying the weather
The top walker was Thomas Starkey (29:16) of Millsboro, PA. Craig Baer of Fort Hill walked in at 2nd and Bruce Kukan of Smock was in third. After the race participants were treated to fresh fruit and wonderful raffle prizes.
A Bit of Brownsville History
Our Gateway to the National Road
Brownsville's North Side Historic District is the oldest intact commercial/residential district west of the Alleghenies. Three streets are historically dominant: Front, Market, and Church. Market Street winds its way down the steep slope of the riverbank to a tiny flat of land called "the neck." During the heyday of the National Road wagons has a rough time coming down this hill and many a load overturned. Despite the fact that the buildings seem to cling to the hillside, it became the most important section of Brownsville when coal was king. This area covers 12 acres and has 61 important buildings, everything from a theater to a railroad station, several banks, and the International Order of Odd Fellows building. Some of the facades actually curve to fit the contour of the land.