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Saturday, September 18, 2004 -- Fairmont, WV
26th Annual Monongalia Valley Bank Fairmont 5K/10K (iPO Event Id#: 6460) Story and photos by Don Parks

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Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6]
Past Coverage: [1998] [1999] [2001] [2002 results] [2003]

Race Pic
Old enough to run, old enough to race
All that was left of Hurricane Ivan on Saturday morning was cool temperatures and some fast moving clouds. It was actually a perfect morning for running and the racing at Fairmont's East West Stadium had a little something for everyone. You could run the relatively flat 5K through the city streets. And if you felt like a little more you could take a second lap and compete in the 10K. Then, for the littlest of racers, you could simply do a couple laps around the track in the One Mile Fun Run.

The racing all started simultaneously with the 5 and 10K runners all mixed together. From the starting gun it was Bridgeport's Senovio Felipe Cruz who opened with an impressive sprint to the front. But with 10K of racing on his plate, his pace soon slowed with Morgantown's Will Hunter and Fairmont's Ronnie Moorehead taking up the lead positions. Joining these two 10K runners at the front was Fairmont's Joey Herron who was out to win the 5K.

Race Start
Off and running in Fairmont
While Herron paced himself off the Moorehead and Hunter the rest of the 5K field was constantly losing ground. By the time he made the turn into East West Stadium for the lap around the track to the finish, he had put two minutes on his closest rival. Herron finished with a winning time of 18:47.

While the 10K runners turned around at the starting line to do a second lap, the 5K runners continued into the stadium for their finish. Taking second overall was Mark Offut (20:55) followed by Stan Apanowicz (21:19). This provided for an all Fairmont podium.

Race Winners
Hunter and Herron both got a win
The fist woman to finish the 5K was Morgantown's Emma Hunter with a time of 24:02 followed by Buckhannon's Patty Wager (24:35) who took second. Third place was a close race with Fairmont's Megan Davis (27:10) beating out a trio of Fairmont ladies that were in pursuit.

By the time the 10K runners made it back from their second lap, Hunter had put a substantial lead on Moorehead. Hunter cruised into the stadium for the win at 37:28 compared to Moorehead's second place time of 38:50. Rounding out the top three was Winchester, Virginia's Chris Northrup at 41:32.

For the 10K women it was Salem's Brenda Ware who first crossed the line at 47:40. Rounding out the top three were two more Fairmont ladies in Molly Coleman and Jessica Schneider. They finished with times of 49:40 and 52:18, respectively.

For everyone who raced the finish provided an abundance of refreshments and a quick transition to the awards ceremony. For a race that has now been run 26 times, it is no wonder that the event is managed so well.