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Saturday, October 2, 2004 -- Cumberland, MD
The Great Allegany Run (iPO Event Id#: 6457)
Story and photos by Don Parks

[Details] [Coverage]
[Overall Results] [Results by Class]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]
[Set 6] [Set 7] [Set 8] [Set 9] [Set 10] [Set 11]
More pics available at WesternMarylandRunning.com
Past Coverage: [2000] [2001] [2002] [2003]

Race Pic
Heading for the finish in Cumberland
The rain held off but the humidty was high as racers took to the streets for the 23rd Annual Great Allegany Run. With temperatures around 60, it was actually a little warm compared with past years. All-in-all it was a great morning to get outside and stretch the legs for anything from a two mile walk to a 15K run.

The headline event is the 15K and the returning champions, Scott Lewandowski and Heather Bury were back to defend their titles. While Bury would find success in the women's field, things didn't go as planned for Lewandowski. "I just didn't have it today," was how he summed up is sixth place finish, more than two minutes off his previous year's time.

Vail
Vail does his best to catch Hawkins
The race at the front came down to last year's runner up (and the third place finisher in 2002), Jaron Hawkins and first time GAR runner Peter Vail. When Hawkins surged for a lead with several miles to go, Vail figure he'd come back to him. But that was not going to be the case on this year as Hawkins kept up his pace to take the win at 48:13. Jaron is from nearby Frostburg and it is the first time that anyone can remember a local runner winning the race.

Vail held on for second at 48:37 and he recently moved to the DC area from Colorado. Placing third at 49:54 was Dennis Mickey who hails from Ridgeley, WV.

On the women's side Bury was hoping to run faster than her winning time of 53:13, but said after the race, "Any time you win you really can't complain." Putting in a strong showing for second was Susan Graham-Gray at 54:13. Running in her first 15K race, Kelly Stewart came in under her goal and finished third at 55:44.

MacFawn
MacFawn takes the 5K win
While the 15K runners were not even halfway done with their running, the 5K racers were crossing their finish line. Mike Fitzgerald took one last look over his shoulder as he rounded the final corner with just a quarter mile to go. The 47-year-old didn't need to because there was no one behind him as he coasted to a win at 17:51.

Racing for second was a group of local teenage runners adn the fastest of the bunch was David Mertz at 18:30. Taking third was Marc Abe with a time of 18:56.

For the women 5K racers it was the youngster Lauryn MacFawn that showed the most speed. The 14-year-old finished with a winning time of 20:00. Second place went to Jen Hartwell (20:21) and third went to Kathi Workman (21:16).

Kids Race
Putting on the game face for the kids run
The 2 mile walk was also held at the same time as the runs and Aaron Staggs took home top honors with a time of 23:21. The top women walk award went to 71-year-old Shirley Hall.

And last, but certainly not least, was the kids race held after the other events had been completed. And in this event everyone was a winner with cookies for all!