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Saturday, October 23, 2004 -- Huntington, WV
9th Annual Marshall Alum Run (iPO Event Id#: 6485)
Story and photos by Julie Black

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Alumn Run
Racing at Marshall's campus
Marshall University's Recreational Sports Department, the Division of Exercise Science, Sport and Recreation, Alumni Association, ROTC, and the Huntington Track Club welcomed over 300 participants to the 9th Annual Alum Run in Huntington, West Virginia. The organizations teamed up to put on the special event and kick off Homecoming Weekend in a healthy fashion.

The start was set at the Cam Henderson Center. This facility presents a spectacular profile against the campus skyline on Third Avenue on the north side of campus. The facility was named to honor legendary coach Cam Henderson whose career at Marshall extended from 1935 to 1955.

Alumn Run
Many fans at the finish
Orange and yellow trees provided the perfect Autumn backdrop for the course, set in and around Marshall University. Traffic control by local Huntington Police and Campus police was abundant complete with lanes of traffic blocked off by orange cones.

Winner of the Charleston Distance Run 5K, Jason Pyles of Huntington, WV finished first with a 5 minute pace and a time of 15:32. Michael Jones (15:50) claimed second with his sub-sixteen minute time as Jon Nelson (15:56), rounded out the overall top three.

University of Charleston's Erin Cipolat held a steady pace for first woman finishing in 18:57. Saint Albans, WV native, Kelly McGraw (19:04), crossed for second. Women's winner of the Charleston Distance Run 5K, Stephanie Eastman (19:15), a Spencer, WV native took third.

Alumn Run
Marshall plays outside!
At post-race time participants gathered in the gym of the Cam Henderson Center for an awesome Halloween Party. Racers ate sandwiches under a webbed, orange and black streamed ceiling. The table tops were complete with caldrons, spiders, and black and orange balloons. Alum and students smiled as Sharon Stanton and Drew Johnson handed out Marshall sports memorabilia for awards.
About Marshall University: Named after John Marshall, the great Chief Justice of the United States, Marshall Academy was established in 1837. Marshall became a university in 1961 and has since grown tremendously, particularly in the 1990's which saw the construction of the state-of-the-art Drinko Library, Jomie Jazz Center and the addition of the Graduate College. For more information visit Marshall on the web at