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Saturday, October 16, 2004 -- Snowshoe, WV
Snowshoe Mountain's 5 Miler (iPO Event Id#: 6535)
Story and photos by Heather Bury

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Past Coverage: [2002] [2003]

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Battling the elements at Snowshoe
The Snowshoe 5 miler lived up to it's name this weekend as the first snowfall of the season rolled in just in time for the race. But with season ski passes up for grabs there could have been a blizzard and some hearty runners would still be lacing up.

If you arrived at Snowshoe Mountain Resort on Friday evening, you were welcomed by fog, rain, and unbelievable wind. As we slept in the Rimfire Lodge, the wind whipped outside and the scene had a dreary feeling of "The Shining", only it was October.

In the morning, the fog had lifted just a bit, the wind had settled down, but now there was the matter of snow. That's right, I said snow. In mid-October the mountain was taking on flurries. Nothing would accumulate, but it did make for an interesting race.

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Conquering Snowshoe with a team effort
Braving the cold for the second year in a row to take the win was Glen Baldwin with a time of 31:28. Glen ran with Sam Skalak for the first three miles and made a move in the fourth mile to ensure a victory before the final hill. Sam wound up second with a time of 32:51.

On the women's side, Mallory McClaine took the top prize with a time of 38:03. Since Mallory is still in High School, she had to turn down the top prize of a season ski pass due to eligibility rules. Race director Joe Stevens was nice enough to pass the prize on to the second place woman who just happened to be Mallory's mom, Robin McClaine, who ran a time of 45:05. The McClaine family proved to be very lucky when they also won the random prize of another season ski pass.

Once the racers were done they warmed up by the fire and enjoyed a breakfast buffet and hot chocolate within the confines of one of the resorts top restaurants. The race may not be the easiest, but the rewards are certainly top of the line!