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Sunday, November 14, 2004 -- Huntington, WV
First HealthyHuntington.Org Marathon (iPO Event Id#: 6267)
Story and photos by Ariana Kincaid

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[Overall Results] [Results by Class]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7] [Set 8] [Set 9]

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Another happy finisher!
This November 14 dawned like the classic mid-November day--the temps were in the twenties. As I drove to Huntington, I thought of all the folks who were willing to place their bodies at risk to run in the first ever HealthyHuntington.org Marathon and 1/2 Marathon Walk. My well-bundled bottom was ready to take document this historic event. Luckily, by 10 a.m. the temperatures had warmed to the fifties (another hallmark of the classic mid-November day), and race officials were doffing their now-unneeded cold-weather gear.

The first couple of walkers surprised the race officials as they managed to sneak through the runner's gate at Marshall Stadium. Once that got straightened out, the races finished up like clockwork, with runners being handed or passed footballs so they could run the final 100 yards of the race as though they were making a very important touchdown.

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Cruising in from a long run
Roger Scott, 39, was the first to do so, with a time of 2:48:49, that's an amazing overall pace of 6:27 per mile. A little over one minute behind him was William Ricker, 26, with a time of 2:49:25, at a 6:28 pace. (See how those extra seconds on your pace can make a difference?) And wrapping up the top three, finishing at 2:49:55, was Josh Weekley, 32.

For the women, Cathy Kushner, 36, came in first and 29th overall with a time of 3:21:26. Second place female was Harriett Hunter, 34, finishing 33rd overall with a time of 3:23:06. And 18-year-old Megan Locke took third-place with a time of 3:28:09, 40th overall.

The Wheelchair race had two participants: Terry Blackwell, who zipped into the stadium with a time of 2:06:10, and William Riddle, who finished with a time of 4:12:02. Big hurrahs could be heard for these fellows. They may be on wheels, but they're haulin' their bodies in with their arm power!

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The Herd mascot waves on...
The Marathon also included relay teams, which had three categories: Coed, Male and Female. The top Coed team was the Great Teays Running Club, the top Male team was Parkersburg Hillrunners, and the top Female team was Bean's Hot Dogs. Though, I must admit, my favorite team name was "The Harvey Wallbangers."

Special thanks to HealthyHuntington.org, the Huntington YMCA, USATF for getting the course certified quickly, the City of Huntington, Marshall University, and to the volunteers who nearly outnumbered the participants (350+) for putting on a fine race! They expect the participants to nearly triple next year, so even more volunteers will be needed--stayed tuned to iPlayOutside.com for running and volunteer opportunities!