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Saturday, June 18, 2005 -- Parkersburg, WV
Erickson All Sport Challenge (iPO Event Id#: 6945)
Story and photos by Katy Black

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Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7]

Event Coverage: [2000] [2001] [2002 Results] [2004]

Photo by Katy Black
Finishing on the track
The Erickson All-Sports Facility is an awesome facility which has 1200-1500 on-site parking spaces, good lighting, permanent fencing, and approximately 500 open-deck bleacher seating. The large community facility also features a new football field/soccer field (WVSSAC approved), a new state of the art, eight lane rubberized surface, all-weather 400-meter track with additional 100-meter straight and all-weather high jump, and pole vault areas. The new track facility also meets all requirements of the WVSSAC and hosts the Annual State Track Meet. This past Saturday the track was the start and finish for the annual Erickson All Sport Challenge.

Photo by Katy Black
Runners and walkers take off
The weather was perfect as over 120 racers lined up on the new eight lane track. With the sound of a loud horn, they were off. The course of the race was one lap around the track, then out onto the road where participants turned around at either the 1 mile or 3 mile marker to finish hard back on the track. It was an exciting race, ending the 3.1-mile trek on a smooth surface seemed to help people battle it out for a better place in the overalls.

First to finish with no one behind him was 37 years young, David Miller (17:05), of Athens, Ohio. Straten Schemel of Smithville, West Virginia was second with a time of 17:25. From Ravenswood, WV, 15-year old, Ben Wise, broke and even 18 minutes for third.

Photo by Katy Black
The kids get their turn
The race for first female overall was close. Sharon Marks and Amy Green entered the track gates shoulder to shoulder, but it was Amy Green of Vienna, WV who edged out a 2 second lead over Marks. With a time of 20:15, Green finished 20th overall. Sharon Marks (20:17), a local from Parkersburg, had an outstanding second place finish considering the years gap between Green and Marks is 27. Georgia Hamilton, of Wheeling, WV took third in 20:57.

This year, folks were encouraged to round up a Father's Day Team. With their father, or in memory of, teams were scored by age group and the top 3 received a special award.There was also a kid's race divided into age groups and distances. Ages 3 & under ran 50 meters, ages 4-5 ran 100 meters, ages 6-8 ran 200 meters, and ages 9-10 ran 400 meters. Everyone was a winner and got a ribbon at the end. Awards were given out to the top three males and females, runners and walkers, in each age group, as well as the overall winners.There was outdoor fun for the whole family with refreshments served to all after the race was over.

Special Thanks... To all who volunteered their time and efforts, to race director, Tracy Hendershot, who's a joy to work with, and to all the race sponsors.