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Sunday, October 23, 2005 -- Morgantown, WV
14th Annual Red Ribbon 5K (iPO Event Id#: 6767)
Story and photos by Julie Black

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Photo by Julie Black
Jeff Pawlak strides in Mo-Town
Big crowds, looming clouds, and falling leaves best describes the 2005 Red Ribbon 5K. Helping to nationally celebrate Red Ribbon Week and promote drug-free lifestyles, the event has been a local attraction for 13 years.

The history of National Red Ribbon Week dates back to 1985, when drug traffickers in Mexico City kidnapped, tortured, and murdered Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent. Friends and neighbors wore red badges of satin in Kiki's honor to show that they would continue his fight against illegal drugs. The satin badge came to be known as the red badge of courage. This year's theme commemorates the 20th Anniversary of the event. The Red Ribbon Campaign is now the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people each year during Red Ribbon Week, October 23-October 31.

Photo by Julie Black
Danny Fink sets the pace
Over 120 participants showed their support of the cause on Sunday afternoon. Among them, was 42 year old Danny Fink of Swoop, Virginia. Fink's been seen in a variety of races around the area, from 5K's to half marathons, he's a force to be reckoned with on any course. Setting the second overall fastest course time in 8 years, Fink finished 1st in 15:42.

Justin Coughlin or and Wayne Ridgeway, both 18 and from WV, kept in sight of one another entering the last half mile. Coughlin spread the gap on the last hill to finish 2nd overall with a time of 16:46. Ridgeway took 3rd with a time of 17:12.

Photo by Julie Black
Enjoying the afternoon
Katie Burda comes from a family that has helped change the face of West Virginia distance running. Her mother, Shellie, is the cross country coach at Elkins High School in Katie's home town of Elkins, WV. Her father, Ed, was an NCAA qualifier for West Virginia University (WVU) in the 1980's. Now a member of the WVU women's cross country team, Burda sets her sights on her bright future in Morgantown. Of course getting out to enjoy a local run always adds to the excitement. Burda finished 1st overall in the Red Ribbon women's division with a time of 20:07.

Kathy Timperman of Morgantown claimed 2nd overall for the ladies in 20:34. She most recently had another top three finish in MAGP's September Stride. Emily Corley was the 3rd Ribbon woman with a time of 20:45. Corley, a Fairmont Senior cross county runner, recently made the All-Conference second team with an 11th place finish at the NCAC Championship at Preston High this October.

Photo by Julie Black
See you at the next one
A walking team-duo, Gwen and Craig Baer cleaned up in first. Craig was 1st overall in the walk with a time of 30:31. His wife Gwen was 3rd overall and the first overall female walker with a time of 36:32. Keith Bailey (34:48) claimed 2nd overall and honorable mention goes out to 4th overall walk finisher Jeffrey Pawlak who smiles with every mile.

The last MAGP Series race of 2005 is the Back Bay Snowflake Sprint 5K on Sunday, December 4. Food will be served courtesy of Back Bay Seafood Restaurant. Don't miss your last opportunity to snag some snacks and series points!