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Friday, July 2, 2010 -- Charleston, WV / Haddad Riverfront Park
Independence 5K - Spring/Summer Speed Series #4 (iPO Event Id#: 12685)

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"Running in Tune"

Story and photos by Daniel Todd

Friday nights at Hadaad Riverfront Park in downtown Charleston, WV are jamming. The free concert series, Live on the Levee, puts music is in the air every Friday night. This Friday night runners got in the act too. Over 200 participants took advantage of the cooling night air to run a fast, flat 5k in celebration of Independence Day.

Independence 5K photos by Daniel Todd
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The runners toed the line near the new canopy that is the highlight of the recent renovations to the Charleston riverfront. As the band 600 LBS of Sin riffed the valley's fastest leaned into the start and attacked the pavement when the starting pistol cracked.

It didn't take long for Jason Pyles to pull ahead and cruise to another victory with a 15.42. He was paced down the boulevard by Sherry Dawson who clocked a 19.48 time for the wheelchair division.

The youth continue to shine in the Summer Speed Series. Six of the first twelve to the finish line were under 19 and two of the six were UNDER 14! Joe Kirtner and Caleb Bowen lead the 15-19 year-old class with times of 16.44 and 16.51, respectively.

The overall woman was youth Sami Harris clocking in at 18.35. In the under 14 division, Colton Griffith finished in 19 flat and was pushed by Braxton McMillion finishing 2 seconds behind.

Glenn Baldwin gutted out another 5k in 19.05 winning the 50-59 division and finishing faster than all the 40 and 30 year olds. The fast women to finish behind Harris were Marian Pyles with a 19.03 and under 14 year old Brittney McMillion at 20.30.

The City of Charleston and Tallman Track Club Friday night races are a great way to unwind after a stressful week. This race wraps up the Spring/Summer Speed Series, but the Winter Series will be back in December.

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Independence 5K photos by Daniel Todd
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