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Sunday, December 3, 2000 -- Morgantown, WV
Back Bay Snowflake Sprint 5K
Story and photos by Julie Black

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Back Bay Snowflake 5K
The holiday season can be "ruff"
At the end of a 15 race journey crowned with the name... Morgantown Area Grand Prix Series, an oasis could be seen in the distance. Although their voyage was a long one, many prizes and treats will be awarded to participants, and the Back Bay Snowflake Sprint 5K can be considered one of them.

Since 1991, this race has been a stand out event in the series. Maybe it's because it's held in December which poses an "extra" challenge to racers as it did this year with temps close to freezing. Or maybe it's got something to with the incredible post-race spread provided by Back Bay Seafood House, with everything from holiday treats to tasty hot meats. Whatever it is that folks seem to fancy about this event, it's the perfect ending to another wonderful MAGP race season.

Back Bay Snowflake 5K
Stephen Hiser and Heather Bury are toe to toe
The 5K course was through the rolling residential area behind Krepps Park. After the always eventful Kid's Race, old Kris Kringle gave the signal and over 250 runners & walkers took off!

An outstanding runner who's been seen in many MAGP races for 2000, and last year's 3rd place winner Kevin Williams kept a large edge over his competition to take 1st with a time of 16:06. The "Doc" Murshid Latif(17:04), finished strong in the 2nd place spot.

Rounding the 2nd to last corner of the course together, Stephen Hiser & Heather Bury were neck and neck. So close to the finish, Hiser kicked up his heels to take a 7 second lead over Bury to round out the top spots with a time of 17:13. Bury(17:20), finished a cool 4th overall, and 1st for the women. Kavara Vaughn(19:50), captured 2nd for the ladies while Maria Stover(20:09), sprinted in for 3rd.

Back Bay Snowflake 5K
Saying goodbye to another great MAGP season
Everyone's favorite guy in green, George "the hammer" Macek kept up a great pace to finish 1st overall in the 5K Walk in 31:09. Bernard Fries(31:41) strutted 2nd across the line, and John Elliott(32:33), took 3rd with a smile.
The MAGP Champs

After 15 races where 149 competitors have been running for points, the male and female champions have been announced. This year Ed Frohnapfel after running in 7 of the series races, clenched the crown with 828 points.

The womens champ is none other than Heather Bury. Taking 1st place for the women, and many top 5 finishes in the 8 series races which she competed in, Bury claims the most points for the ladies in the series with 698.

Don't forget that coming up on Wednesday, December 13th at 7:00 PM, at Whitetail Cycle & Fitness it's the 2000 Morgantown Area Grand Prix Awards Ceremony. Everyone is welcome to come and join in the fun!

Special Thanks: Goes to the fine crew of SERJ Racing Services, the Morgantown Roadrunners/WV Track Club (MRR/WV), and the series sponsors Whitetail Cycle & Fitness and Recourse Inc. Also, thanks to the many volunteers who made this series a success!