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Saturday, September 26, 1998 -- Davis
Tour of Davis 5K Fun Race

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The 10th Annual Leaf Peepers Festival
Every year Tucker County Alpine Festival, Inc. holds a week long celebration of the fall, the Leaf Peepers Festival, with a focus on outdoor activities. Once again this year's schedule of events was jammed full of everything from bike tours, to an archery shoot, to raft trips, to llama treks, and more. Included on Saturday, September 26th, was the third running of the Tour of Davis 5K Fun Race. Given that the town of Davis is a rather small community, a 3.1 mile race (and rumors were that the course may have been a little shy of a full 5K) was all that was needed to take in most all of the major thoroughfares of the downtown area.

The race got underway at 10:00am under partly sunny skies with mild temperatures in the low 70's. Rather nice conditions for a slightly rolling course with several short hills.

Paul Sandy(L) sets the pace for Harry Bruell(R)
As the racers started down William Avenue (Rt. 32), it didn't take long for Paul Sandy and Harry Bruell to position themselves at the front. Sandy set the pace through the first 2.5 miles of the race with Bruell content to ride his heels. However, with the finish line only minutes ahead, Bruell surged with a kick that Sandy could not match. Bruell crossed the line first with time of 16:27 while Sandy took second place at 16:41. Running a steady third was Todd Schoonover who completed the course in 17:20.

In the women's competition, it was duel between Charlie Waters and Jennifer Bruell. However, Waters (24:07) could not match the speed of Bruell (23:36) on the streets of Davis.

The newlyweds, Harry and Jennifer Bruell, enjoy the spoils of WV
This combination of Bruell and Bruell for first place in both the men's and women's competition was a nice highlight to the couple's honeymoon. The two, from Washington, DC, had been enjoying their time in the Blackwater/Canaan Valley area and were winding down their first visit to the interior of West Virginia, having only previously visited Harpers Ferry. Needless to say, they found much to their liking in the local area.

The rest of the racers had an equally fun time, especially the final competitor to cross the finish. This distinguished position was rewarded with a well earned gift certificate for a message.

Thanks go out to all the volunteers and businesses that made this event, and all the Leaf Peeper activities, possible. Special thanks go to Annie Snyder and Ted Fries, who put forth their efforts to see that everything ran smoothly, and Davis' lone police officer, Larry Halstead, who escorted the runners through town. Look for another great run next year and why not come by and enjoy the rest of the festivities that take place all week long.