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Saturday, July 15, 2000 -- Hurricane, WV
Great Teays 5K Run and Gene Fuller 1 Mile Run/Walk
Story and photos by Pam Anderson

[Details] [Coverage] [Overall Results] [Results by Class]
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starting line
The start of the Great Teays 5K
The 25th Annual Great Teays 5K Run and Gene Fuller 1 Miler got off to a hot, humid start on Saturday. But the humidity didn't stop these runners as they headed onto the race course with the promise of a good picnic and a cooling dip in the Waves of Fun pool at the finish line. The looping course started in the pool parking lot and followed a quiet residential street for an easy run. Just as runners were getting their pace the course took a drastic change as runners trying to maintain their pace ran down a path with rolling hills and slippery areas thanks to the previous night's rain. As Glen Baldwin said, "You had to slow down on the washed-out parts and pick up your pace on the better parts." Overall this challenging and exciting course covered all the bases with flat areas, hills and trails.

men's finish
Mike Gwinn sprints for the finish line
Taking the first-place overall male, Mike Gwinn (16:30) completed the course 16 seconds ahead of second-place overall winner Zach Sabatino. Sprinting across the finish line for a third-place overall win was Ben Redman with a time of 16:53. In the Masters' category with a strong time of 17:11 was Glen Baldwin of Charleston. Also taking home a first-place award was Mike Bryant in the heavyweight division with a time of 21:33.

Repeating her victory from last year in the Female overall was Kelly McGraw (19:30) of Charleston. Kelly said, "It was a pretty tough course but also a great one." Capturing the second-place female overall win was Connie Young with a time of 20:09 but just a few paces behind her was Roxane Carte for a third-place finish with a time of 20:33. Also taking top honors was Jean Frye (25:35) for the first-place female masters finish.

Kelly McGraw
Female-overall winner Kelly McGraw repeats last year's Great Teays' victory
A special mention to Jeff Wood, who under the training of his daughter Christi Wood (2nd in her age group with a time of 23:53) ran his first competitive race. Jeff stated, "I finished." Congratulations and keep on running. Also a special thank you to Pat Board for providing the race results. Pat has been with this race since the first year it started.

This well-designed and one of the most challenging 5K's in the area was sponsored by the Great Teays Running Club and the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission plus many other volunteers.