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Saturday, October 21, 2000 -- New Kensington, PA
Bank and Trust NK 10K
Story and photos by Mike McCagh

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Taking the streets of New Kensington by storm
All was well Saturday morning in New Kensington. The air was felt in cool autumn sighs, the sky peeled back thin morning clouds, and 105 runners were gathered for the finale of the AK Valley Triple Crown. While some think the popularity of 10K's has fallen in recent years as organizers opt for faster, less grueling 5K's, no lack of enthusiasm was seen on the course Saturday.

The runners climbed up and over a city viaduct to begin the race, then looped down to 9th street and 4th Avenue to weave thru the downtown streets of New Kensington.

Michael and Nina were among two of the racers to cross the finish line. Their father escorted the young travelers, equipped in a two-seated kiddy deluxe buggy. (The only question was to click once or thrice when they crossed the finish line.)

Michael and Nina
Have cookies, will race
When the 10K was over, event coordinators began tallying the results. Meanwhile, 12 bright-eyed children were given the chance to assemble on the starting line to race for their own merit. With a Ready-Set-Go, they were off.

As the children tore down the straightaway, the parents were given a rare opportunity to switch place and cheer from the sidelines for someone they love. Everyone was pleased to see the children run. When the data was compiled, 38 racers had completed the AK Valley Triple Crown which comprised of August's Dog Days 8K, September's Allegheny Township 5K, and the Bank and Trust 10K Saturday in New Kensington.

All times for the Triple Crown are adjusted according to national records of 5K, 8K, and 10K races. Margretta Lutz won the Triple Crown with an adjusted total time of 68.64. Second place was awarded to Linda Paul (77.83). Third place went to Jim Banks at 78.03.

A fine day for a 10K
Banks explained the Adjustment is based on a Curve using national age group records. To determine adjusted time, you use the graph and multiply your finish time by the factor corresponding to your age.

As for the 10K itself, Malcolm East ran the fastest time overall at 34:44. Carl Hubel crossed the finish line 15 seconds later at 34:59 and the third place finisher was Michael Kichty at 35:03. The fastest woman on the course was Mary Anne Hredzak at 44:20. Linda Paul came in 23 seconds later (44:43) and third place in the women's went to Diane Doonan with a time of 45:19.

Rob Sanders mastered the event and the ceremony, pleased to have another successful event. The NK 10K is the second oldest race in the state, (second only to The Great Race by three years) and Sanders plans to see the NK 10K continue into the future. See everyone next year!