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Saturday, September 27, 2003 -- Clarksburg, WV
FBIRA Jerry Dove Memorial 5K (CARS #13) (iPO Event Id#: 5534) Story and photos by E.J. Linger

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Race Winner
Taylor makes it a three-peat
When I go south on I-79, I wondered why they called the road leading to the FBI complex, Jerry Dove Drive. Well, I found out this weekend when I covered the FBIRA Jerry Dove Memorial 5K at the FBI complex.

Special Agent Jerry Dove, a West Virginia native, was honored for his heroic actions while in the line of duty. He was killed in the line of duty in a shootout with two serial bank robbers in the infamous "Miami Firefight" on April 11, 1986.

This 5K was dedicated to the memory of SA Dove and to all Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, Military Personnel, and others who have been killed while serving in the line of duty.

Race Winner
Jessica Huff takes the women's title
Under cloudy skies, runners came to Clarksburg to run in this race. The race is an out and back course with the start and finish at the FBI visitor's center. Since the race was completely inside the FBI complex area, there were no traffic worries, but the runners were not permitted on the course until the start of the race. In the CARS series, this race was number 13 of 15.

For the men, Larry Taylor of Fayetteville (curiously listed in the results as hailing from St. Mary's) West Virginia won for the third straight year with a 16:32. Coming in second was Mark Courtney of Runner's High fame, from Grove City, PA with a time of 17:47. And you might have guessed, he also coordinated the timing the race!!

Rounding out the top three was the Fairmont native, Joey Herron, with a time of 18:36. Just think, the top three overall winners were masters runners! Great job "kids"!

Kids Race
The kids get ready for their chance
For the women, Jesica Huff of Stonewood won with a time of 21:00. She has won or been in the top three in many of the races this summer. For second place, there was an exciting finish between Melissa Riley of Morgantown and Jenna Fogg of Bridgeport. But, in the end, Melissa out leaned Jenna for second place. Melissa and Jenna had the same time of 23:14. Great Job girls!

After the 5K, a KIDS-K was added this year. The little tykes got a chance to run and have fun. All the kids got a commemorative T-shirt and medal for finishing the race.

Everyone was glad the rain held off until the race was finished.

Thanks to the FBI, FBIRA and all the volunteers for helping to put the race on this year. A job well done!