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Saturday, September 7, 2002 -- Kanawha State Forest - Charleston, WV
Credit Union Dream Run 2002 5K & 2 Mile Walk (iPO Event Id#: 5171)
Story and photos by Ariana Kincaid

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Past Coverage: [1998] [1999] [2000] [2001]

Race Start
A nice cool morning 'dream' run
Moving a race from the end of July to the beginning of September can make all the difference. Instead of heat or pouring rain, the weather for this year's Dream Run 5K & 2 Mile Walk was just right for running through the green leafy beauty of Kanawha State Forest. The day started with a slight chill which abated only slightly by the end of the race, and the runner's welcomed the cool.

First place finisher David Kline used the lack of heat to his advantage, finishing with a commanding lead in 16:55. Robert Boston and Ted Waybright finished second and third respectively, both with an official time of 17:54, but with Boston slightly edging Waybright for second place.

Race Pic
Kelly McGraw wins the women's race
For the women's race, local favorite Kelly McGraw of Saint Albans finished first with a time of 19:11, seventeen seconds faster than her second place finish last week at the Charleston Distance Run. Today's second place finisher was Jenny Wiegand with a time of 22:38. And the third place woman was Lori Whitt at 24:53.

Although the two-mile walk was a non-competitive event, awards were given to the first place male and female finishers. Jim Haynes walked away with the men's honors, and Lindsay Hoel did the same for the women's honors.

Each person who placed in the race or in their age category received clear glass mugs printed with the Dream Run Logo, as well as certificates indicating their achievement.

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But this race is really for the children
And even those folks who didn't get a mug and certificate didn't necessarily go away empty-handed - gift certificates from the Charleston Department Store, Hardee's, and other dining establishments, as well books, bags, water bottles, coolers, frisbees, and umbrellas (mercifully unneeded this year) donated by others were among the many door prizes made available to all who registered for the race. The gifts and prizes were bountiful!

The proceeds from the race goes to support the Southern WV Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Any child to the age of 18 who is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness eligible to receive a "wish" from the Foundation - as indicated by the organizers, the proceeds from this race usually fund one wish. Sometimes the wishes are trips to Disney World, or to see a Dallas Cowboys football game. And the wish doesn't include just the ill child, but the entire family. What a great reason to come out and race!

Special thanks to Kanawha Valley Chapter of Credit Unions for sponsoring the race, and to Steve Hewitt, Carolyn Schultz, Joetta, Charleston Newspapers and the many volunteers, sponsors, and credit union employees who made the a success!