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Saturday, October 5, 2002 -- Cumberland, MD
The Great Allegany Run (iPO Event Id#: 5154)
Story and photos by Don Parks

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[Overall Results] [Results by Class]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7] [Set 8]
Past Coverage: [2000] [2001]

Race Pic
Feeling the power in the Great Allegany 15K
The notoriously cold weather, that seems to always arrive just in time for the Great Allegany, gave way to a spectacular fall morning for 2002. The sun was out and a nice breeze was refreshing in the seventy degree temps, it may have even been a little bit warm. Whatever the weather, the race down Savage Mountain is always great fun.

Nick Gramsky was back after a winning the 15K in 2001, and he had little trouble defending his title. The 24-year-old Virginian was a little off his previous time, but his 46:42 was enough for a win with over two minutes to spare.

In a close race for second, it was 20-year-old local standout Jarod Hawkins, from nearby Frostburg, and 23-year-old Scott Lauandonski form Shippensburg, PA. At the bottom of the long hill Hawkins made a move to close a gap and as they entered the final mile they were shoulder-to-shoulder. But that is when Hawkins' legs decided they did want to go any faster, and Lauandonski's did. He took second at 48:59 with Hawkins 12 seconds back for third.

Nick Gramsky
Nick Gramsky defends his #1 Bib
For the women it was all Waynesboro, Virginia's, Laura Nelson (58:28). Even though she was three and and a half minutes off her 2001 second place time, it was plenty for the 2002 win.

Again, the race for second was close. And again, the local favorite came up a little short. Lavale's Maureen Hall (1:03:20) was well off her time of last year, but she finished third overall compared to that year's fifth place finish. Finishing just ahead of her for second was Uniontown, PA's Tammy Shell (1:02:48). Shell was able to improve by a minute and a half over her 2001 time.

Kids Race
Practicing the start for the big race
In the 5K event it was an easy victory for Aberdeen, MD's Bret Mower with a finishing time of 16:50. For the women, the hometown girl came through as Cumberland's own Stephanie Fleming (20:43) took the win.

While all this was going on, there was a 2 Mile Walk and a Kids Race thrown in to make sure everyone could get out an play. Then it was on to the awards party on the cobblestones of the town square complete with the mayor. And the first order of business? A nice little check to the fine folks at the United Way.