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Sunday, August 24, 2003 -- Kingwood, WV
Run With the Law 5K (MAGP #8) (iPO Event Id#: 5589)
Story and photos by Heather Bury

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Race Pic
Quality control for the post-race refreshments
After a one year hiatus, the Run With The Law is back. As the #8 race for the MAGP series, the Run with the Law recieved a nice welcome back from the area runners.

The fast, scenic course is run along the Cheat River on the base of Camp Dawson in Kingwood, West Virginia. For most, it's a nice change from the usual local streets of Morgantown, Fairmont, and Clarksburg.

At 7pm, the evening seemed more like a late September night rather than a late August night. The temperature was just right for some fast times.

Race Start
Off and running at Camp Dawson
Some local high school cross country runners showed up to take advantage of the evening. Coach Paul Martin of Grafton High fame was there to cheer his runners on. The runners came out to test their form before the official start of the cross country season.

Scott Gemberling of Grafton took charge early in the race, only to be challenged once at the 2-mile mark by runner-up Jaron Hawkins of Frostburg, MD. Gemberling's time of 15:30.19 sets him up for a fine senior cross country season. Hawkins hung on for second to run 16:00.

Race Winner
Scott Gemberling won't be denied
Third place went to another high school runner in Chad Hooten, from nearby Terra Alta, in 16:25.

The women's side was much the same story. Morgantown runner Maria Stover ran her last local race before heading off to her first year of college. Stover took the lead from the gun, and although Julie Warner of Morgantown gave chase and closed the gap, in the end Stover took the race with a time of 19:40. Warner, a mother of three, ran an impressive 19:53, which will certainly help her out in the MAGP points standings.

Rounding out the women's top three was 14 year old Raylyn Christopher, a Kingwood local with a time of 20:58.

Race Pic
Lookout, there's that camera again!
Though there wasn't an official walk division, Terry Horn of Allepo, PA showed up anyway to show the walkers' support for the race. The 45 year old Horn walked the 5k course in 25:36.69, that's an outstanding 8:15 per mile pace.

Post race festivities included hotdogs and watermellon, and a few games of "red light, green light" for the kids.