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Sunday, May 30, 2004 -- Point Marion, PA
Albert Gallatin Regatta 5K (MAGP #3) (iPO Event Id#: 6221)
Story and photos by Julie Black

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Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7]

Albert Gallatin 5K
Starting over the bridge in PA
Held in conjunction with the annual Albert Gallatin Regatta in Point Marion, Pennsylvania, this Memorial Day weekend event was the first of only three evening races in the Morgantown Area Grand Prix Race Series. The fast course provided a scenic route conducive to fast times and personal bests. Great weather helped a large crowd enjoy the 5K in holiday style.

Starting at Point Marion's City Park, the race hit the pavement of the closest neighborhood, crossed over a scenic two-lane bridge, and continued river-side. It formed a loop and sent racers back over the bridge to the park for the finish.

Albert Gallatin 5K
Running by Old Glory
It's already been said that this course was set up for fast times, and we weren't kidding. Shortly after the last of the walkers made their way over the bridge towards the first 2 miles of the 5K, spectators could see the high-steps of Rob Flatt heading back to finish his last. Flatt finished far in front with a fast time of 16:05. Ryan Skotnicki (16:49), held off Derek Clark (16:57), for second as Clark claimed 3rd in the last mile.

Holly Whoolery kicked it in for first in the Women's Class with a fine time of 18:34. Melinda Berryman (19:13), held strong for second, while Julia Lipniskas (20:22), finished an honorable third.

Albert Gallatin 5K
Happy to take a holiday walk
Terry Horn finished first for the walkers and the first female to cross the line in the 5K Walk was smiling Jamie Brooks. Afterwards, refreshments were had by all including cool drinks and lots of cookies. Thanks very much to Ken Ashton and his wife Erica Janes for the excellent job they did with this race. It was supported well with volunteers, well marked, registration went smooth, etc. You just couldn't ask for a better team.

This race was #3 in the Morgantown Area Grand Prix Series (MAGP). There are 12 races in the series for 2004, with two more evening races on the way. The next MAGP race (#4) is the Deckers Creek 1/2 Marathon on June 5th.