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W.Va. Championship finally arrives

Jun. 22, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- About 800 runners are expected to participate in The Herald-Dispatch West Virginia 5K Championship which starts at 8 a.m., Saturday.

The championship begins on Veteran's Memorial Boulevard next to Pullman Square and has a course that circles the downtown Huntington area.

The race course will close at 9 a.m., at which time participants still on the course will be asked by Huntington Police to move off the road pavement and onto the sidewalks.

Veterans' Memorial Boulevard and Eighth Street will be closed from 6 a.m. until noon for the 5K and a 10K cycling race that's part of the West Virginia Senior Sports Classic. Bikers will be on Veteran's Memorial Boulevard and Virginia Avenue from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., so drivers are asked to find an alternate route.

Last year's overall men's winner was 40-year-old Kevin Castille, who broke the tape with a time of 14 minutes, 32 seconds, setting a blistering pace of 4:41 per mile.

The women's winner was Allison Grace Morgan, who finished with a time of 17 minutes, 26 seconds.

All proceeds from the race go to benefit the United Way of the River Cities Health and Wellness focus area. The race was founded in 2009 as a way to raise awareness and combat obesity, after Huntington was labeled the unhealthiest city in America in an Associated Press article.