7th Annual PC Foundation 5K Is in the Books
The brilliant sunny skies matched the shining smiling faces of the runners and walkers at the 7th Annual Paden City Foundation 5K Run and Walk on Saturday, June 3 in Paden City as the pistol sounded to begin the race that saw another first for the event. Joseph Seckman and Jashua Phillips became the race’s first two barefoot runners and both finished the 3.1 mile course in less than 26 minutes (Seckman at 22:32.5 and Phillips at 25:46.0). Both runners are from Alma, W.Va.
Runners and walkers from 21 different cities and towns and three states participated in the annual event that benefits the Paden City Museum and Culture Center. This year’s race also benefited the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Ladies Champion in the Run division was Paden City’s Kayla Hizer (22:22.8), Runner-Up was Clarington (OH)’s Kathryn Isaly (24:55.1) and 3rd Place went to Paden City resident Angi McDonald (26:50.4). The Gentlemen’s Champion was Josh Weekley from West Union with a time of 17:37.4, Runner-up was Phil Bowser of New Martinsville (19:28.7) and the Third Place winner was Jaxson Hostuttler of Harrisville, W.Va. (21:42.9). The Walk division saw the following: Ladies’ Champion was Karen Meeks from Parkersburg (36:06.6), Runner-Up was Martha Hesson from St. Marys (37:59.8) and Third Place went to Crystal Shockley from Sardis, OH (38:26.7). The Gentlemen’s Champion was Jason Mader from Williamstown (30:32.7); Paden City’s Alex Thoburn captured the Runner-up spot at 32:58.4 and the Third Place winner was Randy Nutter from St. Marys at 34:52.3.
Race organizer and volunteer Rodney McWilliams commented, “We had a great variety of experience levels and ages in the runners and walkers. Three of the top 12 winners were hometown folks and it is great to have winners from a variety of different towns. An hour is not too long a drive for a race and Paden City really is geographically situated perfectly for an event like this. We are central to two of West Virginia’s largest cities and can draw from a population of over 80,000. What is nice about this race is that folks from so many local towns come here to participate and support each other. We have first time participants winning medals every year and that encourages them to continue with their running and walking. We also had some military personnel who were scheduled to run the race in full gear but they were activated less than 48 hours before the start of the race. Our race is small enough so no one feels intimidated and yet big enough and growing to attract seasoned participants who are looking for a quality race. It really is a race for everyone, competitive and recreational athletes as well as first-timers and veteran participants of all ages. From all reports, the race went off without a hitch. Complete official results, finish line photos and video can be found at aptiming.com.
Sponsors play a major role in the success of the Foundation 5K and the race committee graciously acknowledges their support. Sponsors for this year’s race included: Wesbanco, Paul Wissmach Glass Company, Go Mart, Myers Autos and PowerSports, Jarvis Williams Funeral Home, Chen’s Garden, Ruby J. McWilliams, Healthy Alliance, RAM Financial Services, Terry and Michelle Estep, John and Barbara Hopkins, Litman Enterprises and D&D Trophies and Tees.
Of course, with any event of this type, the volunteers make it all happen. McWilliams noted that each year the group of volunteers really comes through and makes the race “run” smoothly and seamlessly. Most of the volunteers pull double duty as they assist in set-up, man the registration tables, perform traffic control at the various intersections along the race route, work the water stop and ensure the runners and walkers are greeted at the finish line with refreshments and whatever else is needed. The race committee also wants to give special thanks to the City of Paden City, the Paden City Police Department and the Wetzel County Ambulance Authority. The PC police provided two cruisers, one to lead the racers and one to ensure safety at the train crossing.
“Chief Bob Kendle and Patrolman Raphe Bailes did an excellent job and we really appreciate their time and effort in making this a safe race.”
The Ambulance authority provided a squad to follow the racers through the course in case anyone needed medical assistance.
“It’s great to be able to count on the Ambulance service to be there, just in case someone needs help. It helps reassure the racers.”
McWilliams added, “We are so happy with those that came to participate. Many registered early, which helps with planning, and they showed up and had a great race. There were so many smiles and also so many faces of grit and determination because everyone wanted to enjoy the event and also do their very best. Some people push themselves beyond what they thought they could do and are so happy with the result while others simply enjoy the camaraderie and the spirit of the race. That attitude epitomizes what we set out to achieve each year with race. We strive to provide a high quality event that offers a challenge but also gives everyone an opportunity to enjoy a healthy recreation. Our official race timer is also great to work with and provides the most professional timing service we could ask for.”
The race committee thanks all those who came to participate, their supporters and others who turned out to watch the racers through town along the course. “We certainly invite everyone back next year for the race and hope they encourage and bring others with them!”
This event, held the first Saturday in June each year, supports the Paden City Museum. The Museum is a project of the Paden City Foundation, Inc.
“You can bet, if the Foundation name is on the event, we will do our best to make sure it is high quality.” Each participant received the official Foundation 5K race shirt, a copy of the poem, “Live Your Dash” and a custom drawstring backpack with the race logo on the front. For information about the race or become a sponsor of the event of other activities of the Paden City Foundation, contact McWilliams at 304-482-9684.