Quinet 5K Race a Success
A total of 162 race enthusiasts young and old took advantage of a beautiful Saturday, morning July 27, to make the Jim Quinet Memorial 5-K run/walk a huge success. Jim Quinet was a staple of the community for many years with his friendly smile and kind heart. Still to this day it’s not uncommon to hear customers in the famous restaurant comment on the quality of the food and say, “it’s still the same as Jim and Raymond wanted it.”
Matt and Nancy continue the same tradition of great service, great food and a friendly atmosphere that makes everyone return day in and day out. Matt a long-time runner started the Jim Quinet memorial with one thought in mind. He wanted to continue Jim’s kindness and what better way than creating a charity/scholarship event.
Saturday’s race brought out a nice crowd including a few members of Magnolia High Schools 1961-62 undefeated football team and state champion basketball team. There were kids from 5-85 all joining in to make for another successful event in honor of one of New Martinsville’s greatest.
Jared Ullom was the first over finisher with a sparkling time of 16:21.84 and was followed across the finish line by Michael Grinn, 17:18.08 and Jacob Pancake at 19:25.52. The first three walkers to cross the line were Alex Thoburn, 33:50.29, Traci Nething, 35:54.57, and Roy Thomas, 36:15.77.
One of the event highlights this year was kids dash held following the main run/walk race. Runners and walkers were provided with sports drinks, water, and snacks following the race. Awards were handed out in eight different categories. This year marker the 10th year for the annual event with all proceeds going to the Jim Quinet schoalship fund for area students.