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O&G Festival Big Moses 5k is back

By Staff | Sep 15, 2010

For the first time since the 70’s the Big Moses foot races once again graced the streets of Sistersville. As one of the first events of the 2010 West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival, the 5k run and walk brought citizens out of the woodwork for the Sept. 11 activity.

Fifty-five participants took part in the event with Matt Quinet taking the overall win in the run and Greg Edgell placing second. Sixteen year old Brooke Clegg was the first female finisher to cross the finish line in the race with Denise Phillips, second.

Awards were presented to the top two finishing males and female in each age group in the run including: 19 and under – Dane Gaiser, Ian Webster; Brooke Clegg, Victoria Hood; 20-29 – Matt Quinet, Denise Phillips; 30-39 – Steve Gorrell; Carey McCullough; 40-49 – Rodney McWilliams, David Webster; April Wheeler, Lorraine Nichols; 50-59 – Greg Edgell, Mark Heintzman; Kathy Phillips; 60-69 – Bill Hornbrooke, Tommy Nichols.

In the 5k walk, the overall winners in the male division were James Wheeler, followed by Tom Johnson. The top female finisher was Linda Eagle with Melinda Walton finishing second. Awards were also presented to the top two male and female finishers in each age group in the walk including: 19 and under – Ryan Thoburn, Elijah Wood; Anna McCullaugh and Tori Hizer; 20-39 – James Wheeler, Tom Johnson; Melinda Walton, Aimee West; 40-49 – Alex Thoburn; Linda Yoho, Karen Gaiser; 50-59 – Tracy Fletcher; 60-69 – Randy Myers; Linda Eagle; and 70 plus – H. Rogers.

Chairman Anita Carr said she would like to thank the community for supporting the return of the race. “We were surprised to see so many people attending, watching and participating,” she said. “It was wonderful to have the race back after such a long absence from the West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival scene.”

“We had a few glitches here and there, but we’ll be better next year!”

“We would like to offer our special appreciation to Chris DiBell for all he did to help us get ready for the race and for being there on race day to help things run smoothly. Appreciation also goes out to the Methodist Church Youth Group, Toni Conger, Hana Conger, Tyler Blizzard, Charles Winslow and family, and all the volunteers who spent their time with us on Saturday.”