Corley Takes Top Honors at PC 5K
The Paden City Foundation held its eighth annual 5K Run/Walk on June 2. The event, which is always held on the first Saturday in June, drew runners and walkers from various age groups and several communities throughout the valley.
The race/run began at the corner of Main Street and third avenue and covered a 100 percent flat course throughout the streets and Park of Paden City, finishing up back at the starting point on Main Street.
Timing services were provided by Appalachian Timing Group, LLC – a professional timing company. Each race participant received a dri-fit style shirt, and awards were given in both run and walk divisions.
The first place overall and top male finisher was Sistersville’s Spencer Corley, who just finished his freshman season at Tyler Consolidated. Corley covered the course in 16:52.4 to gain the honor.
Second overall was Johnathan Haddox of St. Marys, with a time of 19:27.4.
Third place went to Josh Frum of Sistersville, with a time of 20:38.8.
The top female finishers were Ciara Space of Marietta, Ohio, with a time of 21:46.9; second place went to Kayla Hizer of Paden City, with a time of 22:05.0; third place female finisher was Sarah Cline of Ronceverte, W.Va., with a time of 24:23.1.
A total of 38 runners participated in the 5K race.
The top walker in the race was Jason Mader, 47, of Williamstown, W.Va., with a time of 28:36.9. Second place went to Paden City’s Alex Thoburn, 56, with a time of 32:22. Third place finisher was Randy Nutter, 64, of St. Marys, with a 35:51.1.
Top three female finishers in the 5K walk were Eleanor Young, 75, of Paden City, with a time of 46:30.1; second place in the female division went to Vicky Cain, 60, of New Martinsville, with a time of 48:43.6; third place for the female division was Barbara Fitzsimmons, 84, of New Martinsville.
The Paden City Foundation race starts its race each year with a blessing for the runners and walkers plus a flag raising and National Anthem ceremony. Race directors make it as safe a race as possible by stationing volunteers at most intersections and urging participants to use caution as the course does cross the CSX train tracks.
Nearly all of the registration fees go directly to the charities benefitting from this race. There is a wonderful group of volunteers who show up every year to help make the race run smoothly and make it enjoyable for the town and all the great visitors who come to Paden City.