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Saturday, September 23, 2006 -- Uniontown, PA
National City Main Street Classic (iPO Event Id#: 7445)

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Story and photos by JR Petsko

Photo by JR Petsko
Mixing business with pleasure, races that enhance community programs
For the second weekend in a row it was time to head north of the Mason-Dixon Line for this reporter. This time it was off to downtown Uniontown for the National City Main Street Classic. The city of Uniontown, Pennsylvania has under gone some amazing changes. With a variety of new businesses and wonderful places to eat, racers in the National City Main Street Classic could stay and play on race day. Proceeds from the race support City Mission's programs, many which provide homeless services to Fayette County, serving over 500 men, women, and children. The course offered a wonderful change of pace from many other events. Runners and walkers where treated to a route that zig-zagged thought the newly renovated downtown area. The weather was not the best, but that didn't stop over 80 participants from taking part.

Photos by JR Petsko
Running on a windy, September day
As the runners and walkers gathered near the National City Bank for the start it was clear that the overall victory was going be a fight to the end between some very good Western Pennsylvania runners. Such as last weeks winner of the Scottdale 5K, Ed Filcheck, third place finisher in Scottdale Joe Bierhals, and Brian Suter who finished seventh overall in the Scottdale 10K.

Going out hard from the beginning was Filcheck, Bierhals, and Suter. Runners disappeared out of sight, and it wouldn't be long before we'd see them again. The 5k had a prolog style first lap bringing racers back by the start/finish area shortly after they began the race. During the first loop back it was Filcheck ahead of the pack determined to have back-to-back weekend wins. Suter followed, slightly ahead of Bierhals who had hopes of taking the overall victory. The three leaders seemed to inspire the rest of the field, attacking the course with vengeance.

Photos by JR Petsko
Happy WV runners enjoying Pennsylvania
Fifteen minutes later the first runner made his way back to the start/finish area. It was Filcheck leading the charge. Crossing theline in 17:15.45, Filcheck took the overall win and his second in two weekends improving on his title win in 2005 by fifteen seconds. Next to the line was Suter coming in with a good time of 18:32.27. Suter also improved on his seventh place finish last year and his time by almost a full minute. Finishing third overall for the men was Bierhals in 18:38.32.

Next, the women took center stage and what a tight race it was. At the line it was Susan Claar of Uniontown, PA coming thought first to take the women's overall title in a time of 22:47.77. Hot on her heals was Alex Brant of Latrobe, PA finishing four seconds behind the winner. Twenty seconds later with a time of 23:11.86, Mary Hubeaut took home third overall in the women's field.

It was a great race for runners, walkers, and spectator alike. Thanks to all the volunteers who came out to help and the Uniontown Police Department. See you all next year.