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Saturday, August 21, 2010 -- Uniontown, PA / Storey Square
Main Street Classic 5K (iPO Event Id#: 12568)

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A Tight Race in the Town of Union

Article and photos by Julie Black

Main Street 2010
See more race photos. Photo by Julie Black
Uniontown, Pennsylvania is an American town of revitalization. A mural of local hero, General George Marshall, Storey Square, shops like Woodlands World, Les Lunettes, and Pepperberries are among the few unique upgrades to the city's facade that dates back to July 4, 1776. Popularly known as Beesontown, "The Town of Union" was only coincidentally founded on the same date as the United States Declaration of Independence.

The company Discover Uniontown is helping to restore the historic State Theatre Center for the Arts, shops and restaurants in the area. More than 25 new destinations await you in Fayette County, just southeast of Pittsburgh, PA.

As part of the cities renewal program, the Main Street Classic 5K, sponsored by PNC bank, has helped the area's homeless for 5 years. Donations for a Chinese Auction, worth a total value of $1,000, were an exciting part of the event.

More than 140 runners and walkers raced through the revamped streets and alongside the decorated street-shop windows. Following the motorcycle cop, five runners entered the last mile of the 3.1-mile race together.

Main Street 2010
See more race photos. Photo by Julie Black
Four men and one woman Karly Hamric of Bruceton Mills, West Virginia was the female running alongside the men. Her 5:47 pace kept her shoulder to shoulder with WV runner, Gerod Green and PA runners; Heath Piper, Caleb Crosby, and Brent Lopick.

As they ran up the last hill before hitting the downhill finish, the slope began to separate them.

After a sprint downhill, four runners remained within seconds of one another. Caleb Crosby pulled away, edging 5 seconds on the rest to win with the time of 17:50. Brent Lopick and Heath Piper battled for second right to the SERJ finish line. Only separated by one second, Piper ran ahead to claim second in 17:55.

Karly Hamric finished fourth overall as the first woman with a time of 17:58. The second female to finish was Julie Friend (20:04), and Lindsey Wehseler (20:14) took home third.

Local long-time walker, Jamie Brooks, finished first overall in the walk with a time of 29:50. Carl Kondrach (30:12) of Ohio was second and Ken Landman finished third.

After the race, all enjoyed refreshments provided by Panera Bread. Special thanks to PNC Bank who sponsored the event.