HUNTINGTON, WV - Pennsylvania high school cross country runner Marc Parnell tamed the Herd Racing Foundation's Off-Road 5K race course Saturday morning with an event record time of 17:51, besting is closest competition by more than a minute.
The 15-year-old student at Mercyhurst Prep School in Erie, PA, who had just ran in another 5K two mornings earlier in Pennsylvania, led Saturday's race from the outset and never looked back on his way to victory. His younger sister, Alexis Parnell, a 5th grade student who also runs competitively, was the event's first female finisher, recording a time of 23:43.
Josh Sifford of Proctorville, Ohio and Keith Dills of Huntington finished second and third in the overall male division with times of 18:56 and 19:24 respectively. Cathy Maddox and Sarah Jarvis placed second and third in the women's overall division with finish times of 23:51 and 24:23 respectively. Complete race results for all 53 people who finished the race are available online at http://www.tristateracer.com/race.php?ID=340. A race photo gallery by Herd Racing photographer Rick Adkins is available for viewing and download at http://ricksfotos.smugmug.com/Sports/Herd-Foundation-5K/20281105_QbwxR9#1604908503_jz2j26m.
The event was the first 5K race conducted by the Herd Racing Foundation. The race took place on the grounds of the YMCA Kennedy Center near Huntington and featured a challenging off-road race course that included open fields, hills, woods and a gravel path running surface. Proceeds from the event will benefit Legacy Powerboat Ministry, a group which provides chapel services for drivers and teams who participate in the APR Superleague tunnel boat racing series.
"The race teams which travel the country each summer in the powerboat series can't go to their home churches on Sunday mornings so Legacy Ministry brings church to them," said Herd Racing Foundation President Jeff Webb. "It is an honor to try to raise funds to help make sure their services continue for years to come."
Saturday's Herd Racing Foundation 5K was primarily sponsored by Woodmen of the World Insurance, Herr Foods, Marshall University's Department of Surgery and Marshall University's Department of Orthopaedics. More than two dozen local businesses donated door prizes to the event. All participants who entered the race received a Herd Racing gift bag that included a race t-shirt as well as two DVDs.