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Sunday, December 6, 1998, Krepps Park, Morgantown
Back Bay Snowflake Sprint 5K

[Coverage/Recap w/Pics] Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2]
[5K Run Results] [5K Walk Results]

This is the final race of the MAGP Series. The Back Bay Snowflake 5K Sprint was selected as Runner's World On-Air Race of the Month for December 1997 and is a fitting finale to the series as well as a great way to get into shape for the holiday season. This event has been supported since its inception in 1991 by the Back Bay Seafood Restaurant and Morgantown Sports Center as a means to raise funds for, and public awareness of, the Mountaineer Spina Bifida Camp.

When: Sunday, December 6, 1998. 5K race begins at 2:00 PM followed by 5K walk at 2:05 PM. Race Day registration starts at 12 Noon and ends at 1:45 PM.

Where: The start and finish for both events are located at Krepps Park on Patteson Drive (across from WVU Coliseum) in Morgantown, WV.

Food & Refreshments: Hot and cold food and refreshments will be served to 5K participants courtesy of the Back Bay Seafood Restaurant. Friends and family members are invited to attend the post-race meal for a $3.00 per person donation (proceeds go to the Mountaineer Camp).

Awards: Customized ceramic plaques donated by Mountaineer Corner (Morgantown Sport Center).

5K Race: Top three overall Male & Female finishers. Top three Male & Female finishers in each of the following age groups: 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60 & over.

5K Walk: Top two overall Male & Female finishers. Top two Male & Female finishers in each of the following age groups (course will be monitored for compliance with race walking rules): 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over.

Morgantown Area Grand Prix: This year's Snowflake Sprint 5K Run is the 10th and final race of the 1998 Morgantown Area Grand Prix. Complete results of this year's competition, award winners and information on 1999's Grand Prix will be mailed to all series participants before the end of the year. Results will also be posted on WVOutside.

Finish/Results: Computerized timing and scoring will be provided by SERJ Timing Service. Results will be posted in Krepps Park following the race. Pictures and results will be posted on the world wide web at WVOutside

Random Prizes: All registered 5K entrants will be eligible for random prize drawings to be made following the race. Many valuable prizes (running shoes, gift certificates, etc.) will be awarded. Winners must be present.

T-Shirts: All 5K pre-registrants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt. Availability of T-Shirts for race day registrants is not guaranteed.

Entry Fee: Race fee is $12.00 for registrations postmarked by November 29, 1998. Fee for registrations postmarked after November 29, 1998 and on race day will be $15.00. Fees are not refundable. If event is canceled because of inclement weather, thank you for your donation to the Mountaineer Camp. Please make checks payable to W.Va. Track Club.

Pizza Outlet Flurry Fun Run For Kids: The Flurry Fun Run for kids aged 10 & under will be held adjacent to Krepps Park at 1:45 PM. All finishers will receive an award. Pizza will be served, courtesy of Pizza Outlet, to Fun Run participants immediately following the kids' event. There is a registration fee of $5.00 for which pre-registered participants will receive a child's-sized T-shirt. Parents must register their child and sign the liability waiver on the application blank. For more information on the Fun Run, contact Rock Kimble at (304) 291-3381.

Information: For more information on the Snowflake Sprint Run & Walk, contact John May at (304) 599-0949 or Bob Baker (304) 296-7988. For more information on the Mountaineer Spina Bifida Camp, contact JoEllen Buchannon at (304) 293-3908.

Course: A rolling 3.1 mile loop through the Suncrest area of Morgantown. Water will be available on the course. Split times will be given at the 1 and 2 mile markers. The race is sanctioned by the Road Runners Club of America. No bicycles, strollers, roller skates/blades, pets or non-registered runners will be permitted on the course. Traffic control will be provided by the Morgantown Police Department.

Cash Award for Course Record: The Morgantown Roadrunners will award $100 to the male/female who sets a new course record for the 5K Run. Existing records (both set in 1994): Men - Rick Fuller - 15:11 and Women - Sonja Friend-Ulh - 17:42.

Mountaineer Spina Bifida Camp Spina Bifida, more commonly known as "open spine", is the most frequently occurring birth defect, affecting approximately on of every 1000 live births. although each case is different, many physicians believe that aggressive treatment of Spina Bifida is essential and advocate lifelong care of all persons afflicted with the condition. Active early treatment greatly improves the individual's potential for self-sufficiency. Through public outreach programs, the Mountaineer Spina Bifida camp and the Spina Bifida Association of America are working to raise public awareness about Spina Bifida and the much improved treatment available for those with the condition.

The Mountaineer Spina Bifida Camp actively pursues education and training and focuses on activities that promote independence and those that facilitate the development of daily living. The Camp, located at Cedar Lakes in central West Virginia, was established in 1985 as the second such camp in the U.S. There are now seven camps in existence. Campers range in age from eight to eighteen and come from all areas of the state. The camp is staffed by doctors, nurses, therapists and other highly trained medical personnel, all of whom volunteer their time.

The objectives of the Mountaineer Spina Bifida Camp are to build self-esteem, promote independence and enhance the development of social skills. The camp accomplishes these objectives by providing an experience away from parents and family in which campers associate with peers, and by providing experiences in recreation and socialization which will enhance the campers' quality of life. A significant number of campers return year after year, as camp is a major and rewarding experience in their lives. Camp counselors and leaders also return annually; an indication of the satisfaction with the program.

The Mountaineer Spina Bifida Camp is a non-profit organization whose operating funds come entirely from private donations. It is for this reason that the Snowflake Sprint was initiated. With the generous support of sponsors such as the Back Bay Seafood Restaurant and Mountaineer Corner, it is hoped that proceeds from 1998's Snowflake Sprint will fund a significant portion of the cost of camp operations.

TITLE: Back Bay Snowflake Sprint 5K
WHEN: Sun, 6 Dec
TIME: 12:00 PM - 1:45 PM - registration
1:45 PM - Flurry Fun Run
2:00 PM - 5K Run
2:05 PM - 5K Walk
EVENT TYPE: Running Race
WHERE: Morgantown
CONTACT: John May (304) 599-0949 E-mail