By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian
Temperatures were cool, but it makes for good running weather.
More than 100 people turned out Thursday for the annual Pierpont Veterans 5K Run and Two-Mile Walk, hosted by Pierpont Community & Technical College.
Ron Weist, race director and director of community education for Pierpont Community & Technical College, said the race started as a celebration of Pierpont President Dr. Doreen Larson’s inauguration in 2010, but turned into a yearly event to raise funds for veterans’ education at Pierpont and Fairmont State University
Weist said the response this year has been phenomenal.
“We’ve raised over $10,000 so far through this event,” he said.
Every year, he said, the event grows, though numbers in the race were hampered somewhat by unforeseen traffic issues caused by an accident on I-79 South.
“The interest coming into it was very high,” he said. “I think the challenging course, while it might be a detractor for some, people like wearing the shirt that says ‘Toughest 5K in West Virginia.’
“There’s some bragging rights to running this race.”
They aren’t joking about the difficulty. A little more than three miles, the challenge in this race doesn’t come from the length, but the climb.