Runners, walkers weather the storm for 5K

BRAVING THE ELEMENTS — Even with pouring rain for much of Friday afternoon, more than 60 runners and walkers turned out for the 22nd-annual Marland Heights 5K, making their way around a course which started and ended at Marland Heights Park.

WEIRTON — Despite heavy rains falling, thunder and lightning, more than 60 runners and walkers still showed up Friday to take part in the 22nd-annual Marland Heights 5K Classic Run and Fitness Walk.

The yearly race, which starts and ends at Marland Heights Park, is organized by the Weirton Board of Parks and Recreation, with support from the community.

More than 60 runners and walkers, along with several local youth, turned out to participate in Friday’s activities, which included a youth fun run, a 2-mile fitness walk and the namesake 5K race.

“All things considered, I’m pleased with the turnout,” Programs Director Chris Krishak said.

Steel & Wolfe Funeral Home, Hancock County Savings Bank, Thrasher Engineering and Weirton Medical Center were the major sponsors for this year’s Marland Heights 5K.

Additional support was provided by WesBanco; Starvaggi Industries; Galloway Law Offices; Studio L; Tri-State Pharmacy; Weirton Lumber; DeeJay’s; Mario’s; State Farm Insurance-Jack Fowler; FOP Lodge 84, Riesbeck’s; City of Weirton Police, Fire, EMS; Graphics in Print; Shop N Save; Charnie Insurance; Fox’s Pizza; Sheetz; Convenient Food Mart and In Remembrance of Sarah Smalley.

Officials noted the community run has been held each year for more than two decades, making it one of the long-standing traditional events of the Ohio Valley. It is the Park Board’s longest-running program, and its biggest fundraising activity.

“It really is a great event,” Parks Executive Director Coty Shingle said.

Krishak expressed appreciation to the Weir High swim team and St. Paul School for assisting with Friday’s race.

Second Sole of Youngstown provided race timing.

Following the run, participants were treated to a cookout and awards ceremony at the park.

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