BY GEORGE A. HANCOCK
WINDBER, PASome current road-race trends are troubling.
Those escalating entry fees take a huge bite from our budgets.
Multiple road races in the same neighborhood are dangerous and
tax local governments. Some road races forego timing services
to cut expenses. Runners receive their finishing time as they
cross the line but those times and places are never recorded.
One current trend is a nice addition to our road-race circuit.
The return of popular road races on their original course is
a pleasant trend. Windbers 5-mile Whalley run has returned
to the local race schedule. The 5-mile road race is now part
of the four day Eureka Coal Heritage Foundations Miners
Memorial Day Festival. This Windber Festival is now in its 16th
The Whalley 5-mile run and companion 2.5 mile sprint were held
Saturday morning June 20. Partly cloudy skies greeted the Whalley
race field. The starting-line temperature was 67 degrees. The
morning was warm and humid. A slight breeze did little to ease
the morning mugginess.
Local bank manager Scott Malisko was now directing the Whalley
race. The Windber Community Building again served as the focal
registration point for the race. The 5-mile course retained the
original configuration across Windber. A new 2.5 race was added
to entice novice runners to the starting line.
Tim and Roxanne Mapes from Mapes Timing Service manned the finish
line. A small army of volunteers including fire, police and Windber
Recreation Authority personnel were staged along the race course
insuring the race participants safe passage.
Thirty-two-year-old Windber resident Connor Mulcahy won the 2015
race in 30:45. The first female finisher was Angie Beahr, 20,
from Windber. Beahr crossed the finish line in 43:04.
Thirty-six-year-old Ron Mash won the inaugural 2.5 mile run in
23:36. The first female finisher was 13-year-old Kaitlynn Saucedo
Awards were presented to the top male and female finishers in
both races. The top three age-group winners were awarded medals
for their race day efforts.
Water, fruit, and bagels were available at the finish for the
Whalley participants. And, numerous Festival food and beverage
booths were located just yards away from the finish line.
There were 31 runners that completed the 5-mile run. And, 15
runners finished the first 2.5 event. Scott Malisko and the Whalley
race committee were pleased with the 2015 race. Malisko indicated
after the race that the Whalley run would return in 2016 again
affiliated with the Windber Miners Day Festival.