Miller adds Chick-fil-A title to resume

PARKERSBURG -Athens, Ohio, native Dave Miller -who last month captured the title of the Vienna River Road Race – added yet another championship to his impressive running resume on Saturday when he breezed to victory in the Chick-fil-A 10K Road Race.

Miller, a 45-year-old fixture on the local road race scene, completed the course in 37 minutes, 9.43 seconds to outdistance a fellow Athens runner, runnerup Ben McAdoo, a 21-year-old, who finished just more than a minute later in 38:13.27. Nathan Cunningham, a 23-year-old Parkersburg resident, was third in 39:37.39.

Amber Carter, a 32-year-old Vienna resident, was the first female to finish on Dudley Avenue, hitting the tape in 41 minutes 5.80 seconds. Karen Cuda, 33, of Huntington, was second in 42:22.89, while 25-year-old Belpre resident Stephanie Williams claimed third in 43:03.24.

A pair of Buckeyes took the walk titles as 61-year-old Roger Quimby of Beverly, needed just more than an hour to traverse the course, finishing in 1:02:52.16. Quimby led an all-Ohio sweep of the top three spots as 48-year-old Marietta resident David Torbett was second in 1:03:12.69 and Jeff Musser, 55, of Racine, was third in 1:04:47.49.

Donna Graham, a 63-year-old resident of Lowell, Ohio, and one of the area’s most-decorated walkers, was the first female finisher, completing the course in 1:08:41.85. Carol Seely, 58, of Vienna, was second in 1:10.04.77 and Krista Berman, 48, of Williamstown, placed third in 1:11.43.24.

A near perfect morning greeted the 244 runners and 58 walkers who finished the event, quite a turnout for the fifth annual race considering it was competing against the Relay For Life and the West Virginia State High School Track Meet. Youths participated in the Kids Races, with each receiving a medal.

The race was the brainchild of George Angelos, a prominent member of the local running community who decided to combine his love for running with his ownership of the Vienna Chick-fil-A. Saturday’s race was the fifth annual event, verifying its longevity. The race has become an annual fixture on the local running calendar and is quite popular with those who are looking to participate in a race that is longer than one of the many 5K events that dominate the area scene.

Angelos not only kept the cost of the race low, but also provided entrants with a quality racing shirt as well as provided a meal, courtesy of Chick-fil-A.

The race traditionally finishes at Stadium Field but the facility is undergoing renovations and was unavailable on Saturday, causing organizers to alter the traditional course.