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Come and Run the PVI Runfest 5K (Support PVI and Va Tech)

Sep 16, 2007 Will Records Fall At The 8th PVI Runfest 5K?
By George Banker
July 15, 2007
Fairfax, VA
For the Washington Running Report

Save the date, Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 8:00 a.m. for the 8th Annual PVI Runfest 5K. The event will start and finish at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, VA, 10675 Fairfax Boulevard (formerly Lee Highway). The two-loop USATF certified has a couple of gentle rolling hills. The race fosters quality and competition and the PVI community has grown each year with the race. The race is sponsored by Clarke-Hook Corporation, Pohanka, emblemax, Metro Run and Walk, Ruby Tuesday, DCACCESS, United Bank, and others.

This year the race is a tribute to Virginia Tech.

Entry fee is $25 through September 8, 2007 and students (12th grade and lower) $10. The entry fee goes to $25 September 9, 2007 and $30 for race day September 16, 2007.

Packet pick-up will be held Friday, 4:00 - 8:00 pm, September 14th at Metro Run & Walk, 7516 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA (703-790-3338).

Late registration will be held on Saturday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm, September 15th at Paul VI Catholic High School, 10675 Fairfax Boulevard (Route 50, formerly Lee Highway), Fairfax, VA (703- 352-0925). Race Day entry fee will be $30.

Pasta Dinner provided by Ruby Tuesday will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2007, 6:00-8:00 pm at Paul VI High School. The cost is $10 and there will be prizes, raffles, and guest speakers.

"I thought the level of competition was great. It's good to see that many elite runners in one race. I didn't have a specific strategy in mind. I really just wanted to go out there and see what I could do. I lost the lead pack early on (800 meters in) and ran the rest of the race by myself. I am happy with the performance and I really felt strong. The course was more challenging than I had expected. The location of the hill makes it really tough especially on the second loop when you have to go up the hill again with less than a half mile to go," stated Dave Berdan of Baltimore, MD, the sixth place finisher in 15:12.

Directions: Take Beltway to I-66 West; Exit Route 123 South; Turn right on Fairfax Blvd., (Route 50, formerly Lee Highway), Left at High School (Oak Street). There is plenty of free parking.

Awards: Top 5 Open (male/female) Top 5 Master (male/female)

Total Prize Money $4,900: Open $2,100, Master $900, Bonus: Open $1500, Master $400

Top 3 age group awards in 5-year increments will receive medals. The top 3 in age groups will be in five year increments. The first 500 registered runners will receive cool T-shirts.

Volunteer are always welcomed, please contact Linda.rauner@ngc.com or linithicums@cox.net. The volunteers help to make PVI Runfest 5K a success!

Mohammed Amyn of West Chester, PA sets the record with 13:54 in 2003 by a mere second over David Kipngetich of Chapel Hill, NC. Amyn won $300 plus $500 for the course record. Kipngetichwon $200.

See website: http://www.pvirunfest.com/

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