More than 300 runners compete in 14th Bun Run
HUNTINGTON — Hot dogs and running don’t often go hand in hand, but in Huntington’s case the annual West Virginia Hot Dog Festival coincides with the Bun Run 10K and 5K street races.
Race organizer Alan Osuch said 304 participants turned out Saturday morning on Veterans Memorial Boulevard behind Pullman Square for the 14th Bun Run on downtown streets. Other Hot Dog Festival events followed the races along Third Avenue in front of Pullman Square.
R.J. Wieford, 20, from Winfield, West Virginia, took first place in the men’s 10K race with a time of 35:37.3. Josh Holley, 30, of Milton was second with a time of 37:02.2 and female lead runner Missy Moore, 50, from Ashland was third in 40:17.2.
Teenager Aiden Kammler, 18, of Wheelersburg, Ohio, won the 5K race with a time of 16:43.2. Daniel Clark, 12, and Nick Bias, 34, finished second and third with times of 17:07 and 17:14 respectively. Marshall University track and field team member Adriana Cook, 21, was the first female and placed seventh overall with a time of 20:47.9. “It’s a great race,” Kammler said. “I like it because of the festival and it’s just a fun race.”
Moore was one of the final runners to register and made a last-minute decision to enter.
“I nearly pulled out at the last minute,” she said. “I woke up this morning and I wasn’t feeling well, but I came down and was one of the last to register.”
Moore, who often uses Ritter Park to train, said the streets of Huntington made for a good course to run and more than made up for the heat.
Runners followed a similar course as in previous years with the starting line beginning at the intersection of 8th Street and Veterans Memorial Boulevard.
A series of left turns took competitors on 1st Street, then east on 5th Avenue and north on Hal Greer Boulevard before turning west on 3rd Avenue back to Veterans Memorial Boulevard and the finish line near 9th Street.
The course required the 10K runners to run the route twice.
“When you’re doing the 10K, you cross the finish line and get to think that you could have stopped if you had only done the 5K,” said Tammy Black of Chesapeake, Ohio, who placed 22nd in the 10K with a time of 52:53.8.
Osuch said the 304 participants “were a great turnout.”