Cheat Fest 5K 2012


On May 5, 2012, Friends of the Cheat (FOC) hosted the 8th annual Cheat Fest 5K at the Preston County Country Club on the shores of the Cheat River.  This year 117 runners registered for the 3.1 mile rolling course around the Country Club, a record attendance for the fundraiser.  The event raised over $2,000 for FOC to continue our work mitigating the impacts of acid mine drainage (AMD), conducting environmental education, and working to facilitate appreciation and concern for the health of the vast and unique Cheat River Watershed.  Winners were presented with unique ceramic awards, stained with a unique iron oxide glaze, extracted from Acid Mine Drainage.  Congratulation to this year’s winners, thanks to all of our runners, and a huge thank you to our sponsors and volunteers who made this and each year’s 5K a success!

Laurie Abildso, first female approaches the finish of the 2012 Cheat Fest 5K.

This year’s overall winners were:

     Male:                                                  Female:

1: Jobey Knapton 17:05.3                     1. Lauire Abildso 22:39.6

2: Mike Murray 17:23.1                          2. Kristin McCasky 23.08.5

3: John Snodgrass 19:01.3                     3. Lydia Valenta 23:10.0

And a huge thank you to our sponosors!


Preston County Country Club, Culligan, Road I.D.,, Runners World Magazine, Mountaineer Area Rescue Group, Kingwood Pharmacy, Book Exchange, WesBanco, Alpine Lake Resort, Mettiki Coal, Casteel & Allender Law Firm, Black Bear Burritos, Old Colony Realtors, Downstream Strategies, Preston Memorial Hospital, and Wamsley Cycles

Full race results can be found here, and photos were taken by

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Results By Miles of Smiles Timing Services

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