Nick Bias took first in the men’s division, and his wife, Brook, won among the women.
Bias, the men’s cross country and track and field coach at the University of Charleston, had a time of 17:54.
He was followed by Nathaniel Evans, now a runner for Bluefield St., at 18:20. Michael Hayworth III, a member of the Wyoming East cross country team, won a sprint to the finish for third place in 19:17. Justin Grimmette took fourth in 19:18.
Bias said he was warming up for a 15-mile run in Charleston next week and also looking for potential UC recruits.
Conditions were humid.
“Humidity was probably 100 percent,” Bias remarked.
“When it’s humid, it’s harder to breathe, and it affects your time,” he commented. “You just have to deal with it.”
Pineville is the second race in this year’s National Coal Heritage Area Run/Walk Series.
Bias says he will probably be back in October for the Twin Falls run. He also plans to run in a half-marathon at Marshall later this year and a marathon in Houston in January 2015.
Hayworth overtook Grimmette in the last few hundred feet of the course.
“It’s just something you prepare to do every day,” he remarked.
“I want to finish in the top 10 in every run,” he commented on this goals for this year.
Brook Bias, who won the women’s race in 21:20, says the Pineville run is a favorite.
“I always like coming here,” she stated. “I like the course, there’s not a lot of traffic. And the people here are so nice and treat us well.”
Micheale Morgan took second in 24:14, followed by Kayla McClung in 25:31 and Brianna Bailey in 25:49.
Logan Browning won the children’s fun run.
(See related article on this page for all participants and times).
The Wyoming County Convention and Visitors Bureau and National Coal Heritage Area sponsor the race series.
A possible make up date for the Mullens 5K run, which was cancelled in May, is still under discussion.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.