THE STARTING LINE – Runners line up for the start of the 2017 Folk Festival 5K on Saturday, June 17. (Photo by Jeannie Swanson)

The weather was perfect Saturday morning (June 17) as 33 runners lined up to compete in this year’s Folk Festival 5K.

For some, this was their first attempt at a 5K race; for others, it was all about the competition.

Jackson Reed, a 2017 graduate of Nicholas County High School, was eager to compete in Glenville, again - the home of his grandparents Jack and Wanda Reed.

Jackson had won the 2016 WV Class AA-A Cross Country Championship with a 5K time of 16:06; that was 15 seconds faster than his closest competitor and fast enough to top the AAA winner that day.

He wouldn’t need that kind of speed this time around. With a time of 17:46, the University of Alabama recruit finished first overall on the day.

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