Opinion

Late publisher a true inspiration for local 10K race

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — If Cecil Jarvis were alive today, we have little doubt that he’d be putting the finishing touches on some tune-up runs for this Saturday’s Greater Clarksburg 10K.

After all, Cecil was a strong believer in supporting local projects, especially those that promoted healthy activities.

A four-time Iron Man competitor — who had completed 30 marathons before his untimely death in 2007 at the age of 57 — Cecil was an example of someone who found the sport of running later in life.

In fact, it was the first Greater Clarksburg 10K that first got him interested. From there, much as it was in other aspects of his life, Cecil kind of ran with it, turning a desire to improve into a routine that left many of his fellow runners wondering if he was human or machine.

Cecil’s tune-up runs were legendary among longer runners as he was known to go on 10-, 15- or 20-mile runs as part of his extensive training that also included swimming and cycling.

Of course, those who knew Cecil in the business world or legal profession found him to be the same committed person in those pursuits as well…

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