Every year on Labor Day a race between Rick
Hughes and his nemesis Al McLaughlin is held in Charleston. Although
the race now resembles a crawl more than a run, no two runners bring
more excitement and deviousness to the race. Last Friday someone who
resembled one of the runners was spotted on a training run in
Alderson. Both runners claim they are more interested in eating than
in training. Is it possible that one of them is not playing by the
rules and actually training?
When our reporter caught up with the
alleged culprit he asked who he was. He replied, " My name is John
Doe and I am from Charleston, West Virginia".
The reporter asked, "Is it true that you are preparing for the
Charleston distance run?" Mr. Doe replied, " I cannot confirm or
deny that sir." "Other than to say that every day for three months I
have been having delicious high calorie meals 3 times a day." The
reporter had about had enough of this charade and asked, " Sir, are
you not telling me that you are not training in secret to defeat
Rick Hughes?" Mr. Doe , responded " You must have gone plumb loco. I
do not know this Rick Hughes". " Will you swear on a stack of bibles
that you do not know Rick Hughes, champion of the free enterprise
system and personal freedom and a legendary long distance runner, at
least in his own mind? ". Mr. Doe responded, "Since you put it in
those terms, I do know a Richard Hughes who owes me a lot of money."
"If you see him tell him I want my money." " I am not scared of him in a
race and In fact if I ever run against him, I will run his little
That Friday morning as the fog blended into the clouds
over the Appalachian mountains. This reporter could not help think
of this fierce rivalry once again being played out in Charleston.
The two old plumb loco boys from Alderson staggering across the
finish line to cheering crowds.