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EF-5K runs through tornado stricken town


Parkersburg has really gone through a lot.  Three years after the tornado, it's important to highlight the progress.

On Saturday runners and walkers will have an opportunity to see the progress in a race through the tornado stricken town.

"Yes this was all destroyed. So all of these houses are new. This was all destroyed," said Brad Zinnecker.

Zinnecker is the pastor at First Congregational Church in Parkersburg.  As he drives around the town, he thinks back to where it was just a few short years ago, after an EF5 tornado ripped through the town.

"We weren't affected in terms of the parsonage or the house, but 40 of our families in the church lost everything and another 20 were damaged," said Zinnecker, "We went out and physically helped people. We went to different peoples' houses and stuff and obviously praying and caring for them in the church."

Just three years ago most of the homes in town looked like piles of debris. Now, just a few years later people can really see progress and on Saturday runners and walkers will take to the street to see that progress.

"We were talking and we said something about that it would be good to have a run or race that would go though some of the tornado stricken area and see what has changed since what had happened here before," Brad Zinnecker said.

"I think we can look back and be so excited about what has been happening and what has happened and what God has done in our community," said Wendy Zinnecker.

The money raised from the EF-5K will go toward the Parkersburg Library Expansion and the money from the Ed Thomas 10K will go towards the Ed Thomas Family Foundation.

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