MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - This is the first year the annual Apple Trample 5k run has a new name. It is now called the Bob Baronner Apple Trample in honor of an important pillar of the community. “He was a pillar…he was always my pillar and the boy’s pillar but I’ve really learned what he’s done in the community and I’m just so proud of him,” said Ann Baronner, his wife.
Baronner was a CEO at the bank of Charles Town and board member for the WVU medical center. Many remember him as a kind man before he lost his battle to cancer earlier this year. “It’s more how he touched individual people’s lives that I learned after he was gone, people came and told me what he did for them,” shared Baronner.
Coincidentally, on the first year of the race’s dedication to Baronner, one of his sons and daughter-in-law ran right into first place. “Today was a special day obviously because of the name behind my dad,” said Jack Baronner. “He knew running was a big part of my life and I’m just really happy that they decided to dedicate this race to him because it means a lot.”
After the awards ceremony, people ran down from the high school to join the hundreds lining up for the Apple Harvest parade. People from all over lined the streets of downtown Martinsburg waiting to see a glimpse of their favorite band or float. Residents say the parade celebrates the history of delicious apples and apple treats grown in the area. Many say they’re looking forward to next year.