Entry now open for 2017 Conquer the Dam 5K

February 13, 2017


* 2017 entry form
* 2017 donation packet
* Permanent race website
* 2016 race page
* Conquer the Dam 5K Facebook event page

ELK GARDEN, W.Va. — The Mineral County Aging & Family Services is proud to announce that we will be hosting our sixth annual Conquer the Dam 5K fundraising run/walk at Jennings Randolph Lake on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Mail-in entry is now open. Race-day registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on site while the 5K run/walk begins promptly at 9:30 a.m.

Photo by Addy Mallery Runners launch from the start line at the beginning of the 5th annual Conquer the Dam 5K at Jennings-Randolph Lake on Saturday in Elk Garden, W.Va.

Photo by Addy Mallery
Runners launch from the start line at the beginning of the 5th annual Conquer the Dam 5K at Jennings-Randolph Lake on Saturday in Elk Garden, W.Va.

Proceeds from this event will support the Meals on Wheels program of Mineral County. The highlight of this event is that runners and walkers will travel over the dam and spillway, which are normally closed to public travel. Conquer the Dam is one of the most scenic 5Ks in our area. Louie Kitzmiller, race director stated, “We are anticipating a record turnout, and we hope that the community will take advantage of this opportunity to support the Meals on Wheels program, a cause and a location that is worth the drive.” The 2016 event drew a record crowd 150 competitors from around the tri-state area.

Early registration for the event is $20 if received on or before May 1. The registration fee will rise to $25 after May 1. Entry fee for individuals 18 and younger is $15, and the maximum entry fee for an immediate family is $50. Race day registration is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. until 9:15 a.m. at the Howell Run Picnic Area and the race will begin at 9:30 a.m. The awards ceremony will take place at the conclusion of the race at the Howell Run Picnic area. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top two male and female overall runners. Non-cash awards will be issued to the top three male and female competitors in various age groups. Contact Aging & Family Services at 304-788-5467 or lkitzmiller@wvaging.com for applications and further information. Applications can be found at a senior center or on-line at our web-site wvaging.com.

Conquer_Dam_5K_big_picA concurrent fun walk will be held. Participants will have an opportunity to walk across the Jennings Randolph Dam.

About Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels Program of Mineral County assists people who are homebound by providing a hot, nutritious meal each weekday. Designed to help prevent unnecessary institutionalization, this program helps the frail elderly maintain independence and avoid social isolation.

Staff members, who deliver meals to homebound older persons often spend some time with the elderly, helping to decrease their feelings of isolation. Additionally, these staff members, also check on the welfare of the homebound elderly and are encouraged to report any health or other problems that they may note during their visits.

In addition to providing nutrition and nutrition-related services, the Elderly Nutrition Program provides an important link to other needed supportive in-home and community-based services, such as that of homemaker-home health aide services, or transportation coverage, and even physical activity programs.

2016 results

In 2016, 12-year old, Colby Mallery the Mount Savage, Md., resident had the hot breath of 30-year-old David Redman, of Keyser, W.Va., on his shoulder as the two navigated the second half of the out-and-back course — and arguably the most difficult portion of the uphill section. As the two were some 100 meters from the finish line, Redman gestured to Mallery and directed his eyes to the finish line: There it is, Redman said. The seventh-grader from Calvary Christian Academy knew what to do.

Mallery bolted, moving up five spots from his 2015 finish and shaving off nearly two full minutes to stop the clock this year in 21:22.7 and first among an event-record field of 140 official finishers. Redman was second in 21:23.7 while Kevin Cuozzo, 41, of McHenry, Md., earned third place overall and men’s masters champion in 21:58.3.

McHenry resident Jen Sober, 43, led the women’s field with a time of 22:32, good for fourth-place overall. Krystal Stair, 29, of Cumberland, Md., finished second for the second consecutive year. This time she finished in 25:00.7, nearly a full minute ahead of her 2015 performance (26:00.2). Faith Butts, 18, of Keyser, W.Va., edged Brenna Earnest, 42, also of Keyser, for third place by five seconds (26:24.2 to 26:29.2, respectively).

The event experienced a record-high this year in the number of pre-registered runners (113), registered runners (154) and official finishers (141)

About Jennings Randolph Lake

Jennings Randolph Lake is a reservoir of 952 acres located on the North Branch Potomac River in Garrett County, Maryland and Mineral County, West Virginia. The lake, constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was completed in 1981. Originally named Bloomington Lake, it was later renamed for West Virginia Senator Jennings Randolph. The lake serves as an emergency reservoir for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

We are also in need of corporate and individual sponsors for this event and for volunteers to help the day of the race. If you can help volunteer with the race, please contact our agency.

Contact Information:

Lewis Kitzmiller, Director of Finance and Human Resources

Aging & Family Services

1 South Main Street

Keyser, WV 26726



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