Lowe, Sober lead Prescribe Change 4-mile field

September 6, 2016


Event raises awareness of drug overdoses in Allegany County

* Complete runner results (PDF)
* 4-mile run age division winners (coming soon)
* Prescribe Change Facebook page – join the conversation!
* Prescribe Change Allegany – website
* Your4State.com coverage

SOUTH CUMBERLAND, Sept. 5 — Adam Lowe just happened to be visiting Allegany County with his wife’s family in Little Orleans. Adam Lowe just happens to be a runner.

The 34-year-old physical education teacher from Mechanicsville, Md., just happened to find out about the inaugural Prescribe Change 4-mile race being staged by Dr. George Brown on Monday at the Mason Sports Complex in South Cumberland. Lowe just happened to decide to enter. He won, and in a big way. Lowe left behind the small group of runners — which included a few overmatched and overwhelmed local high school cross country runners — that chose to start at his pace within the first half-mile. Lowe led the first loop around the baseball field and then to the C&O Canal Towpath towards the Evitts Creek Aqueduct, which served as the turnaround point.

13924826_600488600132106_4731993845933558734_nLowe led the 65-runner field to the finish line in 23 minutes and 29 seconds, a blistering pace of 5:52 per mile. Jared Klem was second in 24:45 while Tyler Kirkwood, 21, of Frostburg, was third in 26:33. Kevin Spradlin, 37, of Frostburg, placed fourth in 26:44 while Allegany High School harrier Kole Morgan rounded out the top five in 27:06. Morgan’s coach, Chris Biser, finished in seventh place in 27:52.

Despite nursing an Achilles injury, 43-year-old Jen Sober, of McHenry, placed 10th overall in 29:07 — a 7:17 pace — to earn the women’s victory. Catherine Czapski finished second, and 12th overall, in 30:08 while Natalie Gray was third (13th overall) in 30:21.

Race director Dr. George Brown noted that 45 walkers also participated. He and others, including Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson and Cumberland Police Chief Greg Leake, and others, spoke of the impact the opioid and heroin epidemic — a nationwide issue — is having in Allegany County. Robertson acknowledged the epidemic is a problem “we can’t arrest our way out of.”

Event officials gave credit for the idea of staging the 4-mile race,a partnership between the Allegany County Health Department, the Allegany County public school system and local businesses, to Brown. Brown, however, credited Rick Hamilton and Dr. Ben Brauer for coming up with the idea.

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