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Posted 5/23/2016

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Cynthia Mitchell, Baltimore District

Aging and Family Services of Mineral County hosted the 5th annual ‘Conquer the Dam’ 5K run-walk at Jennings Randolph Lake in Elk Garden, West Virginia, May 10, 2016.  One hundred fifty-four runners and walkers registered to cross over the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ dam and spillway, setting a new participation record for the annual event.

Event proceeds went to Meals on Wheels of Mineral County, a non-profit organization that provides local older persons and individuals with diminished mobility nutritious meals, safety checks, and friendly visits. 

Jen Sober, 43, completed the 5K with a time of 22:32, earning her the title of fastest overall female.  Colby Mallery, 11, was the fastest overall male with a time of 21:22.

Col. Ed Chamberlayne, commander, Corps, Baltimore District, came in second in his age division, and placed 5th overall out of 141 official finishers.  His son, Edward Chamberlayne III, also participated and placed 3rd in his age division, and 23rd overall.

“Participating in this year’s Conquer the Dam 5K was a great experience for me and my family,” said Chamberlayne. “The race is a fun way for the community to come together for a noble cause.  I hope the Corps and Aging and Family Services continue to partner with one another during this event for many years to come.  I look forward to the opportunity to conquer the dam again next year!”

Jennings Randolph Lake is located between Garrett County, Maryland, and Mineral County, West Virginia, and stretches along 5.5 miles of spectacular countryside on the North Branch of the Potomac River. Project purposes include flood risk management, water quality, low-flow augmentation, water supply and recreation.  For additional information on this Corps project, visit the website at http://www.nab.usace.army.mil/Missions/DamsRecreation/JenningsRandolphLake.aspx.


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