2017 “Conquer the Dam” 5K

Aging & Family Services

2017 “Conquer the Dam” 5K

Saturday, May 13, 2017

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. 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 by May 1, 2017. 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 AM until 9:15 AM at the Howell Run Picnic Area and the race will begin at 9:30 AM. 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.

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

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.

We look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s 5K!

Download your application here:

5k application full page 2017


The permanent race page can be found here: Race page