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Sunday, June 6, 2004 -- Elkins, WV
Read Carney Memorial - (D&E Series #2) (iPO Event Id#: 6292) Story and photos by Jason Black

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Read Carney Memorial
Hello from Riverbend Park
The second race in The Century Medallion Series, the Read Carney Memorial took place in lush, Riverbend Park in Elkins, West Virginia. Most of the races that we cover here at iPlayOutside donate their proceeds to a good cause. The Read Carney Memorial Race in Elkins, West Virginia is no different.

Their proceeds are given to the local Cancer Support Group. What set this race apart and gave it a personal feel was that the President of the local Cancer Support Group came to the event to thank the racers. She also gave them specific details about the people who receive the donations. The money raised goes towards everything from helping purchase necessary medication to transportation for the patients.

Read Carney Memorial
Larry Taylor proves he's a 5-Mile contender
Held at Riverbend Park, the course offered some beautiful vistas of the surrounding Appalachian Mountains. It stretched out-and-back for a challenging 5-Mile run and 3-Mile walk. Over 80 participants gathered, a wide variety of ages. The youngest to enter his first race, Christian, 3-months old, was pushed in a stroller by his Mom, Angie Deiss.

The 5-Mile Blaze
Overall winner of the 5-Miler, Larry Taylor blazed the trail with a time of 27:14. Taylor finished the last mile of the run unchallenged. The first female to the finish was Megan Docherty with a 38:21. "I didn't realize it was a 5 mile race until I was in mile 2." Said Docherty, "The whole time I was thinking it was a 5K, but I managed to push through it."

It was a great race, with the real winners of course being the people who benefit from the event. With many sponsors and participants, the race proved to be a success. Race director Sherri Marstiller was all smiles at the end of a beautiful race day. So next year, head out to Elkins for a fun race that helps many.