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LEXINGTON-CONCORD CHAPTER CHAPTER - Sep 18, 2021

Emerging Leaders Go the Distance for STEM

The chapter's Emerging Leaders led by co-directors William Keller, Evan Gaj and Mariah Marquis sponsored its annual 5K Run for STEM in September at the Minute Man National Historical Park in Lexington, Massachusetts. The majority of almost 150 runners participated this year in person while a small group joined virtually. The race benefited the chapter's Educational Fund to the tune of $11,000, which will go to support STEM scholarships. Top finishers received trophies and raffle prizes were gifted to several during the post-race celebration. Overall winner (and co-race director) Evan Gaj led the men with a time of 18:39; Kaavya Chaparala led the women with a time of 23:06. Age group (30-49) winners included Andrew Beckman and Rhonda Needham. Mike Dimauro and Gena Trant won the 50 plus category. The Air Force Detachment 340 Team took the top prize in the team category.

Event Photographs:

Runners join in a group photo at the Young AFCEAN Emerging Leaders annual 5K Race for STEM held in September.
Runners join in a group photo at the Young AFCEAN Emerging Leaders annual 5K Race for STEM held in September.
The 5K Run for STEM overall winner, Evan Gaj, who also helped organize the race, receives first place trophy from co-director Will Keller (r) during the post-race festivities in September.
The 5K Run for STEM overall winner, Evan Gaj, who also helped organize the race, receives first place trophy from co-director Will Keller (r) during the post-race festivities in September.
Mark Maybury, former chief scientist of the Air Force (AF), now with Stanley Black & Decker (far r), enjoys a chat with a group of Worcester Polytechnic Institute AF ROTC cadets prior to the start of this year's in-person 5K Run for STEM.
Mark Maybury, former chief scientist of the Air Force (AF), now with Stanley Black & Decker (far r), enjoys a chat with a group of Worcester Polytechnic Institute AF ROTC cadets prior to the start of this year's in-person 5K Run for STEM.

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