Environmental Factor, December 2006, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
NIEHS Athletes Winners in Annual CFC Biathlon
By Eddy Ball
October 25 was sunny and brisk, the coldest day so far in 2006. However, the low temperatures didn't hamper the enthusiasm of the fifty-plus EPA and NIEHS employees gathered on the EPA patio overlooking the lake prior to the start of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) 2006 5K Biathlon and Fun Walk. The runners, walkers and cyclists queued up to sign in and warm up to the sounds of 70's Rock and Roll blaring from boom box speakers.
Moving to the beat of "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Carry on My Wayward Son," a mixed group of participants stretched their muscles and got into the spirit of the morning. They were a mixed group of fit and shapely young people, middle-aged exercise new comers and folks in their silver years who looked as though they have been exercising in one way or another all their lives.
As different as participants were from one another, they all had one goal in common. They wanted to have a good time outdoors and do some good for people less fortunate than themselves. They were raising money and awareness, in service of the annual CFC.
As they ran, walked and cycled, they were followed and protected by security personnel from EPA and NIEHS. As EPA Security Officer Andrew Almodavar described his routine for the event, "I'll count them just to make sure the same number come off the route as started it. We want folks to have a good time and come back to work safe."
Everything worked as planned. When the finish flags were down, three NIEHS employees were among the seven top winners.
|Biathlon (i)||13||1st - Wayne Dehaven, NIEHS|
|2nd - BJ Collins, EPA-OARM|
|3rd - Jeremy Smyth, NIEHS|
|1st Woman - Leigh Herrington, EPA-OAQPS|
|Biathlon (t)||4||David Mintz/Hugh Crews, EPA-OAQPS|
|5K Run||5||Matt Martin, EPA-NCCT|
|Fun Walk||28||Marion Johnson-Thompson, NIEHS*|
* Randomly Selected Fun Walk Finisher
(Chart courtesy of Ellen Tvrdy, EPA-RTP 2006 CFC Coordinator)