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Fun for All During Health and Fitness Week

By Laura Hall
June 2010

Lars Pedersen
Lars Pedersen came in first out of 39 runners in the "Rogathan" 5K Run. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Participants on walk
They're off! Participants began the 2 Mile Nature Walk. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

VeeVee Shropshire
VeeVee Shropshire was on hand to make sure everyone started together and stayed safe during the 2 Mile Nature Walk and "Rogathon" 5K Run. Many volunteers helped with the activities. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

First Place Female Runner Andrea Moon (left) and Raj Gosavi  (right)
First Place Female Runner Andrea Moon (left) and Raj Gosavi (right) watched as NIEHS Associate Director of Management Marc Hollander awarded medals to the other winners. There were prizes for competitors in different age categories. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Many members of the NIEHS family turned out to exercise and have fun during Health and Fitness Week May 3-7. NIEHS staff seeking exercise partners, serious competition, or just information on how to live a healthier lifestyle enjoyed activities they could smile about.

In addition to the competitions, there were seminars and classes, including the Bicycle Maintenance Clinic May 3 for those who bike to work or are interested in trying (see related story).

The competitions yielded impressive results. Congratulations to all the first place winners, those who placed, and those who joined in to compete.

(Laura Hall is a biologist in the NIEHS Laboratory of Toxicology and Pharmacology currently on detail as a writer for the Environmental Factor.)

Three-on-Three Basketball
The final battle was intense for a year's bragging rights as the Three-on-Three Basketball champions. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

The proud winners of the Three-on-Three Basketball contest  -- Keith Holloway (left), Sha-Mel Riggins (center), and Wes Brinson (right)  with his son, Wes Brinson, Jr.
The proud winners of the Three-on-Three Basketball contest -- Keith Holloway (left), Sha-Mel Riggins (center), and Wes Brinson (right) with his son, Wes Brinson, Jr.  -- posed with their medals. "It was fun," said Holloway. "Hard, but fun." (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Dan Snyder
Dan Snyder (center) showed interested bike riders how to change a tire during the Bike Maintenance Clinic. (Photo courtesy of Laura Hall)

Geese families
Two of the resident Canada geese families came to check out the action on race day. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

First Place Winners

Fitness 15,000 Program -- "Taking Steps to Your Health"

Out of 20 teams of three people, the Freedom Fries with 272,377 steps won first prize:

  • Michelle Campbell
  • Gary Pittman (most valuable player with 104,018 steps)
  • Brian Chorley

Individual with most steps overall
VeeVee Shropshire with 126,909 steps

"Rogathon" 5K Run -- 39 runners

Overall Winner - Lars Pedersen, 18:15

First Place Female Runner - Andrea Moon, 25:45

Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament

  • Wes Brinson
  • Sha-Mel Riggins
  • Keith Holloway

Basketball Shoot-Out ­­

Men's Competition - Mark Rubino
Women's Competition - Stephanie Bullock-Allen

Football Throw Contest

Men's Competition - Derrick Vest, 70 points
Women's Competition - Claudine Cates, 35 points

"How Long Can You Hold Out"

Men's Competition - Lamar Shaw, 65 points
Women's Competition - A'tondra Carree, 50 points

Table Tennis Singles

Jianjun Gao



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