Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Fellow Boilermakers, Stand Strong!


In light of today's occurrences on our beloved campus, my heart goes out to those affected. May God hold you in his peace.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

Events for Saturday, January 18th


Join Indiana Running Company for some fun and a winter trail run on January 18th in Brown County
State Park during the "Brown County Winter Wellness Weekend".

The "Frosty Trails 5 Mile" is a challenging 5.2 mile trail run (or walk if you like) on the scenic trails of
Brown County State Park. After the run join us in the shelter house for a warm fire, warm food, warm
drinks, and best of all warm friends sharing tails of the trails.

In addition to the trail run all race entries include a long sleeve event shirt, the post race main course of
Chili or some soup is being provided by Nashville's own "Big Woods Brewing Company", we'll have
some bread, a cup of hot spiced cider or some hot chocolate and a Big Cookie from the "Scholars Inn
Bakehouse".

Race Location - Brown County State Park, Nashville, Indiana
Race Headquarters is at the LOWER SHELTER.
Pay the park entry fee then bring your receipt to packet pickup for a full refund.
The LOWER SHELTER shares the parking lot with the saddle barn so just look for that on the Park
Map!

Schedule of events - Race Day, January 18th
Late registration 8am - 10am
Packet pickup 8am - 10am
Race start at 10:30am
Lunch and awards at Noon

Location: Hagar Hill
Start/Finish at ‘Hagar Hill’ @ Prairie Creek Reservoir
Start time- 11:00am
Distance
5K aka. 3.1 miles (or 15k – 9.3 mile) Go out and uh, see if you can make it back!

Minimum age:
9 years old for the 5k. 13 years old for the 15k...Determined by your age as of December 31, 2014.

Entry Fees
NO Shirt Reduced Price After 1.19.14
5k Trail Run
Now till Jan9- $24 – Best value!>>>>>>>> NO SHIRT Reduced Price! Jan 10 till Jan. 14-$27
>>>>>Jan 15 to Race Day with the No shirt reduced price – $34
15k Trail Run
Now till Jan 9- $49 – Best value!>>>>>>>> No SHIRT Reduced Price Jan. 10 till Jan. 14-$54
>>>>>>>>Jan 15 to Race Day with NO shirt reduced price – $59

-Online registration will close Friday, January 17, at 1pm ET.
-Registration is available at packet pickup and on race day!
-Price includes long sleeve t-shirt-if registered by 1.9.14! and or the Winter Beanie!*, meal (Hearty
Viking soup and more) and a finisher medal!

Race Day Timeline
9 – 10:00 am: Race day registration and bib pick-up
10:45am: Pre-Race Announcements
11:00 am: Race start
12:30 pm: Lunch!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Blades give brothers ability to run

Check out this inspiring story of two boys learning to run for the first time. 
From my experienced perspective, I see mental or emotional burnout in long time runners. And, conversely, I see fear in runners that are just starting out. Both states can lead to less running, less exercise in general, and a perpetuation of an unfit lifestyle. 
Runners: Sometimes, if not most of the time, forget all your specific running goals (the split times, the specific workouts, the quantities of time or distance you feel you HAVE to get). Reach for nothing more than the joy you feel when running, like these boys do. You'll be better for it.  
All credit for the story goes to WLFI and it's sister TV station. Story and video link is HERE
LIGONIER, Ind. (WANE) - LIGONIER, Ind. - Two young boys from Ligonier who could barely walk less than a year ago now have their eyes set on the Olympics.
Zac and Zeb Pfenning are both eight-year-old amputees. Before last April, running was a difficult task.
"I knew he wanted to run, and he loves soccer, he's amazing at soccer, but he couldn't," said their mother, Lisa Pfenning. "He couldn't keep up."
In 2005, Lisa and her husband decided to adopt after not being able to have their own. They first got Zoe, 9, from China. A few years later, they thought Zoe needed a sibling. They told the adoption agency they'd be willing to adopt handicap children, but Lisa said she didn't think she'd be able to handle an amputee.
They let then two-year-old Zoe choose her baby brother. She chose Zeb, who had a missing foot.
The very next year, the Pfennings got word of a child who was about to be removed from the adoption list in China, and they decided to act. They went through the process of adopting Zac who had a rare form of spina bifida and both legs joined at one foot.
The boys swam and played soccer, but it was a painful process.
"Blowing out knees, trying to get his prosthetic leg to do what he wanted to do," Lisa said.
Lisa found Amputee Blade Runners (ABR), an organization that makes lighter and more flexible prosthetics. She applied for a grant for Zac who couldn't run at all. She didn't think they'd make one small enough for Zeb who only had a missing foot. However, to her surprise, they gave her two.
"It was so exciting to see my baby run....I was so excited that they want to be in the Olympics," Lisa said.
Now, the two are just as active as other kids their age. ABR allows their patients to re-apply for a new blade every two years.
They are home-schooled which makes it easier for the boys to make their weekly trips to Fort Wayne for therapy, and with their new legs, the two were even able to run their first 5k at the Color Me Rad run in August.
"It was actually fun running, and other people giving me high fives," Zac said.

The Pfenning's are in the process of adopting a girl from China, Zephira, 4,  who has some of the same disabilities that Zac has. They're hoping to bring her home in February.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Purdue Area Track Club: K-6 Indoor Track Meet set for February 9th

The Purdue Area Track Club (PATC)

Elementary Track & Field Meet
(Pre-K through 6th Grade)

Sunday, February 9th, 2014 
(please check in 30 minutes before your 1st event)

@ Lambert Fieldhouse, Purdue University

Limitations: No more than 3 “running” events for each athlete.

Pre-Registration only: All entries and fees due by Thursday, February 6th!
Entry Fee: $5 per event (cash or checks payable to “PATC”)
Awards: Ribbons for all participants

There will be no guarantee of same day registration!

The Purdue Area Track Club (staffed by the West Lafayette JH and HS coaches) summer information flyers will be available at the check in table on Sunday afternoon.


Club membership is not required for this meet, only event entry fees ($5 each event).

Click HERE for the registration form. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Just 1 in 4 young teens meet US fitness guidelines

Associated Press By LINDSEY TANNER

CHICAGO (AP) — Young teens aren't exactly embracing the government's Let's Move mantra, the latest fitness data suggest.

Only 1 in 4 U.S. kids aged 12 to 15 meet the recommendations — an hour or more of moderate to vigorous activity every day.

The results are based on about 800 kids who self-reported their activity levels and had physical exams as part of the 2012 National Youth Fitness Survey.

Government researchers won't call the results disappointing, but lead author Tala Fakhouri of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, "There's always room for improvement."

The CDC released partial results Wednesday from the fitness survey, which involved kids aged 3 to 15. Other results from the same survey are pending and include fitness data based on more objective measures including treadmill tests.

Fakhouri said the nationally representative results provide useful information for initiatives that aim to increase kids' fitness, including the Let's Move anti-obesity campaign launched by first lady Michelle Obama in 2010.

Kids in the survey reported on which physical activities they did most frequently outside of school gym class — basketball for boys and running for girls.

While few met guidelines established in 2008 for activity that raises the heart rate and makes you breathe harder, most said they did at least an hour of exercise at that level during the previous week. Overall, about 25 percent said they got an hour of that kind of exercise every day

Obese kids were less active than normal-weight girls and boys. Overweight girls were slightly less active than normal-weight girls, but levels were similar among overweight and normal-weight boys.

"It's definitely very concerning to see that our kids are engaging in such a limited amount of physical activity each day when we are still battling" an obesity epidemic, said Dr. Stephen Pont, an Austin, Texas, pediatrician and chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics' section on obesity.

Data suggest obesity may have decreased slightly among some kids but the overall rate for children aged 2 to 19 is 17 percent, or about 12.5 million obese kids.

Pont said schools can do more to help by not cutting recess and giving kids more time for physical activity. He said research suggests kids who get physical education at school may do better academically.

Recent national data on kids' fitness levels is limited. A 2009-10 CDC survey involving kids ages 6 to 11 found about 70 percent met the physical activity guidelines, although levels dropped off among older kids in that age group. The results came from parents, who may be inclined to over-report how active their kids are because of "social desirability," the researchers said.

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Online:

CDC: http://www.cdc.gov

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AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/LindseyTanner