Runners brave heat for Running with the Pigs 5K race
— Runners and walkers braved the morning heat to participate in the Running With the Pigs race Sunday at the Cecil County Fair.
Virginia Ferver, race organizer, was pleased that 360 people had signed up for the event.
“We were hoping for 400 but that’s great,” Ferver said Sunday, noting last year 331 people raced.
This was the fourth year for the race, which benefits Union Hospital’s Breast Health Center. Ferver is a breast cancer survivor.
Along with the actual run or walk, racers were encouraged to dress like a pig. Erin Kelly was among those that accepted that challenge.
Kelly, from Laurel, wore pig ears and a snout, which she made herself.
“Every time you pass people on the road they cheer for the pig,” Kelly said.
She did say, however that the snout adds a level of difficulty she doesn’t experience in other 5K races.
“Every time I exhale I get a blast of hot air in my face,” Kelly said. When it got overwhelming she would park the snout on her forehead for a spell.
“But I made sure I finished with it on my nose,” she said.
Earlier this year the Cecil County Fair Board was able to present a $14,000 check to the hospital as a result of various fundraisers held in connection with the fair last year.