Run­ners brave heat for Run­ning with the Pigs 5K race

Cecil Whig - - & - By JANE BELLMYER


— 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.

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