Kids gathered at the Windsor Fair this past Wednesday for one of Maine children’s favorite forms of exercise; the pig scramble . Wednesday night’s gathering of 9-year olds in Windsor, Maine marked the second pig scramble of the 2016 season.
Parents dropped their child’s name into a box, as long as they were nine years of age, before the start of the event. Wednesday night was only for 9-year old children. The evening before was for 8-yr old kids, and Thursday, September 1st, was for 10-yr olds.
Out of all the names entered, only 12 contestants were chosen. The 12 piglet chasers were competing against each other to capture only 10 pigs. The two who did not capture a pig were given t-shirts for their participation. If a winner did not want to keep the piglet they captured, they could sell it back to the fair and receive $35.00.
The event took place near the farm animal exhibit, where you could pet or view animals, like alpacas.
The event ended in just ten minutes, but by the end, all of the pigs were caught and the children were dirty and exhausted.
The Maine Fallen Heroes Foundation took over the mission from Run for the Fallen, which was started nine years ago. The mission continues to help the families of the fallen with financial and emotional support. The MFHF’s website offers ways to contact people for support.
“Run for the Fallen went into retirement,” says Dean Barron, the President and Founder of the Maine Fallen Heroes Foundation, “and I decided to carry on the torch so to speak. The MFHF was formed in late 2015.”
Dean has a personal connection to the foundation that he took over. His son, CPL Joshua Barron, is his fallen hero.
Joshua and 94 other heroes had their pictures lining the 3.1-mile course on Saturday for people to see as they ran past. If the families of the fallen were present, then they had the choice to stand next to their hero if they didn’t want to participate in the race. Many people showed their appreciation by stopping and shaking hands with the family members who were present and giving their thanks for the fallen heroes’ service.
The event started at 9:00 a.m. with an opening ceremony and words from Adria Horn, Director of Maine’s Bureau of Veterans’ Services. “We are here because a very select few people donated their family to us, and those people became members of an exclusive club, a club that they didn’t want to join, a club that they joined without their permission, and often times without their knowledge.”
“It’s also a great way to promote physical fitness,” says the 12-year enlisted service member currently deployed on the USS Wasp.
The activities scheduled for the day included the 10K race that started at 10 a.m. and the 5K race that started at 10:15 a.m. After those events, there was a lunch put on by the volunteers of the MFHF and activities for children, including a 70’ inflatable obstacle course.
“It’s a special day for many of us,” said Dean, “who have lost a son or a daughter, a father or a mother, aunt, uncle, what have you.”
Hundreds of people showed up to run, support the families, and pay their respects to the fallen. Dozens of active duty service members were present, including the National Guard, who volunteered to help with parking, directions, and inflating the 70’ obstacle course.
The new Maine Fallen Heroes’ non-profit foundation is working hard to push forward with events for 2016. Dean Barron says that this event was the first of many to come, and will be an annual race event.
As far as the proceeds, Barron says, “all funds raised go directly to helping the families of our fallen. We also hand out (3) $1000 scholarships to the families of our fallen for college.”
With the start of the 31st Olympics , many people become motivated to start doing some intense exercising. No one, by any means, should immediately take up canoe slalom, archery, or taekwondo without the proper training. But, easing into an exercise routine of running or biking could be good for some viewers of the Games.
A report by the CDC says that 80 percent of American adults do not get the recommended amount of exercise. So, why has it become so difficult to achieve the minimum amount of exercise suggested by the government? The reason people are not getting enough exercise is attributed to a number of factors. American jobs do not require as much physical activity as they did 50 years ago, people prefer to drive than to walk, food portions are larger, and of course, people are very stressed.
There are a few ways you can start getting yourself in gear, besides with a bike. The CDC says to start a food diary, or an exercise diary. Evidence shows that when people write things down, it makes it more real to them, and therefore more likely to be achieved. Start working your way towards daily exercise. Go for a walk, opt for the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Find friends to start an exercise group. Running is one of the cheapest ways to get exercise, so try not to let cost stand in your way of a healthy lifestyle.
The important thing is to work on decreasing the alarming statistics of what the obesity rates are projected to be in 2030. The image above illustrates the increase we will see in the next twenty years.