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Vol. LXIII, No. 11
May 27, 2011
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Weather Cooperates with High-Spirited Hike Day

Gowned youngsters learn from Tor Moore (l) of the Clinical Center. Others enjoy an exercise in robotic surgery. At right, a participant gets cozy with a hissing cockroach. Others enjoy an exercise in robotic surgery Participant gets cozy with a hissing cockroach.
Take a Hike Day was a spirited affair, as shown in photo at left. At center, ORS director Dr. Alfred Johnson offers pre-race remarks. At right, the walk begins, including a participant who used a cane.

“Take a hike!” is an admonition that can either mean get lost or get in shape. But it was the latter interpretation that inspired nearly 2,000 registered participants to walk or run the nearly 3-mile NIH perimeter at the fourth annual Take a Hike Day on May 11.

Maggie Bartlett (l) of NHGRI and Diane Baker
Maggie Bartlett (l) of NHGRI and Diane Baker, wife of NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, show off their ribbons for participating in the hike.

Whistle blasts from Office of Research Services director Dr. Alfred Johnson sent the high-spirited participants off on their ramble on a spectacular spring day. A small percentage of attendees elected to do the fun run around the course, while most walked. At least one participant used a motorized wheelchair, while another walker felt her way along using a cane.

Many walkers also toted NIH-logo plastic bottles, which could be refilled at any of four water stations along the route. These oases were manned by volunteers from the National Library of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and OD’s Division of Extramural Activities and Support.

walk participants bearing event-logo water bottles begin their perambulation of the perimeter
Walk participants bearing NIH-logo water bottles begin their perambulation of the perimeter.

Before the physical exertion got under way, Johnson presented a number of awards and gave brief remarks on the portico of Bldg. 1.

Trophies went to winners of:

  • 2010 HealthierFeds—The President’s Challenge (most points earned during the Challenge): National Center for Research Resources.

  • 2010 HealthierFeds—NIH Rising to the Challenge (most registered employees during the Challenge) Large IC: National Cancer Institute. Small IC: National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

  • 2011 NIH Take a Hike Day—(most registered employees) Large ICs: 1st place, Center for Information Technology; 2nd place, Office of the Director; 3rd place, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Small ICs: 1st place, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities; 2nd place, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine; 3rd place, Fogarty International Center.
employees from the Division of Extramural Activities and Support man a water station along the walk route participants stretch as part of pre-race warm-ups NCRR director Dr. Barbara Alving holds trophy NCRR won for placing first in the President’s Challenge.

Above, employees from the Division of Extramural Activities and Support man a water station along the walk route. At center, participants stretch as part of pre-race warm-ups. At right, NCRR director Dr. Barbara Alving holds trophy NCRR won for placing first in the President’s Challenge.

Photos: Ernie Branson

Assisting at the starting line in front of Bldg. 2 were Diane Baker, wife of NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, and Randy Schools, R&W president.

The event also depended on support from the Division of Police, Division of Fire and Rescue Services, Office of Research Facilities Development and Operations, and Clinical Center Hospitality Services Program.NIHRecord Icon


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