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October 17, 2011

What happened over the weekend: Dog park conversations; scuba for recovery; Baltimore Marathon (and others)

Here's what happened over the weekend in the worlds of running, health and fitness.

More four-leg room

At least one letter writer wants more space for her dogs at Robert E. Lee Park, which just reopened with dog facilities. Part of the letter:

I, however, am part of a small but growing community of people who would like to be able to walk our dogs off leash in the back of the park. Our reasons are varied, but in general, we find that allowing our dogs to walk off leash in a play area while we sit and watch is not particularly pleasurable.

In other words, fences are boring. Read the full letter here.

Miles and miles and miles

There were tons of marathons this weekend, including Detroit, Des Moines, Grand Rapids, Columbus, Hartford, Kansas City and, yes, the Baltimore Running Festival.

Readers' pictures from the Baltimore Marathon are still coming in -- you can submit and view them here. Full coverage from the event is here.

Scuba as a recovery tool

Johns Hopkins researchers are looking at scuba diving and its effects on paraplegics. From Meredith Cohn:

Outfitted in scuba gear and 100 feet underwater, Cody Unser noticed a weird tingling in her legs. She dived a second and a third time, and again felt tingling. It was subtle, but it was the first new sensation that she had felt in three years, since becoming paralyzed from the chest down at age 12.

"I couldn't believe I had gotten some feeling back," said Unser, daughter of Indianapolis 500 champ Al Unser Jr., now 24 and leading a foundation focusing on paralysis research and quality-of-life issues called The Cody Unser First Step Foundation.

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Also: St. Joseph wants to team up; minority kids may face more risk in car crashes; Annoying pinkwashers are finally getting noticed.

Posted by Patrick Maynard at 10:57 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Weekend


I find your comment "fences are boring" pretty offensive. For the last five years I have done a daily (or every other day) 3 mile run with my dog on the back trails of Robert E Lee Park. Some of the trials are fairly skinny and difficult to maneuver--it worked out very nicely to have the dog off the leash (she runs about twice as far as I do). Now this is no longer possible. Even you should comprehend that tossing a ball in a park is not exactly the same thing.

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Andrea Siegel, a reporter at The Baltimore Sun, covers mostly crime and courts in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, as well as legal issues. She wishes she was more physically fit, and, as she's more fond of chocolate than exercise, fitness is a challenge. Her partner on a one-mile-plus daily walk is the family dog, a mixed breed named Moxie, and she exercises at the gym where the D.C. snipers once worked out.
Jerry Jackson has been a photo editor at The Baltimore Sun for 14 years and an avid cyclist for more than 30 years. Inspired by the movie "Breaking Away," he started racing as a teenager in Mississippi when leather "brain baskets" were still the norm. He regularly commutes to work by bike and still enters several mountain bike races a year for fun.
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Patrick Maynard, who will be writing about running and walking, has been a producer for since 2008. In 2009, he tweeted on-course for the Sun from the Baltimore Marathon, finishing in just under 4 hours and almost managing to run the whole time. He sometimes walks to the Sun offices on Calvert Street.
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Leeann Adams, a multimedia editor at The Baltimore Sun, also dabbles in content for the mobile website and iPhone app and covers the Ravens via video. She did a triathlon to celebrate her 40th birthday and continues to swim, bike and run -- none of them quickly, though. Her biggest fitness challenge is to balance working, working out, spending time with her husband and being a mom to a 6-year-old boy.
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Anica Butler, the Sun's crime editor, is a former high school runner and recovering vegetarian who spent more of her early-adult years on a bar stool than working out. She is currently training (though poorly) for a half marathon and is trying to live a generally healthier lifestyle. She also hates the gym.
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