Despite Holy Half cancellation, some still plan to run their own race, donate registration fees

first_imgThough many Americans have withdrawn into their individual homes as shelter-in-place mandates press pause on unnecessary travel, others have turned to the pavement, trails and tracks to spend some time outdoors. It seems running is one activity allowing for appropriate social distancing in the midst of the current pandemic.Saint Mary’s senior Katie Glenn is a member of the cross country team and has taken to running twice a day to spend some time alone and out of the house.“It has probably saved my life,” Glenn said. “I remember talking to my team right after all this happened, and just saying, ‘We are so lucky that our sport is the one sport that we can still do.’” Courtesy of Katie Glenn Senior Katie Glenn (bottom, third from right) planned on running this year’s Holy Half with other members of the Saint Mary’s cross country team. She will run the race on her own Saturday.Though the team has scattered since Saint Mary’s announced the continuation of spring semester through distance learning, many members have continued to train for the upcoming season together. They keep each other motivated and focused, Glenn said, even during ab workouts completed twice a week on Zoom.Running has not only kept the team together, but also created a sense of normalcy, she said. Leaving the house to train has helped Glenn cope with the stress of living under new COVID-19 health and safety regulations.“We’re definitely really lucky that the thing we love most is not being taken away from us,” she said. “It’s just been really nice to go into nature and do like I said, what I love the most and what feels so normal to me.”Though Glenn still enjoys the freedom of running on her own, she said she feels the loss of the upcoming fall season, which many of her teammates still have to look forward to as underclassmen. A graduating senior, Glenn has also missed her chance to run the Holy Half Marathon as a student, as the annual race was officially cancelled March 17.”When we heard about the University closure — just the initial four weeks, not until the end of the semester — our first thought was that there weren’t going to be any other weekends that were going to work just because April at Notre Dame is so jam-packed with different events,” Holy Half race director Kateri Budo said. “This was the only weekend that we were going to be able to hold an in-person event.”The Notre Dame senior said she spoke with University officials and proposed a virtual race for those who registered to run on their own time. However, with student organizers spread out around the country, planning such a race did not seem feasible, Budo said.In the email announcing the cancellation, Budo said the all of the registered runners would receive a full refund, scheduled to be issued over the following weeks. The three charities selected for sponsorship this year — Our Lady of the Road, Misericordia and Girls on the Run Michiana — will be the recipients of next year’s half marathon funds.Though they had been offered a refund, some runners insisted their registration fees still be donated to the three organizations. Budo sent a follow-up email to all who had signed up for the race, officially offering the option to fill the donation instead of receiving a refund.“We have had a number of you request that your registration be given as a donation to our charities rather than refunded,” Budo said in the email. “We are so grateful for your generous hearts in this time of uncertainty.”Runners who still wished to give were instructed to fill out a Google form indicating their choice. From this year’s cohort, 280 runners opted to go this route.These donations are especially appreciated, Budo said, as the three organizations are losing the expected contribution from the 2020 race.“They really need our help, and they weren’t going to get the same amount of support that we could have given them if we had actually had the race,” Budo said. ”It was really wonderful getting everyone’s emails and seeing the numbers climb. It’s been really great to get that response and hear from people who love the Holy Half so much and are really willing to keep it as a donation even though we couldn’t provide a race this year. Especially in light of everything that’s happening right now, to see the way that the Notre Dame community comes together was really beautiful to see.”In the same email inviting those registered to donate, Budo suggested participants still run their own 13.1-mile race April 4, the scheduled Holy Half date.Glenn has run seven half marathons in her life, but this year would have been her first time running the Holy Half. Almost the whole Saint Mary’s cross country team registered and trained for the race together, but Glenn plans on running the distance alone Saturday. She’s also considering running the full marathon she was scheduled to run later this year.“I just figured, why not? I’m still training for the marathon even though that was cancelled, so the distance itself isn’t too crazy for me,” Glenn said about her decision. “I think it’s kind of nice just to maintain some sense of like solidarity and normalcy. Even if you’re not all together, you know that there’s been a lot of people that have been working for this and you’d all be doing it together if this wasn’t the situation. So there’s something comforting about that.”Though she was aiming to set a personal record of 1:30 on the flat Holy Half course, Glenn said she won’t hold herself to the same standards when she runs her own race through the hilly streets of downtown Atlanta.“I would just do it more for the experience, not the time,” she said. “It would be a good story.”Glenn said she sympathizes with first-time half marathon runners who will miss their chance to run the Holy Half this year, but encourages them to continue to push forward.“I’ve run a lot of halves in my life so far, so I was more bummed for people that this was going to be their first one,” she said. “I know what that feels like to train for something that you’ve never done before, and it’s such a big feat to get through that. It’s definitely tough. I think they shouldn’t discount all that they did though, even if they don’t get to have the race day.”Despite being such an individual sport, running manages to bring people together in community in an indescribable way, Glenn said.“I think it’s just working towards a goal and then finishing it and realizing that you’re capable of pretty much anything — it’s really addicting once you get into it,” she said. “And seeing other people do the same thing … you’re happy for yourself and you’re happy for everyone around you and it’s super uplifting.”Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, Holy Half Marathon, Kateri budo, running, Saint Mary’s Cross Country, Social distancinglast_img read more

Vermont predicts colorful foliage season

first_imgSure, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep and Robert James Waller can make anyone’s bridges famous. However, without a New York Times bestseller and a big budget movie to back it up, Vermont has managed to carve out a reputation for itself as the place to come for covered bridges. Vermont is home to more than 100 covered bridges and each one has a story to tell.Treasure Hunting in Vermont: Shopping for AntiquesVermont’s countryside is dotted with a treasure trove of collectibles and antiques. Given the richness of history, Vermont has an abundance of interesting artifacts and unique bric-a-brac. Pieces are often displayed on the roadside to lure shoppers inside where hunting among the rooms and rafters is part of the experience. In autumn, there are a number of expos, including the Annual Vermont Antique Dealer’s Association gathering and the Annual Weston Antiques Show. These shows and others make antiquing easy by assembling vendors to display, highlight and sell their wares.Source: VDTM. Vermont tourism officials are expecting another brilliant foliage season this year and encourage visitors to take advantage of midweek deals being offered through the fall.Dozens of inns, hotels, attractions, historic sites and museums are offering a variety of midweek specials during the fall foliage season as part of the statewide ‘Midweek Peek’ promotion organized by the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. Deals range from discounted lodging to reduced admission prices. For details, visit www.VermontVacation.com/midweek(link is external).‘Visitors can find a diverse range of options for lodging, dining and activities during Vermont’s legendary foliage season, and midweek is theperfect time to take a trip here,’ says Vermont Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Bruce Hyde. ‘Fall foliage in Vermont is glorious any day of the week, and we hope visitors will explore special ‘Midweek Peek’ deals around the state.’Vermont’s landscape shimmers in red, orange and gold during the fall, drawing visitors from all corners of the globe. Vermont has the highest percentage of sugar maple trees of any state in the nation, and an abundance of red maple trees, which all produce vibrant, bright colors during foliage. Vermont forestry experts agree with the prediction that a beautiful foliage season is on the way.‘We’re on track for another spectacular fall season. Most parts of the state had good summer moisture, and early color can already be seen in some places,’ says Ginger Anderson, Chief of Forest Management for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.  ‘As Vermont transitions into typical fall weather with warm days and cool nights, we expect Vermont’s foliage to display magnificent autumn color.’The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing offers a number of resources on its website at VermontVacation.com for foliage season visitors. The site includes tips on planning ahead, a Lodging Availability Forecaster, and the Foliage Forecaster, which shows the progression of the colors across Vermont during a typical foliage season. Visitors can also access the Vermont Travel Planner, an extensive database of lodging, dining, events, attractions and recreational opportunities. Weekly foliage reports will begin on Sept.14 and will be available on VermontVacation.com and also the state’s toll-free visitor information hotline 1-800-VERMONT. Reports will be updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of October.Visitors make 14.3 million trips to Vermont each year and visitor spending adds an estimated $1.57 billion to the state’s economy, according to VDTM research. The research shows that 23 percent of those visits, or 3.7 million, are during the fall season.Vermont has some of the best foliage in the world. Autumn is the perfect time to hop in the car and take a drive through the country lanes, winding streets, and scenic byways. With the backdrop of blue skies and a myriad of fall colors on the horizon, Vermont is ready for exploration.Have Car, Will Travel; State Recognized Scenic BywaysVermont has a number of roads that have stood out for their historic, recreational, and natural wonders. To jump-start your foliage viewing, try these routes during your travels. All have easy access parking and/or pullouts for photo opportunities or impromptu rest stops.Scenic Route 108, the Smuggler’s Notch Road, attracts hikers and rock climbers as it passes through Mansfield State Forest and near the Smuggler’s Notch Ski Resort.Scenic Route 131, Cavendish Road, runs through the town of Cavendish and follows the well-stocked Black River where anglers can be found casting for fish.Scenic Route 125, Middlebury Gap Road, is an ideal location to view autumn colors as it passes through the Green Mountain National Forest, a popular camping spot.The Lake Champlain Byway offers outstanding views of the state’s largest lake, surrounding Green Mountains and Adirondacks, as well as the area’s working landscapes.Route 9, the Molly Stark Trail, is named after the wife of New Hampshire’s General John Stark who was the victor of the August 16, 1777 Battle of Bennington.The Connecticut River Scenic Byway is the natural bridge that unites New Hampshire and Vermont for over half of the waterway’s 410-mile journey from the Canadian border to the Atlantic Ocean.Vermont: The Best Way to Enjoy the Best FoliageVermont has the highest percentage of maple trees of any of the New England states, a tree with foliage that turns vibrant orange and yellow in the fall. Foliage progresses from the north to south and from higher elevations to lower elevations. Therefore, the earlier in the season you visit, the more northerly you want to focus and the later you come, more southerly. If you want to do more planning before your arrival, research your trip on www.vermontvacation.com/seasons/fall.asp(link is external). Here you can find suggested drives, read foliage reports, learn the insider’s tips, and watch the Foliage Forecaster which helps you strategically plan where and when to visit Vermont based on the natural progression of foliage in a typical year. It is a handy tool if you’ve never been to Vermont before or come from an area where foliage doesn’t change so dramatically.Winding down with Wine Tour: Vermont Vineyards and WineriesStarting in northern Vermont, begin your wine tour at Boyden Valley in Cambridge for a September Harvest Festival. Continue west to the Snow Farm Vineyard in South Hero, a leader in the Vermont wine field establishing the first commercial grape vineyard. At the Grand View Winery in East Calais, sample something decidedly different like elderberry or dandelion wine. Try a few award-winning organic grape wines at Shelburne Vineyard in Shelburne. At the Ottauquechee Valley Winery housed in the Historic Dewey Mill near the Quechee Gorge, enjoy any of their seven wines. End the tour at the southern tip of the state with the North River Winery in Jacksonville, which offers Vermont Harvest dessert wine containing cinnamon and Vermont maple syrup. For contact details, visit www.VermontBrewers.com(link is external).An Apple a Day: Farms, Festivals and MoreVermont’s cool climate is perfect for producing apples. Almost 70 percent of the apples grown in Vermont are MacIntosh, a variety good for eating fresh picked, fresh pressed or fresh baked. When apples are harvested in September and October, there are a number of festivals with apples as the centerpiece. These celebrations feature diverse entertainment including music, crafts, cider pressing, pie baking and more. Apple picking at an orchard is a unique Vermont experience and taking home fresh cider makes for a tasty souvenir. For a complete listing of orchards and apple events, visit www.VermontApples.org(link is external).The Vistas of Vermont: Accessing the State’s Many MountaintopsMany of Vermont’s mountain peaks offer panoramic views, especially breathtaking in fall. Killington Resort has a gondola ride to the state’s second highest peak, where a clear day can provide views into Canada. At Killington and Bolton Valley, you can bring your mountain bikes along for the ride and bike a trail back to the base. In the Northeast Kingdom, rise to the top of Jay Peak in a sixty person capacity tram. In southern Vermont, Bromley Mountain, Stratton Mountain and Mount Snow both have lift services to their summits. The 3816-foot Mount Equinox peak can be reached via a winding drive with views of the Green Mountain range.Take it From the Top: Viewing Foliage from Another AngleFor an entirely different perspective of Vermont foliage, take a hot air balloon ride, go skydiving, or ride the air currents on a sailplane. From the faint of heart to the hearty adventurer, there is a bird’s eye view opportunity for everyone. Soar over the treetops in a romantic sunset balloon ride over the Quechee Gorge. Tandem, static line, and accelerated free fall jumps all are available with professional instructors within a setting of mountains, valleys, and lakes. Enjoy the views on a quiet sailplane tour or take a day lesson and learn to pilot the air currents on your own. Contact the Vermont Outdoor Guide Association at www.VOGA.org(link is external) for information on any of these activities.The Bridges of Addison County: Covered Bridges in Vermontlast_img read more

Survey suggests improving business conditions in Midwest

first_imgOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey report suggests that business conditions improved last month in nine Midwest and Plains states.The report issued Wednesday says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 55.2 in December from 54.1 in November. The October reading was 54.9.Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says the shortages of skilled workers are still holding back even stronger growth.The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth. A score below that suggests decline.The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.last_img read more

FL police officer seen pushing teen off roof in bodycam video

first_imgA Florida police department is facing severe backlash after video of an officer pushing an 18-year-old car theft suspect of a roof has gone viral.Sgt. Anthony Amada and officer Plenio Massiah of the Kissimmee Police Department approached an unidentified suspect accused of taking his girlfriend’s car without permission.But when police arrived at the suspect’s door, he fled upstairs to the roof.They pursued the suspect on foot, which is seen in the police bodycam footage.The video reportedly shows the officers telling the suspect to “come down” from the roof, which was nine-feet from the ground.The officer on the roof then tells the suspect, “You’re going to get Tased, and you’re going to fall. So, you better jump.”Shortly after, the suspect is shown refusing to jump and asking the officer to exit out of the window instead.The officer’s partner is then heard screaming, “push him off the roof,” multiple times.Moments later, the teenager was shoved off and tased once he hit the ground.The suspect was unharmed from the fall and the Taser, according to an internal investigation by the Kissimmee Police Department.But Kissimmee Police chief Jeff O’Dell said the suspect could have been “severely injured” in the incident.Following the incident, Sgt. Amada resigned from the department in June, and officer Massiah was suspended for a total of eight hours.The police report also noted that officer Massiah feared that a struggle between him and the suspect could have led to them both falling off.No other information is available at this time.last_img read more

Sony Pictures Sports Network returns with the second leg of UEFA Champions League –…

first_imgAdvertisement 29eNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsimatrWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E50bz6( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2f00pcWould you ever consider trying this?😱ytaaCan your students do this? 🌚39Roller skating! Powered by Firework ~ The matches will be telecast live and exclusive on SONY TEN 1 & SONY TEN 2 channels in India from March 11, 2020~Advertisement The first leg of UEFA Champions League – Round of 16 witnessed thrilling clashes between the 16 teams, vying to mark their places in the quarter finals of this prestigious tournament. The clubs will yet again battle on the field as a part of home and away format, trying their best to keep the aggregate score in their favor. Let’s take a look at the first round of high-octane clashes scheduled for the second leg of Round of 16.Advertisement Paris Saint-Germain vs Borussia Dortmund – PSG are under pressure to perform after losing 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund in Germany but they do possess the talent to turn this Champions League tie around. The French aristocrats looked dangerous for long periods of the second half at Westfalenstadion and were rewarded with a goal from Neymar but Erling Braut Haaland, who is on a sensational goal scoring spree, took his UEFA Champions League tally for the season to ten with two strikes to stun the traveling Paris fans. The 19-year-old became the first teenager to score 10 goals in a Champions League season, having previously netted eight times for RB Salzburg in six Group E games. With England winger Jadon Sancho and 17-year-old Giovanni Reyna also impressing up front in the opening encounter, Dortmund have a youthful and vibrant forward line playing without fear but the French side are usually much stronger on home turf and the likes of Neymar and Mbappe will look to tear down the Dortmund defence with their immense pace and skills.Watch Paris Saint-Germain vs Borussia Dortmund Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 1 and SONY TEN 1 HD on 12th February 2020 at 1.30 am (IST) Advertisement Liverpool F.C. vs Atletico Madrid– Liverpool welcome Atlético Madrid in their UEFA Champions League round of 16 decider and will look to pull off another famous comeback after losing 1-0 away to Atletico Madrid at a raucous Wanda Metropolitano. Diego Simeone’s men put in a display of trademark resilience once Saúl Ñíguez had given them a fourth-minute lead in the first leg, but still fresh in the memory is the manner in which the Reds incredibly overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit against Barcelona in last season’s semi-finals at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp will hope to rekindle the spirit of that amazing night and will look to start on the front foot from the outset in this return fixture. Atlético holds an advantage, but it’s a tenuous advantage with only a draw needed to qualify. Liverpool on the other hand, must break Diego Simeone’s stalwart defense to keep hope alive of winning the European trophy in successive seasons. Watch Liverpool F.C. vs Atletico Madrid Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 2 HD on 12th March 2020 at 1.30 am (IST) RB Leipzig vs Tottenham Hotspur F.C. – If there’s a blueprint for how an underdog team can successfully open a two-legged advantage against a quality club, RB Leipzig showcased it to perfection in the first leg against Spurs in North London. Going into the second leg, RB Leipzig looks to be holding all the aces against an injury-hit Tottenham as they welcome the English team to Germany. Even though the German side looked a lot sharper than Spurs in the first leg, Leipzig are far from convincing on their home ground, losing 2-0 to Lyon at this venue and only drawing 2-2 with Benfica in the group stages. Tottenham have a mountain to climb without injured front men Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, but the form of the home team on their home ground will give them a few moments in the game to get a grip on the tie and qualify for the quarter-finals.Watch RB Leipzig vs Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Live and Exclusive on SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 2 HD on 11th March 2020 at 1.30 am (IST)UEFA Champions League is among India’s most loved football tournaments and has gained increasing popularity in the last few years. Indian fans can catch the best footballing action in the world only on Sony Pictures Sports Network this season with premier international properties like Serie A, UEFA Europa League, FA Cup, UEFA EURO 2020 and many more. Watch the Round of 16- Leg 2 of UEFA Champions League live and exclusive from 11th March 2020 only on Sony Pictures Sports Network DateTimeMatchBroadcast Destination11/03/2001:30RB Leipzig vs TottenhamSony Ten 2 SD & HD11/03/2001:30Valencia vs AtalantaSony Ten 1 SD & HD12/03/2001:30PSG vs DortmundSony Ten 1 SD & HD12/03/2001:30Liverpool vs Atletico MadridSony Ten 2 SD & HD Advertisementlast_img read more