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Vol. LXII, No. 21
October 15, 2010
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Relay Race Draws Warm Crowd to Bldg. 1
Blowing refs whistles to start the first heat were (from l) NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak, R&W Board Chairman James Washington and NIH director Dr. Francis Collins.

Blowing refs whistles to start the first heat were (from l) NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak, R&W Board Chairman James Washington and NIH director Dr. Francis Collins.

OIR’s Larry Chloupek of Gottesman’s Gang raced for the second year in a row on crutches.

OIR’s Larry Chloupek of Gottesman’s Gang raced for the second year in a row on crutches.

NIAID’s David Kosub passes baton to Four Runners and a Slug teammate Cristi Cooper of NCI.

NIAID’s David Kosub passes baton to Four Runners and a Slug teammate Cristi Cooper of NCI.

Top Ten Finishers
Awesome Team
Catch Me If You Can(cer)
It’s In the Genes
Proud Snail Hunters
Trippin’ On Lactic Acid
TB or Not TB
Tract Stars
DA Figg Mob
Cell Death Tour 4
Push(1)ng Our Gluteus to
the Maximus
14:02
14:10
14:09
14:13
14:26
14:27
14:40
15:17
15:19

15:47

First place finisher Awesome Team includes (from l) Dimitre Simeonov, Michelle Zook, Nick Cardillo, Kasey Jividen and Jim Curry.

First place finisher Awesome Team includes (from l) Dimitre Simeonov, Michelle Zook, Nick Cardillo, Kasey Jividen and Jim Curry.

The simplest way to determine which day in September will be the warmest and muggiest of the month is to find out when the annual NIH Interinstitute Relay is scheduled.

This year’s race, on Sept. 23, conformed to the years-long tradition of being a sub-optimal day to run laps around Bldg. 1. Race-time temperatures hovered near a record high for the date.

But that didn’t stop some 445 runners from competing in the 27th version of the event, which challenges 5-person teams including both men and women to run laps around Bldg. 1. The cumulative distance is about 2.5 miles.

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, assisted by principal NIH deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak and R&W Board Chairman James Washington, started the first of two heats with a blast on a referee’s whistle. Dr. Richard Wyatt, executive director of the Office of Intramural Research, started heat 2 and also acted as unofficial race photographer.

As in years past, NCI’s Dr. Harold Seifried summoned runners to the starting line by playing “Call to the Post” on his trumpet.

Winning the race in a time of 14:02 was Awesome Team, captained by NHGRI’s Dimitre Simeonov. In second place (14:09) was Catch Me If You Can(cer), led by NCI’s Frank Perna. Another NHGRI squad took third in 14:10: It’s In the Genes, led by Eric Sause.

Best Costume winner was Smooth Operators, a team of Center for Information Technology employees who donned Mardi Gras masks and had the largest contingent of poster-bearing cheerleaders.

Best T-Shirts winner was Pushing Our Gluteus to the Maximus, which was actually three teams that managed to intersperse numbers as letters, in a kind of scientific notation, in the team logo.

Toughest Runner was very likely Larry Chloupek of OIR, who for the second year in a row completed the course on crutches. Just a few weeks before the relay, over Labor Day weekend, he completed his first half-marathon. On crutches.

Most Frequently Heard Comment: “Watch the cars! Get out of the road!” uttered by race volunteer George Gaines of NICHD, who struggled to keep dazed and distracted runners from veering into the single lane of traffic competing for space in front of Bldg. 1.—


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