Taking arduous marathon training in stride


September 23, 2002|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

RUNNING HAD never appealed to Harry Fogle, director of special education for elementary schools in Carroll County.

When he was in high school, Fogle groaned the most when the coach bellowed, "Take another lap around the track, boys."

Fogle has never been a morning person either. "Eleven o'clock is morning to me," he said.

But for the past three weeks, Fogle has risen before the sun every Saturday and most other mornings to do the previously unthinkable: run.

Fogle is a member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training. With a dozen other volunteers from the region and assigned coaches, he is following a running and weightlifting regimen that should prepare him for the 26-mile Disney Marathon on Jan. 12 in Orlando.

"Everyone who knows me thinks that I am nuts," Fogle said. "But there are many things that motivated me to train, run and pledge to raise $3,200 to help cure leukemia, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma."

Fogle knows the fear that accompanies a diagnosis of cancer. He knows the triumph of beating statistical odds and the joy of having support from family and friends.

"In 1996, I had an aggressive form of prostrate cancer," said Fogle. "I was 45, and fortunately I was able to see a world-renowned doctor at Hopkins. After surgery, I have been cancer-free since."

As he trains for the marathon, he thinks about that stressful time, but more often than not, he said, he focuses on "so many positives": He thinks about his wife, Lorraine, and the support that she gives him. Fogle thinks about members of New Life Foursquare Gospel Church, where he is assistant pastor. While he's running, he has time to mull over sermons and appreciate the congregation's support.

Each week, he runs greater distances, and as his endurance grows, so does his perspective, he said.

"I don't want to continue living without a focus, and this marathon has become a personal ministry for me," Fogle said. "I'm running to provide needed medical care and support for a young boy in Frederick ... . But I'm also running to celebrate all the good that God has placed in me.

"Running is so beautiful," Fogle said. "The other morning, I was running along the C&O Canal. The sun came through the trees and filtered on the river. I couldn't help but think, this is a reflection of God's goodness."

Information about the marathon: halfogle@erols.com.

Basket bingo

The Friends of Boy Scout Troop 395 will hold basket bingo Friday at the Gamber Fire Hall on Route 32.

"We have an energetic group of boys in this troop who love to go camping. So do the parents," said Pam Velnosky, mother of Scout Devin Velnosky and chairwoman for the event. "Proceeds from the basket bingo will help offset the costs of camping as well as camp."

Boy Scout Troop 395 is sponsored by Sandymount United Methodist Church and led by Jim Welsh of Finksburg. Pam's husband, Doug Velnosky, and a group of other parents serve as assistant Scoutmasters throughout the year.

Twenty regular games and two jackpots will be offered, as well as raffles for Longaberger's Small Wash Day and Extra Large Oval Waste baskets. Refreshments will be available. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and games will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Information: 410-840-0883.

Living Treasure

This week, McDaniel College junior Erin Duffy honors her roommate, Sarah Vannoy, as her Living Treasure.

"Sarah keeps me balanced," Duffy said. "Between juggling schoolwork, my job, time with my friends and time to call home and say hello, I need someone like Sarah to ask how my day was. She always checks on me - and I want her to know that I will always do the same for her."

Brighten the day of someone who has made a positive difference in your life. Send the person's name and reasons why he or she has been your Living Treasure to: Lisa Breslin, 35 Ridge Road, Westminster 21157.

Lisa Breslin's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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