Bog Jog, Veggie Stampede is a family affair
The third annual Bog Jog took nearly 100 participants -- many of them family members and friends -- on a 5K trek through the woods and around the cranberry bogs at the A.D. Makepeace Company's Tihonet Village property on Saturday, September 14.
"One of the unique pieces of the race is we try to connect local food with healthy activity," explained Bridget Alexander Ferreira, executive director of the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership, or SEMAP, for which the event raises funds.
The nonprofit is based in East Wareham and works expand access to local food and promote sustainable farming in the region.
The Bog Jog concluded with a feast of local food at the A.D. Makepeace Company's Box Mill Hall.
Ferreira said the relatively quick, 3.1-mile run/walk has been a hit with families, and has always been a family-friendly event.
Rochester resident Doug Veilleux and his 10-year-old daughter, Reily, were among those who made this year's Bog Jog a family affair.
"It's a nice course and something we can do together, father and daughter," said Doug. "I like running, she likes running."
The pair, who also participated in the Bog Jog last year, stayed together on the course.
Reily says that the race is fun, but challenging.
"I'm the motivator," Doug noted.
SEMAP also hosted the Veggie Stampede, a obstacle course for younger participants that included an egg race in which children balanced an egg on a spoon, a potato sack race, and a run to the finish line.
Carver-based Girl Scout Troop #80162 guided the Stampeders through the course on Saturday and earned community service hours.
The Cadet troop is working on its silver award -- the highest honor for Cadets, explained member Ashley White. The troop needs 50 hours of community service in total, and have racked up 15 thus far.
"It's a lot of work, but they're happy to do it," noted Tina Gallegher, one of the troop's leaders.
Jessica Gallegher concurred. "Look at me," she exclaimed. "I'm wearing a potato sack!"
After all, how can you teach someone the proper technique for hopping around in the potato sack portion of the race if you don't try it yourself?
Ferreira thanked the A.D. Makepeace Company for hosting the event once again.
"We owe a lot of thanks to Makepeace," she noted.
The top three winners of the race were Jesse Ferreira of West Wareham (husband of Bridget Alexander Ferreira) with a time of 19:25, followed closely by James Hagemeister of Lexington, who clocked in at 19:34, and Anne Preisig of Falmouth with a time of 20:54. For complete results, click here.
For more information about the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership, visit www.semaponline.org.