Lancer Spotlight 12/21/21: 10th Annual Egg Nog Jog raises $12,000


Courtesy of Cynthia Hanlon

Participants begin the 10th annual Egg Nog Jog.

by Eric Simonson, Reporter

Runners are back and better than ever for the tenth annual Egg Nog Jog. The event occurred on December 18 with over 200 participates.

The Egg Nog Jog is a 2 mile race around the grounds of LHS. Every quarter mile participants are challenged to drink a small cup of eggnog. To enter the race runners paid a $25 entrance fee or donated a toy/game for the Quentin Ingram Toy Drive. Toys were donated for use at the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Johns Hopkins.

The total donation amount was $12,057 for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Started by Rudolph and Antoinette de Villiers in 1949, LLS has turned into the largest funder of research for cures for cancers such as blood cancer. They have invested almost $1.3 billion for research.

“The Egg Nog Jog was one of those events that made you feel like you were doing something special. Like you were a part of something greater than yourself or your small realm in the world. It benefited an amazing cause and its impact on the Ingram family, other kids with cancer, and the community is immense. I would absolutely recommend the event to anyone in the community. The lives we can change by just one little race at our high school would make anyone feel like they have done something good. It was a blast and I can’t wait till next year,” said junior Brady Vlha.

Tyler Ingram and other participates pose for picture after the run. (Courtesy of Tyler Ingram)

In the past 10 years the Egg Nog Jog has raised over $75,000 for LLS.

“A truly grand experience filled with many high and low points throughout the time. There is rarely any other experiences like being on the cusp of vomiting for approximately one hour. It was very nice to share this wonderful experience with others,” said senior Zander Nie.

In 2004, future Lancer Quentin Ingram was diagnosed with acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and died after fighting the disease for six months in the Peditatric Oncology Unit at Johns Hopkins. In Ingram’s memory, the Frederick community started the Quentin Ingram Toy Drive.

Congratulations to runners Ethan Farley, Carly Moyer, Jack Sears, Meredith Moyer, Grace DeMember, Ruben Frivold, Josh Knelpy, Erin Gresh, Kirstin Moyer, Dan Harmer, Victor Cretella, and Jenny Ribecca for winning their respective age groups. You can also find past races on the official Lancer Egg Nog Jog website.

Events like the Egg Nog Jog, and donations are great ways of funding important and needed research for patients in need.