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2020 Scarecrow Classic
​Virtual Brain Challenge Series
October 17th through
November 14th

The 2020 Scarecrow Classic Virtual Brain Challenge Series be held from October 17, 2020 through November 14, 2020. 

This Virtual event, hosted by the Brain Injury Association of Maryland (BIAMD) will rally survivors, families, friends, and supporters around the common goal of raising awareness about brain injury within the community and providing much needed funding to support the programs and initiatives of BIAMD.


A virtual CHALLENGE is a race that can be run (or walked) from any location you choose. You can run, jog, or walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym, as part of your therapy, or on the track (or even at another race). You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself. And your medal and technical t-shirt will be shipped directly to you.


  • Register for the Scarecrow Classic Virtual Brain Challenge Series before November 13, 2020

  • Complete a 1 Mile Run/Walk, 5K (3.1 miles) or 10K (6.2 miles) at your convenience any time and anywhere before November 14, 2020. 

  • Celebrate your accomplishment by emailing us your time, distance, and a photo with the medal or t-shirt and share on social media using the hashtag #ScarecrowBrainChallenge2020


Every entry gets you an All New 2020 Scarecrow Classic Virtual Brain Challenge TECHNICAL tee that you’ll love to wear with pride,
new for the Brain Challenge Series, 
ALL runners will receive a Scarecrow Classic Finisher Medal
the FIRST piece of a 5 piece Brain Challenge Medal. 
This year the piece will be the FRONTAL LOBE. 


Here are the 5 things we thought were
worth sharing with you this week:
Photo by Melanie Wasser on Unsplash
As states across the country rush to curb the surge in coronavirus cases, once again the safest place for anyone to be is home. But for victims of domestic violence, home is far from a safe haven.

The coronavirus has led to a surge in domestic violence, leaving victims and their children struggling to find access to food, safe housing, and transportation, according to a new study by Rutgers University.

"The national rhetoric often when we hear about issues of domestic violence is this question of why don't victims leave," Rutgers University lead investigator Amanda M. Stylianou told CNN. "The pandemic has led to an incredibly challenging time for all of us but we need to remind ourselves what this means for people experiencing abuse at home. It's not just an inconvenience, it's a terrifying reality."

CLICK HERE to see more on this vital story for our time.
Group Check-In Chat
from Noon to 1pm.

Please CLICK HERE to sign up using our online registration.

Once we receive your registration, we will send you the link.

We hope to "see" you there!
We are witnessing mandated social isolation and social distancing on an epic scale. As part of BIAMD's interest in serving Maryland's Brain Injury Community, we are starting what we call "Check-In Chats".

We would like to "check in" with anyone looking to share their experiences and challenges with either an individual or in a social group setting.

Even though we can't meet in person, there are many ways open to us, and, if you are interested, we would like to hear from you about your needs and how we can help you feel more connected.

Photo by Alexis Fauvet on Unsplash
The brain, like any good machine, needs care, attention and maintenance to stay healthy and work better.

Lifestyle choices and behaviors have a huge impact on your brain health. As we age, some people lose confidence in their mental abilities, but you can actively do something to improve your memory, focus and thinking capacity.

Whether you’re in your thirties, forties, fifties or even sixties, you can slow your cognitive decline and boost your brainpower. These are a few of the most promising ways to preserve your brain health and stay sharp as you age.

CLICK HERE to check out some new habits.

ONLINE Brain Injury Support Groups

CLICK HERE to find a list of Brain Injury Support Groups Currently Meeting ONLINE.
Photo by Morning Brew on Unsplash
The stories from the front lines of neuroscience research in the Covid-19 era read like a script of a frightening Netflix drama. Entire laboratories shutting down with 48 hours’ notice, researchers scrambling to finish experiments, freeze biosamples, preserve data. Painstakingly bred transgenic animal colonies reluctantly euthanized in university basements. Thousands of clinical trials halted overnight. Then came work-at-home, which for many meant a different kind of drama: balancing academic research with full-time parenting. Add in hiring freezes, funding uncertainties, reopening hurdles, safety protocols, and second-surge concerns, and you’ve got the makings of a principal investigator’s or postdoc’s worst nightmare.

Like so many other sectors of society, neuroscience has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The impact was sudden and unprecedented, bringing virtually all forms of research to a stunned halt and sending shock waves through the global research community. Three months into the laboratory lockdown, as Cerebrum goes to press, scientists are grappling with a radically transformed day-to-day reality, a growing recognition of the lasting impact of Covid-19 on science, and a lot of questions about the way forward.

“We’ve lost months of work; there’s no getting around that,” says Walter Koroshetz, M.D., director of the National Institute for Neurological Disorders & Stroke (NINDS) and Dana Alliance member. Data gathering is mostly halted across the massive research portfolio overseen by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), both internally at institute labs in D.C. and at federally funded laboratories across the country. Clinical research has also been largely at a standstill for the safety of study participants, many of whom have compromised health. Delays in data-gathering lead to delays in results, which means missed deadlines for enrollment goals and other milestones on which further funding is generally based. Domino effects will be felt well past 2020.

CLICK HERE for more on this cutting edge perspective on the COVID-19 crisis.
CLICK HERE for more information about the the services, resources, and connections you can make with through the Maryland Coalition of Families.
2) What We are Reading This Week
What does drug withdrawal have in common with a broken heart? Why is the enemy of memory not time but other memories? How can a blind person learn to see with her tongue, or a deaf person learn to hear with his skin? Why did many people in the 1980s mistakenly perceive book pages to be slightly red in color? Why is the world’s best archer armless? Might we someday control a robot with our thoughts, just as we do our fingers and toes? Why do we dream at night, and what does that have to do with the rotation of the Earth?
The answers to these questions are right behind our eyes. The greatest technology we have ever discovered on our planet is the three-pound organ carried in the vault of the skull. This book is not simply about what the brain is; it is about what it does. The magic of the brain is not found in the parts it’s made of but in the way those parts unceasingly reweave themselves in an electric, living fabric.

In Livewired, you will surf the leading edge of neuroscience atop the anecdotes and metaphors that have made David Eagleman one of the best scientific translators of our generation. Covering decades of research to the present day, Livewired also presents new discoveries from Eagleman’s own laboratory, from synesthesia to dreaming to wearable neurotech devices that revolutionize how we think about the senses.

CLICK HERE for more on this book.
1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure."

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