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October 4, 2013
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Scholarship race raises $4,500

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Nearly 300 racers - and walkers - took to the streets last Saturday when Slippery Rock University hosted the second annual President's Scholarship Fun 5k Run/2k Walk. The event raised nearly $4,500 for undergraduate scholarships.

Travis Arrigoni, an SRU psychology major from Cannonsburg, was the first male to cross the finish line at 16:26.5, and Christine Potsubay, an SRU therapeutic recreation major from Volant, was first on the female side with a time of 21:21.0.

Josh Myers ran the course in 19:12.5 to take top honors in the male community member category (non-student), and Carena Winters took top honors in the female category with a time of 24:56.5.

Leading the pack for in the master's category, for those ages 55 and older, on the men's side was John Snyder with a time of 24:53.9, and Elizabeth Green on the women's side with a time of 36:36.1.

Complete race results are available at:

"It was a great morning, with perfect weather for running," said Jonathan Holtz, assistant sports information director and race organizer. "This race wouldn't be possible without the efforts of the race committee and all of the students who volunteered to help."

"I also want to thank the track and field coaching staff and Kim Keeley, instructor in exercise and rehabilitative sciences," Holtz said.

The race committee included: Jeff Lynn, associate professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences; Randy Nichols, professor of physical and health education; Nicholas McIntire, manager of constituent services and database assurance in the Office of Advancement Services; Greg Sferra and Karen Perry, director and assistant director of campus recreation, and Terri Taylor, major gifts officer with the SRU Foundation Inc.

The race was designed with two major components. "We wanted to promote exercise and wellness on campus and in the community, and we wanted to help raise money for scholarship," he said.

"The race went well, drew a great number of runners, and we are already beginning to make plans for next year's event," Holtz said.

The on-campus race started at the Aebersold Student Recreation Center following remarks from SRU President Cheryl Norton, who then joined in the walking portion of the event.

Norton, a sports and running enthusiast, was unable to join the race this year due to an injured ankle.

More that 50 walkers participated.

SRU Licensing, the SGA Bookstore, Isler Landscaping, Butler Health System, AVI and the ARC sponsored the event.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.