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UTSA 'Runners win Get Fit Challenge at Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon


UTSA marathon and half-marathon runners:
Top photo: TJ Garcia and Denise Garcia with friend
Middle photo: Melody Piepho and Elizabeth Carter
Bottom photo: Carlos Jimenez, Catherine Herrberg and Steven Kellman

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(Dec. 1, 2010)--A team of 69 UTSA faculty, staff, students and family members participated in the Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon and Half Marathon, winning the Get Fit Challenge for the Extra Large Corporate division. The group, who called themselves the UTSA 'Runners, were among more than 27,000 people who ran or walked in the third annual marathon and half-marathon on Nov 14.

This is the second year UTSA has fielded a team for the event. Free marathon training for the UTSA 'Runners was offered through the UTSA wellness program, Rowdy New U.

"Being a part of the wellness program did motivate me to try the half-marathon last year, and out of that experience, I wanted to do the full marathon this year. I absolutely loved the marathon -- it was awesome!" said Catherine Nolan-Ferrell, UTSA assistant professor of history. "Running is a great stress-reliever for me, and since I'm up for tenure this year, it was my way of trying to get my mind off of waiting for the tenure decision. I'm actually training now for the New Orleans marathon and have already registered for the San Antonio marathon next year."

Other UTSA participants included Casy Alejandro, Elda Alejandro, Sarah Alejandro, Dacia Allen, Janet Barber, Joseph Barber (team coach), Lamar Benfield, Kelly Buchanan, Laura Carrera, Elizabeth Carter, Terry Cheatwood, Ilna Colemere, Eric Cooper, Emily Fry, Candace DeLeon, Beth Downing, Denise Garcia, TJ Garcia, Sondra Gervasi, Rhonda Gonzales, Wanda Guntz, Amy Gutierrez, Ann Hainline, Kristina Hamilton, Robert Hard, Catherine Herrberg, Chris Herrberg, Nathan Hiebert, Ceth Holt, Sarah Horn, Elvira Jacquez, Carlos Jimenez, Steven Kellman, Sonja Lanehart, Angela Lozano, Andrew Mayo, Jeffery Mayo, Rebeca Medrano, Amanda Mitchell, Eva Montecinos, Lizette Nale, Julie Olsen, Caleb Pendleton, Karen Pfeil, Kristee Phelps, Melody Piepho, Brittany Pratt, Juliet Ray, Martin Rodriguez, Jacob Sanchez, Veronica Sanchez, Ryan Sanford, Hatim Sharif, Keri Shiplet, Tiffany Silvas, Nicole Smith, Jennifer Snellgrove, Amy Strong, Anthony Tsang, Rose Varela, James Ward and Candace Zepeda.

UTSA wellness coordinator Kristee Phelps said she was especially pleased to see more runners and walkers on this year's team. Last year, UTSA had 56 participants.

"An event like this takes great dedication and time to train, and it's wonderful to see so many individuals from the UTSA community commit to such a great physical challenge," Phelps said. "I am proud of all that competed and finished the race, and I also want to thank all of the UTSA individuals who volunteered to make the day run smoothly. I hope we have even more participation in next year's Rock 'n' Roll marathon."

The 2011 event is set for Sunday, Nov. 13.



Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

Take Back the Night 2015

The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute invites you to Take Back the Night, an international initiative to raise awareness and empower survivors while educating allies through a march, poetry, and testimonios. This is a gender-inclusive movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Grad Fest is an event designed to prepare you for commencement while celebrating your achievement. You will have the opportunity to purchase commencement regalia, order class rings, diploma frames, explore graduate school opportunities, learn about successful Stafford loan repayment and discuss career outcomes.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom

Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Grad Fest is an event designed to prepare you for commencement while celebrating your achievement. You will have the opportunity to purchase commencement regalia, order class rings, diploma frames, explore graduate school opportunities, learn about successful Stafford loan repayment and discuss career outcomes.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Phi Kappa Phi Last Lecture

What would Dr. John Bartkowski say if it were his last lecture? The UTSA professor of sociology will speak about “The Power of Listening” in this annual event sponsored by the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. A reception will follow.
Denman Room (UC 2.201.28), Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.

White Bound: Nationalists, Anti-Racists and the Shared Meanings of Race

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with Dr. Matthew Hughey, a scholar of race, racism and racial inequality.
Buena Vista Building (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

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