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

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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.

 

 

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Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

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