Former Green Bay Phoenix cross-country standout Callie Bartel (Human Biology, class of ’09), a Prevea assistant athletics trainer assigned to Phoenix Athletics, beat last year’s time by nearly 10 minutes in finishing Monday’s Boston Marathon in 3:04:59, good enough to place 3,551 overall and a highly respectable No. 239 in the women’s division of the race that attracts marathoners from around the world.
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Other marathon results — Actually, it’s a small world, Boston-wise. Finishing a few minutes and places behind Bartel in the women’s division was Sarah Mahaney, age 33, who happens to be the daughter of our own Jan Snyder of the Provost’s Office. Mahaney finished her first Boston marathon (and only second 26.2-miler ever) in 3:07:22, good for women’s place 307. And, finally, Bob Blihar, an applications director with CIT, ran the inaugural Oshkosh Marathon over the weekend and shaved 28 minutes off his previous best and won his 50+ age group in 3:54:18. Congratulations, all.
Kari Moody, UW-Green Bay director of alumni relations, is putting out a call to all alumni (and friends and family) interested in pitching in and having some fun on the weekend of May 17-18. On that Saturday, it’s spring commencement at the Kress. Volunteers need to arrive at 1 p.m. to claim their free 360ᵒ of Pride t-shirt and line up to welcome the University’s newest alumni as their recessional exits the ceremony. On that Sunday, it’s the Cellcom Marathon and the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association Water Station for a couple of hours in the morning. To sign up for commencement duty, contact Kari at email@example.com. For the Marathon, sign up with Jennifer Degener at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Green Bay Running Club held its third annual Ultra Marathon on the trails of the UW-Green Bay Cofrin Memorial Arboretum last Saturday. More than 60 runners repeated the approximately 4.4-mile loop along the gravel and chipped paths as many times as they could over a set time period, either six or eight hours. Congratulations to Luann Wickeham of the Bursar’s Office, who completed 31 miles. Jo Lepley, wife of faculty member Bill Lepley, also did 31 miles. First-place finishers in the eight-hour division were repeat champion David Sanchez (48.6 miles) and Elizabeth Hermans (39.6), and in the six-hour division, Rebecca Franks (36.2 miles) and Mark Garrigan (35.2). Ann Scholl of the Running Club sends her thanks to UW-Green Bay and all the volunteers who assisted, especially Mike Kline, Kelly Franz, and the Shorewood Golf and Public Safety staff members who chipped in.
The final results are in from last weekend’s big Green Bay Running Club Ultra Marathon, staged June 16 on campus on the trails of the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum. Participants ran a looped course for a set time period — in this case, 6 hours or 8 hours — to see how much distance they could cover. The 2012 winners are David Sanchez (47.3 miles) and Kathleen Rytman (44.0) over 8 hours; and, for the 6-hour runners, Yair Melger (32.5) and Katie Houle (31.0). Phoenix cross-country coach Mike Kline and vice chancellor Kelly Franz were among the University running enthusiasts who chipped in — not by competing, but by helping to organize the event and assisting with course layout, logistics, food and water stations and cold, wet towels on a humid day. Others included Sharon Dimmer, Sharon VanLieshout, Jeff Gross and Rick Warpinski. It was a long day (starting gun at 5 a.m.) and congratulations to all on a successful event.
The unseasonably warm weather caused problems for some runners, but it was no fault of the UW-Green Bay alumni volunteers who enthusiastically staffed the Alumni Association station and dispensed a whole lotta water during Sunday’s Green Bay Marathon. Check out the “after” shot with all the emptied cups. See photo gallery.
What’s in it for you? A free T-shirt and the gratitude of thousands of runners. Join the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association at a water station for the Green Bay Cellcom Marathon, Sunday, May 20. The shift is from about 7 to 11 a.m., set-up to clean-up. A recent Facebook post got this response. “Thank you all in advance. You make proud to wear my UWGB shirt during the marathon and I will continue singing the fight song through the water stop, in between sips, of course.” If you are interested, please email email@example.com with name, cell number (in case of changes day of) and t-shirt size. Dress for the weather and bring your Phoenix spirit. The Association supplies everything else.