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 John R. Ryan runs a 5k footrace with a UAlbany team at the "Corporate Challenge" in downtown Albany.
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UAlbany's Running Spirit

Gered Burns
  Gered Burns

Whether you run for health, joy or both, there’s plenty of running opportunities at UAlbany. You can put on your track shoes and run for a Division I team, you can run for fun with the Albany Running Exchange club or you can jog with a buddy around the campus’s 3-mile Perimeter Road.

This spring Gered Burns won the 800-meter run and anchored the winning 4 x 800-meter relay, as UAlbany finished second in the men’s competition at the America East Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Northeastern’s Solomon Track. The Great Danes were edged out by only 1.5 points, in the closest meet in conference history.

Teresa Covert

 

Teresa Covert
 

In the women’s competition, UAlbany’s Teresa Covert was a double-winner in the 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles, her second and third individual titles of the championship.

Alyssa Lotmore

 

Alyssa Lotmore

In the fall University at Albany’s Alyssa Lotmore and Nicole Susser both placed among the top-10 runners in leading their team to a second-place finish for the second consecutive year at the ECAC Division I Women’s Cross Country Championships and UAlbany was fourth in the Men’s IC4A Championships.

Josh Merlis

 

Josh Merlis

For those who love to run for health and a little less competition, UAlbany student Josh Merlis founded the Albany Running Exchange in September 2002. His goal: to “bring students together on campus who share a common interest in running and the desire to improve one’s own health.” The club has more than sixty members and is now involved with other running groups to compete in everything from 5k runs to marathons. Multiple student “group runs” are held each day for the members’ convenience and camaraderie. UAlbany has over 200 clubs and organizations, but there is always the opportunity to start up a new club, as Merlis did.

Runners on campusUAlbany’s campus has an ideal running perimeter of 3 miles for the daily or occasional jogger, walker, or dog walker to enjoy. The one-mile circumference of the podium (including a spin around each of the academic buildings) also offers opportunity for a quick lunchtime power walk or stroll.

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