The weekend of February 22 proved to be a “Running of the Bulls” of sorts …
Over the course of four days, USF College of Public Health faculty, staff, and students joined thousands of runners, walkers, and joggers for Tampa’s Gasparilla Distance Classic and Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend.
“I started running last year and haven’t stopped since,” said Mandy Chan, a graduate student in community and family health. “Running is a great outlet and I love it!”
Some Bulls finished with a personal record (PR), while others were happy just to finish. However, all agree that “This is Public Health!” Here are some of their race day memories.
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MCH student Jeannese Castro and GHP student Jerusalem Bereket participated in the Gasparilla 5K. Jerusalem is a “tough mudder” with several races under her belt, but it was the first 5k for Jeannese.
This was the first Gasparilla event for CFH student Mandy Chan. She ran the 8k (4.9 miles) with her friend Jeremy Desiongco.
Public Health undergraduate Suesan Cheung ran the Gasparilla 8k with her cousin Michael Dang.
Faye Maciaszek, coordinator of administrative services in the dean’s office, ran her second 5k at Gasparilla and finished with her best time!
Wanda Martinez and Peggy Smith look forward to walking the Gasparilla 5k every year. So, what makes 2014 different? The sky opened up around Mile 2 and the duo got soaked.
Not to be outdone by a group of undergrads, Kay M. Perrin, PhD, MPH, ran the Gasparilla half marathon in 2 hours and 50 minutes. Dr. Perrin is an associate professor and assistant dean of undergraduate studies in the COPH.
Communication and alumni relations director Natalie D. Preston-Washington doubled her pleasure at Gasparilla. She walked the 5k on Saturday with her mom and son and ran the 8k on Sunday.
Jill Roberts PhD, MS, MPH, an assistant professor in EOH, completed the Glass Slipper Challenge at Disney. She ran a 10k on Saturday and half-marathon on Sunday. Here’s her bling from the event.
Aurora Sanchez-Anguiano, MD, PhD, CPH, associate professor of epidemiology, completed her first 5k at Gasparilla. She’s pictured the day after the event with her official shirt and medal.
Office of Educational Technology and Assessment Director and COPH alumna Sandhya Srinivasan, MPH, MEd, walked her first 8k at Gasparilla on Sunday.
HPM student and USF Health project manager/contract administrator Kristin Steffen, CPH, ran the Gasparilla half-marathon with her husband Brett. Her accomplishment? She had a back procedure about one month prior to the race.
The Princess 5k was the first Disney race for undergraduate advisor Annette Strzelecki. Her prize for finishing was meeting Prince Charming (and Cinderella)!
Doctoral students Erika Thompson, MPH, CPH, (CFH) and student Lindsay Womack (EPB) have been training for half and full marathons since last summer. They achieved their best half-marathon finish time at Gasparilla and are pictured in a pre-dawn, pre-race photo.