Brenau Runners Prep for Peachtree on July 4th

Jul 6, 2011
Rudi Kiefer

Just after the Independence Day holiday, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jim Southerland officially passes the baton to his successor, Nancy Krippel. Southerland, however, already has already handed off another legacy: figuratively carrying the Brenau torch in the grueling July 4 Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta.

Until sidelined by a back injury a few years ago, Southerland ran in almost all the races during three decades. He also collected a drawer full of those status-laden, annually unique t-shirts that are handed out each year only to those participants who actually finish the course. Although Southerland says he was pretty much resigned in the last couple of years to the fact that actually doing the spine-jarring, pavement-pounding running was more wishful thinking, he still registered to compete every year.

“Even though I haven´t run since ´05,” he says. “This is the first year I haven´t registered for a number to run in I guess 25 years. I really miss it. It´s an experience I have really enjoyed over the years.”

Other Brenauvians have been picking up the challenge. Registrar Barbara Wilson has registered to run for the first time joining some veteran competitors: Institutional Research Director Robert Cuttino, Political Science Professor Heather Casey and Education Professor Vince Yamilkoski.

We´ve heard that Erin McKinney, institutional research assistant, is so gung-ho about the Peachtree that she´s been up at 3 a.m. daily for training, but that’s apparently an urban legend. She doesn’t actually run until 5 a.m., but that’s only two days a week. Although she insists she is not “hard core,” when we asked for an “action” photo, she sent us a handful from races all around the country). Other runners registered for this year´s race that we´ve heard about include Business & Mass Communications Administrator Lila Weaver MBA graduate Iben Nielsen. If we´ve left anyone out, we apologize – but you still have our admiration. Good luck to all.

Thursday, June 30, 2011