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Graduate Business Students Raise Thousands at Charity 5K Race

By Lindsey Anderson

Graduate Business Students

Race Director Brooke Marshall, MBA '11, Runner Henry Rust MBA '11, Volunteer Dave Levin MBA '11, Runner Matthew Zeiger MBA '11, Runner Isabel Saldarriaga MBA '11.

The 175 participants in the Graduate Business Association's first-ever 5K race, "Runnin' For a Chance," raised nearly $5,000 for a local DC nonprofit. The organization, Fair Chance, helps build the capacity of other nonprofits that improve the lives of children and youth in Washington's most underserved communities, Wards 5 through 8.

The USA Track and Field-certified course was on AU's campus, and runners young and old—with dogs and strollers—were welcome to participate. Registrants ranged from 3- to 60-years-old, according to Tracy Dodge, associate director of programming and student activities.

Daniel Schiff, KSB/MBA '13, took third place with a time of 21:40. Seven AU students finished in the top 25: 

• 9th — Rick Morse, KSB/MBA '12

• 13th — John Fishback, KSB/MBA  '13

• 14th — Henry Rust, KSB/MBA 

• 23rd — Stephen Gilmore, CAS/BA  

• 24th — Zachary Levy, SPA/BA

• 25th — Audrey Sheetz, SPA/BA

The top male and female racers were non-AU students, including: 

• 1st place male runner — Kumsa Ethicha at 17:43 

• 1st place female runner — Katherine Reilly at 23:21 

• 2nd place male runner — Harvard Thompson at 18:56 

• 2nd place female runner — Christina Manzi at 23:35

Race sponsors included Magee-Rosenblum Plastic Surgery Inc. of Norfolk, Va., Reingold Inc. of Washington, DC, and the GBA. Members of AU's undergraduate community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega volunteered at the race.

Local companies such as Robek's Smoothies, McDonald's, Vita Coco, and Potomac River Running Company donated refreshments and prizes for the event. Potomac River Running Company also managed the race.

Amanda Marshall, the sister-in-law of second-year MBA student and Race Director Brooke Marshall, founded Fair Chance in 2002 to ensure District children living in poverty have increased life opportunities.