University remembers Linda Yalem in Annual 5K Safety Run
On Sunday, September 28, the university community came together on the North Campus for the Annual Linda Yalem 5K Safety Run. This race has been held for the past 14 years in memory of Yalem, a UB student who was murdered in September 1990 while running near campus as she trained for the New York City Marathon.
More than 1,100 people-including alumni, students, faculty, staff and community friends-participated in the 2003 race. At the starting line, Vice President for Student Affairs Dennis Black held a moment of silence to honor the late Nan Harvey, the UB associate athletic director who died in September. Harvey and Black were among the original creators of the Yalem Run.
Physical therapy graduate student Rick Stewart won first place overall with a time of 15:29. West Seneca runner Allison Carr took first place overall in the women's division with a time of 17:52. Buffalonian Henry Sypniewski, 85, set a national 5K record within his age group with a time of 27:15.
Part of this very special event, exemplifying how the university and the community can work together, is to remember how to ensure one's safety and the safety of others, and to live without having fear control our lives. In addition, through the efforts of UB's Anti-Rape Task Force, safety awareness and rape prevention programs are supported with the monies collected from the registration fees.
In the men's division, the top three alumni runners were Michael Rogers of Lake View, NY, 17:07; Dave Sarkovics of North Tonawanda, NY, 17:11 and Donald E. Seitz of Williamsville, NY, 18:13. In the women's division, Kathryn M. Wirth of Buffalo, NY, 17:59; Christine Couvutsakis of Buffalo, NY, 20:12 and Heather E. Patterson of Williamsville, NY, 20:23, prevailed.