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12th Annual Bengal 5K Run & Fun Walk Runs to a Record-Breaking Finish!!

Posted: March 23, 2009
More than 800 runners and walkers (a record increase of 300 registrants from the previous year) and 150 volunteers (yet another record!!) supported the 12th Annual Bengal 5K Run & Fun Walk on Saturday, March 14. The proceeds from this event benefit the Buffalo State Alumni Association's Legacy Scholarship Fund, a scholarship awarded annually to a student who is the child or grandchild of a Buffalo State graduate.

Beautiful weather and sunshine were “on our side”, race participants “exercised their bengal spirit”, and our friendly volunteers did an outstanding job!  Steve Barber, '97, News Reporter for WKBW-Channel 7 "fired the starter gun" and ran the race (a “first” for this event!) and Chris Parker, '94, Co-host of the afternoon show on WGR 550-AM sports radio, served as our master of ceremonies for the Post-Race Bengal Brunch.

Thanks to the RECORD number of campus community members (faculty, staff, students, alumni and emeriti) who supported this race as a runner, walker or volunteer! We had 18 student organizations come out on race day, some friendly competition amongst three faculty/staff teams, and five alumni chapters represented.  It was wonderful to see so many “bengals” showing their support for this worthwhile cause.  Your participation really made a difference and helped make this year’s Bengal 5K the most successful one yet!!

Congratulations to our Race Winners:

Top Male/Female Finishers:
Meghan Nolan (17:55), Williamsville, NY

Top Male/Female Student Finishers:
Matthew Feely (18:10), Buffalo, NY
Amber Cioffi (20:09), Buffalo, NY

Top Male and Female Faculty/Staff Finishers:
Andrew Garrity (18:42), Williamsville, NY
Carol Denysschen (23:31), Orchard Park, NY

Top Alumnus/Alumna Finishers:
Josh Demars (16:48), Buffalo, NY
Brandi Boyle (20:39), Tonawanda, NY

Fastest Faculty/Staff Team:  Computing Services/ITEC
Student Group with the Most Runners/Walkers:  United Students Government
Student Group with the Most Volunteers: Step Expression 

Thanks again for making this year's Bengal 5K a HUGE success and for supporting our Legacy Scholarship Fund!  For a complete list of race results, visit
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