Sept. 17, 2011
BALTIMORE - The Loyola swimming and diving team was part of a record-setting crowd of 769 participants from the Baltimore area and the Loyola community took part in the 9th-Annual Diane Geppi-Aikens 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk on a bright and sunny Saturday morning.
The energetic crowd set a record for the highest number of participants in the eight-year history of the event, eclipsing the 729 who participated in the race last year. It is also the fourth-straight year the run has drawn more than 600 participants.
More than 80 members of the swimming and diving teams took part in the festivities, with six earning top-25 finishes. Ryan Shovlin finished third overall on the men's side, while Rob Walker took fourth. Tony Florida crossed in 15th, Julien Brice was 18th and Tim Brooks was 24th. On the women's side, Erin Thomson was fourth.
In the female's 30-39 division, diving coach Katryn Valladares crossed the line third.
The race was held on the College's campus in honor of the Loyola women's lacrosse coach who passed away in 2003 after a brave battle with brain cancer.
In addition to many local road runners, family and friends of Geppi-Aikens, and Loyola athletics teams, women's lacrosse teams from Loyola, Maryland, UMBC, Johns Hopkins and Towson all ran or walked at the event.