Five from SNU to help at Boston Marathon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
by Eunice Trent
February 2, 2006
Contact: Eunice Trent
Phone: 405.491.6600
Fax: 405.491.6381
E-mail: etrent@snu.edu

BETHANY, OK - Dr. Sylvia Goodman, Ed.D. L.A.T.,C. Program Director at Southern Nazarene University, will be on the medical staff for the 12th consecutive year at the Boston Marathon on April 17, 2006.

Traveling along with Professor Goodman will be four seniors from SNU. Goodman states that this is the fourth year that she has been able to take students to the Boston Marathon. The SNU seniors that will be traveling to Boston are Holly Burson, Michael Brobston, Lauren Duchemin and Nikki Nicholas.

“Selection to work the Marathon is made by the B.A.A. (Boston Athletic Association) and the number of students permitted to work the finish line area is extremely limited,” said Goodman. The B.A.A. was established in 1887. In 1896, more than half of the U.S. Olympic Team at the first modern games was comprised of B.A.A. club members.

The Olympic games provided the inspiration for the first Boston Marathon on April 19 of 1897. The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one
of the world’s most prestigious road racing events. 2006 celebrates its 110th anniversary.
Entries from athletes meeting the qualifying times will be accepted until the maximum field of 20,000 athletes is reached.

The Boston Athletic Association manages this American classic, which is sponsored by John Hancock Financial Services. The distance of the race is 26 miles, 385 yards.

The SNU students will be able to enjoy the city and see some historical sites on the weekend before race day. The team will be assisting the medical staff at the finish line. Scheduled to return to campus of the SNU five will be on Tuesday, April 18.

For further information, contact Sylvia Goodman at sgoodman@snu.edu.