WPI Striders Place Second in New Hampshire's Largest Road Race

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Worcester, Mass. - August 29, 2002 - Twenty runners representing Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) traveled north to show their WPI colors in New Hampshireís largest road race, the annual CIGNA HealthCare Corporate 5K Road Race in Manchester, N.H. The trip was well worth it as the WPI men coasted to a second place finish in the crowded Corporate Cup competition for fastest male team. The WPI contingent was part of the more than 5,000 registered runners and walkers who participated in the August 8th race to benefit Special Olympics New Hampshire.

Corporate teams are a major part of the CIGNA 5K. This year more than 210 corporate teams participated, ranging in size from 5 to 96 team members. Awards were given out for fastest male, female and co-ed corporate teams as wells as for the teams with the most participants and highest percentage of participants.

The second place Corporate Cup menís team representing WPI was led by Ken Stafford, Manager of Academic Initiatives, who finished 3rd in his age group, and Bland Addison, Humanities & Arts Associate Professor, who finished 2nd in his age group. They were followed by Daniel Green, Shawn McAvey, Michael Radzicki, Kent Rissmiller and Brian Savilonis. Rounding out the swift menís contingent were Joe Bagshaw, Bill Baller, Chris Bartley, Brian Degon, Rob Krueger, Neil Spellman and Roger Steele.

Danielle Cove led WPIís six women runners to a 36th place finish in the 116-team female division of the Corporate Cup competition. She was followed by Debbie Graves, Joan Deal, Sarah Petrakos, Carla Risi and Patty Turgeon.

In its tenth year, the CIGNA HealthCare Corporate 5K Road Race is traditionally the third largest timed road race in New England following the Boston Marathon and the Falmouth Road Race. Each year, CIGNA HealthCare of New Hampshire makes a donation on behalf of the race participants. This year, the CIGNA Foundation donated $20,000 to Special Olympics New Hampshire.

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