Armstrong Rocks the Marathon!

(Nov. 13, 2013) As the sun rose on Saturday, Nov. 9, 24 members of Team Armstrong joined more than 18,500 entrants as they lined the streets of historic downtown Savannah for the third Rock ‘n' Roll Savannah Marathon and Half Marathon. Armstrong was proud to sponsor the world's largest running series which more than 500,000 people take part in throughout 26 North American cities each year.

“I decided to run with Team Armstrong in the Rock ‘n' Roll because I think it's a great way to interact with our community,” said Armstrong's Chief Information Officer Robert Howard.

Howard ran the half marathon for the first time last year for catharsis and in tribute to his mother's passing in May of 2012. This year, Howard ran the half marathon to help represent Armstrong's commitment to its students.

“Not only is it a way to be healthy, but there is a great parallel to running a race like the Rock ‘n' Roll and earning your degree. It takes discipline. It is a solitary achievement, but there is a great support network helping you along the way,” said Howard. “You have different people with different sizes, ages and abilities, but we all have the same goal.”

At 7 a.m., the runners gathered in the corrals and took off in waves on Bay Street. Start Strong, Armstrong flags lined the street on the way to the race's first mile marker where Armstrong's gospel choir, Anointed Voices, performed. Further down the course, 130 student volunteers from Armstrong manned a water station where they helped hydrate runners by handing out thousands of cups of water.

“The experience was very rewarding because you get kind of caught up in the excitement, cheering and clapping for people you don't even know,” said water station volunteer Chris Sweat, an Armstrong graduate student in the program of Professional Communication and Leadership. “Tons of runners thanked us as they whizzed by.”

The encouragement from Armstrong volunteers was pivotal, especially for Student Government Association president Andy Cabistan who ran the full 26.2 miles.

“It was great to see the Armstrong volunteers along the race because they were cheering for us and that was priceless,” said Cabistan.

Knowing that he was a member of Team Armstrong was a big motivational factor for Cabistan. He felt that he wasn't just running for himself, but for his school, and that helped keep him going.

“The last mile was emotional because there was a deep silence with a sense of peace, where you just hear the steps of the runners and the sound of their breaths. Getting to the final stretch felt full of hope and motivation when all the people on the side of the road started clapping and encouraging all the runners to keep running. It was an unforgettable experience that I can't explain with just words. You have to live it to feel it,” said Cabistan.

Armstrong would like to congratulate all of the students, faculty and staff who joined Team Armstrong and ran in the Rock ‘n' Roll Savannah Marathon and Half Marathon:

• Katherine Arntzen
• Andy Cabistan
• Rance Clark
• Cherish Davis
• Pamela Denson
• Samantha Dyal
• Nikki Friedman
• Rhonda Friedman
• Brittany Gordon
• Anna Hayes
• Robert Howard
• Leah Hutchinson
• Amy Limpert
• Brett Martin
• Jana Pierce
• Amanda Plotner
• Charles Roessing
• Allison Rollins
• Cameron Rutledge
• Amanda Smith
• Michael Smoose
• Julie Warner
• Shannon Vo
• Nancy Wofford