Saturday, Dec. 5, was the 37th annual Goodloe Byron Memorial Run, led by the MSMU Bolte School of Business Student Finance Club. The run brought 133 people to campus and raised $2,500 in scholarship money to be awarded to sophomores Jacqueline Buzaid and Bennett Zaba.
“Mr. Goodloe Byron served as the 6th Congressional District’s House of Representatives elected representative from 1971 until his passing in 1978. For the past 37 years the Byron Memorial 15K (now 10 mile) Run has used MSMU as it home,” the announcement of the run read, “Congressman Byron (succeeded in Congress by his wife Beverly Byron who served until 1993) was an avid proponent of youth and adult physical fitness and lived what he supported as a Congressman and a parent.”
The turnout of the run was the largest of the past 20 years. Many people on campus came together to make the run a success.
Senior Dan Confalone, president of the Finance Club, led student volunteers who assisted with registration, runner safety, and coordinating the finish line.
“The experience of organizing the Byron run was incredibly fulfilling. Without Kim Byron, Professor Butt, and the Steeplechasers and of course the runners this event wouldn’t have been possible. It was great to see people of all ages and skill levels participate in the run,” Confalone said.
Much of the run comes out of the hard work by Kimball Byron, Goodloe Byron’s son, and Larry Cunningham, a family friend of the Byron’s and friend of the Mount. Together, they worked on arranging sponsors, T-shirts, trophies, refreshments, and so much more.
“It should be noted that the Run’s success is strongly supported by the first class efforts provided by Mr. Michael Post, Vice President for Enrollment, Dr. Karl Einolf, Dean Bolte School of Business, Mr. Barry Titler and the folks in Campus Security, and the fine individuals from Facility Services, and Food Services. Each of these groups are always available to support our efforts at the Mount. We are very fortunate to have their timely valuable assistance,” Professor Butt, faculty coordinator of the run said.
“Student support and diligence were truly outstanding. Everyone focused on runner safety as the priority,” Butt said.