Sherman College students Levi Pulver, Robin Pace and Elizabeth Pagano have successfully completed the Virginia Beach Rock n Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach, VA. The 13.1-mile race was held September 5, and the three Sherman students enjoyed scenic views and live entertainment along their route. More than 12,700 runners participated in the event.
Pace decided to participate when other members of her family made a pact to train for the race and run it in memory of her father-in-law, Bill Blose, who died suddenly in April 2004 of bacterial meningitis.
Levi Pulver, Robin Pace and Elizabeth Pagano
Pagano also had her reasons for running. My sister and I have run several half-marathons together, most recently in Nashville in April 2004, she says. I enjoy running because it keeps me fit and energized. Pagano says she sets goals for each race to keep motivated. She plans to participate in all four Rock n Roll Half Marathons next year.
Pulver first heard of the Rock n Roll Half Marathon after running the Cooper River Bridge 10K in Charleston, SC, last April. Since my ultimate goal is to run a marathon, I thought this half-marathon would be a good test, he says. The training program was a great way for me to get into shape and I even talked my brother Nick, who is stationed with the Navy in Norfolk, into running it with me. We both ran very well and I finished right at one hour and 46 minutes. Now I'm in the process of finding a marathon to run next year.
According to information on its web site, The Rock n Roll Half Marathon starts at the Virginia Beach Pavilion Convention Center, runs through the Virginia Beach oceanfront and finishes on the oceanfront boardwalk. During the race, more than 20 bands and many local high school cheerleading squads (spaced approximately every mile) cheered on the racers. After the race was over, Pulver, Pace and Pagano enjoyed refreshments and relaxed in the sand as finish line feature bands played.