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A Stronger U Turns Out Big for the Corporate Run

With some wearing superhero capes and orange masks, more than a thousand faculty, staff, alumni, and guests turned out for the 2014 Mercedes Benz Corporate Run/Walk in downtown Miami on April 24, increasing Team UM’s participation by 25 percent over last year. View the slideshow below.


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Corporate Run/Walk T-Shirt Design Competition

Participants at last year's Corporate Run/Walk sport their Team UM T-shirts.

Participants at last year’s Corporate Run/Walk sport their Team UM T-shirts.

Put your graphic design and illustration techniques to use, and you could win a $100 gift certificate to the UM Bookstore. The University of Miami’s Herbert Wellness Center is sponsoring a T-shirt design competition for the 2013 Mercedes Benz Corporate Run/Walk. Employees and students from all UM campuses can enter the T-shirt design competition. The winning design will be featured on the official Team UM dri-fit shirts that will be worn by hundreds of UM participants during the event, scheduled for Thursday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. Team UM’s theme for this year’s Corporate Run/Walk: ’Canes Reign. Continue Reading

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Corporate Outing

Corporate Outing

Clad in Hurricane green and orange, hundreds of University of Miami employees laced up their sneakers on April 26 and hit the ground running for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run in downtown Miami. With 890 registered participants, UM doubled its participation over last year’s event. The UM contingent was among the 22,640 participants and 830 companies registered for the run.

The team of runners and walkers from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science captured the inaugural President’s Cup Office Challenge, which honors the largest UM team in the run. Human Resources and the School of Law came in second and third, respectively.

Here’s a look at individual UM winners in different age categories, with their times listed in brackets:

29 and under: David Magida [17:17]
30-39 years: Eli Stiers [19:04]
40-49 years: Rodovaldo Lopez [21:35]
50 and above: Jeffrey Stern [23:42]

29 and under: Kamila Orlova [21:03]
30-39 years: Ha Green [23:05]
40-49 years: Han Tran [22:39]
50 and above: Paquita Zuidema [26:41]

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Team UM Participates in Miami’s Largest Office Party

Corporate RunEmployees and students from across the University donned running shoes and shorts on April 25 and took to the streets of downtown Miami for the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run, an event popularly known as Miami’s largest office party.

About 850 members of the University community participated in the event, many of them as team members from different UM departments, divisions, and units. Partners in Excellence—co-captained by Melissa Cabezas (Human Resources), David Siqueiros (Facilities Administration), and Alina Sanchez-Garcia (Medical Human Resources)—won the Department of Wellness and Recreation’s President’s Cup Challenge for having the largest team (83 members).

Team UM award winners for best finishing times included:
29 and under: Christian Cruz (19:27), Jenni Vanos (20:00)
30-39 years: Markus Wagner (21:07), Maricarmen Saleta (22:32)
40-49 years: Antoni Barrientos (21:02), Sharon Andrade-Bucknor (28:19)
50 and over: Wayne Balkan (25:56), Lesley Klein (28:22)

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Team Effort

Team Effort

Above, Team UM and Sebastian the Ibis pose for a team photo prior to the start of the event, which drew about 20,000 people.

About 530 members of the University of Miami community participated in last Thursday’s 2011 Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run, donning running shorts and shoes and hitting downtown Miami’s streets as part of the popular event organized to promote fitness, company spirit, and teamwork.


Team UM’s Team Footworks Awards

COED DIVISION – EducationUNIVERSITY OF MIAMI (1:31:13) – 1st Place

22:57 Alexandra Gonzenbach
25:59 Paquita Zuidema

20:46 Adam Chambers
23:33 Kevin Martin

MEN’S DIVISION – EducationUNIVERSITY OF MIAMI (1:36:28) – 1st Place

23:53 Jason Waters
23:69 Erin Wolff
24:02 Mark Diaz
24:34 Jeffrey Stern

Team UM’s Awards

Race Awards:



29 years and under Alexandra Gonzenbach (22:27) 

Adam Chambers (20:46) 

30-39 years Christina Plattner (27:06) 


Andrew Martin (23:33) 

40-49 years Sharon Andrade-Bucknor (27:14) 


Mark Diaz (24:02)
50 years and older Paquita Zuidema (25:59) 



Jeffrey Stern (24:34)


Office Party Challenge Winner: Human Resources (60 participants)



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