This past Saturday was the 26th Annual Linda Yalem Run. The event is a tradition at UB and students, faculty and community members alike join in to walk or run. It was my first 5K event and I have to say I had a blast. I ran on the University Honors College team, and other teams of students competed as well. Members of UB’s football team and volunteers from on-campus clubs and Greek life lined the race route and cheered on those participating. It was an amazing feeling to have strangers tell me to keep going and that I was doing great. I’m not the best runner, but I sure felt like I could run that race again.
The run commemorates UB student Linda Yalem, who was tragically raped and killed on the Amherst bike path which runs behind the Ellicott Complex on UB’s North Campus in 1990. She was an avid runner who was training to run in the New York City Marathon. Her killer was apprehended by police and sentenced to 75 years in prison in 2007. The run promotes safety while exercising and the registration fee – only $20 for UB students – goes to rape-prevention and personal safety awareness programming at UB.
The route is a 5K USA Track and Field-certified course that starts behind the Academic Spine and wraps around the entire campus. There were post-race awards and food and the weather was gorgeous for an early fall morning. You can run or walk the race, so I encourage you to grab some friends and participate!