Upstate students, faculty conquer Empire State Marathon

SUNY Upstate students runners

Above are some of the Upstate medical students who ran the 2012 Empire State Half Marathon. (L-R) Ellie Garbade, Catherine White, Mallory Lesieur, Caelyn Bellerose and David Bloom. Fellow medical students Kenneth Reed and Michelle Wakeley also completed the 13.1-mile race.

Upstate was well-represented at last Sunday’s Empire State Marathon and Half Marathon in Liverpool, and the list starts with overall marathon winner Scott Ulberg, a third-year medical student.

Ulberg finished first among 542 marathoners, covering the 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 38 minutes and 49 seconds — a pace of just over 6 minutes per mile.

Also completing the marathon were first-year medical student Matt Helm (3:56:13); CNYMPH student Kaushal Nanavati (4:58:11), and — representing the faculty — Vladimir Sirotkin,  PhD, assistant professor of Cell & Developmental Biology (4:08:59).

Four students in Upstate’s Physician Assistant master’s degree program competed in the relay division of the marathon. Katie Bubnack, Liz Schwennker, Chelsey Wallace and Kim Palmowski finished seventh among all-female teams with a combined time of 3:52:32.

CNYMPH student Jessica Jensen was a member of a relay team for Freedom of Espresso. That team finished in 4:09:50.

In the half-marathon, Physician Assistant program students Matt Cook (1:46:24) and Rachel Given (1:38:14) were joined by CNYMPH student Raj Shrestha (1:58:02) and seven medical students — Caelyn Bellerose (1:46:45); David Bloom (1:31:59); Ellie Garbade (1:49:54); Mallory Lesieur  (1:50:28); Kenneth Reed (1:35:03); Michelle Wakeley (1:49:51), and Catherine White (1:42:26).

Representing the Upstate faculty in the half-marathon were: David Clemente, MS, director of the Medical Imaging Sciences Department (1:44:54); Ken Galbraith, MS, Medical Imaging Sciences instructor (2:45:53); Margaret Formica, PhD, assistant professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (2:06:32); Mira Krendel, PhD, assistant professor of Cell & Developmental Biology (2:08:39); Carol Recker-Hughes, PhD, associate professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program (2:15:21), and Matthew Bowman, DPT, voluntary clinical faculty member (2:47:08).

A total of 1,351 runners completed the 13.1-mile half marathon.

(If any Upstate students or faculty who ran either the full or half marathon have been  overlooked here, send an e-mail to

SUNY Upstate Physician Assistant program runners

These four students in Upstate's Physician Assistant master's degree program each ran a 6.55-mile leg of the Empire State Marathon. (L-R) Liz Schwennker, Kim Palmowski, Katie Bubnack and Chelsey Wallace.

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