Congratulations to Nicole Dann-Payne, a Department of Food and Nutrition faculty member, who placed eight overall for the women in the 2013 Pittsburgh Marathon, which took place on Sunday, May 5. Her finish time was 3:05:44. Not bad considering this was her first marathon ever!
Dann-Payne has run half-marathons three times; twice in Pittsburgh. She absolutely loves the Pittsburgh Marathon. “The city was alive and electric, with all of the distinct neighborhoods coming out of their homes and on to the streets to volunteer and cheer you on!” she said. “It was so great seeing different organizations and churches along the route out singing, dancing, cheering, and even supplying additional water and fruit to runners!”
It was a shock to learn from a spectator with about three miles to go that she was in eighth place! “I could not believe it! I had so much fun, giving so many spectators high fives, singing along to songs bands along the course were playing, and feeling the incredible support from spectators who would yell ‘you go girl!’. The energy was indescribable, so positive and electric!”
In addition to teaching in the Department of Food and Nutrition, Dann-Payne coaches track and cross country at Marion Center Area High School.