It’s an annual event at Clayton State University… faculty, staff and students gather on the University Quad with President Dr. Thomas Hynes to celebrate running the Peachtree Road Race.
This wearing of the Peachtree shirt began several years ago, partly following Hynes, who has run the race 17 times, example. And, even though everyone at Clayton State who ran the annual event down Peachtree street may not be able to make the photo, all who come out traditionally spend a half hour or so discussing that year’s race.
Highlighting the 2014 group were, in addition to Hynes, a mother/daughter combination; Professor Sandra Jones from the Computer Science and Information Technology Department of the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences, and her daughter, Elise Jones, who ran the Peachtree Junior this year for the third time. (Mom has run seven Peachtrees.)
Clayton State student Yao Seidu topped all runners present with 32 Peachtrees to his credit, while Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Angelyn Hayes matched Hynes with 17 trips down Peachtree street. Hayes felt her 2014 effort was especially noteworthy, since she passed WSB-TV consumer advocate Clark Howard during the race. Since Hayes had been instrumental in inviting Howard to the Clayton State campus in May to film his “Ask Clark: Life After Graduation” special, the two runners had something else to chat about in Piedmont Park after the race. The newest member of the group, Interim Vice President for Information Technology and Services Bill Gruszka, had just finished his second Peachtree Road Race.
Missing this year’s photo, but sending their regrets were Assistant Track/Cross Country Coach Hugh Toro, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management & Academic Success Dr. Mark Daddona, and Joseph Echols from Recruitment and Admissions. Toro’s absence was notably felt, since he has run the last 43 Peachtrees, having only missed the first two years of the event because he wasn’t living in Atlanta at the time.
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Photo Caption – from left to right: Todd Birchfield (OITS), Dr. Angelyn Hayes, student Toshi Shareef, Dr. Thomas Hynes, Elise Jones, Bill Gruska, student Kenyette Patrick, Yao Seidu, Sandra Jones. (Lauren Graves photo)