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Seventy-six runners and walkers finished the one-mile downhill course through campus at the fourth annual Dash for Diabetes Saturday morning.

The participants — students, faculty, alums and Providence residents — raised about $3,000 this year, said Daniel Prada '12, an organizer of the event. The student-run fundraiser has raised over $10,000 over its four-year history.

Though the run's main goal was to raise money for diabetes research, the event was not devoid of competition. The winner, local resident Steve Brightman, 42, finished the race with a time of four minutes, 42 seconds.

"Oh yeah, I was running to win," Brightman said.

Jaap Ruoff '13 said he was "a little disappointed two guys beat me who were twice my age."

Many student groups came out together in support of the cause, including the women's lacrosse team and six students from the Latin American Student Organization.

Professor Robert Dobrzynski Jr., assistant professor of medicine at the Alpert Medical School, ran with his three young children.

The cheerful and colorful  runners — some women's lacrosse team members dressed up as crayons — met at Josiah's after the race for prizes and a raffle.

"People stay for a good time," said organizer Paul Shamirian '12.

Nicole Corrao, a representative from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, gave a brief speech at Jo's thanking the fundraisers for their work.


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