Time - 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Location - Nelson's Art Gallery
Join us for our second bi - annual Open Running Town Hall where we will have an open Q & A on anything running! Whether you're just starting, want to get serious, or just need new ideas, come and join us for a discussion on running!
Rita Gary – Furman Cross Country/Track & Field Assistant Coach
Rita Gary is in her sixth season as an assistant coach with the Furman track and field/cross country programs.
During her time at Furman, Coach Gary has coached three All-Americans and fourteen NCAA National Qualifiers. Most recently, she led the women’s team to their fourth – consecutive SoCon title in 2016. Furthermore, during the 2017 indoor season, Allie Buchalski became the first All-American in the history of the Furman women’s track and field program, placing fourth nationally in the 5,000m and seventh in the 3,000m. During the outdoor season, Bucharski finished sixth place in the 5,000m and went on to compete at the USATF Outdoor Championships.
Coach Gary, a Michigan native, graduated in 2001 from South Florida with a degree in mass communications. She was a six-time NCAA qualifier, set two school records, and was honored a s a three-time Academic All-American during her time at South Florida. Rita is married to Furman head track and field/cross country coach, Robert Gary and have a son, Percy.
Photo by Furman University
Stephanie Garcia – Professional Runner for New Balance & Furman Elite
A walk-on at the University of Virginia’s cross-country and track programs, Stephanie Garcia was a natural and soon found her niche in the steeplechase, snagged double conference titles and an NCAA runner-up finish before qualifying for the 2011 World Championship team. Stephanie went on to achieve even more in 2014, when she set a personal records in every event from the mile to the 5k, and ran the 4th all-time fastest steeplechase for an American. In 2015, she took things to the next level and scored three “A” standards in her signature steeple event, as well as the 5,000m and 1500m. After placing second in the steeplechase at the US Championships, she broke into the top-10 at the World Championships, storming down the home straightaway to claim 9th place. Her current personal bests are the following: 1500m (4:04.63), 3000m (8:52.74), 3000mSC (9:19.48), 5000m (15:15.56).
Photo by New Balance