Morgan and Shane Sharpe, dean of the Honors College, started a student running group in hopes to build a sense of community among their students.
When co-workers Jacqueline Morgan and Shane Sharpe
sat down to brainstorm about how to build a sense of community among their students in the University of Alabama's Honors College
, their solution was a runaway hit.
On Sunday, Sharpe
competed in the Mercedes Half-Marathon, cutting eight minutes off his
time from his
first half-marathon at the 2008 event.
A runner since his
high school days at Phillipsburg High in Kansas, he
first full marathon in Memphis, Tenn. last December.
goal was to finish in four hours.
finished in 3:46.
Morgan's track roots date to high school in Thomasville, Ga.
The 25-year Tuscaloosa resident's marathon experience includes the 2004 Chicago Marathon and a half-marathon in Nashville in 2005 where she
sister and two brothers to compete as a family.
Three ran in the half-marathon and one brother ran the full.
That's where the university's duo will lead their students on April 25 when they enter the 10th Annual Country Music Half-Marathon.
and I run, we thought, 'Well, why don't we try this out?' And that's what we did.
Morgan and Sharpe
join the group each Sunday to train.
, who has lived in Tuscaloosa for 18 years, said running marathons was on his
"bucket list" of life goals.
In high school, he
broke the five-minute mile in a meet.
always run for fun and is a newcomer to marathons.
trains with locals Mark Sullivan, Brent Hutto and Ken Dreyfus.
runs for the pure joy, but also for the fellowship and the goal-setting and achieving, things he's
students will experience, too.
"With every run, it's brand new territory and a brand new goal that they've achieved," Sharpe
said of the Sunday workouts.