Ultra-Marathon Success!

July 27, 2019

Congratulations to Father Gregory Plow, TOR, and Brother Zachary Burns, TOR. Both finished the grueling Burning River 51.2 mile ultramarathon over the weekend near Cleveland. Brother Zach finished 39th out of a field out of 193 entrants, with a time of 11:15:53. This was his first ultramarathon. Father Gregory finished 74th with a time of 12:36:40, which was more than 30 minutes faster than his previous time two years ago.

The Franciscan University  Hot 100 mile Relay Team, the Spirit of St. Francis, finished their race in an unofficial time of 17 hours and 50 minutes. The runners were:

Riley Brooks, cross country student-athlete; Grady Stuckman ’19, Shaun McKeegan ’95, Dr. Daniel Kuebler, biology, head cross country coach; Patrick Kuebler, Catholic Central High School, cross country student-athlete; James Sarlo ’18, Emma (Lipnicki ’13) Baugher ’13, and Carolyn Poston ’19.



Father Gregory Plow, TOR, director of Franciscan University's Priestly Discernment Program, and fellow-friar Brother Zachary Burns, TOR, will take on one of the most physically demanding challenges for any athlete when they run the 50-mile Burning River Ultramarathon.

The friars, joined by avid members of the FUS Cross Country team, are running to raise money for Franciscan's Spirit of St. Francis Scholarship.  The scholarship benefits students who demonstrate a high level of need and whose goals exemplify the mission of Franciscan University.

We invite you to sponsor any of these runners. All gifts will go directly to the Spirit of St. Francis Scholarship.  Thank you for your generosity!

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About Running the Race

This run is being attempted to raise funds for the Spirit of St. Francis Scholarship.  Although all Franciscan University runners have trained extensively and are entering these races in good faith, with the full intention of running the distances indicated, it is possible that due to injury, exhaustion, or medical advice, the run may be only partially-completed or even not at all.  Your gift is understood as a gift in the spirit of the run, not as a payment for completion.  Of course, if for any reason you feel that your gift was insufficiently honored, we will cheerfully refund it.  May God bless both runners and donors!