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Troy Resident to be Honored as 1999 Distinguished Alumnus at Hudson Valley

CONTACT: Sarah Boggess or Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, April 27, 2000

George Regan of Troy will be honored as the 1999 Distinguished Alumnus at Hudson Valley Community College, at a luncheon in his honor, Thursday, May 4.

Regan, a 1973 graduate of the college, has spent his adult life overseeing and organizing athletic events. His interest in athletics has led him to top positions in the country's largest track and field organization, USA Track and Field.

As chair of USA Track and Field's Road Race Championship subcommittee for the past 16 years, Regan has overseen over 100 national cross country events and road races as well as five Olympic Marathon Trial Championships in communities across the nation. He also served as a referee for three Olympic Marathon Trials and led the United States national team to three world championships.

Regan currently is president of the USA Track and Field Adirondack Association and has directed one of the largest and best-known road races in the country, The Freihofer's Run for Women, since 1982. The race is considered the women's national championship at the 5K length. The Freihofer's Run for Kids, which is run in conjunction with the race every year, was the fourth largest kids' race run in the nation last year.

Regan also has been instrumental in creating a highly successful junior program for distance runners, which is located at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center. Many of the more than 500 program graduates went on to compete for prestigious Division I schools.

"George Regan brings a real energy and enthusiasm to his work with USA Track and Field," said President John Buono. "His commitment to excellence is shown in the success of the Freihofer's Run for Women, which has become one of the premier women's road races under his direction. We are proud to honor him as a Distinguished Alumnus."

The luncheon will begin at noon, in the meeting rooms of the Bulmer Telecommunications Center. For more information about the luncheon, contact the Hudson Valley Community College Office of Alumni Affairs at 629-8077.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.