Video: A Student Tweeted at President Ryan, and He Took 125 People for a Run

October 03, 2018

An idle late-night tweet kicked off a chain reaction that resulted in about 125 members of the University of Virginia community joining President Jim Ryan for an early-morning run this week.

Just after midnight on Sept. 11, fourth-year student Lukas Pietrzak posted about one of his goals and tagged the University’s ninth president.

On Monday, Ryan responded. He’s an avid runner and marathoner, so much so that his inauguration weekend plans include a community 5k

Ryan not only invited Pietrzak and his friend to join him for a morning run, he opened the event up to anyone who wanted to come along.

The next morning, about 125 people – many of them students – showed up at Madison Hall to join Ryan for a 6:30 a.m. run. It was enough interest for him to announce another open run next week. 

Can’t make it, but still want a chance to go for a run (or walk) with President Ryan? Register for the Community Bridges 5K Run/Walk.

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