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Put a spring in your step for the annual URI Physical Therapy road race/walk, April 9

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

Program to honor distinguished alumni

KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 28, 2004 -- Spring is in the air and the University of Rhode Island's Physical Therapy Program says it's time to "Spring into Motion” at its Alumni Day Celebration on Saturday, April 9, 2005. The day will feature the 15th annual 5-mile Fun Run and 3.1-mile walk, an honors ceremony to recognize several URI physical therapy alumni, and an awards presentation after the race.

The program starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration at Keaney Gymnasium on the URI Kingston Campus, with the race and walk starting at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Fees for adults and students with ID who register before March 31 are $14 and $12 respectively. Student registration is $10, and race day registration is $17 for all. The first 200 entrants will receive free event T-shirts.

After the race, awards will be presented to top runners in age group categories and overall finishers. There will also be free refreshments, massages by the Bancroft School of Massage, health screening, and prize raffles after the race.

Following the presentation of the race awards, several distinguished alumni will be presented with the department's first "Outstanding Alumni" awards in honor of professional accomplishments. Alumni to be honored are: Terry Castelli '95, the first graduate to earn a clinical specialization in geriatrics and who now works as a specialist at Cedar Crest Subacute Rehabilitation Centre in Cranston; Don Levine '92, who is co-owner and founder of Olympic Physical Therapy in Middletown and active in legislative issues with the R.I. American Physical Therapy Association; Capt. Justin LaFerrier '02, who served a nine-month tour of duty in Iraq and is now chief prosthetics therapist at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.; Jackie Kingma '92, a tenured faculty member at Arizona School of Health Science (a division of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine). Nancy Patry '94 will also be honored in memoriam.

To register in advance, send fees to: Spring into Motion, c/o URI Physical Therapy, 25 West Independence Way, Kingston, R.I., 02881. Proceeds from the race benefit the department's student clinical research.

The URI Physical Therapy Program prepares students for careers as licensed physical therapists. Through an intensive three-year course of study, students are exposed to basic sciences, evaluative and treatment theories, intervention techniques, professional issues analysis, and skills development to allow independent practice. Funds raised by the event help to support physical therapy graduate student research projects.

For more information, contact Jim Agostinucci at 874-4066.