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Sixth Annual Run for Ryan Set for Saturday

The sixth annual Run for Ryan, a 5K run/walk benefit supporting the educational needs of student veterans at Duquesne University, gathers students and the greater Pittsburgh community to pay tribute to Marine Sgt. Ryan Lane.

Lane, a resident of Castle Shannon, was killed in action in Afghanistan in July 2009. His family has been part of the Duquesne community for years; his aunt, Renee Kochanski, works in the University's Facilities Management Department and his mother, Kathy Haney, had worked for years at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park.

"The effort of countless Duquesne ROTC students to heighten awareness of our military's sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan must be recognized," said Don Accamando, director of the Office for Military and Veteran Students. "To date, they have raised over $50,000 which serves as a living memorial of the life and service of Sgt. Lane. Each year moving forward we will be uniquely postured to provide a scholarship in Ryan's name to a veteran student who has exhausted his or her benefits. It epitomizes the core value of today's military-service before self."

The Run for Ryan is facilitated by ROTC cadets and midshipmen, and Duquesne students.

When: Saturday, April 11. Registration starts at 8 a.m.; race starts at 10 a.m.

Where: Duquesne University campus, starting at Brottier Commons

Cost: Race day registration, $25, can be paid with credit or debit cards or by check.

Information: On Facebook at www.facebook.com/RunForRyan

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