Shawn M Nassaney Memorial X-Country Race
Shawn M Nassaney enjoyed the outdoors and had a passion for running then came that fateful day on September 11, 2001 . . .
Posted Monday, 29 September, 2003
September 11, 2001 was the saddest day in US history. On 7:58AM, eastern standard time United Airlines Flight 175, departed from Boston, Massachusetts, to Los Angeles, California. After departing Logan International Airport, the plane was hijacked by five Al Quatta terrorists and diverted to New York City. At 9:03AM, ET, the hijacked plane hit the World Trade Center Tower 2 (south tower) killing all aboard. Two pilots, seven flight attendants and 56 passengers were on board. One hour later at 9:55 AM, the south tower collapsed down to its foundation, burying thousands alive.
While at Bryant, Shawn was a 2-time recipient of the coveted "Bulldog Award," for ability and commitment to the athletic program.
The September 11 tragedy in some way touched all of us personally. For Tov Birke-Haveisen and Brenden Shannon, teammates on the Bryant College cross-country team, the tragedy hit really close to home. Their former teammate and friend Shawn Nassaney and his girl friend Lynn Goodchild were both on board Flight 175. Both were 25 years old.
Shawn Nassaney grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and had a passion for cross-country running and all things outdoors. He attended Saint Raphael Academy, where he developed an interest in running and became a star on the track team. He went on to attend Bryant College in Smithfield, Rhode Island and graduated cum laude in 1998 with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing, while leading Bryant's track and cross-country programs. While at Bryant, Shawn was a 2-time recipient of the coveted "Bulldog Award," for ability and commitment to the athletic program. He began coursework in the MBA program at Providence College in May 2001.
After college Shawn's worked for American Power Conversion (APC) in West Kingston, Rhode Island. His assignments brought him to work in Sydney, Australia for a while before returning to the US in 2000. Shawn was a bright, energetic young man who positively touched the lives of all around him. In his twenty-five years, he accomplished more than most people do in an entire lifetime.
The Memorial Race
Tov Birke-Haveisen, who became captain of the Bryant cross-country team after Shawn graduated, remembers him as "a guy who loved the outdoors." To honor the memory of their friend, Birke-Haveisen and Shannon decided to setup the Shawn M. Nassaney Foundation. An endowed scholarship has been established at Bryant College, in Shawn's name. The foundation is also developing other long-term ventures in pursuit of its objective. During its first two-years, the foundation has raised $120,000.
The flagship fundraiser for the Foundation is the Shawn M. Nassaney Memorial 5K Race and 2 Mile Walk. Scheduled for next Sunday (Oct 5) the race will be held on the Bryant College cross-country course. The Bryant course is not your average cross-country course. It features a variety of terrain, ranging from flat grassy stretches to rolling hills in a forest. The course has been home to numerous college and New England championships and should be an excellent venue for the expected 1000 runners. Last year 800 runners/walkers participated in the event. That was double the amount participating in the inaugural year.
The amenities featured in this event are not usually found in your typical cross-country race. For example the race timing will be done using chip technology. This will allow participants to receive Net times so that every individual's start time is registered. The race also has a very generous prize structure with over $2000 in cash and prizes. First place receives $500, second $250 and third $100. There is also a team competition. Teams made up of three or more are encouraged to participate. The top three runners from each team will determine the team score. Other amenities include long sleeve t-shirts, great for this time of year, an after race barbeque and a race program.
In addition to the run, a 2-mile fun walk will take place around the Bryant College campus - separate from the cross-country course. This is an event that caters to runners and walkers of all abilities and offers something for every member of the family. It will be a great day outdoors, just the way Shawn would have liked it.
Schedule of Events
- 11:00 AM Pre-Registration Begins
- 12:40 PM Pre-race memorial service
- 1:00 PM Race Begins
- 2:15 PM Post-Race Ceremony
About Bryant College
Bryant is a four-year, nationally accredited institution that focuses on building the knowledge and character of each of our 2,600 undergraduate students to help them achieve success. With degrees in business administration, applied psychology, communication, information technology, and liberal studies, Bryant offers academic studies for diverse interests. Extensive technology resources help students develop key skills for any profession. The picturesque campus in Smithfield, Rhode Island, is located minutes from Providence and one hour from Boston.