In addition to working hard in the lab, many of our members also like to stay physically active!  

Steven Long, a graduate research assistant, ran in the Boston Marathon in April with a finish time of 3:48:20.  

Pictured above:  Steven crossing the finish line!

On Saturday, July 9, members of the UIOBL participated in The Color Run in Des Moines, IA.  The Color Run, the world’s first COLOR 5k™ event, was founded in March 2011 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”. The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed event in which thousands of participants, or “Color Runners”, are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. As a for-profit event management company, The Color Run has donated more than $4 million to charity.


Pre-race photo on left (from left to right): Kevin Simoens, Tammy Smith, Heidi Bingenheimer, and Chris Heck.  Post-race photo on right (from left to right): Kevin Simoens, Heidi Bingenheimer, Chris Heck, and Tammy Smith.

David Heckelsmiller, a graduate research assistant, is a member of the University of Iowa Triathlon Club and recently participated in the Copper Creek triathlon, a sprint distance race in Pleasant Hill, IA, which consisted of a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer bike ride, and a 5-kilometer run.  David placed 9th in the Men's Collegiate Division.

Pictured above:  David Heckelsmiller on the far left.