Alum Running Paris Marathon in Memory of Classmate

Sydney Elizabeth Owens

Sydney Elizabeth Owens

UVA Today’s Jane Kelly reports:

Wahoos never seem to forget the deep friendships they made while on Grounds, and Charlie Shiflett is no exception.

Shiflett, who graduated in 2009 with degrees in history and engineering business, was close friends with classmate Sydney Elizabeth Owens (pictured at right), who died in January 2012 in a Colorado skiing accident.

Shiflett said in an email that he and Owens shared many common passions, including international travel and marathon running.

In 2010, Owens completed the Kiawah Island, S.C. marathon wearing the number 4848 on her racing bib. In her honor, Shiflett is running the Paris Marathon April 7, and is seeking to raise $4,848 for a U.Va. memorial scholarship created in her name.

Owens was a Lawn resident and Echols Scholar who participated in the Semester at Sea shipboard education program. She graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences with distinction and went on to teach elementary school in Tanzania.

“She was everything a student and citizen of the world embodied,” Shiflett wrote. He has created a website, “26.2 Miles in Paris for #4848: A Marathon for Sydney Owens,” where people can learn more about Owens and donate to the fund.

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