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HOSTOS HONORED BRONX MARATHON RUNNER BUZUNESH DEBA 2ND PLACE WINNER IN THIS YEAR’S NEW CITY MARATHON

Hostos Honored Bronx Marathon Runner Buzunesh Deba 2ND Place Winner in this Year’s New City Marathon

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 (Bronx, NY) - Buzunesh Deba, the champion long-distance runner from Ethiopia and a local Bronx resident was honored this past Friday, December 2nd at Hostos Community College during a private luncheon co-sponsored by Latino Sports and the Office of the President.

Deba is a prolific runner since 2009 and has won six competitions over the marathon distance including the California International Marathon, San Diego Marathon, Los Angeles Marathon, Grandma's Marathon and the Twin Cities Marathon. She has participated three times at the New York City Marathon, reaching the top ten spot on all occasions.

This year Buzunesh Deba completed the New York City Marathon in 2:23:19 hours. She came in four seconds behind first place and earned the 2nd place in one of the world’s most renowned events. Had she won, Deba would have been the first New Yorker to win the New York City Marathon.

Ms. Buzunesh Deba is considered a role model for Hostos President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez and Julio Pabón, President of Latino Sports.

“The Bronx has some of the most alarming health statistics in the country, affecting particularly Bronx youth. We believe that Ms. Deba is a perfect role model, someone that can speak about the advantages of leading a healthy lifestyle and about fierce commitment in order to excel. Bringing a woman athlete of her stature to Hostos is a gesture of our respect and admiration. We want our students to know that great feats are possible,” indicated President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez.

About Latino Sports
Mr. Pabón and Latino Sports have been known to promote positive role models to the community. They are the principal organizers of the prestigious Latino MVP awards given annually to the most outstanding Latino baseball players for the last twenty three years. This is the first time in the organization’s history that Latino Sports honors a female athlete and a non-Latino of African descent.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York system, was founded in 1968. Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves over 7,000 students. In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the fall 2011 enrollment of over 7,000 students. The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

Media Contact:
Ana M. Carrión - amcarrion@hostos.cuny.edu
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097

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