LFCC Instructor Prepares to Run Madrid Marathon and Raise Money for LFCC Students

For Immediate Release:
April 11, 2008

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
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Phone: 540-868-7134

MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – For almost 40 years, the employees at Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) have changed the lives of thousands of students. However, this semester, LFCC foreign language instructor Beth Padden will do so from thousands of miles away.

On April 27, 2008, Padden will run the 26.2-mile Madrid Marathon to raise money for book and travel scholarships and instructional tools for students enrolled in Spanish classes at LFCC.

“I promise to finish — even if I’m crawling at the end!” said Padden, who is currently in Spain working on course work for her doctorate in Spanish. She is very thankful for LFCC’s support of her studies abroad, and running the marathon to raise funds and honor her Spanish students is her way of giving back to the College.

Padden began teaching at LFCC in 2005. She said that, from the beginning, she was very impressed with the College’s atmosphere. "It’s a good working community – we’re a family," she said.

Five years ago, Padden decided she was going to give running a try. "On my first day, I ran a half mile and thought I would die," she said, jokingly. But, she kept going. Her next step was to run in a women’s "four-miler" in support of breast cancer research. The training program for that race helped her improve her skills. Padden has now run four marathons. "If I can do it, anyone can!" she said.

The LFCC Educational Foundation Inc. has established the Mad Dash in Madrid: Running Strong for LFCC Fund and is seeking contributions of at least $26.20 (a dollar for every mile of the marathon) toward the fund. This fund will help the College to provide students enrolled in Spanish classes at LFCC with educational tools, resources and experiences that will enhance their learning of this important language, so they can better serve the community and become global citizens.

The Foundation is working to raise a total of $11,500 for the following project needs:

  • Book scholarships – The average cost of textbooks for a full-time college student is $1,200 per year. The increasing cost of textbooks is a hindrance for many LFCC students enrolled in Spanish classes, often causing some to withdraw from classes and/or decrease their course load. The Foundation is raising $6,000 for book scholarships.
  • Instructional tools – To support the enhancement of language learning through the use of technology, funds are needed to purchase iPod Classics and Belkin Voice Recorders for LFCC students studying Spanish. These instructional tools will provide students with the opportunity to continuously practice and review their language skills. The Foundation is raising $3,000 for instructional tools.
  • Travel scholarships – Although structured classroom learning benefits students, it is also important to provide students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and culture they are studying. To this end, the LFCC Educational Foundation Inc. is seeking funds for travel scholarships for students enrolled in Spanish classes at LFCC. The Foundation is raising $2,500 for travel scholarships.

Individuals interested in contributing to the Mad Dash in Madrid: Running Strong for LFCC Fund can do so by completing a contribution form, which is located at https://lfcc.edu/maddash/index.htm.


Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.