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On August 16th, 2006 the Binghamton Crew family lost a friend. John McKenna IV attended Binghamton University (1994 1998) and was a valued rower and teammate. John showed dedication not only to his team, but to his nation through service as a United States Marine. It was during his third tour serving in Iraq that this nation lost a great man with an indelible spirit.

We invite you to Binghamton Crew's Eighth Annual John McKenna IV Memorial 5K run. The event will be held on March 22, 2014 in Binghamton's West Side at Recreation Park. Proceeds will be split between the Captain John McKenna IV Military Courtesy Room at Albany Airport and Binghamton Crew. Follow us on Facebook or on Twitter.

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Race Results
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In order to accomodate the growth of the 5k, this year's race will feature Chronotrack race chip technology which will allow accurate, down-to-the-second tracking of each racer's time.

Searchable race results for the 2014 McKenna 5k can be found on

Race times for past races can be found on our race results page.

Seventh Annual McKenna 5k Official Recap
On March 16 2013, members of the community, university, and Binghamton Crew family descended on Rec Park for the 7th Annual John McKenna IV Memorial 5k run. Overall, the race was a great success this year with 631 runners registered and 501 competing today, despite the frigid weather. Several new additions entertained the crowd prior to the race, with the Binghamton Zoo bringing some cute critters and two a capella groups (No Strings Attached and The Crosby's) got the crowd grooving and moving. Furthermore, in addition to the introduction of online registration, the race also featured racing bibs with a timing chip attached, making the timing of each runner incredibly accurate.
The fastest overall time went to 18 year old Jack Hillenbrand, with a time of 16:53. For Binghamton crew, the fastest alumni time went to Patrick Scheifen ('12) with a time of 18:33, a 5:59 mile pace, good enough for 9th place overall. For current members of the team, Ian Thane ('14), a novice, ran a strong race with a time of 18:24, placing him 8th overall. Not to be outdone, Jun Jeong ('14) finished with a time of 19:17, representing the varsity men, placing him 18th overall. For the women, Gabby White ('15) led the way for the novice women with a great time of 23:50, a 7:41 mile pace, good enough for 114th place overall. Indy Li ('14) paced the varsity women with an impressive 24:55, finishing 151st overall. Lastly, Vivien Levine ('11) ran a 25:13 race, the fastest time for a female alumni, good enough for 160th place overall.
After the race several speakers gave moving speeches including John's father, Mike Eichler (Race Founder), and University President Harvey Stenger. Throughout all three, we were reminded everyday to strive to be the best rowers, teammates, and people that we can be, always valuing the time we have with each other and through our actions to instill these values to those that follow; keeping the spirit of Binghamton Crew and John McKenna IV alive. Thanks everyone for their hard work putting on the race, and to all those that ran their hearts out. Now we look forward to spring training, racing season, and of course: the 8th Annual John McKenna IV 5k Run!
Max Stern - Historian, Binghamton Crew
About John J. McKenna IV
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Captain John J. McKenna IV, United States Marine Corps, from Brooklyn, N.Y., was killed in action on August 16, 2006 while conducting combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq while serving as a platoon commander with Company B, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines. John was born on March 17, 1976 to John J. III and Karen McKenna of Brooklyn. He was the brother of Allyson McKenna, Clifton Park, N.Y. He attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School in Brooklyn and graduated from Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School in Brooklyn. John was active in civic and athletic pursuits and earned his Eagle Scout. Additionally, he served as a lifeguard for several years in Fleischmanns, N.Y. From 1992-1993, John studied in Vienna as part of the Ronald Lauder Foundation International Exchange Program. In 1998, John earned a bachelor's degree in history from Binghamton University. In 1998, he accepted a commission in the United States Marine Corps as a second lieutenant after his successful completion of Officer's Candidate School. Upon completion of the Basic School, he was assigned to the 2nd Marine Air Wing, where he served with distinction to include tours in Uzbekistan/Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. John then went on to serve as part of the initial invasion force during Operation Iraqi Freedom and subsequently earned a Naval Meritorious Service Award.

Captain McKenna left active duty in 2003 to pursue selfless devotion to public service and enter into a career of with the New York State Police. He graduated from the New York State Police Academy on August 8, 2005 and was stationed in Saratoga and Clifton Park with Troop G before receiving permanent assignment to the Kingston Barracks in Troop F. In light of the ongoing war on terror, John felt compelled to continue his service to his country by joining Company F, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines in Albany, N.Y. John successfully completed Marine Corps Infantry Officers School and was assigned as an infantry platoon commander. His military medals and awards include the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal; the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal; the Global War on Terror Service Medal; Naval Meritorious Unit Commendation; National Defense Service Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Iraq Campaign Medal; Purple Heart; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Sea Service Deployment Medal.

In life, John was a vibrant, thoughtful, energetic young man who loved his family and his country. A voracious reader and student of history, professionally he was the consummate Marine officer, always leading by example; he continued with that same mindset when he donned the Gray Uniform of a New York State Trooper. In his off-duty time, John loved to read, collect guns and unique hats, and spend time with his family. His passing has left many with a great sense of loss. He is a true American Patriot, son and brother who will always be loved and never be forgotten. John is survived by his father and mother, John and Karen; his sister, Allyson McKenna; and his niece and goddaughter, Michaela; his grandfather, George Chlebik; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Originally Published in the Albany Times Union on Aug 23, 2006.
Event Forms
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Online Registration via
Race Registration Form 2014 [JPG]
Donation Information 2010 [.doc]
Checks can be made out to 'Binghamton University Foundation - Memo: McKenna 5K'.

Event forms are saved in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
Adobe Acrobat Reader is available as a free download.

John J. McKenna IV Military Courtesy Room at Albany Airport
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"This program is aimed at supplying recreation and relaxation for our service people with a comfortable setting at the airport. Our organization also supplies support services for those service people in need. We are a non-partisan organization and our aim is to provide phone service, Internet, media entertainment, snacks and beverages, and other essentials to every soldier, sailer, airman/airwoman and Marine transitioning through Albany International Airport"--John J. McKenna IV Courtesy Room


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Donations to the courtesy room and the Binghamton Crew team can be made: Here


Race Course
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All events begin and end at Recreation Park (on Beethoven Street) in Binghamton, NY. The 5K route is outlined in green on the above map. The children's fun race will consist of a shorter, quarter mile loop.

Driving directions to Recreation Park are available here.
Race Day Transportation
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Information regarding Binghamton University race day transportation to come.

Free transportation will be available from the Binghamton University campus to the race course on race day between 7:45 AM and 9:30 AM from the Mohawk parking lot in the College in the Woods community. A race organizer will be present at Mohawk in the morning, wearing Binghamton Crew clothing to coordinate shuttle service. Transportation back to campus from the race site will begin at 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM. Buses will leave every 30 minutes.

If you are driving to the race please note that Beethoven St, Main St, Front St, Riverside Dr, will all be closed as race time approaches. If you are coming from the traffic circle, we suggest you park before Lourdes Hospital and walk to the race site.

Race–Day Operations
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The awards ceremony will follow the completion of the race, approximately around 10:45. Top Three Male and Female Awards will be given as well as age group awards.

There will be t-shirts on sale at the event for ten dollars, but supplies will be limited. We will also be selling last year's McKenna t-shirt for the discounted price of five dollars.


Event Schedule - Saturday, March 22, 2014
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First shuttle leaves for race 7:45 AM
Race Day Registration From 8:00 AM until 9:30 AM
Children's Fun Race 9:30 AM
5K Run 10:00 AM
Awards Ceremony Approx. 11:00 PM
Shuttles begin departure from race 11:30 AM
Contact Us
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Questions, comments, and all other event correspondence should be directed to:

John McKenna Memorial Committee
Alec Bohn
Rebecca Schwartz

Brandon Murray
Daniel Jeong

Volunteer Coordinator
Emily Eng

ATTN: Club Sports - BU Crew
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000 - East Gym Office 110
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

Registration forms may be submitted by mail or directly to the Club Sports office in the East Gym.
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