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Fallen Soldiers Virtual 5K Run/Walk | November 7, 2020

Fallen Soldiers 5K Logo

Due to COVID-19, the 9th Annual Fallen Soldiers 5K walk/run is changing direction and going virtual!
We encourage the WIU and Macomb communities to unite virtually on November 7th to help raise money for the WIU Fallen Soldiers Scholarship Fund, which supports veterans and service members currently enrolled at Western.
To make this virtual event a reality, we are using the Endomodo fitness and health app to track each athlete’s mileage and time.

Registration

REGISTER ONLINE FOR THE FALLEN SOLDIERS 5K

  • $10: WIU student Virtual Race Fee
  • $35: Regular Virtual Race Fee

Printable Registration Form

Shirts are only guaranteed if you register on or before Monday, October 19th.

Schedule

A packet will be mailed to you about a week prior to the event including your t-shirt, finisher medal, and all event materials.

You will also receive an email prior to the event explaining how to join the Endomondo "challenge" for your age group and gender.

November 7, 2020

  • 8:30 AM: Virtual Opening Ceremony
  • 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM: Complete 5K on your own using the Endomondo app

November 8, 2020 - Race results/winners will be posted online. Winner trophies and prizes will be mailed the following week.

Route Map

If you live in the Macomb area and would like to run your 5k on the regular Fallen Soldiers Race route, last year's course map is available:

Route Map (PDF)
Route Map

Route guides and police/traffic personnel will not be present. Be sure to use sidewalks and follow all pedestrian traffic laws and safety precautions while completing your run.

About

In October 2018, runners and walkers joined forces to raise $12,095 by participating in Western Illinois University's 7th Annual Fallen Soldiers 5k Run/Walk. Event organizers hope to see even more next year!

Money raised from the 5K Run/Walk is directed toward the WIU Fallen Soldiers Scholarship Fund, which supports veterans and service members currently enrolled at Western. Additional donations are welcome.

While the scholarship and program will continue to honor the men for whom the scholarship was established, each year the event will also recognize the recipients of scholarships that are awarded in the preceding year.

Contact

Fallen Soldiers | fallensoldiers5k@wiu.edu

Committee Chairs

Holly Sutton | 309-298-1861 | HS-Sutton@ wiu . edu
Brian Thomas | 309-298-1228 | BM-Thomas2@wiu.edu
Abbie Pendarvis | 309-298-1861 | AE-Pendarvis@wiu.edu

Sponsors

Mile Marker Sponsor
Other Race Sponsors
  • Prairie Farms
  • McDonald's of Macomb
Honor a Vet Sponsors

Fallen Soldiers

The event is designed as a fundraiser for the Fallen Soldier's Scholarship Fund in honor of two WIU alumni who were killed in the line of duty. Capt. Derek Dobogai and Lt. Col. Robert Baldwin.

Dobogai, who graduated from Western in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in law enforcement and justice administration, was among the 14 U.S. soldiers aboard a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed Aug. 22, 2007 in northern Iraq.

Capt. Derek Dobogai

Baldwin, who earned a bachelor's degree in industrial technology from WIU in 1993, was killed Sept. 21, 2010 when his Blackhawk UH-60 helicopter carrying Navy SEALs crashed during combat operations in the Zabul province of Afghanistan.

Lt. Col. Robert Baldwin