Annual run honors veterans, raises scholarship funds

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Veterans Day Run 2016
More than 300 participants ran, walked and jogged the annual Veterans Day Run, hosted by the Veterans Alumni Network and KU’s Student Veterans of America.

KU ROTC juniors Tristan Hayes and Hannah Jerome enjoyed the run for multiple reasons. “We’re out to show support for the veterans and I love running. The combination of both makes for an awesome day,” Hayes said. Jerome, a junior from Des Moines, was competing in her first 5K. “I think I overcompensated on those hills, but it was really fun,” she said, adding that KU was the perfect fit for her many interests. “It was never a question of if I was going to serve, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and KU offered me an opportunity to go to school and serve at the same time.”

The course took runners past campus memorials, including Memorial Stadium, the Campanile and the Korean and Vietnam tributes.

The 2016 run was dedicated to honoring Vietnam veterans. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the dedication of KU’s Vietnam War memorial, the first on-campus commemoration in the nation. It honors 57 students and alumni who died or were declared missing.

The Veterans Day Run honors all those who have served or are currently serving in our military and to raise awareness of the role veterans play at the University. All proceeds support KU’s Wounded Warrior Scholarship Fund and Student Veterans of America.

—Dan Storey

For more information about the Veterans Alumni Network or to provide information about your military service, visit the network’s website. Race results are available here.

Watch the slideshow below for pictures from the Veteran’s Day Run, or click here to view the pictures on Flickr. Participants are welcome to download photos for personal use.

Veterans Day Run 2016

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