Macomb Local News

The 2018 Fallen Soldiers 5K Run/Walk will be taking place on Saturday, Oct. 27 beginning with a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. in the WIU Recreational Center and the race starting shortly after at 9 a.m. in front of Western Hall.


The event will pay tribute to members of the armed forces and two of WIU’s own fallen soldiers. Capt. Derek Dobogai graduated from Western in 2003, but was killed in a Blackhawk helicopter crash in 2007 while in Northern Iraq. Lt. Col. Robert Baldwin graduated in 1993 from WIU and was killed in 2010 after his helicopter carrying international troops crashed in Afghanistan.


The WIU Fallen Soldiers 5K Run/Walk has raised more than $100,000 since 2012 for the WIU Fallen Soldiers' Scholarship Fund, which honors the two alumni who were killed in the line of duty. The WIU event is the largest race in McDonough County with close to 600 participants.


Early bird race registration, which guarantees a t-shirt and a finisher medal, is $25 (student registration is $20) until Oct. 8. Registration will then be $35 after Oct. 9. 


Race sponsorships are available as well. Sponsorship levels include: race route sponsor, $250; mile-marker sponsor, $1,000; and finish line sponsor, $2,500. 


People will also have an opportunity to donate and honor a friend or family member who has served or is currently serving in the military by “Honoring a Vet”. For a $100 donation the honorees will have his/her name, rank, and military branch listed on an individual sign, which will then be showcased on “Veterans Row”.


To register and/or to become a race sponsor, visit or email