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WIU ROTC at the 2018 Fallen Soldiers 5K


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


In October 2017, 450 runners and walkers joined forces to raise more than $14,475 by participating in Western Illinois University's 6th 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.


Fallen Soldiers |

Committee Chairs

Digger Oster | 309-298-1800 |
Vian Neally | 309-298-1228 |
Abbie Pendarvis | 309-298-1800 |

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