Remember The Ten Run Set For Saturday

The first ever Remember the Ten Run is scheduled for Saturday in Stillwater, and it's still not too late to participate. Nearly 400 people have already registered to compete in the event which will celebrate the lives of the 10 members of the Oklahoma State University basketball family who died in a plane crash on Jan. 27, 2001 in Colorado.

Runners can participate in one of three runs – a 10-kilometer race, a 5-kilometer race or a 1-mile fun run – all of which begin outside Gallagher-Iba Arena. But more importantly than competing is the message that runners will be sending to the family members who lost loved ones more than six years ago when the OSU basketball team was returning from a road game in Colorado when one of the three planes crashed in rural Colorado.

"The goal for everyone on the steering committee is that we do something that honors the memory of the 10 in a respectful way, and show the family members of those 10 how much people care," said Kerry Don Alexander, chairman of the event. "We want this to be an uplifting thing for the families. A bunch of them are coming back (to Stillwater for the event). In fact, a lot of them are volunteering."

Cost to take part in the Remember the Ten Run is $25 if you register before Saturday, and $30 if you register the day of the race.

Alexander encourages those who wish to participate to register as early as possible this week. To register, please go to Remember The Ten Run

Alexander says that having more than 400 participants has already surpassed his goals for the first-year event. But he's been warned to expect considerable more if the weather is nice Saturday. "We were thinking it would be a quality even if we had 250 or more," he said. "With 400 as of (Saturday), our experts tell us we could have 800 to 1,000, if the weather looks good next weekend.

"The weather report right now is we're going to be blessed with good weather," Alexander continued. "I would tell those people that this event is about sending a message. It's about sending a message to the 10 families that we care, and that we do remember. It's sending a message to those outside of the Oklahoma State immediate area that the Oklahoma State family does remember and does care. To be a part of sending that message is worth coming through in an event, even if you may have to brace a little bit of cold."

Participants – both runners and volunteers – will receive a commemorative T-shirt of the inaugural Remember The Ten Run. "How many new traditions at a school that is as old as Oklahoma State can you be a part of? This is a new tradition. It's something you can be a part of," Alexander said.

"There are so many reasons to support this, and so many positive impacts it will have on our community and the Oklahoma State community, but it also the message it sends outside the walls of Oklahoma State, that this is what OSU's all about," he said.

Proceeds from the event will be directed to the Oklahoma State University counseling services to provide grief support services for those who lose a loved one during their college years.

Sponsors for the event include the Keller family, the Oklahoman, the OSU Foundation, the OSU President's office, the OSU Athletic Department, Gary and Jerri Sparks, Midwest Trophy, the Tulsa World, the Watson Family Foundation, Consumer's IGA, the OSU Alumni Association, Panera Bread, Stillwater Medical Center and Thermal Company Incorporated.

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