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2023 Fallen Soldiers 5k Race Results

MACOMB, IL - In its 12th year of existence, the Western Illinois University Fallen Soldiers 5K has achieved a fundraising milestone, surpassing $200,000 total raised for the WIU Fallen Soldiers Scholarship Fund.


This year’s event, which was held Sept. 30, raised more than $22,000 between race registrations and sponsorships. The scholarship fund honors WIU alumni Capt. Derek Dobogai and Lt. Col. Robert Baldwin, who were both killed in the line of duty, and provides scholarships to student veterans enrolled at WIU.


Western Illinois University junior General Studies major Jeremie Bokata, of Savoy, IL, was victorious as the overall top male finisher at this year’s race, with a time of 17:30, and Blandinsville, IL, resident Jami Hocker was the overall top female finisher with a time of 24:10.


Other top finishers, by age group include:


Female (0-14) - Alana Knight

Male (0-14) - Jairon Royer


Female (15-19) - Chloe Barth

Male (15-19) - Amir Oden-Shabazz


Female (20-24) - Melissa Allen

Male (20-24) - Godman Sodjedo


Female (25-29) - Alena Hrusoci

Male (25-29) - Riley Witsitt


Female (30-34) - Courtney Snider

Male (30-34) - Colter Hentzel


Female (35-39) - Ashley Walton

Male (35-39) - Nathan Haley


Female (40-44) - Abby Fansler

Male (40-44) - Luis Gabriel


Female (45-49) - Michelle Murphy

Male (45-49) - Clifton Ealy


Female (50-54) - Julia Burns

Male (50-54) - Andres Gonzalez


Female (55-59) - Christina Reid

Male (55-59) - Mike Spann


Female (60-64) - Lisa Hinman

Male (60-64) - Richard Gambrell


Female (65-69) - Kris Pilkington

Male (65-69) - Brad Bainter


Female (70+) - Mary Killip

Male (70+) - David Dion


In total, nearly 450 people participated in the in-person 5K, the one-mile walk or the virtual 5K.


The sponsors for the 2023 event included: T-shirt sponsor - WIU Foundation, bib sponsor - T.J. Dura Edward Jones, finish line sponsor - Jackie and Dave Thompson, water station sponsor - Bookshelf Wines, Macomb Masonic Lodge #177, packet sponsor - Pella Corporation, race route sponsors - The Pirog Family, Dr. Jared Reed, Community News & Market, Bougher, Krisher & Associates, and Clark & Glasgow. The event partners were Mcomb Hy-Vee, Refreshment Services Pepsi and Engraving by Lin.


At the pre-race ceremony, the 2023 Fallen Soldiers Scholarship recipients were recognized. This year’s recipients were Cory Booher, senior Engineering Technology major from Quincy; Natalie Neve, senior Supply Chain Management major from Macomb; Kolin O’Keefe, Recreation, Park, Tourism & Hospitality graduate student from Macomb; Coire Reel, senior General Studies student from Sparta, IL; Nicholas Trylong, senior Nursing major from Rockford; and Ryan Ward, senior Accountancy major from East Moline.


The full race results can be found at bit.ly/3PJuTaJ.


Shirts and medals from the 2023 races are available to purchase, with limited sizes and quantities. To purchase, visit wiu.edu/fallensoldiers.

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