~In honor of Bob Wheeler~
Why do we do this 5k?
The 5K was started to honor Bob Wheeler. Bob Wheeler was a colleague, friend, and mentor to many in the world of natural resources Extension. Bob grew up in Eastern Oregon, where he developed his love for the outdoors and forestry. He received a B.S. degree in Forestry in 1974 from Oregon State University, and an M.S. in Forestry in 1978 from Colorado State University. Bob had many interesting jobs in his career, including many years working in agroforestry with the University of Hawaii. There he traveled throughout the South Pacific Islands. Apparently too warm for Bob, for in 1997 he relocated to Fairbanks, Alaska, and for the next 12 years served as the Forestry Extension Specialist for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Bob was known as an outside-the-box thinker, and worked diligently on issues such as improving the natural resource-based economy for Native Americans in Alaska and climate change in a state where climate change was obvious to everyone. Bob also had a passion for fishing and running. No one will ever know how many salmon he caught in his life, but he did run over 60 marathons, despite suffering from kidney disease. After a kidney transplant in 2007 Bob won a silver medal in the 2008 U.S. Transplant Games in 2008! Bob worked hard on planning the 2010 ANREP national conference, but, sadly, he succumbed to cancer in June of 2009, at age 57. His colleagues in Alaska, and longtime pal and colleague, Ron Mahoney from the University of Idaho, filled in to make sure the conference was a success. The first ANREP Fun Run was held in Fairbanks at the 2010 conference, and at every conference since. Bob would have been very proud and he runs with us in spirit!
5K Warrior: Walk, run, or jog the entire 5K and enjoy a nice cold brewed beer at the end. This option includes a commemorative Fun Run item!
5 Yard Dash Trooper: Endure 5 grueling yards before you enjoy a local beer, comradery with others, and cheer on 5K participants as they cross the finish line.
First, second, and third place of the 5K will receive awesome locally crafted prizes!
ALL proceeds will be donated to a local charity.