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IWU Honors Fallen Alum With 5K Run

On Saturday, alums, students, and friends of IWU held a run to remember Capt. Ryan Beaupre. The former Marine, passed away in 2003 while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
BLOOMINGTON - Illinois Wesleyan University alums were on the move, in honor of a former student who made the ultimate sacrifice.

On Saturday, alums, students, and friends of IWU held a run to remember Capt. Ryan Beaupre.  The former Marine, passed away in 2003 while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The run is the 11th annual Ryan Beaupre fun run and walk, which benefits a scholarship fund in his name.

For the first few years, Beaupre's mother did not attend the race, but now she and her husband say it's worth coming back to remember the legacy their son left behind.

“He loved Wesleyan. He felt like this was his home. Wesleyan gave Ryan so much in philanthropy, morals, and support. He was a great man,” said Nicky Beaupre, his mother.

Runners made their way through campus, before finishing outside of Tucci Stadium.

We'll have more information about the race and the memorial fund, Sunday on WMBD 31 News Weekend Edition.
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