With the sound of an air horn, runners and walkers took off to remember Dr. Robert Wharton, former School of Mines and Technology president who passed away last year.
"President Wharton was a great man," says Hillary Hawkins, a fifth year student at School of Mines.
Community members and students alike got together to do what Dr. Wharton's son Matt says was one of his favorite things. "He was avid into outdoor activities, running especially, that's something he and I shared," said Matt Wharton.
Which made the walk and run a special event for Matt. "This hat, I'm going to wear this during the run. My dad used to always wear it climbing, and I used to tease him about it, but I think it will bring good luck today," said Matt.
While the president of the School of Mines, Dr Wharton's wife Carolyn says Dr. Wharton focused on strengthening relationships between staff and students, attending Hardrocker games, and inviting people over to the president's house. "Bob always wanted to be an approachable president," said Carolyn.
His attention to people had an affect, as nearly 100 participants showed up for the memorial run. "It meant the world to me. Our connection with the students was probably the most wonderful aspect of being here, that's what this university is all about – serving the students," said Carolyn.
And if Dr. Wharton was here today? "He would have probably done the 10k and not broken a sweat," said Chris Konvalin, a friend of Dr. Wharton.