2016 Day of Remembrance: 3.2-Mile Run in Remembrance
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 9:43am Virginia Tech's Campus
On this day, the Virginia Tech community reflects on the vibrant lives of the 32 students and faculty who were tragically taken from us on April 16, 2007. This community run/walk throughout the campus of VT strives to bring fellow Hokies together, to feel the support of the community, and to celebrate the lives of our friends and family members.
For those participating on Saturday, April 16, 2016, please read through the information below in order to best be prepared for the run.
We recommend parking in Perry Street parking lot and garage. You can see a map at https://www.parking.vt.edu/documents/parking_map.pdf. There will be signage to direct you towards the Drillfield and War Memorial Hall. There will be a “3.2 Run Registration” banner in front of War Memorial Hall.
Registration and Check In
Look for the "3.2 Registration" banner located on the front of War Memorial Hall. Please bring your confirmation email that includes your QR CODE to check in (printed or electronically). If you did not receive a confirmation email, please check your SPAM folder. You can also request a new confirmation email by following this link. (http://run.recsports.vt.edu/confirmations/new).
Check In Location: War Memorial Hall room 125 (Basketball Gym)
Check In Times:
Friday, April 15th between 4pm – 8pm
Saturday, April 16th between 7:30am – 9:15am
You may check in a friend or family member if you have their QR CODE. We encourage you to check-in on Friday to help with crowd control Saturday morning.
T-shirts, Bibs and Banner - at Check-In
Sign the “3.2 for 32” banner at Registration/Check-In.
Get your commemorative run bib available at Registration/Check-In.
Pick up your commemorative event shirt. Shirts will be available to the first 5,000 who registered. Any shirts that have not been picked up by 8:30 am on Saturday will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Run Start -
The START LINE is on Drillfield Drive in front of War Memorial Hall. Please look for volunteers holding “Wave 1, 2 or 3” signs so you know where to go.
There will be 3 waves that will start 3 minutes and 20 seconds apart. Wave 1 is for runners, Wave 2 is for joggers and fast walkers, and Wave 3 is for walkers and strollers. Line up in the wave that best fits you.
A 9:43 am, volunteers will raise a “MOMENT OF SILENCE” sign that will signal the release of 32 white balloon arch. Please be on the lookout for when the Moment of Silence begins. After 32 seconds, the first maroon and orange balloon arch will be raised and Wave 1 will begin. After 3 minutes and 20 seconds, the second balloon arch will be raised and Wave 2 will begin. The same process will be repeated for Wave 3. That will be your only signal the event has started – there will not be any other prompt. Enjoy the run and the people around you!
Watch for volunteers in brightly colored vests along the route – they will direct you. Feel free to thank the volunteers along the way. There will also be a lead golf cart for Wave 1 to follow.
The route includes Lane Stadium by entering through the TUNNEL that the football team enters through for every home game. Since this does get narrow and slower, feel free to use the ALTERNATE route and bypass the stadium if you prefer.
Here is a link to view the route map: https://www.recsports.vt.edu/sites/drupal.recsports.vt.edu/files/pages/2...
Nearest restrooms to the start of the event are inside War Memorial Hall or there will be Port-a-johns located outside of War Memorial Hall on the plaza.
Port-a-johns will also be located by both water stations.
Water Station 1 – on Washington Street in front of the Smith Career Services Building.
Water Station 2 – in front of the 417 Clay Street building.
Post-Run Community Picnic
After the run, enjoy a Community Picnic sponsored by Virginia Tech SGA on the Drillfield. Food and beverages will be provided.
In the case of weather, the Community Picnic will be moved in Commonwealth Ballroom.
The event will take place rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, check www.vt.edu for announcements about all of the Day of Remembrance activities and updates.
We also want to thank all of our volunteers that help us put on such an important event for the Hokie community. It takes over 400 volunteers to complete this run and we could not do it without them. If you see a volunteer during the event, please take a second and thank them for allowing this event to occur.
For more information about the Day of Remembrance activities, please visit: http://www.weremember.vt.edu/.
9 Year Anniversary
As the ninth anniversary of the April 16, 2007 tragedy approaches, we are reminded that anniversaries often are accompanied by challenges. Students, staff, faculty, and other members of the Virginia Tech community, whether they were on campus or not, may find themselves confronted with unexpected feelings or memories that they may have thought were resolved or in the past. Although we have seen many examples of how our campus community has been resilient and many people will not need support on or around the Day of Remembrance, there will be services available for anyone who needs or wants to speak with a counselor. Visit the Day of Remembrance website for more details.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support Virginia Tech for the 2015 3.2 for 32 Remembrance Run/Walk. We had over 11,000 people.