ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Organizers of the Umpqua Strong run may have canceled this year’s race, but they decided to do something to fill the void.
The annual Umpqua Strong run is an event to honor the victims of the 2015 mass shooting at Umpqua Community College and raise money for the community.
Organizers say they canceled the event due to a lack of volunteers on their planning committee. This would’ve been the fourth year.
They say the community was disappointed the race was canceled, so they decided to plan an unofficial event for anyone who wanted to run anyway.
“It’s better than nothing,” says Susie Hammond, a Roseburg resident. “I would probably just take in the moment and accept something that’s better than nothing.”
Organizers say planning for next year’s event is well underway. They say after the community heard they were in need of volunteers, they received an outpouring of support. Now, they say their volunteer staff is full and they are focused on gathering sponsors.
Umpqua Strong will be meeting for their unofficial impromptu event on Sept. 28, the same day the original event was going to take place. It will be held at Stewart Park at 9 a.m. Organizers say they hope participants will wear their Umpqua Strong shirts from previous years.