Remember the Ten Run is a family affair

OSU basketball: Shelley Budke places first in her age group in the 5K.
By Anthony Slater, For The Oklahoman Published: April 21, 2012
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Scan the clustered list of participants. Look past the race times and age groups. Take a closer examination of the last names.

Those familiar surnames scattered among the record 2,254 people that participated in Saturday's Remember the Ten Run are the ones that define the event.

A few Weibergs, a couple Teegins and a group of Hancocks. Nearly every family of the 10 lost in that Jan. 21, 2001, plane crash was represented in some way.

“When they started this run, I think it's something that has reopened a lot of the eyes of people and they come here to acknowledge those families,” former OSU basketball coach Eddie Sutton said. “I know it's very important to the families. Anybody that knew any of those 10 certainly knew that they were just quality people.”

But in the Stillwater community, that number is no longer 10. Following the Nov. 17 plane crash that killed women's basketball coach Kurt Budke, his assistant Miranda Serna and Olin and Paula Branstetter, that number has grown to 14.

Although the name of the run wasn't altered (and likely won't be), there was a feeling of connection between the two tragedies on Saturday.

The entire OSU women's basketball team participated in the Fun Run.

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