Virtual 5K in honor of Captain Ryan A. Beaupre ’95
A race you can run/walk at your own pace, at any location outside or on a treadmill
in honor of Captain Ryan A. Beaupre ’95. On Saturday, October 10 during Illinois Wesleyan University's 2020 homecoming, download your race bib and this Spotify playlist to help you get started. Use #RunForRyan and #IllinoisWesleyanHomecoming when posting your completed 5K on social media.
"Captain Ryan A. Beaupre ’95
(pictued) was an accounting major, a member of Sigma Pi, and a track and cross country athlete
during his time at Illinois Wesleyan University. Ryan was one of the first people
I met at orientation the summer before freshman year and that friendship carried through
four years and beyond. Beaup was someone who chose to do the right thing every time.
He treated everyone thoughtfully and was beloved on campus by students and staff alike.
Ryan worked hard and earned all of his achievements. After earning a coveted position
at State Farm, Ryan knew he wanted more. So we ran and worked out together to prepare
for the Marines' physical exam. Ryan was the perfect man for the job: a selfless,
goal-driven, leader whose legacy will live on through everyone who interacted with
On March 20, 2003 Beaupre became one of America’s first casualties in the Iraq War.
He was piloting a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter when his helicopter crashed in the Kuwaiti
desert, taking eight lives. A beloved member of the Titan community, Ryan’s class
members and family established the Captain Ryan A. Beaupre ’95 5K which was a staple
at IWU Homecoming from 2003-2013. This year, in honor of his 25th reunion from Illinois
Wesleyan, the class of 1995 has brought this event back in the virtual setting. Kick-start
your Saturday morning right by walking or running for Ryan." #RunforRyan
- Chris Wolf '95