By Russell Hixson
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Chad Weiberg and his son Grant were all smiles when they jogged across the finish line Saturday morning at the seventh-annual Remember the 10 Run.
Chad Weiberg runs to remember his brother, Jared Weiberg, who was killed along with nine others associated with Oklahoma State University men’s basketball in a 2001 plane crash.
“For us it’s about teaching our kids who their uncle was and what happened and to not forget,” he said.
His brother was a student assistant on the team trying to learn everything he could from coach Eddie Sutton so he could one day be a basketball coach himself. Weiberg remembered his brother as loving and affectionate.
“A handshake wasn’t good enough, he loved to hug,” he said.
Weiberg said the run is an amazing testament to the tight-knit OSU family. He recalled the community vowing to remember the crash immediately after it occurred — a vow he believes the school’s community has taken to heart.
“I think an event like this is exactly what Jared and a lot of the victims would want,” he said. “It’s a celebration on a beautiful spring day.”
The run’s festivities were kicked off by OSU President Burns Hargis who thanked all for coming and reminded runners to remember the 10 when the going got tough out on the course. Sutton also briefly spoke.
“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about them,” he said, adding that the victims, who are up above, would be proud to see the event.
The crowd then observed 12 seconds of silence — one for each plane crash victim, one for the death of Sutton’s wife Patsy and one for the death of beloved race organizer Tracy Shirley who died in a plane crash last year.