Major Randell D. Voas gave his life defending our freedom as a CV22 Osprey Aircraft Commander executing an emergency landing while on a Special Operations Mission near Kandahar, Afghanistan. Shortly after Randy's Memorial Service, Randy's classmates from the Eden Prairie High School Class of 1985, in coordination with their twenty-five year class reunion decided to organize Randy's Run in his honor.
The inaugural Randy's Run started and finished at the EHPS football field. Pictured to the right, classmate Rick Haupt presents EPHS Principal Conn McCartan with a plaque honoring Randy's service.
The second edition of Randy's Run was held at Purgatory Creek Park, site of the Eden Prairie Veterans Memorial. Aaron Bartik, first recipient of the Randy's Run Scholarship, lead the 5K carrying the flag flown by Randy's Air Force unit, the 8th Special Operations Squadron, in Afghanistan.
The third edition of Randy's Run moved to Memorial Day, coinciding with the Eden Prairie Memorial Day Celebration. The race was led by Cayla Witte, recipient of the 2012 Randy's Run Scholarship.
175 Participate in Randy's Run 5K - Eden Prairie News
Memorial Day 2013 marked the 4th Randy's Run, but despite a gloomy day, ran without issue. Ryan Stewart, 2013 Randy's Run Scholarship recipient, led the race.
The fifth annual Randy's Run was held on a beautiful Spring day with a record 314 registrations led by 2014 Randy's Run Scholarship recipient Hannah Jeter. Mother Nature had taken a toll on the course a week prior, so the path had to be altered slightly.
Randy's Run has large turnout - SW News Media
Jacob Young set the pace for the men at the sixth annual Randy's Run 5K, and Carli Schulz led the women in a field of 292 registrations. This year marked the addition of a team event with Eden Prairie Moms on the Run leading the way with 14 participants.
About 300 participate in Randy's Run 5K - SW News Media
Randy's Run Event Gallery - Southwest Metro Magazine
A beautiful day in Eden Prairie for the 2016 Randy's Run registered 231. Scholarship recipients Caroline Frischmon and Kevin Jeter carried the flag while Eden Prairie's own Jacob Young was first to cross the finish line, and Savanna Charow all the way from Ludlow, Massachusetts led the women.
Randy's Run Celebrates 7 Years - Sun Current
The Randy's Run 2017 5K Run/Walk was a resounding success. Scholarship recipients Ally Cotrell and Matthew Fier carried flag at the start, and first to cross the finish line was 2011 Randy's Run Scholar, Aaron Bartnik, with a race record of 15:09. Carli Schulz was the first woman to finish at 18:28, also a race record.