On October 1, 2015, a 26-year-old gunman opened fire at the college campus killing nine people and injuring nine more.
The Umpqua Strong run has been held every fall since 2016. The run’s purpose was to show unity and strength in the community, but organizers said they couldn’t get enough volunteers for the planning committee.
“It has dwindled from the very first year to last year, that planning committee volunteers had dwindled to where it was pretty much almost non-existent going forward this year.”
Over the last three years, the 9K and 5K run/walk has raised just over $115,000 for scholarships and organizations in Roseburg. The circumstances surrounding the shooting, including the shooter’s motive, remain a mystery.
Nicole Costantino is a reporter and weather forecaster for NBC5 News. She comes to us from Phoenix, Arizona where she graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She also received a minor in Meteorology.
Before coming to NBC5 News Nicole was an anchor, weathercaster and reporter at KAET in Phoenix, AZ. In college, she interned for CBS Evening News in New York City and the NBC4 Investigative Team in Los Angeles.
In her free time, you can find Nicole cheering on her Sun Devils and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Feel free to send story ideas and chocolate chip cookie recipes to her on Facebook (@NicoleCostantino) or Twitter (@NicCostantino).