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The Annual Greg Weber Elder Alumni Race took place on Saturday, August 12, 2017. And this was the 30th year that Dave Rauen '81 (pictured) has traveled to Rapid Run Park to deliver the banner that he made to commemorate the memory of his best friend and fellow classmate, Greg Weber.

Greg was a spirited and active leader during his four years at Elder. He was a member of the National Honor Society, student council executive board, as well as the cross country and track and field teams.  He was also president of Elder’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a volunteer in Elder's campus ministry office.

After graduating from Elder in 1981, Greg attended the University of Cincinnati for a short time before joining the Marine Corps where he graduated at the top of his class. This honor earned him the option to serve wherever he wanted, and he chose one of the toughest positions at the time -- serving as a U.S. embassy guard in San Salvador. It was there, in June of 1985, just four short years after graduating from the halls of Elder that Greg was sitting in an outdoor café with three other off-duty marines when terrorists opened fire, slaying the four young men. They died protecting our freedom as well as the freedom of others.

"Greg was my best friend, and I wanted his life to never be forgotten."

Dave Rauen has made the nearly hour-long drive from his home in Butler County to Rapid Run Park every year for the last 30 years. He brings his own ladder to hang the banner, which serves as the finish line for the race, and he stays to cheer on his Elder Panthers. He then carefully takes down the banner and brings it home until the following year rolls around.

This year, 112 runners participated in the Greg Weber Elder Alumni Race with the current Cross Country team scoring a perfect 15 placing 1-2-3-4-5 (6-7) versus the alumni who scored a 50 (8-9-10-11-12). We say "thanks" to all the runners who came out to participate and especially to Dave Rauen for making the trip to honor Greg once more.