Roseburg community unites through Umpqua Strong Run

Participants leave the starting line at the Umpqua Strong 9K+5K/Run-Walk in Stewart Park in Roseburg, Ore., on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. The race was held to mark the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at the nearby Umpqua Community College campus. (Michael Sullivan/The News-Review via AP)

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The community came together on Saturday for the second annual Umpqua Strong Run in Roseburg.

The event is held to remember those lost in the Umpqua Community College shooting two years ago.

Participants were excited for the race to start, but the hope and encouragement surrounding the event were the most prevalent.

For those directly impacted by the event, the memories still linger.

"I did most of my college education at UCC, and I also work at the hospital," said Alysse Nunemaker, a Roseburg resident. "I was on shift when the shooting happened."

The Umpqua Strong Run is focused on healing and moving forward as a community. Many joined in with shirts, music and costumes, all without forgetting about the tragic event that unites them.

"Being such a small community, it was really important to come together and to not forget the people that were affected and to keep showing that support year after year," said Nunemaker.

As time goes on, the community will continue to heal, one person at a time.

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