STORRS, Conn. -
The UConn men's track and field family and the greater University community gathered on campus Saturday for the Kyle Milliken Memorial Run.
The event was a celebration of the life and career of UConn track and field alumnus and Navy Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Kyle Milliken '02, who was killed in action on May 5, 2017 in East Africa while serving his country.
Milliken, a member of the elite SEAL Team 6, would often taunt his fellow teammates that they could never handle a UConn track workout and specifically mention the beloved and dreaded "Bone Mill" run.
There were over 200 participants in the race that featured all parts of Milliken's life - including some of his SEAL teammates, who came to Storrs to honor him.
"It was an incredibly emotional day," said UConn men's track and field/cross country head coach Greg Roy. "There was amazing participation by UConn track alumni, the SEALS and personnel and veterans of all branches of the military.
"Kyle's legacy was duly acknowledged as he was remembered by his family, teammates and friends.
"It had to be 90 degrees out there on the course and we didn't lose anybody," joked Roy.
In addition, the Kyle Milliken Memorial Fund has been established at UConn and will provide scholarship support to men's track and field student-athletes who best exemplify the commitment and spirit of Milliken. The fund will also provide financial support for special capital projects that benefit the men's track and field program as well other programmatic enhancements.
For more information and to contribute to that fund, please CLICK HERE.