Memorial Run to Honor Former Track and Field Alum

Track and field student-athlete Kyle Milliken '02 at a meet at UConn on April 7, 2001. (Bob Stowell for UConn Athletics)
Track and field student-athlete Kyle Milliken '02 at a meet at UConn on April 7, 2001. (Bob Stowell for UConn Athletics)

Members of the UConn community are invited to the Kyle Milliken Memorial Run at the Storrs campus on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The five-mile run will be 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 and a decorated combat veteran, would often taunt his SEAL teammates that they could never handle a UConn track workout, and would specifically mention the beloved and dreaded “Bone Mill” run.

On Sept. 16, Milliken’s SEAL teammates will come to Storrs to honor him with his former UConn teammates and the 2017-18 men’s track and cross country teams, by running Bone Mill in his memory. The run is a five-mile loop that starts and ends on campus at the Sherman Family Sports Complex track and includes Bone Mill Road, between the Storrs Campus and the Depot Campus. There will be a reception and ceremony following the run.

Registration is open online through the end of the day Sept. 15 at https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/StorrsMansfield/TheKyleMillikenMemorialRun,

Registration on the day of the run will be at the Alumni Center will be from noon to 12:50 p.m., with the run beginning at 1 p.m. The reception will be held at the Alumni Center from 2 to 5 p.m., with a memorial and testimonial in honor of Milliken at 2:30 p.m.

The Alumni Center is at 2384 Alumni Drive, adjacent to the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. Parking is available in the North Garage. More information on the event can also be found on Facebook under Kyle Milliken Memorial Run.

In addition, a memorial fund has been established at UConn that will provide scholarship support to men’s track and field student-athletes who best exemplify the commitment and spirit of Milliken. The Kyle Milliken Memorial Fund will also provide financial support for special capital projects that benefit the men’s track and field program, as well as other programmatic enhancements.

For more information and to contribute to that fund, please visit https://uconn.givecorps.com/causes/9919-the-kyle-milliken-memorial-fund.