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First John Mitchell Memorial 5k Run set for April 29

The college will host the first John Mitchell Memorial 5K Race/Walk on Sunday, April 29 in memory of a long-time staff member who passed away in 2011.

The 3.1-mile race will follow an out-and-back course that is mostly flat with only a couple of slight hills along the quiet back roads surrounding the college's campus. Registration is now open.

Proceeds from the event will be contributed to the Wheaton Fund, the college's annual giving program, in John Mitchell's memory.

A well-respected member of the college staff, Mitchell worked at Wheaton for eighteen years, serving as a custodian and a truck driver before being promoted to the post of materials management supervisor. He was responsible for the set up and break down of all college events, furniture moving, office relocation; purchasing, receiving and delivering supplies. He also oversaw the pick up and delivery of campus mail and packages on campus.

A resident of South Easton, Mitchell was the first recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Service, which he received for his outstanding and cheerful service to the campus community. "John always introduced himself as 'John Mitchell, Tables and Chairs'," colleagues remember. "He was always quick with a smile."

Mitchell was a 1975 graduate of Oliver Ames High School, and he attended Emerson and Johnson and Wales colleges.