BLACKSBURG,Va. -

Fast pace, slow pace or by any means necessary, participants gather for the 3.2 Mile Run in Remembrance.

“I think it's great that this event has so much support every year,” said alumnus Jed Castro.

“Just seeing all the people come out, it's just good to see,” said student Alex Wells.

This marks the sixth year of the event. Though some weren't on the campus on April 16, 2007, they remembered exactly where they were when they heard the terrible news.

“I'm actually from Blacksburg, so I was here. I was in Middle school,” said Wells.

“I was in a classmate's house in her basement and it was semester before I started,” said student Rob Van Trees.

Jed Castro who's a Tech graduate was on campus the day the gunman open fire.

“I work here on campus so I was over in the Merryman Center that day,” said Castro.

He says she saw an ambulance on campus but didn't realize what was unfolding.

“I really didn't think much of it. And obviously as the news came in, it was really just devastating,” said Castro.

Though the news was devastating, many people were just excited to share a happier time on campus.

“It was very fresh in all of our minds for the first couple of years but now we use it as away to comeback together as a community and to remember that we are all Hokies,” said Van Trees.

Day of Remembrance will take place April 16th at 12:01am, with ceremonial candle lighting.