CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Spend five minutes with Ricky Campbell and you can tell he doesn't like to recall the events that led to the death of classmate Nick Caldwell in 2008.
Caldwell was fatally shot while hunting in a wooded area near St. Albans two years ago.
Campbell, a classmate of Caldwell's at St. Albans High School at the time of his death and now a freshman at Marshall University, decided to do something to help the memory of his friend live on.
Campbell, who studies chemistry with aspirations of someday attending medical school, said he came up with the idea for a 5K run in honor of Caldwell.
In the fall of 2008, the Nick Caldwell 5K Run became a reality.
"Nick was my buddy," Campbell said. "Since he was one of my friends in high school, I thought it would be nice to do something for him."
Campbell, 19, said he and his stepfather enjoy participating in 5Ks, so the idea to start his own came to him after he attended Mountaineer Boys State the summer after Caldwell's death.
The first race attracted more than 60 runners. Last fall, 105 runners showed up in St. Albans to participate and help raise money toward scholarships for St. Albans High seniors.
"Nick and I were in the same weight class. We were wrestling buddies," Campbell said. "His brother Anthony and I were best friends. Nick was just a funny guy, but you had to know him."
Three St. Albans seniors will receive $500 scholarships during an awards ceremony at the school.