Looking Back on 20 Years of President Bollinger's Fun Run, Walk, and Roll

This weekend marks the 20th annual Fun Run, Walk, and Roll, established by President Lee C. Bollinger in 2002. Take a look back at the very first fun run ever.

Kelly Moffitt and Jennifer Pellerito
October 14, 2021

This weekend marks President Bollinger's 20th Annual Fun Run, Walk, and Roll. Yes, you read that right. The Fun Run has been taking place for 20 years straight! Just about the same amount of time that President Bollinger has been president of the university.

To celebrate these two decades of racing glory, Columbia News headed to the Columbia University archives in Butler Library to look through actual film of the very first fun run in 2002. Taken by intrepid University Photographer Eileen Barroso, carefully located and scanned by University Archivist Jocelyn Wilk, enjoy the throwbacks below.


President Bollinger in a track student poses with two students wearing "CU <3 LEE" shirts.

The Beginning of a Swim Team Tradition

President Bollinger poses with the swim team.

Race Day Joy

President Bollinger and students prepare for the Fun Run.

Dean Quigley, President Bollinger, and Dean Galil

Dean Austin Quigley, President Lee Bollinger, and Dean Zvi Galil.

A Photo Finish

President Bollinger and others race to make it to the finish line of the Fun Run

Make sure you share your results from this year's Fun Run, tag @Columbia with your photos on social media, and use this super fun Instagram filter and Facebook filter to share your school pride while racing. Can't wait to see your results!