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9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2015

(Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.)

*Meet south of the Engineering Building at the sculpture fountain plaza east of Glover.


Event Description:

The Colorado State University Veterans' Day 5K is an annual, non-profit fund raiser designed to raise money for the Veteran's Scholarship fund. This scholarship is awarded to veterans who were honorably or medically discharged and are living with disabilities related to their military experience.

The race is also to honor a fallen member of our armed forces who has a personal connection to Colorado State University.

Our honoree for 2014 was Jared W. Day, See more, below. 

Over the years, the run has attracted hundreds of participants: CSU alumni, veterans, children running and in strollers, experienced runners, and everyone in between. Each year, race participation grows steadily, allowing us to help a disabled student veteran achieve the goals of successfully completing higher education. Join us and our community members in honoring a fallen hero as well as helping our student veterans.

The race course is flat and entirely paved and marked. The route circles around The Oval, a CSU landmark, and across the campus, highlighting much of CSU's main campus.


Please click here to register for the Veterans' Day 5K



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In 2014, we honored:

Jared W. Day, Information Systems Technician Petty Officer 1st Class 

Jared William Day was born on August 12, 1982 in Taylorsville, Utah.  He joined the United States Navy in 2002.  After Boot Camp, he completed A-School, specializing in Communications. He was stationed in Iceland for one year, and then spent four years serving in the Naval Special Warfare in San Diego, CA.

In 2006 Jared was transferred to Virginia Beach, VA in support of the Naval Special Warfare, where he served as a Tactical Communicator

In Virginia, Jared was promoted the Petty Officer First Class (E-6). He graduated U.S. Army Basic Airborne Course, Military Free Fall, and completed the Naval Expeditionary Warfare Qualification.  Jared completed multiple combat deployments to Afghanistan, where he had the unique responsibility of maintaining communications on the battlefield, regardless of situation or circumstance, to ensure success of the mission.  

He earned many awards, including the Purple Heart Medal, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.

Jared was considered to be the one of the most technically proficient, mature, physically capable, and determined tactical communicators of the United States Navy.

Jared was killed 6 days before his 29th birthday, on August 06, 2011.  He and his team were participating in combat operations in Afghanistan when the CH-47 helicopter was shot down by enemy fire, killing everyone on board.

Jared will always be remembered for the compassion he had for others, his infectious laugh, his strength and the love he had for his family and friends. Jared had a very kind heart and was always encouraging those around him. He is survived by his parents, Sam and Keno Day of Taylorsville, Utah and sister Marie Day of Las Vegas, Nevada.


Former honorees:

2013: Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth "Ryan" White was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, NY. He attended flight school and flew the OH-58D Kiowa helicopter, serving two tours in Iraq before deploying for this third tour to Afghanistan in October 2010. He was killed June 5, 2011 while supporting Task Force Tiger Shark in Operation Enduring Freedom. His military decorations include the Air Medal, the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, the Meritorious Unit Commendation medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense service medals, two Iraq Campaign medal,s the Afghanistan Campaign medal and the Global War on Terrorism service medal.

2012: Army Staff Sergeant Michael C. Parrott was assigned to the Joint Forces Headquarters in Colorado and the Army National Guard in Cheyenne, WY. Michael lived in Timnath, CO and worked for Facilities Management at CSU. He died on November 10, 2005, of injuries sustained in Al-Khalidiya, Iraq.

2011: United States Marine Corp. Sergeant Nick Walsh, was assigned to the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. He was killed on May 26, 2007 by an enemy sniper while conducting combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq. His military decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V and Purple Heart.

2010: Army Captain Jason Galus was a graduate of the Army ROTC Ram Battalion at CSU, where he was commissioned in 2003 as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. While a student at CSU, Jason was a athlete on the CSU Division I Track and Field Team in the middle and long-distance events. Jason died from a cycling accident while serving at Fort Sill, OK. His military decorations included the Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge.


Tax Deductibility and Donations:

This is a non-profit event, donations are tax deductible. All proceeds go to the Veteran's Scholarship for CSU. 

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To be a volunteer please click here or contact us at: or call 970-491-3977. 


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