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9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2016

(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.

This year, we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ARMY ROTC.

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


A big thank you to our sponsors for helping to make this event
and the CSU Veterans Scholarship possible!

Run/walk Info:

Course Map:

In 2016, we celebrate:

100 Years of Army ROTC.

This year, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, otherwise known as ROTC. The program, designed to train future leaders of the military, began as a drill team under CSU President Charles Ingersoll, a Civil War veteran. In 1916 under the National Defense Act, the drill team became ROTC, requiring all male freshmen to join. In 1962, it became a voluntary program, and by 1969, women would be welcomed as well. Today, the program boasts 150 cadets who attend every CSU home game of the CSU Rams football team to represent our military. 100 years later, the ROTC program still serves as a beacon for strength, leadership, and teamwork for students at CSU. We are happy to help celebrate their centennial anniversary at our annual Veterans Day 5K.



Former honorees:

2015: David A. Mitts David Anthony Mitts of Warrenton, Oregon was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division based in Fort Lewis, Washington. David is loved and cherished by his family and friends. He is survived by his Wife, Tara, and his parents, who were presented with is Purple Heart and Bronze Star along with an American Flag by Governor Kulongski.

2014: Jared W. Day 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. His military decorations include the Purple Heart Medal, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.

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. 

Click here to donate now!

To be a volunteer please click here or contact us at:

 alvs_staff@mail.colostate.edu or call 970-491-3977. 


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