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Memory of Staff Sergeant Mike Parrott to be honored at Veteran 5K

November 1, 2012

The CSU Student-Veteran Organization and the Adult Learner and Veteran Services office are honored to announce that the 2012 Veteran Day 5K will be held in memory of Staff Sergeant Mike Parrott, Army National Guard.

Staff Sgt. Parrott was a long time and beloved employee of CSU’s facilities department, leaving his position only to honor his commitment to his Army service.

"Mike Parrott was a unforgettable employee at Facilities Management and a good friend to many," said Steve Hultin, director of Facilities Management. "Many of us knew him professionally and personally and appreciated his sense of humor and poignant views of life, politics, religion and philosophy. There wasn’t a topic that Mike could not speak on. It was more how he spoke; his southern drawl was a delight.

Mike was also a great endurance athlete and humbled many of us weekend warriors with his many marathons and the Leadville 100 mile race."

Staff Sgt. Parrott paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country in 2005, leaving behind a legacy of service and sacrifice, which is being honored by both the CSU community and veterans in and around Fort Collins.

"We all miss Mike and have fond memories of our co-worker and friend and recognize the contribution and sacrifice he made for us and our country," Hultin said.

Supporting our military

The Veterans Day 5K offers a great opportunity for CSU faculty and staff to join in and support one of their own. Staff Sgt. Parrott's CSU legacy continues today through the creation of a student-veteran scholarship fund in his name. This scholarship will help a student-veteran who is living with disabilities related to their military service.

In addition to the Veterans Day 5K, CSU also partners with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program to offer full awards, including tuition, fees and generous housing and book stipends, to qualifying non-resident U.S. military veterans and their designated dependents.

Additionally, CSU's Adult Learner and Veteran Services office offers a full range of services for veterans to assist them in transitioning into college life and succeeding academically, including the Veteran Success Program, Education to Employment partnership and the New Start Program.

Participate in the 5K

The 5K begins at 9 a.m. Nov. 10 at the historic CSU Oval. Registration is $25 for youth under 17, $30 for adults who register by noon Nov. 9, and $35 the day of.

All proceeds from this race will be used for a CSU student-veteran scholarship. To participate, volunteer or contribute to the race or scholarship fund, please email Will Clark or call (970) 491-3977.

History of Veterans Day 5K

First held in November 2010, the race was created by student-veterans to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by creating a scholarship to assist student-veterans living with a disability related to their military service. 

The event is a key component of Veterans Week activities each year and is put on by current student-veterans. Additionally, the event is supported by numerous student organizations, such as Greek Life, Army and Air Force ROTC and students within the School of Social Work.

Previous 5K honorees were Captain Jason Galus and Sergeant Nick Walsh. More than 350 people participated in last year's race, and contributions to the scholarship fund are approaching $20,000.

This is the third annual Veterans Day 5K.