October 17, 2015 - 9:00 a.m.
The date is set for the sixth annual Colton's Main Street Run. The Run is held in memory of Colton Sherrill, son of Trace and Dena Sherrill. The 10-year old athlete and Durant Main Street volunteer passed away 7 years ago while playing basketball from an unknown heart defect.
Proceeds will benefit the Colton Sherrill Memorial Fund and Durant Main Street for community projects, purchase of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) for schools and sporting venues, and CPR/AED Certification training for all Bryan County teachers, community personnel, coaches umpires and referees.
Goal for 2015
In partnership with Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SE) and Durant Schools - proceeds will be used to construct a cross-country track at SE. It will provide a safe, well-designed area to be utilized by both schools for practice and to hold meets. The track will also be open for the community to run/walk, offering an additional option to improve the health of residents.
The previous runs were a great success allowing us to get a start on our long-term goals! We were able to purchase 51 AED's, provide CPR/AED Certification training to over 500 teachers, coaches and support staff, and have endowed the Colton Sherrill Memorial Scholarship at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. We have provided training and/or AED's to the following schools: Durant High School, Durant Middle School, Durant Intermediate School, Washington Irving, Northwest Heights, Robert E.Lee, Bennington ISD, Achille, Silo, Victory Life, Caddo, Colbert, and Calera. We also partnered with the City of Durant to purchase and install bleachers at Colton's Soccer Field.
Twenty-nine scholarships were awarded in 2015 to area high school seniors.
A teacher at Washington Irving Elementary said she wasn't familiar with Colton's Main Street Run but after researching it, said, "I am very impressed with the things supported by this event and I wanted to express my gratitude for the CPR training that was provided to the staff at Washington Irving. This new, life-saving skill makes me feel like a better mother, teacher, and person in general."
Another teacher said, "I have been "certified" online, but it's not the same as having the opportunity to actually practice and get feedback about whether or not it is being done properly. All of us at Robert E. Lee are grateful for the opportunity to do that and I know I feel much better about the safety of my students and my own kids as well as adults. Thank you again for the opportunity we teachers and faculty would otherwise not have had. I hope it never happens, but if we ever do have to perform CPR, that child or adult will have you to thank."
Please join us for the 2015 Colton's Run and keep the momentum going!
Thank you for participating, sponsoring and volunteering, but most of all thank you for remembering, and creating new memories with us.