The second annual Colton Rusk Memorial 5K was created in memory of Lance Cpl. Colton W. Rusk who died in the line of duty on December 6, 2010 while serving in Afghanistan. He was only 20 years old at his death, and beloved by many. The race is dedicated in his honor with all the funds raised being donated to the Colton Rusk Scholarship Fund for high school seniors.

Rusk was a U.S. Marine assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was a Marine dog handler who walked his dog ahead of patrols to identify improvised explosive devices (IEDs). He lived his life by the motto, “Don’t be afraid to go after your hopes and dreams, but don’t be afraid to be willing to pay the price.” While on assignment in Afghanistan, Colton paid the ultimate price when he was shot and killed.

This year’s Run for Remembrance: Colton Rusk Memorial 5k was a great success, organizers said. Together with generous sponsors and 274 participants, $17,000 was raised towards the scholarship fund in Colton's honor.  

“It is truly an honor for me to be allowed by Colton's family to put this together every year,” 5K organizer Carrie del Alamo said. “No words can express how grateful I am to Colton and all the men and women who selflessly serve our wonderful country. Freedom isn't free!”

Seniors can now apply for The Colton Rusk Memorial Scholarship through Coastal Bend Community Foundation at

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