Scott Sterrett’s courageous battle with pancreatic cancer inspired so many across the Cedar Valley. A Community so moved that hundreds turned out for a special ‘Officer in Need of Assistance’ 5k fundraiser for Scott during his fight against the deadly disease.
While the 49-year old longtime Cedar Falls Police Reserve Officer lost his long battle on November 8 last year, his memory will continue to live on through the sport that Scott loved; running.
The First annual Scott Sterrett Memorial Half-Marathon will be held on Saturday, September 7, starting at Overman Park in Cedar Falls. The starting gun will sound at 7:30 that Saturday morning.
Registration for the event is currently underway on Facebook at: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/49607?fbclid=IwAR0_1z_nmfj-BCnpfIToEjq3FO9ko24qU_ArsJR-EoB9iuohQ9eZ00wMzus
On that link, you will find the registration form, a map of the half-marathon course and all the important information about the memorial race.
Scott loved to run full marathons and ran many during his successful road-racing career.
Here is a previous KWWL article about Scott just prior to his death.
A police force and it’s home community is mourning a loss of one of their own. Scott Sterrett was a long-time reserve officer with the cedar falls police department. He has died after battling pancreatic cancer.
Last summer, his illness brought together a police department and a community.
“He’s a very well liked guy, devoting a lot of time on the weekend particularly to help out the city and help out the PD,” said Public Safety Director Olson when KWWL caught up with him by phone on Friday.
Olson saying many knew that Scott’s health had taken a turn for the worse these last few weeks.
“It was really sad, sad to hear. He’s a terrific guy. He was way too young to have that kind of situation or a death at that age,” said Olson.
Hundreds turning out for a summer race in Sterrett’s honor.
“it helps a lot. Through the tough days it is always nice to have people there to help support you, people calling and texting. It is really nice,” said Sterett last summer during a 5K held in his honor.
Director Olson says when you wanted a reserve officer Sterrett was your first pick.
“If you needed an officer he’s the one you wanted because he was certainly one interested in helping out and make it a better city,” said Olson.
Sterrett’s family asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to either the cedar falls police protective association or the cedar river runners club.