CENTRAL SQUARE – Syracuse student Chase Coleman, a 15-year-old diagnosed with autism, loved to run. He had excelled on his cross-country team for three years.
However, when Chase was pushed to the ground by a bystander during a cross country race in Rochester, he was so devastated that he decided to quit the team.
The outpouring of support and encouragement that followed has been referred to as a community miracle.
Chase, empowered by the reassurance of his family and the community, decided to run again.
A fun run was organized in his honor, to support his brave decision to get ‘back on track’ and continue to do what he loves.
When the Central Square Redhawks track team heard about the upcoming run, they knew they had to take action.
Inspired by the perseverance of Chase, students and staff from the school district made the nearly hour-long trek out to the Corcoran High School track in Syracuse to participate in the Run Chase Run.
Dressed in maroon and white, the group proudly displayed their matching “Run with Chase” shirts and showed their support at the event, along with more than 1,000 other supporters.
James Drancsak, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics at Central Square School District, fully supported the trip.
“It was a great event and we very proud of our kids,” he said.