As mayor, Don Tottingham always advanced ideas that would improve physical fitness in Houston.
A runner and walker himself, Tottingham, who died earlier this year after finishing his term in April, initiated the Mayor’s Walking Club that used a walking trail around town that saw progress under his administration. The Village Trail circles the community.
On Monday, organizers announced a run and walk event set for 9 a.m. Oct. 12 that recognizes him. The event — the Don Tottingham Memorial ‘I’ve Got Your 6’ Fun Run/Walk — is a 5K event that will start at the Texas County Justice Center. Proceeds from the event benefit Brigg Pierson, a Houston High School graduate who was shot multiple times while on duty as a Carter County deputy near Van Buren last month. He and a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer were wounded while serving an eviction notice with other officers. The suspect was apprehended after a lengthy standoff. The trooper sustained minor injuries.
Pierson was recently released from a St. Louis area facility to return home and is undergoing physical therapy, said his mother, Sandy Cramer, who is a long-time faculty member at the Houston School District.
Registration for the walk — organized by Houston Community Betterment and Arts Council, its youth arm, and the Houston Police Department — is 8 to 8:30 a.m. at the Grand Avenue building. The cost is $25. Persons must register by Oct. 3 to ensure receiving a special T-shirt. A $20 donation without participation also is eligible for a T-shirt. Checks should be made payable to the City of Houston. There also will be a silent auction. All proceeds will go to the Brigg Pierson Benefit Account established at Landmark Bank.
How to register: Contact Elaine Campbell at Houston City Hall (417-260-0043), Justin Brown at Evans Funeral Home (417-259-1112), Stephanie Groff (417-260-5110), officer Josh Green at the Houston School District (417-967-2319) or Sandy Cremer at Houston High School (417-260-4977).
If someone’s got your six, it means they’ve got your back. This expression comes from the placement of numbers on an analog clock, and appears to have originated with military pilots.