April 13, 2006
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams made their contributions official, as the group participated in a formal check presentation to the United Way of the Big Bend at the 2006 Seminole Invitational in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday, April 8, 2006. The group donated $5,000 from the 2005 Across the State Relay to the local organization to continue raising money and awareness for the community.
The group collected donations through their annual fundraiser, the Across the State Relay. The event consists of a 13-hour, 140 mile run across the central part of the state of Florida, beginning at the Gulf of Mexico in Crystal River and ending at the Atlantic Ocean in Daytona Beach. Each, of over 40 runners, is asked to raise $140 through sponsorships from their high school coaches, families, friends and former employers at a dollar-per-mile.
“It is a good fund raiser and community service event that we can do as a team,” said head coach Bob Braman in a statement released earlier this year. “This is our fourth year doing it and it is really a great team bonding experience.”
The team races in pairs and maintains a competitive pace of 10 miles per hour from Crystal River to Daytona Beach. A water bottle is filled half way up with water from the Gulf of Mexico and then the bottle is utilized as the baton during the race. When the race is completed the water bottle is then filled the rest of the way with Atlantic Ocean water.
Braman started the event in 1981 as president of the Tampa Bay Runners’ Club then took it to the University of South Florida. Upon assuming the head-coaching job at FSU, Braman changed the relay into a charitable event.
In 2004, the Seminoles raised over $7,000 for the American Red Cross Disaster Fund, which set up shelters and provided assistance to those who were affected by Hurricanes Charlie and Frances. In years before that FSU has raised approximately $12,000 for such charities as the United Way, the Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services Inc., Capital City Youth Services and the American Red Cross September 11th Relief Fund.