September 8, 2006 - by
FSU’s cross country teams get ready to run for a good cause on Saturday, September 16, 2006.

Sept. 8, 2006

The “Across the State Relay” is a 13-hour, 140-mile trek that is more than training and a team-building exercise but a chance for the team, men and women, to give something back to the community. 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.

“We thought this would provide a little more motivation for the athletes, and a great thing for the program,” said Braman. “We bring the money from all over the country, if you will, into Tallahassee for good causes. It’s a good team building event–the kids get to rally behind something together.”

Racing in pairs, the team maintains a competitive pace of about 10 miles per hour. From Yankeetown, which is just north of Crystal River, the pairs run across the peninsula through small towns, back roads and forested scenery in light traffic areas, in four to eight-mile increments. The runners are accompanied by two chase vans throughout the course of the relay. The final leg has the runners dip their water bottle into the Atlantic Ocean at Daytona Beach. Joining them at the end of the journey are the remaining members of the team who then dive into the ocean.

The team raised $5,000 during the 2005 “Across the State Relay” and decided to donate it to the United Way of the Big Bend. The mission of the United Way of the Big Bend is to raise money and mobilize resources to meet priority human needs. They lead and inspire the region to work together as a community, collectively caring for one another and enhancing the quality of life for all.

This year the squads will once again donate all money raised to the United Way of the Big Bend. Stay tuned to for pictures from the event!

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