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NMSU ROTC tradition goes 'pink'

In the spirit of "Tough Enough to Wear Pink Week," New Mexico State University's Army and Air Force ROTC put a new twist on their annual rivalry run with the University of New Mexico's ROTC.

World War II veteran Egon Bauer presents New Mexico State University Head Football Coach DeWayne Walker with a game ball, capping off the annual ROTC Rivalry Run held between NMSU and the University of New Mexico. (Courtesy photo)

On Oct 7, at mile marker 114 on Interstate 25, members of UNM's ROTC who had made the run from Albuquerque, handed off the game football for Saturday's rivalry game to NMSU's ROTC cadets, who ran the ball the rest of the way to Las Cruces. It's an annual tradition held for the schools' rivalry football game, but this year NMSU's ROTC cadets used the opportunity to raise funds for breast cancer awareness.

"The Rivalry Run has been held for years," Army ROTC Lt. Col. Andrew Taylor said. "The pink campaign is incredible and it's great we were able to incorporate it into the run."

Cadets taking part in the run sought out donations from local businesses for every mile the group would run. They raised more than $1,300 for Cowboys for Cancer Research and the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaigns.

Fifty-six cadets, four cadre and members of NMSU's baseball team and physical education 104 class took part in this year's tradition, with each participant running two miles before passing the ball to the next member. In the final six-mile stretch, NMSU's 12 Army ROTC seniors ran the ball to the Omni apartments on Triviz Drive. From there, the 12 seniors finished out the run Friday night, as they carried the ball to the Corbett Outdoor Stage for the pep rally.

The members handed the ball off to World War II navy veteran Egon Bauer who then presented the game ball to Head Football Coach DeWayne Walker.

ROTC cadets presented the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Co-Chairs a check at Saturday's TETWP tailgate just before the game.