After ten weeks of training in which runners covered more than a combined 3,000 miles, the 2010 Mountain Jug Run for Research (R4R) is set to begin on Saturday morning, October 30 in Boone, NC at the stadium of Appalachian State University. The 175 mile run will conclude on the morning of Sunday, October 31 in Cullowhee, NC on the campus of Western Carolina University. Along the way, seven groups (2 or 3 runners per group) will complete 25 miles (divided into five 5-mile legs) each of the journey.
The R4R is designed to raise funds for the NATA-REF in order to promote research and scholarships in the field of athletic training. Donations to the REF are welcome and can be sent to the attention of any of the faculty from the WCU ATEP. So far, the R4R has raised nearly $2500 to support the REF.
This year's group of runners, numbering 15, is the largest and most diverse in the event's history. Runners are made up of ATEP faculty (4), clinical instructors (3) and students (8). Some are first time participants, while others are completing their third R4R. Below are the names of this year's participants.
Faculty: Doug Branch, Ashley Long (2nd R4R), Jill Manners (3rd R4R) & Jay Scifers (3rd R4R)
Clinical Instructors: Emily Martin (2nd R4R), Jon Mitzel & Tom Tisdale
Senior: Jeremiah Nichols (3rd R4R)
Juniors: Brandi Anders, Heather Brown (2nd R4R) & Kayla Jones
Sophomores: Aleesa Lennon (2nd R4R) & Brittany Rodden
Freshmen: Aaron Marshall & Sarah McNamara
Throughout the R4R, participants will name each of the legs and blog about their runs here.
Each run promises to be challenging, fun and adventurous.
You can follow all the action here at the Mountain Jug Run 2010 blog.
Please support our efforts by making a donation and by becoming a follower of the 2010 R4R!