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NROTC set for annual Bayou Classic run - Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Members of Southern University's Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps are inviting the public to come out and cheer or jog along with them when they conduct their annual State Farm Bayou Classic run from Southern University,Baton Rouge to the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

The officers will begin the nearly 100-mile, two-day run at 5:30 a.m. Friday, November 27 at the Felton G. Clark Activity Center and complete the run in time to deliver the game ball before the coin toss at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 28, at the 36th State Farm Bayou Classic pitting Southern against Grambling State University.

"The Naval ROTC's 'Red Stick' battalion looks forward each year to the Bayou Classic Spirit and Motivational Run," said Comdr. Eugene Martin, executive office, Naval ROTC Unit at Southern.  

"Running the game ball 91 miles from Southern University to the Superdome is our way of showing support for Southern University and the rich tradition of the Bayou Classic," said Martin.

The unit will exit the campus via Harding Boulevard, continue on to Scenic Highway, then turn onto Airline Highway and head to New Orleans. They will travel through Ascension, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles, Jefferson, and Orleans Parishes before entering the Louisiana Superdome.

"The relay run provides an opportunity for our 87-member 'Red Stick' Battalion to have some great physical training, demonstrate Navy and Marine Corps pride and show our commitment to Southern University's values of education and personal development," added Martin.

For more information, contact Lt. Patrick Cooke at 225.771.4370.