War Eagle Battalion’s First Warrior Dash 5k


Army Cadets were up bright and early on Sunday, Feb. 8, but not for their normal PT drills. This occasion was much lighter as they welcomed runners from all over the county to participate in their first ever Warrior Dash 5k.

Photo taken by Kathleen Anderson

Photo taken by Kathleen Anderson

The race welcomed all members of ROTC, Auburn students and the general public. Along with runners, there were many cadets there supporting participants at each checkpoint throughout the race. The race was held on campus at Nichols Center and began on the front lawn and circled around campus.

Before the race began at 10 a.m., the crowds were greeted by members of Army ROTC and then directed to the flag pole for the National Anthem. After saluting our great nation, all 60+ of the runners and walkers made their way to the starting line.
This year the profits went to the War Eagle Battalion and The Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project’s mission is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, as well as help injured service members aid and assist each other.
“We are often blindsided by their bravery and heroism, and we want them to be recognized not only when they are overseas but even more so when they come back home to the states,” said Mikayla Stewart, cadet battalion commander of War Eagle Battalion.
With the help of Stewart, Cadet Kelsey Brown coordinated all of the logistics for the event, alongside the staff of AORTA. Thanks to many helpful sponsors, the participants of the Warrior Dash 5k were given SWAG bags and T-shirts for the event. Although finding sponsors was the battalion’s biggest obstacle, it ended up being a successful race. This year’s sponsors included Big Dog Running Co, AORTA, Eagles Reserve, Auburn Kadettes and Creekside of Auburn.

 

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