UT’s Naval ROTC running to Dallas ahead of Red River Showdown

UT's NROTC making their way to Dallas. Oct. 6, 2016 (KXAN Photo)
UT's NROTC making their way to Dallas. Oct. 6, 2016 (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The official game ball for this weekend’s University of Texas and University of Oklahoma game is on its way to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

UT’s Naval ROTC Battalion delivers the game ball every year. The event kicks off before the Red River Showdown.

Members of the NROTC Battalion take turns running the ball north, from Darrel K.Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin to Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas. The week-long event mirrors the southbound run by OU NROTC Battalion members bringing a ball of their own.

When both reach Dallas, both game balls are turned over to officials and the battalions get to rest. On Friday, both NROTC battalions play a friendly flag football game.

Priscilla Rubalcaba, midshipman in charge of the event, spoke to us after running eight miles. “As a midshipman, this is what ROTC is about… This is like my chance to prove myself.”

Rubalcaba says they run in shifts of about 10 runners on the back roads up to Dallas with a van following behind for safety.

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