Two weeks before the football teams from Western Carolina University and Appalachian State University tangle in their traditional rivalry game, students and faculty members from WCU athletic training program will embark on the Mountain Jug Run for Research Oct. 12 and 13.
Named in honor of the football matchup known as “The Battle for the Old Mountain Jug,” the Run for Research will take the WCU athletic training group on a 175-mile course that begins at the ASU football stadium in Boone and ends at E.J. Whitmire Stadium in Cullowhee. The course will be run as a continuous relay, with each of the 19 runners completing five legs in five-mile increments and with two or three runners on the road at any given time.
The relay is organized to raise funds for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Research and Education Foundation, which awards research grants and academic scholarships in the field of sports medicine. The group hopes to raise more than $4,000 this year. Donations are still being accepted and may be made in the form of checks, made payable to the NATA-REF, and sent to Jill Manners, WCU Health and Human Sciences Building, Office 362, 4121 Little Savannah Road, Cullowhee, N.C. 28723. All donations to the foundation are tax-deductible.