Fraternity Brothers Running to Lane Stadium for VTech-UVA Football Game
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -
Fraternity brothers out of Charlottesville and Blacksburg are carrying on a tradition more than a decade old.
Drivers will want to pay close attention throughout the evening.
Brothers from the Phi Gamma Delta at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech are running the game ball from Scott Stadium all the way to Lane Stadium.
This is a tradition going 13 years strong, on the Friday after Thanksgiving fraternity brothers run 150 miles through the night before the big game rivalry game.
“Yeah, it's really phenomenal so we're going to meet in Lynchburg with the chapter from Virginia Tech well all get some pizza and we're gonna hang out for a bit. We do a ceremonial handoff where we give the ball to those guys and they'll finish all the way to Blacksburg,” said Nate Silvestri, a fourth-year student at UVA.
Despite the rivalry of the commonwealth clash, the students from Virginia Tech and UVA are coming together for a good cause.
But the run isn't only about the tradition, they also raising money for the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Last year, they collected over $60,000.
This year has an even more personal touch.
“We currently have a brother battling cancer, you know he can't be here today, but he was actually here running up the road right there to finish off the run last year,” said Silvestri.
The group misses him while he's undergoing cancer treatment at the UVA Medical Center, but knows this commonwealth clash tradition will help cancer patients like him.
“It's a great feeling, and you got to lay down the rivalry just to do something good for everyone,” said Silvestri.
The fraternity brothers will take turns running a few miles each, almost in a relay style throughout the night. The rest follow in a bus, resting their legs before it's their turn to take over.
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