Fraternity members will run to Eugene for Civil WarPosted November 22nd, 2011 by Mike
[Daily Barometer] This year Beavers will pack up their tailgating gear and make the drive to Eugene for the Civil War game. However, a few Oregon State University supporters will be making the 44-mile trek from Corvallis to Eugene on foot. The Oregon Cure Relay was founded in 2009 by Bradley Barringerand the Kappa Omicron Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta. The relay from the away stadium to the home stadium is a fundraising event for theLiveSTRONG foundation as well as a great way to support OSU on the biggest game day of the year.
“Not only do we show our support for the Beavers wearing orange and black, we also wear yellow LiveSTRONG shirts carrying the name of our sponsors who have donated resources to the run. One-hundred percent of proceeds are directly donated to LiveSTRONGthrough their Grassroots Fundraising program,” said participant Justin Langley. Last year’s event raised nearly $4,000 in donations and the men of Phi Gamma Delta hope to double that number this year.
“During the relay the runners, which are generally members of the FIJI fraternity, run in one mile increments from the away school to the home school for the Civil War Game. Each member of the relay is expected to earn sponsorships and we also have business sponsorships. These business sponsorships include a portion of the money spent at Pita Pit next Monday, Nov. 21. There will also be a coin drive at the Memorial Union Quad on Tuesday [Nov.] 22,” Barringersaid.
While the event is a true testament to the fundraising power of a few, it is also a physical challenge for participants.
“I prepare for the relay with sleeping well, stretching and eating healthy on the days before the relay. Make sure that everything is in place and that we have enough people there. Also, making sure that transportation is set up for everyone so we all make it back. The organization of the race is the biggest part in preparation and usually runs very smoothly,” said event organizer Jimmy McDowell.The physical challenge can be made even more difficult with the sometimes-unexpected variables of poor weather, traffic and planning for adverse safety situations.
Currently the relay is not open to the public, but that doesn’t mean that Beavers and Ducks can’t come out to support the runners.
The race is not open to public teams because of difficulties in organization and because it is a fraternity philanthropy. The community is, however, encouraged to be involved. Even after running for more than five hours, the men of Phi Gamma Delta plan to do exactly what any Beaver fan would do.
“When we finish running and getting pictures at the home stadium we either stick around to watch the game or go home and watch on it TV,” Langley said.
Camille Jacobson-Ingram, staff reporter