This story was written and submitted by NROTC.
On the first weekend of April 2016, Midshipmen from the ISU NROTC Cyclone Battalion participated in the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life. The members from the Cyclone Battalion took turns walking or running around the indoor track at Lied Recreation from 1900 on Friday until 0700 on Saturday in order to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer.
This year the Cyclone Battalion had a large turnout of 23 Midshipmen, about half of the battalion. This was impressive considering that many of the Battalion’s members were participating in the “GoRuck Challenge,” a grueling 24 hour hike and obstacle course put on by former US Military Special Forces, in Omaha, Neb. In addition to the excellent participation, the unit also raised $440 to donate to the American Cancer Society. Everyone involved had their own reasons for participating; some had family members or friends they were running for, others just wanted to get out there and experience the camaraderie that the Relay for Life provides.
Midshipman 4/C B. Johnson decided to make it his mission to ruck instead of running for the Relay for Life. “I think when it was all said and done I rucked 16 miles which was more than 80 laps around the track!” he said.
The Relay for Life brought the Iowa State University student community together for an important cause. The NROTC Cyclone Battalion looks forward to participating in next year’s event!