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Western Carolina Athletic Training Program Hits the Road for Research

Nov. 13, 2009

Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina University Athletic Training Education Program will complete the Second Annual Mountain Jug Run for Research beginning Saturday, November 14 and ending Sunday, November 15, 2009. The run will begin on the campus of Western Carolina University on Saturday morning and will end on the campus of Appalachian State University on Sunday afternoon.

The run, named in honor of the annual football rivalry between the two institutions, is organized to raise funds for the National Athletic Trainers' Association's Research & Education Foundation, a non-profit corporation that annually awards research grants and academic scholarships in the field of Sports Medicine.

This year's run is being held the week before the football game in an attempt to capitalize on better weather conditions. The inaugural run, from Boone to Cullowhee, featured single digit temperatures and snow for much of the first hundred miles of the event. Last year's run yielded more than $3,300 in donations and made Western's gift to the foundation the largest of any student organization in the country.

Runners in the event include program faculty, clinical instructors and undergraduate students. In addition to teaching the students about the value of philanthropy, the event is providing an excellent service learning opportunity in the areas of injury prevention, proper nutrition and hydration, as well as management of environmental conditions in athletics.

The 175 mile course will be run as a continuous relay, with each runner completing five legs of the run in five-mile increments. Participants, many of whom had never run more than one mile prior to signing up for the event, began training for the run in August. The group, which has logged more than 300 hundred miles per runner in preparation for the event, meets four mornings a week to complete training runs ranging from three to twelve miles in length.

The group has established a 2009 goal of raising $2,000 for the Research & Education Foundation. Donations to the run may be made in the form of checks, made payable to the NATA-REF, and sent to Professor Jill Manners at 134 Moore Hall. All donations to the foundation are tax deductible.

Donations can be made to:
Jill Manners
Western Carolina University
134 Moore Hall
Cullowhee, NC 28723