MSU and U of M students participate in a race for a good cause

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – A fairly new tradition continues Friday before MSU and U of M game day.

Students in the Reserve Officers Training Corps or ROTC for both universities take off on a meaningful race.

It’s called Alex’s Great State Race, started in honor of spirited Spartan battling cancer.

For participants in East Lansing the run started at Sparty statue.

ROTC runners from both MSU and U of M took off from East Lansing.

Starting their 64 mile trek to end at the University of Michigan diag, the race honors Alex Powell who was diagnosed with cancer his senior year of high school and all he wanted was to be a Spartan.

The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities on campus helped him do just that.

The race benefits the resource center at MSU and its equivalent on Michigan’s campus.

The runners are scheduled to reach Ann Arbor Friday at noon.

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