The DeForest Cross Country Team will be demonstrating their school spirit by “running” the homecoming football from Baraboo to DeForest’s Stalder Field on Friday, September 28, 2012. Approximately 50 runners will pair up to run one mile legs of the 40-mile trek from Baraboo to DeForest. All of the runners will run multiple legs, with the entire boys’ and girls’ teams running the last mile together. This is the 12th year of the annual homecoming event for the Norski runners. Coaches Christopher Smith and Joe Parker continue the tradition started as a wonderful way to bring together DeForest athletes in the celebration of school spirit and support for the annual homecoming football game.
Using the Wisconsin Gazateer, GPS, local knowledge and lore, the coaches plot the safest route between the two communities. Fortunately, this year’s route is the same as last year. However, Coaches Smith and Parker still spent an afternoon driving the actual running route and marking the relay points. “It’s a beautiful route and a couple of lucky runners will get to carry the ball across the Wisconsin river via the ferry” Coach Smith said.
Parent volunteers will drop off, pick up and shuttle runners. The team hopes to average eight minutes per mile, with a total time for the 40 miles of approximately six hours.. “We’ve been fortunate with weather the last few years,” Coach Parker said. “Hopefully we’ll bring the football team good luck.” Runners will run in pairs carrying the actual game ball, with the goal of entering the football field (at DeForest Area High School where the game is being played) 10 minutes prior to game time. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.