DAHS Cross Country team homecoming tradition continues
The DeForest Cross Country Team will be demonstrating their school spirit by “running” the homecoming football from Sauk Prairie to Stalder Field (at DMB Stadium) on Friday, October 4, 2013. Approximately 55 runners will pair up to run one mile legs of the 65-mile trek from Sauk City 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 13th 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 involve the cross country team 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. After sampling a great cup of coffee in dowtown Sauk City, Coaches Smith and Parker spent an afternoon driving the actual running route and marking the relay points. “It’s going to be a beautiful route this year with the leaves changing color.” 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 65 miles of approximately eight and a half 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 stadium 10 minutes prior to game time. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.