ROTC Cadets run through Montgomery on way to Texas

(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Eight cadets, more than 1,600 miles, and $50,000.

Those are the number's behind Reviresco's trip from The University of Delaware to Houston, Texas.

The group, made up of mostly of ROTC cadets, is running to raise money for two veterans groups, Team Red, White and Blue and Got Your 6. Both groups help veterans reintegrate into society after serving overseas.

They began the 1,670 mile journey on July 28 and have crossed through several states since.

"We're averaging between 100,  115 miles over a 15 day period. We're each individually running between 15 and 20 miles a day," said Micah Petersen, Co-leader of the run and a cadet at the United States Military Academy at Westpoint. "We split it up after 5 mile legs, so we got one guy running 5 miles, the rest of the team's in the RV. We go up to the 5 mile checkpoint. He jumps out, next guy jumps in the bus and we switch out at the next checkpoint."

The runners are making great time for not having much of it to spend training.

"We didn't have much time to train for this specifically, and that's one of the really cool things is that we said we had a mission that we wanted to do, and even though we didn't have what most people would say is sufficient time to train,  we said we were going to do it and we set out and did it, and now we're over halfway and still going strong," Petersen said.

The group calls themselves Reviresco, which is Latin meaning renewed. A fitting name since their mission is to renew the relationship between civilians and the military through their run.

"Civilians are in charge of a large part of the decision making for the military so if the civilians don't understand very well what the needs are of the military, it's going to be a lot more difficult for them to make those decisions," said David Dinerman, a runner and cadet with the University of Delaware ROTC program. "It's their tax dollars. It's their votes. It's everything like that, that goes into making these decisions for the well-being  and safety of our country and our families."

They have six days left in their journey and still have to get through Louisiana and Mississippi before they arrive in Texas.

On The Web: You can follow the team's progress on their Facebook page here

On The Web: You can donate to their cause by clicking here

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