Naval ROTC cancels annual ‘Run to Dallas’ due to government shutdown

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DALLAS — A representative with the University of Texas Naval ROTC confirms that the U.T. and O.U. Naval ROTC’s annual fundraiser runs, “Run to Dallas,” have been cancelled this year due to the “shutdown.”

Every year the NROTC Battalion participates in a traditional event called the “Run to Dallas,” where we deliver the game ball to the Red River Shoot-Out, the football game between the Texas Longhorns and our long-standing rivals, the Oklahoma Sooners.

Because the events are considered “community outreach” they are considered non-essential and have been suspended.

The event typically kicks off on the Thursday prior to the Red River Shoot-Out, when Longhorn Coach Mack Brown passes the game ball to our Battalion.

The OU NROTC Battalion mirrors the Run-to-Dallas event by running their game ball South, from OU to Dallas.

As part of the annual event, each school’s ROTC squad traditionally receives a game ball from Coach Stoops and Coach Brown at the universities days before the big game and runs the ball several hundred miles to Dallas’ Cotton Bowl to raise money for their respective charities.

Adding to the spirit of the event, the NROTC Battalion typically raises money for a charity of their choice. In years past, the Battalions has donated to various groups such as, The March of Dimes, The Lance Armstrong Foundation, The T.J. Ford Foundation, Easter Seals Central Texas and The American Red Cross.


  • Cru Jones

    OU didnt get “a letter” I think both sides should just suck it up and knock it out. Its a Tradition, not a “Out Reach” program. Lets see this supposed letter. BOOM SOONER

  • Arthur Matters

    And it can’t be done because government says so? Why can’t the individuals as private citizens carry on the tradition. Where’s the creativity? It sure is easy to give up.

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