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Army ROTC Bronze Boot Run

December 1, 2011

This year's Border War pits Colorado State against the University of Wyoming for the 102nd time and extends the battle for the Bronze Boot trophy into its fourth decade.

Lt. Col. Channing Moose, CSU ROTC, says that the 26 mile run requires the stamina of 'going into battle.'Run slated for Dec. 2

On Thursday, December 2, The University of Wyoming Army ROTC cadets will run the game ball 26 miles from War Memorial Stadium in Laramie to the state line. The two Army ROTC battalions and representatives from the universities’ football teams will conduct the traditional Border Ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

After the ceremony, the Colorado State University Army ROTC cadets will run the game ball 39 miles on U.S. Highway 287 from the Colorado-Wyoming border to Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins.  

The best in tradition, rivalry

“The run displays the endurance and physical stamina needed for warriors going into battle, not unlike what is required of our ‘gridiron warriors,’” Lt. Col. Channing Moose, CSU ROTC, says.  “CSU Army ROTC cadets remain very involved in this tradition and rivalry.”

Along with the Bronze Boot Run, CSU Army ROTC and Athletics will conduct two ceremonies:

  • The border ceremony at the Colorado-Wyoming border at 10:30 a.m.
  • The ceremony of the ROTC cadets delivering the game ball to the CSU football team at Hughes Stadium at 5:30 p.m.

The ceremony at Hughes Stadium will be full of Army ROTC tradition including firing the ROTC cannon, a formation with the Ram Battalion cadets reading the history of the Bronze Boot, and the handoff of the game ball to the CSU football team.

Combat boot from Vietnam War

In 1968, CSU Army ROTC cadre member Maj. Vic Fernandez came up with the idea of having a trophy fitting of the rivalry between CSU and UW, and nothing was more fitting for the “Border War” than an authentic battle-tested combat boot. CSU Army ROTC graduate and cadre member Capt. Dan Romero, Sr., donated a combat boot he wore during his 1966-1967 tour in the Vietnam War. The Bronze Boot Border War is on the list of the nation's best college football rivalries. The "Border War" and the battle for the Bronze Boot is one of the longest running traveling trophy football games in college football.

Capt. Romero had the boot bronzed and mounted on a walnut base in 1968. The base bears a plaque that holds the history of the Bronze Boot series.

Close inspection of the boot will reveal small tears and cuts, scars of battle that have remained on the 48-year-old boot through the bronzing process and 42 years of travel between the rival universities.

Bronze boot's last leg

Every year Army ROTC cadets from CSU and UW run the game ball from the visiting team’s stadium to the site of the Border War game and guard the trophy until the game is over.

This year, the CSU vs. Wyoming Border War game takes place on Saturday, December 3 at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.

The battle for the Bronze Boot has become more than just a regional event. The “Border War” and the battle for the Bronze Boot is one of the longest running traveling trophy football games in college football and is on the list of the nation’s best rivalries. 


Contact: Joy Sholts
E-mail: joy.sholts@colostate.edu
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