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Sports / Recreation

Bronze Boot Run, Wyoming-CSU game ball exchange

November 19, 2009

The annual Bronze Boot run, carrying of the game ball from Laramie to Fort Collins in advance of the Border War football game, will take place on Monday, Nov. 23.

Bronze Boot Run
Monday, Nov. 23
10 a.m. Border Ceremony (approx.)
4 p.m. Ball arrives at Hughes Stadium

A short ceremony will take place on the border along Highway 287 north of Fort Collins at approximately 10 a.m., where the football will be exchanged between Wyoming ROTC cadets and CSU ROTC cadets, who will carry it to Fort Collins.

The Bronze Boot Run traditionally includes the Colorado State University and University of Wyoming ROTC units before the annual football game.

Each year, cadets from the ROTC unit of the visiting school run the game ball from campus to the Colorado-Wyoming border, where it is handed off to the home school's ROTC unit, who runs it back to its football stadium. Each cadet usually runs the ball one mile.

Game ball presented to Rams football team at Hughes

In Fort Collins, the ball will be presented to Rams team representatives in another short ceremony.

The Bronze Boot, the traveling trophy awarded to the winner of the game each year, will be on display both at the border ceremony and during the game, when CSU cadets will guard it behind the Rams’ bench.

Vietnam era boot

The Bronze Boot trophy, a size 8 jump boot, was worn during combat in Vietnam by CSU graduate, Capt. Dan J. Romero, throughout his 1966-1967 tour of duty.

Border exchange participants

Officials to be present at the border exchange on Monday, include:

  • Mark Gill, the CSU president's chief of staff
  • Paul Kowalczyk, CSU director of Athletics
  • Wyoming representatives
  • ROTC cadets from both CSU and Wyoming