"Relay Over The Causeway" route
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Four years ago the UC Davis and Sacramento State Army ROTC programs started their own version of the "Causeway Classic" - a flag football game against each other hours before the crosstown rivalry between the Aggies' and Hornets' football game itself.
Saturday will mark the fifth game between the ROTC programs except the difference this year is that it will be played after an important run over the Causeway.
The two programs will be relaying a game ball from Hornet Stadium to Aggie Stadium, totaling just over 20 miles. One Sacramento State and one UC Davis cadet will run together every two miles before handing the football off to two new cadets that will tackle the next leg of the journey.
The relay will kick off at Hornet Stadium at approximately 7 a.m. The first 10 miles will be take the football through downtown Sacramento, on N Street, across the Tower Bridge and to the beginning of the Causeway. The second half of the run will take the programs across the Causeway, along Olive Drive in Davis, and through the UC Davis campus where it will finish at Aggie Stadium.
Once at Aggie Stadium, the cadets will celebrate by playing their flag football game at a nearby facility. The UC Davis cadets will deliver the football that made the 20-mile journey to former UC Davis head coach Will Lotter and former player John Kidd during the pregame coin toss. Lotter and Kidd participated in the first Causeway Classic 61 years ago.
Both Army ROTC programs hope to make "Operation: Relay Over the Causeway," an annual event for years to come.