On Saturday, March 21, 2015, members of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Women’s Cross Country team will be running “The Tiger Trail” located in the Southeast region of the U.S., stopping at tiger mascot schools along the way to raise awareness for both tiger conservation and women’s athletics.
The 1,400 mile journey will last eight days and starts at Auburn University in Alabama and ends at RIT in Rochester, New York. The girls will run “The Tiger Trail” relay style, taking turns and resting for six to seven hours between each leg. While they are running through all tiger mascot schools in the region, Clemson University, Towson University and RIT will be hosting events during the run to raise awareness for the “Tiger Trail” and to support the runners along the way.
When asked where this idea came from, Kaylin Beiter, RIT Cross Country runner said, “The Tiger Trail was born out of admiration, awe, and a little jealousy.” According to the girls, members of the RIT Men’s Cross Country team participated in a coast-to-coast run in 2004. “As women at RIT, we decided that it was time for our own sex to step up and have an adventure for ourselves. A group of girls stayed committed to the cause, and a few alumni joined in as well,” Beiter went on to say. The Tigers for Tigers family is proud of these girls and can’t wait to see them take on “The Tiger Trail!”
If you are interested in learning more or helping to support these girls and the “Tiger Trail” please click here. Like “The Tiger Trail” on Facebook to keep up with where they are. If you are interested in getting involved or have any questions please contact Matthew Partacz, RIT T4T vice president, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.