COLLEGE STATION, April 22, 2013 -- As long as you’ve got to march, you might as well march for a good cause. For nearly four decades, the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets has marched to aid children and families in the Brazos Valley.
On Saturday (April 27) with a 7 a.m. step-off, the Corps will hit the road again for its 37th annual March to the Brazos in support of the March of Dimes’ efforts to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
March to the Brazos — organized and comprised completely of members of the Corps of Cadets — will be an 18-mile trek from the university campus to the Brazos River and back, culminating months of fundraising by the Aggie cadets.
The cadets will march from their dormitory area across campus and out to Texas A&M's Animal Science Teaching, Research & Extension Complex near the east bank of the Brazos River. After the first leg of the march, cadets will participate in various competitions, eat lunch and transfer ranks for the upcoming school year. More than 2,100 cadets — the most in more than a decade – will participate in this year’s march.
March to the Brazos is reportedly the largest and most successful student-led fundraiser for the March of Dimes in the United States, raising more than $2.2 million since 1977.