BOONE—Cadets and officers from Appalachian State University’s ROTC program participated in this year’s Mountain Man Memorial March held April 11 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
For the second year in a row, the Appalachian ROTC five-person Military, Heavy, Full Marathon team won the 1st LT. Frank B. Walkup IV Cup.
The team finished the 26.2 mile military heavy march in 5 hours, 42 minutes and 2 seconds while wearing Army combat uniform and boots and carrying a 35-pound rucksack. The winner of this event is considered the overall Mountain Man Champion. LTC David Cox, professor of military science at Appalachian, won the individual 26.2 mile military heavy division (with uniform, boots and rucksack).
Twenty-four cadets from Appalachian competed in various events/categories of the Mountain Man Memorial March with cadets or cadre winning the following events:
- Five-person team, Military Heavy Full Marathon March.
- Individual Military Heavy, Full Marathon March
- Individual Military Light, Half Marathon March
- Men’s Half Marathon Run
Also, several cadets placed in the top three in their event/category.
The run and march through the Great Smoky Mountains, in and around Gatlinburg, honors University of Tennessee alumnus 1st Lt. Frank Walkup, who was killed in Iraq in 2007. The event expanded into a tribute that honors all fallen American heroes. It consists of three running distances: 10K, half marathon and full marathon. There are two marching distances: half marathon and full marathon. Appalachian’s Full Heavy team ran in honor of CPL. Bobby Callahan, brother of ROTC alumnus 1st Lt. Sean Callahan, who was killed in Iraq in 2006.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.