The tradition, known as the 24-Hour Relay, attempts to raise money and awareness for a selected good cause. In previous years the event has benefitted Y.E.S. and helped to complete a monument for Special Forces soldiers at Fort Bragg, N.C.
This year, the relay will be in honor of the cross country and track teams' mission trip to Belize in May 2011.
Small groups of runners will run in shifts for 24 hours straight, handing off a baton and GPS watch as runners complete their time slots.
The teams would like to invite the student body and the general public, if they would like, to run with them and/or give monetarily to the mission trip fund.
The relay will start at noon on Friday, Dec. 4 and conclude on Saturday, Dec. 5 at noon. Shifts of runners will be changed every 30 minutes at the ticket office at the high school football stadium.
In previous years, there has been a small camp set up with food and fellowship for those who participate.
Anyone wanting to join the relay may simply show up at any half hour increment during the 24-hour period.
Runners will be running along local roads and the high school track.
“While we are building many traditions with the cross country and track and field programs, the 24-hour relay is one that has been successful in the past and one that speaks to our teams' mission to reach out to others,” Lipscomb runner Caitlin Anderson said.
Checks may be made payable to Lipscomb Missions with XC/Track- Belize in the memo line. Donations can also be made online to athttp://missions.lipscomb.edu.