BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Southern University and A&M College Army, Navy, and Grambling State University ROTC departments will run 90 miles to the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans on Thursday while carrying the 48th annual Bayou Classic game day football.

The eight-hour run from Baton Rouge is a tradition that began in 1992. The run begins at 5 a.m. from the Southern University F.G Clark Activity Center and will go through seven parishes: East Baton Rouge, Ascension, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles, Jefferson and Orleans.

“The football carry signifies esprit de corps or a feeling of pride, comradery, and physical fitness ability of the ROTC cadets and midshipmen, as they prepare to become commissioned officers in the United States army and navy,” Lt. Col. David Marshall Jr. said.

Local parish sheriffs and state police will act as escorts as everyone arrives in New Orleans near 1 p.m.