The game ball will be delivered from West Lafayette to Bloomington by a series of runners who will cover the 117 mile-trek between the two campuses.
Here is the release from IU media relations regarding the new tradition.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Building on the tradition and spirit of the Old Oaken Bucket game, both IU and Purdue will participate in a special relay run from West Lafayette to Bloomington on November 28 and 29.
The goal of the relay run is to hand deliver the game ball for the Old Oaken Bucket football game in Bloomington on November 29. The run begins at Ross Ade Stadium in West Lafayette on the morning of November 28 and features several runners covering different legs of the 117 mile route between the two cities. The runners will hand deliver the ball and formally present it to the game official in Memorial Stadium before kickoff.
The primary goal of the 2014 event is to establish a new annual tradition associated with the rivalry game. This year’s Old Oaken Bucket Run is sponsored by Teachers Credit Union (TCU) and the Indiana National Guard.
Utilizing state highways and city streets, the Indiana State Police will assist the run by providing a police escort for each runner during the 117 mile event. The ball will pass through Indianapolis on Friday afternoon, where local celebrities and dignitaries will carry it before making the southern leg of the relay to Bloomington that evening. The game ball will arrive at Memorial Stadium on Saturday morning right before kickoff and the final leg of the relay will feature three runners who will run the ball onto the stadium turf and hand-deliver it to game officials.Daily Feature: How They Fared
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