Friday, May 16, 2014
Twice a year, during final exam week, the cadets, staff and faculty from the civil and mechanical engineering department tackle the sea to summit run. We start in front of the engineering building, run down to the Hudson River, then run up through campus to the top of the ski hill (about 950 ft gain over 2.5 to 3.5 miles depending on the route you go). At the summit, we pause and remember our graduates who have fallen during Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. We read the names of the 17 young men and have a moment of silence to remember them, their families and their sacrifice.
Here is a photo before the run, in front of our engineering building:
And after the run, at the top of the hill:
The run is a good fitness and esprit de corps event after a long and busy semester. It also serves as a reminder to not take what we have for granted, but to cherish our time and our loved ones.