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KU Army ROTC to host 19th annual Ranger Buddy Competition

Wed, 04/03/2013

LAWRENCE – University of Kansas Army ROTC Cadets will be among 300 students from across the United States challenging them to find out just how physically and mentally strong they can be. 

Two-person teams from 36 colleges and universities in 14 states will compete at the 19th annual Kansas Army ROTC Ranger Buddy Competition on Saturday, April 20, at the Sesquicentennial Park area at Clinton Lake southwest of Lawrence. Teams will compete from as far as New Hampshire. The contest is a spectator event that is free and open to the public. Cadets on male, female or co-ed teams will go through a series of events as they vie for the title of Best Ranger Buddy Team. Additionally, local military units will compete in this year’s event in an open division.

KU looks to defend its championship from last year as the overall best school winning first place in the male division and first place in the female division. Teams can only compete for the overall best school award – “Top Battalion” – if they have teams entered in the male, female and co-ed divisions. 

Competition will begin at 5 a.m. with a 15-kilometer buddy team ruck march, followed by an eight event round robin and a final 5-kilometer buddy run.   

The round robin events will challenge the cadets with extra demands this year. Six events are all designed to be mini-obstacle courses that remind young warriors of Robert Roger’s 28 “Rules of Ranging” from the original Rangers of 1757. Through the six events, cadets will face challenges that will require knowledge of knots, military reporting formats, individual movement techniques, first aid tasks, weapons tasks and much more. 

5 a.m.: First formation/opening address
5:10 a.m.: Buddy Team 10 mile forced ruck march
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Group events (round robin)
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Buddy Team 10 km buddy run
6:30 p.m.: Closing/Awards Ceremony

For more information regarding this event, please check out KU Army ROTC’s website and click on “2013 Ranger Buddy Competition.”



Happy Kansas Day, Kansans! We caught sunflowers standing tall at the Grinter Family Farms just outside Lawrence last fall. You may wonder how the sunflower came to be the State flower in 1903 and we found an excerpt from Kansas legislation: Whereas, Kansas has a native wild flower common throughout her borders, hardy and conspicuous, of definite, unvarying and striking shape, easily sketched, moulded, and carved, having armorial capacities, ideally adapted for artistic reproduction, with its strong, distinct disk and its golden circle of clear glowing rays -- a flower that a child can draw on a slate, a woman can work in silk, or a man can carve on stone or fashion in clay; and Whereas, This flower has to all Kansans a historic symbolism which speaks of frontier days, winding trails, pathless prairies, and is full of the life and glory of the past, the pride of the present, and richly emblematic of the majesty of a golden future, and is a flower which has given Kansas the world-wide name, "the sunflower state"... Be it enacted ... that the helianthus or wild native sunflower is ... designated ... the state flower and floral emblem of the state of Kansas.

We caught sunflowers standing tall at Grinter Family Farms outside of Lawrence last fall. Happy Kansas Day, Kansans! http://t.co/8V3JMMMfhb
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