The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets is hosting ‘An Amazing Dash Through the Past’ on Tuesday, April 16, to raise awareness about Virginia Tech’s and the Corps of Cadets’ history. 

All are welcome to participate in this race and tickets can be purchased at the Student Centers and Activities Ticket Office in Squires Student Center from Monday, April 8, through Friday, April 12. 

Tickets are $10 for an individual and $15 for a team of two. The funds raised will help support leadership development activities within the Citizen-Leader Track program in the corps.

Race check-in will be in front of Lane Hall at 3 p.m. After instructions and a safety brief, the race will begin at 3:30 p.m. when the participants will be given the first clue. The event will conclude when all racers return to Lane Hall no later than 5 p.m. for the closing ceremony.

For information, visit the ‘An Amazing Dash Through the Past’ Facebook page. Email Robin Atkins in the Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development with questions.

The Corps of Cadets is a 24-hour a day, seven days a week leadership laboratory and is one of just six Senior Military Colleges in the nation. Cadets study leadership, learn from experts, and practice what they have been taught while leading the more than 1,000 member Corps of Cadets. 

The corps has two tracks for cadets choose from, the Military-Leader Track where a cadet can choose to participate in Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, or Naval ROTC, which includes both Navy and Marine options, or the Citizen-Leader Track for cadets interested in leader development for positions in the civilian workforce after graduation.

Citizen-Leader Track is the designation for those cadets who choose not to enroll in ROTC and, accordingly do not incur a military obligation after graduation. The cadets that choose this track, known as VPI Company by the cadets, complete physical training together and attend a Tuesday afternoon lab designed to prepare them to be leaders in their chosen career field. In addition, they have the opportunity to hold leadership positions in this organization. 

As many corps alumni who have distinguished themselves in the civilian world will testify, the training they received in the corps has set them head and shoulders above other civilian school graduates. Cadet graduates are actively sought after by business, industry and public service employers.  VPI Company currently has over 220 cadets and makes up over 22 percent of the corps.

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