JSU News Bureau
JACKSONVILLE -- October 18, 2002 --
Jonothan Green, Joe Guthrie, Jonathan St. John and Jason Nifong spend their
college days in the peaceful setting of Jacksonville State University,
preparing for war.
They take classes on leadership, marksmanship, first aid and
survival. They repel off of stadiums, climb ropes and practice what to do
if a grenade is thrown at them.
To them, determination is not a state of mind, it's a fact of life.
And when they became members of the Jacksonville State University Gamecock
Battalion Army 10-miler team, they didn't do it to try to complete the 10
miles through the Nation's capital.
They joined to complete it.
They left Jacksonville on Thursday, headed northeast to Washington D.C.,
the city of memorials and monuments, politics and government.
Captain John Nolan, who is the freshman and sophomore ROTC instructor, as
well as the advisor for the 10-miler team, was unaware of any changes being
made to the 10 mile race to be held October 20th. Over 18,000 runners are
expected to participate this year.
D.C. is a city that has been under siege since October 2nd, when an unknown
shooter began targeting and killing people. Since then he has killed 9
people and injured two.
But while the shooter hides, cowering behind bushes, driving away in
windowless vans, shooting at old men, young women and school age boys, the
four men of JSU's ROTC Army 10-miler team will be running down the wide
streets of Washington D.C.
"This is the art of courage," wrote Victoria Lincoln, "to see things as
they are and still believe that the victory lies not with those who avoid
the bad, but those who taste, in living awareness, every drop of the good."