PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: RIT Coast-to-Coast Runners Welcomed Back to Campus

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Runners from Rochester Institute of Technology will be welcomed back to campus at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, after a record-breaking coast-to-coast run across the country.

The 2,700-mile run in commemoration of RIT's 175th anniversary kicked off Nov. 17 in San Diego, Calif., and crossed 13 states ending in Annapolis, Md., on Nov. 29. Coming in at 12 days, 3 hours and 48 minutes, it broke RIT's 1979 run by more than two days. The 1979 run, which celebrated RIT's 150th anniversary was, at the time, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The 4:15 p.m. celebration starts at The Sentinel sculpture in the administration circle with the team running into campus accompanied by RIT President Albert Simone by 4:35 p.m. A brief ceremony will be followed by a reception in the RITz Sports Zone.

Eighteen runners made up the team—all members or alumni of RIT's men and women's cross country teams. Each completed a two-mile interval, resting for 3.5 hours before joining the relay again.

For more information about the run and to read the runners' blog, visit

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