With the game ball in hand, students and community members from West Virginia University and other schools will Run From Pitt on Saturday (Nov. 21) to raise awareness for autism.

Participants in the 40th Run To/From Pitt (the destination switches each year depending on the location of the game) will leave Heinz Field in Pittsburgh at around 6:30 a.m. and arrive at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown around 7 p.m. The run is organized by service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega.

Carrying autism awareness signs along the way, the participants will run the 73 miles relay style. They will carry the game ball for the WVU-University of Pittsburgh game on Friday (Nov. 27).

The ball was given to participants by University of Pittsburgh Head Coach Dave Wannstedt. Before the game on Friday, fraternity members will hand-off the ball to WVU Head Coach Bill Stewart.

“This is a great event. It draws a lot of attention to a good cause and really does a lot of good,” said WVU sophomore Eric Perkuhn, co-chair of the Run From Pitt.

This year they have raised an estimated $1,000 for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh, Perkuhn said.

For more information, please contact WVU’s Alpha Phi Omega office at 304-293-3071, or visit the Web site at http://www.wvu.edu/~apo/.

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cd/11/20/09

CONTACT: Eric Perkuhn, WVU’s Alpha Phi Omega
609-915-0185, eperkuhn@gmail.com