A group of MSU students running together, carrying an American flag

Alex’s Great State Race

October 28-29, 2022
East Lansing, MI to Ann Arbor, MI

Alex Powell

About Alex

Alex Powell's short life is a testament to the courage, tenacity and spirit that epitomize the best in both Wolverines and Spartans. Learn more about the extraordinary young man for whom this race is named.

Supporters watching the race

About the Great State Race

Since 2014, ROTC cadets from MSU and UM have joined together to run 64 miles from East Lansing to Ann Arbor and present the home team with the game ball for the rivalry football game. Learn more about how this celebration continues to grow.

University of Michigan and Michigan State University ROTC members walking Alex's Great State Race

Track the Ball

RaceJoy provides an interactive experience for live tracking. The RaceJoy experience includes Cheer Sending by remote spectators, progress alerts at every mile, and automated virtual results submission. RaceJoy will allow for instant progress of the game ball and ROTC cadets as they make the trek from Michigan State University to University of Michigan. Download the RaceJoy App, Look for the race ALEX'S GREAT STATE RACE, and track participants ROBERT SULLIVAN from MSU and ELIJAH DURIAN from U of M. 

News & Media Coverage

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Michael Patrick Shiels’ personality-based, news making show covers state, national and international politics in a non-partisan manner. Michael Patrick skillfully mixes politics, which he affectionately refers to "as the family business" with…
A team of football players running together carrying an American flag
October 28, 2022 ~ Juliana Powell, Mother of Alex Powell of “Alex’s Great State Race," talks with Guy Gordon about bringing Michigan State and Michigan together to raise money and scholarships in honor of her son.
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ROTC cadets crossing the finish line
About 35 ROTC cadets from both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University carried game balls for the Saturday, Oct. 29 rivalry game 66 miles from the Sparty statue on MSU’s campus in East Lansing to Angell Hall in Ann Arbor, during Alex’s…

Support Alex’s Great Race

Alex's Great State Race raises money for the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities and the U-M Services for Students with Disabilities. Learn more about how you can get involved and make a positive impact on the lives of these students

Amazing young man
Rival schools coming together
Years celebrating
miles and counting