March to the Brazos
The Texas A&M University's Corps of Cadets conducts an 18-mile round-trip march each spring semester called March to the Brazos. The event is one of the last major Corps events of the year.
History of the March
Originally known as "the hike," March to the Brazos began in 1908 to keep cadets out of trouble on April Fools' Day. Cadets took part in a trek over multiple days from campus to the Brazos River. After arriving at the river, they conducted a symbolic passing of positions to the next class year.Learn more about March to the Brazos
A Time of Transition
Over the years, March to the Brazos has evolved into a 9-mile hike to the Texas A&M Beef Center the weekend before Final Review in April.
Like the tradition's early days, March to the Brazos previews the cadets' new roles that will come with the arrival of the next academic year. The walk back to campus symbolizes the upcoming school year, with cadets ready to lead in their new positions. In one of their first acts as incoming cadet leaders, current freshmen, sophomores and juniors lead the way during the march back to campus. Meanwhile, outgoing seniors return to campus on a bus.
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