‘Miles to Yards Run’ Starts New Tradition in Chelsea vs. Dexter Rivalry

By Seth Kinker, skinker@thesuntimesnews.com

On Friday, August 24 the Chelsea Bulldogs and the Dexter Dreadnaughts met on the gridiron for the latest installment of their rivalry contest. This year, however, a new tradition was started. It was the idea from a former cross-country coach at Dexter.

A Dexter to Chelsea Football Run.

“There are several other cross-country teams in Michigan that do this,” said Regina Lucas Bell, a Dexter parent and one of the organizers of the inaugural event.

That event was the running of the game ball from city to city, another way to add to the longtime rivalry, this time with some teamwork between the two schools.

With the Chelsea and Dexter cross country teams in relatively close proximity to each other, their runs sometimes overlap. Both teams run Trinkle road that connects the two communities because it’s a safer route with less traffic.

“This is the best rivalry in Washtenaw County,” said Lucas Bell. “Always has been. I’m from Chelsea, my husband is from Dexter, so we’re invested in this.  We thought about this and thought it might be a good way to bridge that gap a little bit. This (route) is literally one of the runs they do.”

Jennifer Wagner, a fellow Dexter parent and organizer, Lucas Bell, and administration from both Chelsea and Dexter made the event possible.

The teams started out at the rock at Dexter high school and ran Trinkle road to bring the game ball from the rock to Jerry Niehaus Field in Chelsea.

Leaving a little before 6pm the teams only had to run a nine-minute mile pace to get the ball to the stadium on time.

Although the two teams took to the turf as enemies that evening, it started out with some work from both school’s cross-country teams to make it happen.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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