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Game ball for Cy-Hawk game run across the state

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It's Cy-Hawk week in Iowa, and the game ball is slowly, but surely, making its way to Iowa City.

The Army ROTC is running the ball between the two cities for the 29th year.  Because of time constraints, they don't run the full 130 miles, but rather, run fringe to fringe in a number of cities along the way.

In Belle Plaine, they collected food for a food drive before making their way to the elementary school.

They're pumping up crowds in every city along the way, regardless of who they root for.

"As you can see, I'm in a neutral color so nobody in Belle Plaine will think I'm supporting the Cyclones or the Hawks. I'll be at the UNI game tomorrow, but I am wearing black, so that does kinda tell you probably which side I'm going to be favoring in the game tomorrow," said David Fish, Belle Plaine's mayor.

Along the way, the cadets are stopping at schools, much to the excitement of the kids at the elementary school in Belle Plaine.

It's also a great experience for the men and women tasked with carrying the game ball across Iowa.

"It's been an awesome experience to get run out here in front of elementary schools, shake small kids hands, make their days. Makes my day. So it's been awesome," said Tyler Board, who is running his third Cy-Hawk ball run.

The run ends in Iowa City with a pep rally at 6:00 p.m.

The game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.

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