An event that started in 2007, Northern Arizona University’s Running of the Freshmen has grown to be a time-honored tradition that students, football players and fans alike look forward to each year. Cheered on by a stadium full of fans, thousands of freshmen, decked out in blue and gold face paint and sporting their NAU attire, lead the football team onto the field to kick off the first home game of the season.

“This is one of my favorite NAU traditions,” President Rita Cheng said. “The energy in the Sky Dome is electric and it’s truly an exciting time for our students, football players and community to start the season as one.