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47-Mile Tree Trot for Charity Tomorrow

Outside of the Clark Griswold approach, there aren’t many more atypical ways of delivering Christmas trees during the holiday season than the 12th annual Sig Ep “Tree Trot.”

On the cold morning of December 4, at 5am sharp, the brothers of SUNY Fredonia fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon will embark from their campus and run 47 miles north to Lafayette Square, carrying a Christmas tree along with them.

The tree’s journey along Route 5 to Buffalo is made in order to raise money and awareness for YouthAIDS, a nonprofit which receives 100 percent of the funds raised by the event.

Typically an all-day affair, the tree generally arrives in Lafayette Square around 5pm, making tree trot a nearly 12-hour run for charity.

While teams of four running a Christmas tree in the early morning might seem at little out of place, the brothers of Sig Ep are right are home, as Tree Trot for YouthAIDS is one of the fraternity strongest traditions.

For more information on Tree Trot or to donate to the cause, contact Allan Halas at

  • Snowdays

    Wow, that’s really awesome!

  • veeno

    Great stuff!