Running of the Rodents
When Spalding University’s former professor Sister Julia Clare Fontaine overheard a senior complain about the “rat race” of finals week, she immediately had an idea for a stress reliever before spring session final exams. Since 1973, the Running of the Rodents has been a fun-filled Louisville tradition. Coined as “The Most Exciting Two Seconds in Sports” by Trivial Pursuit® after 1987’s Deep Throat won the Rodent Derby in 1.8 seconds, Spalding University’s annual rat race serves as both a stress reducer and a unique method of teaching students about animal care as well as behavior modification techniques
On Thursday, April 9, Spalding University hosts its 43rd Annual Running of the Rodents themed, “The Great Ratsby,” a tribute to The Great Gatbsy. Trained rodents will compete for the coveted garland of fruit-flavored ring cereal as they speed around a miniature racetrack—.024 furlongs in length—created by Spalding alumna Madonna Wilson. Local news personalities Jean West and Dawn Gee of WAVE 3 will emcee the races. Gee has served as the voice of the races for more than a decade.
Rat Parade: This year's route begins on Spalding’s campus and tours through the SOBRO neighborhood. Starting on Fourth Street just south of 901 S. Fourth St., the parade will head north and will turn east on Breckinridge Street to Third Street where it will then head north, crossing York Street to Fourth Street, ending at the University Center (824 S. Fourth St.).
Rat Races: Spalding University Center Building (824 S. Fourth Street) Ballroom a.k.a. “Spalding Downs.”
For more information call 502-873-4391 or visit spalding.edu