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42nd Annual Running of the Rodents Parade and Race

April 10 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Spalding University hosts its 42nd Annual Running of the Rodents themed, “The Wizard of Oz.” Rodents will compete for the coveted garland of fruit-flavored cereal-o’s as they speed around a miniature racetrack.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Parade starts at 11:00 a.m. in Lot E.  A public parade will precede the Running of the Rodents. Although we cannot accommodate vehicles, you may walk, ride wagons, bikes, unicycles, segways, etc. The route will go through Mother Catherine Spalding Square, across Breckinridge, down Library Lane, through A lot, across 4th Street and into the UC.  Parade participants will be dressed Oz-themed costumes, and in Kentucky Derby tradition, racing fans will wear decorated hats as part of the annual Rat Hat contest. Lunch (cash-only) will be provided following race day festivities in the University Center Ballroom.

Call to Post at 11:30 a.m. in Spalding University Center Ballroom a.k.a. “Spalding Downs”
824 S. Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40203

  • Purchase your Rat Race Memorabilia T-shirt for $10
  • Enjoy a nice lunch prepared by our dining staff – $5
  • Costume contest – come dressed as your favorite Wizard of Oz character and win an Ozwesome prize!
  • Adopt a rat – Our rats need loving homes after the race. If you’d like to adopt one, let us know! Cage included.

*Parking is free in all Spalding University lots
Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board


April 10, 2014
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Spalding University, University Center Ballroom
824 S. Fourth Street, Louisville, 40203 United States
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