Running of the Rodents @ Spalding University

Thursday, April 14

Spalding University
824 S. Fourth St. • 585-9911
Free; 11:30 a.m.

“Peace, Love & Rats.” That’s the theme for Spalding University’s 39th Annual Running of the Rodents, the Derby lead-in tradition that, yes, pits rat against rat in a thrilling race for the big cheese. One might call it the most exciting two seconds in … well, rats. Trained by Spalding students, staff and faculty, the rodents compete for a garland of fruity cereal. The event was originally conceived by former faculty member Sister Julia Clare Fontaine. Local news personalities Barry Bernson and Dawne Gee will emcee the big event, while Churchill Downs bugler Steve Buttleman will announce each rat race with his signature call to the post. A public parade will precede the races, with plenty of 1960s-inspired tie-dye to behold; the running rodents will be named after various singers from the ’60s. My money’s on Paul McRatney. —Kevin Gibson

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