Name of College/University: Davidson College
Location: Davidson, North Carolina
Day(s)/Week it Occurs: Beginning of school year upon arrival of freshman students
Summary of Event:
The freshman cake race was originally created by track Coach Pete Whittle in 1934, to uncover talent within the incoming freshman class and to find new members for the track team. When the race was first started it was mandatory that everyone participated in this 1.7 mile race. Prizes included picture shows and haircuts. Since this tradition started 77 years ago, Davidson college has updated and kept this tradition alive. Instead of being a mandatory race, voluntary freshman partake in this tradition in order to win a cake. Cakes are provided by the Davidson community and have become a part of the tradition as to who can bake the best cake.