LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A coveted garland of fruity-flavored O's was on the line as eight rodents raced to a finish line Thursday afternoon.

Spalding University hosted its 40th annual Running of the Rodents.

This year's theme: Viva Rat Vegas.

Lady Luck, Roulette, and Burlesque were just some of the rodents competing.

The rodents are trained by a team of Spalding students, staff and faculty.

"It's really big. It's a good fundraiser and it really kicks off the Derby Festival," said Anna Roars, a Spalding student. "We're just really excited to win because it's been a long time coming."

The winning rat was LibeRATc.

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