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SLIDESHOW: Spalding University holds 44th annual 'Running of the Rodents'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a pre-Derby tradition that's been going on for more than four-decades.

Today was the 44th annual Running of the Rodents at Spalding University.

Spectators get into it, singing "My Old Kentucky Home" and some even wearing Derby hats. Students race their trained rodents on a miniature track named "Spalding Downs."

This year's theme is "Superheroes: Rat Racers Assemble." A rat named "The Hulk" won three of the races.

"The secret is just getting lucky with a sweet rat," said winner Kelly Coburn. "I mean, our rat's really big and super energetic and she ran around really fast." 

The winners get a garland of fruity cereal.

The race is a tradition meant to relieve stress for students taking final exams.

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