Run for Rodents Starting Gate 2019

The "Running of the Rodents" is one of Spalding University's longest traditions during finals week. April 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The COVID-19 pandemic can't keep the rodents from running at Spalding University.

The school announced that its annual "Running of the Rodents" will return as a live-streamed race. The race during finals week coincides with Kentucky Derby season. It features student-trained rats on a specially-designed track. The winner gets a trophy, and the rodent gets a a garland of fruit-flavored cereal.

The race is one of Spalding's oldest traditions. It was held for 47 consecutive years until the pandemic sidelined the festivities last year.

Amanda Jewell Run for Rodents 2019

Amanda Jewell and her rat won the 2019 "Running of the Rodents." The race is one of Spalding University's longest traditions during finals week. April 2019

Spalding said the "Running of the Rodents" will be live-streamed Thursday, April 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Details on the socially distant event will be released closer to the date.

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