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Posted by on Jan 13, 2012 in College Towns, Event, October, Road Trips | 0 comments

Traditional Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Cake Race at Auburn University

The annual Rosen-Hutshell-ODK (Omicron Delta Kappa) Cake Race takes place annually on the Wednesday of Homecoming Week at Auburn University. The 2.7 mile race across campus takes place at the Hutsell-Rosen Track. The first 25 participants to cross the finish line receives a home-baked cake and the first male is to cross the finish line receives a kiss from Miss Auburn while the first female wins a kiss from the top Auburn male “celebrity.”

The race is open to all comers including students, faculty, alumni and townspeople. Both the Athletics Department and Student Recreational Services strongly support this annual event as a way to promote physical fitness among students.

Origin of the Cake Race
The race started in 1928 by Wilbur Hutsell, the track coach at the time, in order to recruit possible male track team members in the freshman class.  Hutsell was recognized has consistently producing winning track teams and served as Assistant Track Coach for the 1928 U.S. Olympic Team. Women started participating in the event in 1977.

About ODK
Omicron Delta Kappa is The National Honor Society at Auburn University, and has been recognized as outstanding leaders on campus since receiving its charter on May 22, 1928. Click here for more information on the history of their organization.

Video about the ODK Cake Race.

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