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Saturday, October 30 2021
6:00am - 8:00am
Corner of Fowler St. and 8th St.
Free food
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Freshman Cake Race

The Freshman Cake Race is a half-mile race held before sunrise on the morning of the Homecoming game every year. This unique long-standing tradition is open to first year Georgia Tech students. This race dates back to 1911, when the first Cake Race was held as an open cross-country run at Georgia Tech. Two years later, some of the faculty member’s wives started baking cakes for the winners, thus the name Cake Race was created. While the race’s original purpose was to scout men for the track team, today's participants are encouraged to run, jog, or walk. Each participant receives a cupcake upon completion and the male and female winners receive cakes and get to meet Mr. and Mrs. GT. Each first year receives a cupcake at the end of the race. First years, sign up today to take part in one of Georgia Tech’s greatest traditions!

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