Cake Race

In the 1920s students began an annual tradition of running a cross-country race around the campus, with the winners receiving a cake. There were apparently many participants and many opportunities to win: for the 1923 race, the "ladies of Chapel Hill" prepared 100 cakes for the runners. Cake races were common at many universities, and the tradition continues at Davidson College. The Cake Race was popular in the 1920s and 1930s and then was revived and run a few more times in the 1950s and 1960s.


Date Established: 1920

Date Range: 1920 – Present