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April 24, 2013

Hudson Relay of 1963

Times change. The Hudson Relay of 50 years ago was not covered with the depth of 100 years ago. There was no account in the student yearbook, just a brief article in the student newspaper, Reserve Tribune. Instead of being a part of Undergraduate Day during Commencement Week in 1913, the 1963 Relay was a part of May Day, which also featured the annual student-faculty softball game, tug-of-war, and canoe tilt. There was also a queen of May Day. The Sophomore class won the 1963 race (as they did in 1913). Here is the account from the Reserve Tribune:

“Sophs win May Day Hudson Relays

The fastest runners of Adelbert College assembled in the wee hours of the morning in front of Adelbert Main to begin the May Day Hudson Relays last Friday, May 3. Lining up at the starting line in Hudson, a representative of each of Adelbert’s four classes began the 26-mile run in great spirits.

“The sophomores took an early lead which they never relinquished as they won their second straight race. The race itself was the closest of the past few years: at the end of the first 13 laps 200 yards separated the front-running sophomore and the tail-end seniors. But at this point the sophomores and the frosh ran away, making it a two-team race.

“Sophomore Prexy Larry Singerman suffered the last lap, clipping 10 minutes off the record set by his team that won last year. The frosh came in second, while the juniors and the seniors finished in that order.”

The Class of 1965 did not win another Hudson Relay, the freshmen winning in 1964 and in 1965. Learn more about the history of the Hudson Relay by visiting the University Archives web exhibit and viewing the video, Through the Years, created for the centennial celebration in 2010.

Posted by hxy2 at April 24, 2013 02:14 PM

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