Hudson Relays

Hudson Relays 2021

We are excited to invite you to participate in the 2021 Hudson Relays program!

With the challenge of offering this annual tradition during this difficult time in our history, the Hudson Relays Committee has developed an outstanding plan! Once again we will be hosting a livestream on Saturday, April 24th at 10:00 am and this year we will also include a mini Hudson Relays in-person event! Yes, there will be a competition! Yes, there will be an opening and closing ceremony! Yes, there will be a race to the finish line!

Here's how you can participate: 

Just like last year, during the week of April 19th -23rd you may participate in this annual tradition by sending us an image or video of you running, walking, or engaging in any physical activity (submission link forthcoming). Those images and videos will be featured during the livestream on April 24th. In addition, there will be student prizes for the following:

  • Best pet pic
  • Best view
  • Most creative home workout
  • Most school spirit
  • Best race outfit


Unlike 2020, this year (2021) class officer captains will be gathering teams of 10 to run one loop of the traditional 5 mile route on campus. We will have live camera shots of the race as well as studio commentary. Once the race is completed, there will be a closing ceremony featuring Interim President, Scott Cowen and Vice President of Student Affairs, Louis Stark. If you want to watch, here's the link to the livestream!

Hudson Relays at Home 2020

Although the 2020 race wasn't on campus, over 300 people from the campus community including students, alumni, and staff/faculty participated in the Hudson Relays at Home event during the second to last week of April. 

Between Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 through Saturday, April 25th, 2020: folks from all over submitted or posted photos, videos, or narratives sharing their 2020 #HudsonRelaysAtHome stories.  

On Saturday, April 25th, 2020 we hosted a live webcast that featured presentations from President Barbara Synder, Provost Ben Vinson III, team captains, and members of the Hudson Relays committee. If you missed out on the livestream and want to view it, click here. Over 350 people tuned in on the day of the event to catch the show and chat with others watching. 

Thank you to everyone who participated or watched the production. We couldn't have done it without you! 

Check out a few of the amazing submissions above!

The Oldest Programmed Campus Tradition

Beginning in 1910, the Hudson Relays was created to commemorate the campus move from Hudson, OH to Cleveland, OH. The Hudson Relays itself is a race amongst the classes the put each class's best runners to the test in a 26 mile relay around campus. As per tradition, if the same class wins all four years in a row, they are treated to a steak and champagne dinner, courtesy of the President and the Provost. To date, only three classes have ever achieved this goal! Will your class be next?  

Hudson Relays History and Origins

In 1882, Western Reserve University moved 26 miles from Hudson, Ohio, to the University Circle area. Case Western Reserve University annually commemorates this event with Hudson Relays, a 26-mile relay race around the current campus. The event orginally began in 1910, starting in Hudson, Ohio, and ending at the rock in front of Adelbert Hall.

In 1990, the race was changed to its current course to comply with traffic and safety concerns. The current course is 26 miles long and consists of five laps around a pre-set course. A team from each class year—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior—and an alumni team compete in the race. In 2009, graduate and professional students came together to have a team running in Hudson Relays.

The winner of the race has their class year engraved upon the Hudson Relays rock outside the south wall of Adelbert Hall. In addition, if a class team wins four years in a row, the administration provides a steak and champagne dinner for them at graduation. The Class of 2017 was the most recent class to earn this honor.

Many Thanks to the Archive Staff!

We appreciate the tireless work and efforts from the staff of University Archives! With their help, we developed a detailed history that highlights 100 years of the Hudson Relays. From winning classes, to changes in the routes, to bits of trivia you may not have known, check out one of Case's greatest traditions.