Race Details

Race Date: Friday, April 18, 2014
Race Time: Race starts promptly at 4:00pm
Race Place: CMU Track
Early Registration: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Race-day Registration: 3-3:30pm on the track
 

Awards

Every runner will receive a Random Distance Run T-SHIRT. Additional prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers, the top student-advisor pair, the random finisher (the person who finishes in the position specified by the two dice rolls), and each person who correctly predicts the two dice rolls.

 

Registration

To register for the race, sign and return this form to the address listed on the form, or to Wenlu Hu's mailbox in the CSD main office (Gates 6105), or to her office (Gates 9120). The registration fee (cash accepted) is listed below and will be used to cover the cost of the race t-shirts & water:
          $10 if received by Tuesday, April 15, 2014
          $13 otherwise

Members of SCS and ECE and their friends are invited to participate.  Late registrants may receive their t-shirts after race day.  Please, please, please, register early since it allows us to have shirts ready to hand out on race day! This time, we are going to cap registrations at 90, so you might not be able to register on the race day. To guarantee a spot, register now!

 

How long will the race be?

Nobody knows! All we can say is that it will be somewhere between 1/2 mile and 3 miles (between 2 and 12 laps of the track). The exact number of laps will be specified by the sum of two ENORMOUS FUZZY DICE rolls – one occurring just before the start of the race, and one just before the first runner finishes the number of laps specified by the first dice roll. 

 

Is there any history to the race?

Why yes! The Random Structures and Algorithms conference has held a Random Distance Run at its gatherings since 1983, with Paul Erdös rolling the dice at the first race. It was started at CMU by Adam Wierman and Rob Reeder in 2003. It was organized by Gaurav Veda from 2007-2010. Over the years, the RDR has been written about in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and the Tartan and even filmed for a special on cmuTV.

 

Has anyone done a statistical analysis?

Jonathan Clark, on his own initiative, produced graphs to help you in your own interpretation of the randomness. You have the data, and even a visualization, come up with your own conclusions! Oh, and please join us as we take our yearly sample from this delightful distribution in the hope that our sample mean (currently 1.86mi, for those of you keeping score at home) will reach the golden expected value of 1.75mi!

 

That's a cool idea, but I'm not a runner...

Then come help us out!  If you are interested in helping on this years race, we will definitely need volunteers.  Email Wenlu Hu (wenlu at cmu.edu) to sign up. 

 

RDR Winners

Year

Randomness
Provider
Male Winner Female Winner Student/Advisor Winner Race length
2014 Andy Pavlo Paul Welle
(10:21)
Jamie Morgenstern
(12:19)
Walter Lasecki & Jeff Bigham 2
miles
2013 Ariel Procaccia Ivan Ruchkin
(7:55)
Jamie Morgenstern
(9:00)
Jen King, Shervin Javdani & Siddhartha Srinivasa 1.5
miles
2012 Kayvon Fatahalian James Faeder (3:37) Jamie Morgenstern
(4:12)
Saket Navlakha, Hai-Son Le & Ziv Bar-Joseph 0.75 miles
2011 Anupam Gupta Stephen Rose (2:21) Jamie Morgenstern
(2:39)
Ben Blum & Dave Andersen 0.5 miles
2010 Scott Fahlman Karl Naden
(11:19)
Jamie Morgenstern
(13:00)
Karl Naden & Jonathan Aldrich 2
miles
2009 Lenore Blum Chris Salvarani
(15:59)
Catherine Sidey
(20:02)
Zelealem Yilma & Oleg Pikhurko 2.75
miles
2008 Peter Lee Jake Krohn
(9:56)
Diane Mattingly
(13:11)
Jason Enrst & Ziv Bar-Joseph 1.75
miles
2007 Jeannette Wing Dario Donatelli
(6:06)
Sandra Ma
(8:26)
Dan Wendlandt & Adrian Perrig 1.25
miles
2006 Randy Bryant Arjunan Rajeswaran
(15:16)
Jacqueline MacDonald
(18:10)
Dan Wendlandt & Dave Anderson 2.75
miles
2005 Frank Pfenning Jake Krohn
(12:47)
Mary Koes
(16:15)
Jonathon McCune & Adrian Perrig 2.25
miles
2004 Steven Rudich Steve Back
(10:54)
Amy Betz
(14:53)
Jonathon McCune & Adrian Perrig 2
 miles
2003 Manuel Blum Ethan Coffey
(7:28)
Kelly Chin
(8:49)
Nidhi Kalra &
Tony Stent
1.5
 miles


RDR Scrapbook

 


RDR T-shirts

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