2007 Race Results

Race Details

Race Date: Friday, May 4, 2007
Race Time: Race starts promptly at 4:45pm
Race Place: CMU Track

Early Registration: Friday, April 13, 2007

Race-day Registration: 4-4:30pm on the track


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.



To register for the race, sign and return this form to the address listed or to Gaurav Veda's mailbox in the CSD main office (Wean Hall 4212). The registration fee is listed below and will be used to cover the cost of the race t-shirts only:
          $10 if received by Friday, April 13, 2007
          $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!


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 Distance Run was started at CMU by Adam Wierman and Rob Reeder in 2003, and even before that the Random Structures and Algorithms conference has held a “Run for a Random Distance” at its gatherings, with Paul Erdös rolling the dice at the original race. 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.


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 Gaurav Veda (gveda@cs) to sign up. 


RDR Winners


Male Winner Female Winner Student/Advisor Winner Race length
2007 Jeannette Wing Dario Donatelli
Sandra Ma
Dan Wendlandt & Adrian Perrig 1.25
2006 Randy Bryant Arjunan Rajeswaran
Jacqueline MacDonald
Dan Wendlandt & Dave Anderson 2.75
2005 Frank Pfenning Jake Krohn
Mary Koes
Jonathon McCune & Adrian Perrig 2.25
2004 Steven Rudich Steve Back
Amy Betz
Jonathon McCune & Adrian Perrig 2
2003 Manuel Blum Ethan Coffey
Kelly Chin
Nidhi Kalra &
Tony Stent

RDR Scrapbook


RDR T-shirts

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