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In an open invitation to all members of the University, cross country coach Bill McCurdy last night announced the fifth annual running of the University Handicaps this afternoon at 4:45 p.m. The run will begin in front of Newell Boat House and cover the varsity Handicap Course along the river.
Last year's winner, Pat Liles '60, the first freshman ever to win the race, had never run cross country, but with the help of a five-minute handicap from the benevolent McCurdy, romped in well ahead of his nearest competitor. Liles later went on to win his numerals as a member of the Yardling squad.
Varsity Starts from Scratch
Members of the varsity and the freshman teams will use the race as a time trial. All members of the varsity will start from scratch while, as last year, the freshmen will begin with handicaps ranging from one to five minutes.
Most of the hill-less course is run over dirt, grass, and gravel, since it follows the riding path along the Charles past the race track, to the snow plow storage garages, opposite the police station, thence around a small loop, and back again to Newell along the same path.
Any member of the University, whether he has had any running experience or not, is eligible for the everlasting re-known accorded to the winner of this race. In past years, costumes have ranged from the white and crimson pants and running shoes of the varsity, to chinos, T-shirt and sneakers of curious passersby.
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