Date: Friday, April 22, 2016
Time: Race starts promptly at 4:30pm
Race-Day Registration: 4:00-4:20pm
Location: CMU Track
Every runner will receive a
Random Distance Run T-SHIRT (after the race day this year).
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.
register for the race, sign and return this form to
Brandon Amos in Gates 9221
or Anna Gommerstadt in Gates 9219 (at CMU).
The registration fee (cash) of $10 will be used
to cover the cost of the race t-shirts & water.
Members from the CMU and Pittsburgh math, CS, and engineering communities and their friends are invited to participate.
This year, t-shirts will be provided after the 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,
How long will the
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
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
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...
help us out! If you are interested in helping on this years race, we
will definitely need volunteers. Email
Brandon Amos (bamos at cmu.edu)
to sign up.