Sponsored by the UAB National Alumni Society

Application Deadlines: September 28, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Be a part of UAB’s most unique tradition! Brought to you by the National Alumni Society, dress up in your best costume and race a gurney down 13th Street.

Teams of four (two men and two women) race down and back on a stretch of 13th Street South while pushing a "passenger" on old hospital gurneys. Awards are handed out to the 1st and 2nd place teams, best-dressed gurney, most creative "passenger," and the "Dead Last Award."

Teams do not have to pair up for participation. Points are given for at least one member that participates in the Gurney Derby. Team members will need to check in on-site at the Gurney Derby for points.

Sign-up through the Homecoming website at uab.edu/homecoming. Participants must sign up through the Gurney Derby form in addition to the Blazer Spirit Competition.

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Teams must consist of four members, two male and two female, with one pushing/pulling at each corner of the gurney and must provide a "passenger" to ride on the gurney. This "passenger" must be a non-living subject (i.e. stuffed shirt and pants, mannequin, etc.--be creative). Each team must also supply a 2 member pit crew to help with race day preparations. Since there will be a limited number of gurneys available for the race, teams will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any team associated with UAB is eligible to enter the race.


If the gurney is turned loose by any team member, while the gurney is in motion, the team will be immediately disqualified. No team member may "ride" or coast on the gurney. These teams will be immediately disqualified. Any interference, intentional or accidental, with other teams during the race may result in disqualification. Each team must make an effort to compete. Walking will result in disqualification. Each team member will be required to wear a (bicycle) helmet, wrist guards and knee pads. Knee pads and wrist guards will be provided by the Alumni Affairs Office. Each team must provide their own helmets. Teams will not be allowed to participate without helmets, wrist guards, elbow pads and knee pads.

To Enter:

Complete the online registration form sign the liability waiver and return it to the Alumni Affairs Office by 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 28, 2018. (If it is not complete, your team will not be eligible to race.)Any and all substitutions of team members must be declared, with waivers signed by 11:00 a.m. the day of the race. Due to the popularity of this event no exceptions will be made. Gurneys will be available (on a first-come, first-served basis) to allow for schools or student organizations to enter teams. No more than two teams per school/organization allowed.


The Race:

The race begins at Noon. All team captains and all team members must be at the assigned race location by 11:00 a.m. on race day for check-in, assignment of gurneys, organization of teams and gurney decoration. The racecourse will be on 13th Street between University Boulevard and 10th Avenue (between the Sterne Library and the Education Building). The race will run in “heats”.

The top 4 times overall will run in the Championship Run. The Championship Run will take place 5-10 minutes after the last heat. Winners will be recognized and awarded directly after.

The Course:

At the sound of the starting pistol, the crew will push the gurney and its passenger down the course as quickly and safely as possible. Upon reaching the orange pylons, the crew must go past the pylons and each team member must turn around and push the gurney and the passenger back up to the beginning position, across the finish line (the former starting point).


 Event  Participation Points
 Gurney Derby  Each attendant +1 up to 10 points


(It is possible for a team to win one or more of these awards!)

1st/2nd/3rd/4th Place

The top four teams and passenger to cross the finish line will receive awards.

Best Dressed Gurney

The best/most creatively decorated gurney will receive a plaque and will be given the opportunity to walk in the Homecoming day parade.

Most Creative Passenger

The best/most creatively costumed passenger will receive a plaque.

Dead Last Award

This award will be presented to the team with the slowest overall time.