It wouldn’t be Homecoming at Indiana State without the annual Trike Race. Sororities, fraternities and other student organizations take to the track for the annual race. More than 20 organizations competed in this year’s race.

The race was started in 1963 by Michael Simmons, ’64, and his friends, Tom, ’64, and Debbie, ’64, Bareford. At that time, students completed only 10 laps around the quad.

Now, the event takes place at the Michael J. Simmons Activity Center, an outdoor track. Simmons, who provided the initial gift for the center, died in 2017, but in 2013, he set up an ISU Foundation fund to provide support for student activities like the Trike Race and the Blue and White Homecoming Parade for decades to come.

This year’s race took place on a cloudy and cold day on Oct. 11. Despite the clouds and the cold temperatures, students cheered from the sidelines.

In the women’s race, Sigma Kappa took first place, RHA came in second, and Alpha Omicron Pi came in third. In the men’s race, Sigma Phi Epsilon came in first, RHA came in second, and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon team came in third.

The event only lasts a day, but the buildup for the event begins months prior. Those who participate in the Trike Race spend months training before the competition. These teams practice weekly in order to fulfill the training requirement.

Although Trike may have not changed over the years, having the support from ISU students makes Trike a spectacular event. It is a tradition that is loved by students at Indiana State and will continue for many years to come.