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Little 500 Weekend Draws Thousands

Thousands enjoyed IU's 58th annual Little 500 race filled with festivities on Friday and Saturday. WTIU's Sara Ko takes you to the cycling scenes.

Thousands enjoyed IU’s 58th annual Little 500 race filled with festivities on Friday and Saturday. IU Dean of Students Dick McKaig says the scene is spectacular.

“It’s a hallmark of the institution, there’s just no question about it to believe that this many people would gather to watch what is basically an intramural college event is kind of amazing, but when you are here and see the grandeur of it you know why.”

On Friday, McKaig’s words stood true as thousands witnessed Pi Beta Phi capture its first title. Junior Caroline Brown took the checkered flag edging out Delta Sigma Pi.

“I’m so shocked,” said Pi Beta Phi rider Caroline Brown. “I just I mean there is like you know we were put in as like 15-1 chance that we could do it–you know we just rode a really smart race.”

The Cutters proved their skeptics wrong too. Despite adding new riders and multiple crashes, the independent squad rallied late to claim its third consecutive win and record tenth overall.

“People lined up to see the titani sinking n this team and instead we came right back,” said Cutters rider Clayton Feldman.

“There were three rookies out there and with three of us coming back next year looking forward to it getting back to training and see what we can do next year.”

Dave Leno

Dave Leno is a news anchor and sports reporter for WTIU. He mostly files reports on IU basketball and football. In addition, he is the play-by-play voice of IU volleyball, softball, men and women’s soccer and hosts the women’s basketball halftime show. Leno freelances for Action Indiana Sports Television, where he calls basketball games for Bloomington High School South. His broadcast history includes stints at IU Student Radio and 610 WIP in Philadelphia. Leno spent this past summer calling professional baseball games for the Camden Riversharks, an independent team based in Camden, NJ.

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