On Monday evening in the Chapel Courtyard, the tradition of mattress racing returned to Concordia University Wisconsin.
The Augsburg and Wartburg Residence Life staff hosted the event to kick off Concordia’s Homecoming Week.
Mattress racing used to be a Concordia tradition, but has not taken place in recent years. The Augsburg and Wartburg staff were extremely happy to bring back the event to campus and restart the tradition.
Dave Lantz, Resident Director of Augsburg and Wartburg, stated, “We have mattresses that are not being used anymore and so we hand those out to students. And they can decorate them however they want. Then we have the event, where one person is on top of the mattress and there are four to five people carrying the mattress and rider. There are a series of races for the event.”
Seven teams participated in the event with races consisting of a speed round, a round of weaving through the courtyard, and a relay race round.
Some of the teams decorated their mattress for design, others decorated for functionality, and some teams chose not to decorate at all.
“We did not do anything with our mattress. And I would definitely recommend handles and finding the lightest human possible to sit on top. I am looking forward to raising mattresses again next year,” Amy Acton, a participant, said.
Over 180 people attended the event to cheer on their peers.
“It was a great time. My favorite part was watching the people fall off,” Amy Carpenter, a spectator, said.
Students were provided with food and hot chocolate during the event. A raffle was offered to all who attended and Campus Activities Board handed out free homecoming t-shirts to the first 50 people to bring a food donation.
“For the first one Concordia has done in a really long time, it went really well,” Lantz said.
At the end of the evening, the first place trophy went to Team Convict. Participants and spectators are all looking forward to the return of mattress racing next year.
Written by Jennifer Sheridan.