Ah, spring and the annual “Buggy” race at Carnegie Mellon University. Student teams representing fraternities, sororities, and independent organizations (including students from the university’s Tepper School of Business), build and race composite vehicles around the streets of the campus. Officially known as Sweepstakes, the event has been part of Carnegie Mellon’s annual Spring Festival since 1920.

The race itself is a relay, but instead of each of five runners passing a baton, they take turns pushing their buggy—a sleek, human-powered vehicle with a handlebar on the back for the runner to push. A driver rides inside the buggy to steer it. This year’s Sweepstakes was held on campus on April 23rd and 24th. Pictured: A student races inside a "buggy".

Photograph by Anthony Musmanno

Ah, spring and the annual “Buggy” race at Carnegie Mellon University. Student teams representing fraternities, sororities, and independent organizations (including students from the university’s Tepper School of Business), build and race composite vehicles around the streets of the campus. Officially known as Sweepstakes, the event has been part of Carnegie Mellon’s annual Spring Festival since 1920.

The race itself is a relay, but instead of each of five runners passing a baton, they take turns pushing their buggy—a sleek, human-powered vehicle with a handlebar on the back for the runner to push. A driver rides inside the buggy to steer it. This year’s Sweepstakes was held on campus on April 23rd and 24th. Pictured: A student races inside a "buggy".

Photograph by Anthony Musmanno

B-School Traditions: Carnegie Mellon's 'Buggy'

Spring Carnival and Sweepstakes
Spring Carnival and Sweepstakes

Ah, spring and the annual “Buggy” race at Carnegie Mellon University. Student teams representing fraternities, sororities, and independent organizations (including students from the university’s Tepper School of Business), build and race composite vehicles around the streets of the campus. Officially known as Sweepstakes, the event has been part of Carnegie Mellon’s annual Spring Festival since 1920.

The race itself is a relay, but instead of each of five runners passing a baton, they take turns pushing their buggy—a sleek, human-powered vehicle with a handlebar on the back for the runner to push. A driver rides inside the buggy to steer it. This year’s Sweepstakes was held on campus on April 23rd and 24th. Pictured: A student races inside a "buggy".

Photograph by Anthony Musmanno
The Grand Event
The Grand Event

Spectators for Buggy gather around Posner Hall, home of the Tepper School of Business.

Photograph by Anthony Musmanno
The Start
The Start

The buggy race begins with a climb up Tech Street amid the cheers of spectators.

Photograph by Anthony Musmanno
Prep Work
Prep Work

A CMU student driver naps inside her buggy as the team make final adjustments for their next heat race.

Photograph by Anthony Musmanno
The Push
The Push

Shannon Ho, a sophomore business student at the Tepper School, pushing an early leg of the CMU Buggy competition.

Photograph by Anthony Musmanno
The Finish
The Finish

Sophomore business administration major Thomas Cooper pushes Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity’s buggy along the final stretch.

Photograph by Anthony Musmanno
Watching the Final Turn
Watching the Final Turn

Spectators watch racers on the CMU campus.

Photograph by Anthony Musmanno
Inside the Buggy
Inside the Buggy

A CMU student driver in standard prone position readies for the start of a heat race.

Photograph by Anthony Musmanno
School Spirit
School Spirit

CMU spectators cheer on the buggy racers.

Photograph by Anthony Musmanno