UAB Gurney Derby
The UAB Gurney Derby is a homecoming tradition held at UAB since 1994. The event, which is organized by the UAB National Alumni Society, pits various departments and campus organizations against each other in a race to push a hospital gurney down and back a pre-defined stretch of 13th Street South.
Each team is comprised of two men and two women. The gurneys themselves are pulled out of UAB Hospital storage and are distributed to teams on a first-come, first-served basis.
Prizes are awarded to the fastest team, the best-decorated gurney, the most entertaining "patient" (usually a doll), and to the slowest group to cross the finish line.
- "UAB Gurney Derby Champs Share their Secrets to Success" (November 2011) UAB Magazine
- Buchanan, Charles & Rosalind Fournier (January 2017) "Blazer Beginnings: The stories behind some of UAB's spirited traditions" UAB Magazine
- 2014 Gurney Derby video