There are few reasons why over 500 students would gather on a cold November night. Rivalry week is one of them. On November 25 at 9:34 p.m., Block O and Nike teamed up to start a new campus tradition in honor of Beat Michigan week. A mass of Ohio State students participated in the inaugural Nike Rivalry Run to kick off the week versus That Team Up North (TTUN), which featured both a one-mile and three-mile run. Intended to get students excited about a long-standing tradition, the event’s first year hosted a massive turnout. Participants enjoyed neon light structures fixated along the path and also received a free event t-shirt along with gold shoelaces upon crossing the finish line. 

        A Block O event powered by Nike, the run celebrates the golden pants tradition dating back to 1934. At the end of the 1933 season, TTUN held a dominant winning streak, with the Buckeyes taking home only six wins over the course of 30 years. Coming in to the 1934 season, the team was highly questioned by the media. “They put their pants on one leg at a time, just like the rest of us,” said then first-year Head Coach Francis Schmidt. That season redefined the rivalry for Ohio State, bringing home a win 34-0. Since then each member of the Ohio State team has received a symbolic pair of gold pants. 

        Block O is excited about the opportunities this event holds for the future of the organization and to get more students involved and excited about Ohio State Athletics. Thank you to all who participated! If you are looking to learn about more Block O events in the future, check out our calendar of events or follow us on social media @osublocko.

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