Students to race across campus Nov. 8 for 5th annual Mastermind Marathon

Students to race across campus Nov. 8 for 5th annual Mastermind Marathon

Students work on making an ethernet cable during last year's Mastermind Marathon.

Part “Amazing Race,” part “Jeopardy” and all fun— OSU Institute of Technology’s Mastermind Marathon is back for a fifth year.

Teams of at least three students must race around campus to various stops sponsored by student clubs and academic programs where they have to complete a task before moving on the next stop.

This year’s Mastermind Marathon is Thursday Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All students are welcome to participate and encouraged to register their teams by the Oct. 17 deadline.

Dr. Melissa Dreyer, communications instructor and campus assessment coordinator, said last year’s race had a record-setting 19 teams compete and hopes even more take part this year.

“Excitement of the race grows as more student groups and student teams participate in the event,” Dreyer said. “The Mastermind Marathon is a lot of fun, and we try to get the word out through past participation.”

Each year the race focuses on one of the core outcomes, and this year’s event is focused on service learning.

“The race is an opportunity for students to increase their knowledge of the core outcomes in a fun way,” she said. “They can also earn prizes by participating in the event.”

The competition aims to have 10 race stops with several that require teams to complete hands-on activities. Student clubs and organizations earn points for participating.

Dreyer said Mastermind Marathon is also a chance for students to get more familiar with the campus and programs outside of their own.

“Mastermind Marathon is a fun event where students can learn about different schools and programs on campus like Orthotics & Prosthetics, Visual Communications and Civil Engineering,” she said.

“They visit places on campus during the race that they may otherwise never see,” she said. “They learn about other schools on campus, and they often get to see what their fellow classmates are interested in.”

For more information go to or to register a team, contact Melissa Dreyer at