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Bemis-Forslund Pie Race

Runners in a Pie Race from late 19th or early 20th c.

The annual Bemis-Forslund Pie Race is a 5K footrace named for Henry Bemis (class of 1891), who donated prizes starting in 1908, and for Gladys Hall Forslund ’26, wife of longtime Mount Hermon Athletic Director Axel Forslund. Apple pies are awarded to runners who complete the course in a specified time.

Alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, neighbors, and friends participate in America’s longest running footrace for a chance to win a delicious apple pie, handmade by NMH Dining Services and students. This year, the race has been modified in accordance with campus health and safety protocols.

Pie Race 2020

Calling All Students: The NMH Pie Race is On!

NMH students, as well as faculty and staff, are invited to run the Bemis-Forslund Pie Race, one of the school’s favorite fall traditions. Students can run — or walk — the 5K (3.1-mile) race route on the NMH campus during scheduled times from on Nov. 3 and 4. Racers will be staggered and participants will submit their own times. Any student, faculty, or staff member who wants to participate must first sign in at the cage in Forslund Gym when they are ready to start the race. Runners must wear a mask during the race. All participants must return to Forslund Gym to sign out and submit their race time when they have finished the course.

Participants are strongly encouraged to use the Run My Race or Track My Race app, or the honor code system, to submit their results. The awarding of pies, handmade by NMH Dining Services, will be announced after the final race times have been submitted. 

Race Times

  • Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020: 10am–4pm
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020: 10am–4pm


Alumni and Parent Participation 

NMH alumni and parents, you are also invited to join in the Pie Race! Run or walk 5K (3.1 miles) at any location between Oct. 15 and Nov. 15. After your run, submit your name, location, distance, and time. All participants will receive a certificate of completion, and if you qualify with a “pie time,” we will send you a special acknowledgement. Unfortunately, we will not be able to ship you a pie!