The Harvard-Yale Boat Race, often abbreviated as ‘The Race’, is an important collegiate event. Held annually, this boat race is special because of its deep traditions. Students from Harvard University and Yale University have competed against each other in this rowing competition since 1859, making it the oldest sporting event between two universities in the United States. The Race takes place on the same river each year, and runs for a distance of 4 miles (6.4km). The Race duration is short--approximately 18 minutes, but athletes train seriously for this event all year-round. After the race is over, teams enjoy a celebration of food and drink with family and friends, and he winning team receives a trophy.
4. Why is this race unique among university sports?