Virginia Tech Homecoming Traditions

It’s Homecoming Weekend at Virginia Tech, and Homecoming brings out traditions! These and others are described in the Virginia Tech website’s history pages.

Homecoming Football Game Ball Run

A continuous tradition since 1977. During the week of Homecoming, members of the VT Corps of Cadets Ranger Company run the game ball for 100 miles around campus, ending the run at the Friday evening Spirit Rally.

Flaming VT

Another Spirit Rally feature, VT Corps of Cadets Hotel Company lights a flaming VT with a torch passed down through the years. The tradition originated in the mid-1960s, when cadets would soak rolls of toilet paper in kerosene, thread them onto a metal VT, light it, and run through campus picking up a pep rally crowd along the way.

Join in the following Virginia Tech Homecoming traditions, which are open to the public.

Spirit Rally

Cheerleaders, High Techs, Low Techs, VT Corps of Cadets Regimental Band, Homecoming Court, flaming VT, culmination of game ball run … and more!

Friday, Oct. 23

Graduate Life Center Lawn and Squires Student Center Area

6 p.m. – D.J. and Activities

7 p.m. – Rally begins

Open to All Hokies

Homecoming Parade

Floats, music and more

Saturday, Oct. 24

9 a.m.

Downtown Blacksburg

Open to All

Deriek Crouse Memorial Run

A more recent tradition, the event is in memory of Virginia Tech police officer Deriek W. Crouse, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop on campus in December 2011.

Sunday, Oct. 25

1.52-mile memorial run 9:15 a.m.

5K run 10 a.m.

Register at

Proceeds benefit VA C.O.P.S.