Inspired by the famous footrace in Paris, the Sacramento Bastille Day Waiters’ Race returns for its fourth annual contest in midtown on Sunday, July 14th.
The goal: Make it to the finish line without spilling water or without dropping the tray altogether. Judges will be at each corner and the finish line. See this video from a previous race HERE!
A maximum of 50 participants will be allowed, so register early!
The course is TWO laps around the block bounded by 18th & 19th streets, and L St. & Capitol Ave.
Attire is a long-sleeved or short-sleeved white shirt. No tank tops. Wear black pants and comfortable shoes. You will be given an apron, a napkin to drape over your arm, a bow-tie, tags with your number, a tray with a bottle of water and table glasses that will be 3/4 full of water.
1. No touching items on the tray once you have started.
2. Use only one hand to support the tray, balancing is from underneath (not holding it)
3. No changing hands once the race has started.
4. NO RUNNING, this is a speed-walking race. Runners will be disqualified.
5. No unsportsmanlike conduct such as body contact or interfering with the other racers.
6. All runners must check-in at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 14th. Check in at 1801 L Street (between The Rind and The Dime)
1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be seperately awarded for a men's division and a women's division. To participate, you must currently be on the waitstaff of a restaurant. Winners will be determined by the order of crossing the finish line with a dry tray. If there are not three dry trays within each division, then the prize winners in each division will be the contestants with the least amount of water spilled. Prizes in both divisions are:
1st place- $750 gift certificate to French Laundry
2nd place- $250 gift certificate to Bistro Michel
3rd place- $100 gift certificate to Cafe Rolle
When & Where
The Handle District
The Handle Business Improvement District (HBID) is a benefit assessment district approved by businesses and adopted by the Sacramento City Council to help fund marketing, improvements and sales promotion efforts for Handle District businesses. The HBID includes all the restaurants (and all other businesses that sell prepared food), bars, nightclubs, personal care and retail businesses located within and around the boundaries of 18th Street, 19th Street, L Street and Capitol Avenue in Midtown Sacramento.