Tchoupitoulas Beer Mambo* & Bar-a-thon
Friday, May 19, 2017
what's (probably going to be) new?
Once again stricter registration cutoffs.
It's a real goal to have a beer brewed specifically for Bar-a-thon - maybe this will be the year.
Memorable music. If anyone of you is well-connected in this regard, maybe we could put you on the executive committee.
Chip timing (ok, this is an obvious lie). But we do want to place more of an emphasis on results and maybe find a happy medium between the lock-step "3 deep in 5-year age groups" and the award standards presently in place ("shortest asian" "fastest ginger", etc.). Maybe we could reinstate the "GET QUILLED" system from yesteryear.
Better format for awards (including a quality PA system).
Race is always 2 Fridays after Jazz Fest.
This year, that's Friday, May 19, 2017.
Repeat Performer Discount (first 100 to register or May 20 cutoff): 25 dollars
Priority Registration Discount (next 100 to register or June 20 cutoff) 30 dollars
Early Registration (next 100 to register or Fat Tuesday cutoff) 35 dollars, race absorbs fees
Regular Registration (ends Jazz Fest - May 7 - cutoff) 35 dollars
Late Registration (ends May 12, 2017) 45 dollars
All registration will be closed on May 12, 2017 at midnight.
Registration gets you free admission to Soul Rebels concert on Thursday, tshirt, race entry, poster, beers and (if you make it to the finish line) the much ballyhooed "huggy memento" of yesteryear (it's a koozie, folks) - as well as a shot at great awards, post-race oysters, and the opportunity to become part of history.
what's a bar-a-thon?
It's part of Uptown history. A footrace designed by the old Tchoupitoulas Social Aid & Athletic Club. Spanning 6 miles, visiting 6 bars, providing 6 beers. As serious as you want it to be.
1. LE BON TEMPS ROULE (4801 Magazine)
2. REGINELLI'S (741 State) (once upon a time the Hofbrau House)
3. TJ QUILL'S (7600 Maple)
4. PATOIS RESTAURANT (6078 Laurel) (formerly Norby's/Nardo's)
5. DOS JEFES UPTOWN CIGAR BAR (5535 Tchoupitoulas)
6. GRIT'S BAR (530 Lyons)
Rules are few; visit the bars in this order. Each of them. Even Quill's, where your bib will be uniquely marked so our koozie enforcers at the finish line can give you your official FINISHER'S KOOZIE. We will be at the finish line with koozies for 2 hours 15 minutes, or until about 8:20PM. One pull tag, one koozie.
Awards are for everyone, not just the fast people. Show up in the back bar with a good attitude (or a penis cake?) and you're likely to take away a custom-crafted metal creation from local artist LUIS COLMENARES.
PURPLE MONKEY DESIGNS tshirts. Each year the shirts are created from snippets found in 1980s Bar-A-Thon flyers.
It's going to be hard to get away from the awesome Molly (MAGWIRE ART) McGuire circus print posters.
f.p.a. (frequently provided answers)
No, you won't be disqualified if you don't drink beer, and you're free to participate, but we simply don't have the resources to make you anything "heavily bruised" or "neat" or "up". Race has worked well with beer for more than three decades. No need to be cute.
Yes, we know what a "Social Aid" club was, historically. This is meant to be fun; no disrespect intended.
No, there won't be any day-of-race registration. However, after online registration closes, creative folks can submit their respective cases to firstname.lastname@example.org in writing for consideration. 2016 was awful; if you sent one of those awful requests, you didn't get answered. Nothing personal, you just have to try a little.
Yes, you can pick someone else's number up for them, unless you look sketchy or under 21.
Stop calling Le Bon Temps Roule for answers. They fixed the street outside. They soundproofed the building, they ordered more beer. What more do you ask if them? Their job is to sell a lot of alcohol and put on good, no-cover shows. They've been doing it for longer than the Bar-a-thon has been running.
If you want a good bloody at 10AM on race day (or weekends) report to 4801 Magazine. For race information, email email@example.com or call 504-812-6388.
i cannot mambo - how am i going to beer mambo?
Don't worry; you won't have to. Here's why. Last year (2016) we reported that the first event was named a "Beer Mambo and Bar-A-Thon." This came from a 1983 race report from the Tchoupitoulas group's newsletter. The writer didn't have the authority to dub it a "beer mambo," first and foremost. It was just the "Bar-A-Thon." Also, we've since learned that "beer mambo" has been reserved for the exclusive use of the group who owns the rights to Three's Company. So, "Bar-A-Thon" it is. Bar-A-Thon it always has been.
And Bar-A-Thon it shall remain.
Since 1983...6 bars, 6 beers, 6 miles.
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