Buenos Aires Waiter’s Race 2011

Every so often you come across one of those little quirky things that serve very little practical purpose but are different enough to put a smile on your face and brighten the day up for an hour or two. One of those events too place last Saturday on the Avenida de Mayo in the centre of Buenos Aires, the 8th Annual Waiter’s Race.

Waiter's Race, Buenos Aires

Heading for the finish, Waiter's Race, Buenos Aires


The concept is very simple, waiters from all over Argentina race down the Avenida de Mayo, loop round the Plaza de Mayo and back up the Avenida, covering 1,600 metres carrying a tray with 2 bottles and a full glass.
2 bottles & a glass, Waiter's Race, Buenos Aires

2 bottles & a glass, Waiter's Race, Buenos Aires


That’s it, as simple as that. Obviously, you need to finish carrying what you started with, so dropping your drinks slows you down which means that the better waiter you are, the better your chances of winning – it’s not all about speed!
Waiter's Race, Buenos Aires
Whilst the winners took their athletic feats quite seriously, on the whole it was more about the taking part than the winning, with the last waiter across the line getting a bigger cheer than the winner.
Waiter's Race, Buenos Aires
The men head off, Waiter's Race, Buenos Aires

The men head off, Waiter's Race, Buenos Aires


The cargo, Waiter's Race, Buenos Aires

The cargo, Waiter's Race, Buenos Aires


Waiter's Race, Buenos Aires
A contestant, Waiter's Race, Buenos Aires

A contestant, Waiter's Race, Buenos Aires


The ladies race starts, Waiter's Race, Buenos Aires

The ladies race starts, Waiter's Race, Buenos Aires


Milling around before the start, Waiter's Race, Buenos Aires

Milling around before the start, Waiter's Race, Buenos Aires

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1 Comment

  1. This is great! Love all the photos you got.