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Fast on Our Feet

Drink Waiting as an Olympic Sport? Over 300 Waiters and Waitresses Compete in 3 Kilometer 'Tray Race.'

(10/3/2005) On Sunday, September 25, 2005, more than 300 Bali waiters and waitresses competed for over Rp. 15 million (approximately US$1,430) in prizes in an unique race conducted under the auspices of the Food and Beverage Management Association (FBMA).

The object of the race along 3 kilometers of Kuta and Seminyak's seaside roads was to see which representative of Bali's table service corps could finishes the course with the fastest time without spilling a single drop of a drink and the accompanying bottle located on each contestant's tray.

Running ... well, actually walking briskly in three separate heats, the participants, all dressed in matching official white T-shirts, managed to bring traffic in Kuta to a complete standstill while providing great entertainment for the many island visitors stationed along the race route.

Cash prizes were presented to the top three finishers in both the waiters and waitress divisions.