Competition puts fast food on the menu

Waiters Corey Dodgson and Elana Christou.
Waiters Corey Dodgson and Elana Christou.

The Rotary Club of West Perth is encouraging Perth wait staff to compete in a 1km race for the first Waiters Race in Claisebrook.

Waiters, dressed in their finest, will race from Claisebrook Cove to Victoria Gardens without running or dropping anything from their trays, which are held in one hand.

‘The idea behind it comes from the races, which started in Paris 100 years ago, and now run in just about every capital city in the world,’ organiser Dennis Hartley said.

‘It is a fun event, designed to raise money for McCusker Alzheimer’s Research Foundation and the Australian Research Institute benefiting stroke and muscular dystrophy research, but it is also competitive.’

Mr Hartley said a food and wine event at the end of the race would also be held on the day.

‘At the finish line, we will set up a food and wine experience with local producers, who already attend hawkers markets, serving food,’ he said.

‘There will also be a raffle where 3000 golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter, with first prize going to the ball that lands closest to the flag pole.’