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2018/09 Racing waiters in Limoges

 

The "course des serveuses et garçons de café", it's like life.  You need to be quick, agile, know how to stay calm and not spill anything.   Saturday 22 september 2018, 170 contestants waited for the start in the Place de la République, 60 for the local event and most of the rest for the national event.  However, sponsors and families also took part even if they igored the rules. 

Everything is carefully measured and there are penalties for every drop spilled.  Proper shoes too, trainers are allowed, but there is a hefty time penalty.  The race is over 4.4km (two circuits of a 2.2km course) and includes a lot of up and down hill work plus a few sets of steps.  The national event was won by Thomas Vieron of Duplex in Angers. Julia Brissaud of Relais Limousin won the womens prize.  A double for Cheverny of Limoges for the local event, with Tom Dugué and Tatiana Damiens.

I photographed the runnners in the Cours du Temple, in the Place Barreyrrette and mounting the steps opposite the Hotel de Ville.