|Go Speed Racer, Go!?! This particular hermit crab
was on a trail in St. Barts. Not sure how he would’ve
fared at the races.
|These racers are doing
the crabby equivalent to
chomping at the bit to be
picked to race.
- Racers choose or bring their crab(s); it’s $2/crab,
- Competitors are further enticed by prizes, which the MC announces.
- Competitors write the name of their crab on the outside of its shell.
- All the racing crabs are put into a bucket, queuing up until race time.
|The MC explains the race rules to the competitors
and spectators. Some listen more raptly than others.
- There are 4 heats, then there’s a double runoff among the winners of the four heats. The winners are chosen from the final 2 heats.
- There is no talking or pointing during the race.
- The buckets of competing crabs are placed upside down, crabs captive inside the bucket, on the course start point, which is the center ring of a set of concentric circles, like a bull’s-eye.
- The winner is the first crab to makes it outside the course.
- The winner from each heat is announced by name and recorded.
|The bucket was lifted and… they’re off!… They
scuttle a bit slower than the break on a pool table.
- The MC’s assistant kazoos the race start.
- The bucket is lifted off the crabs.
- The crabs take off!
- A winner is identified.
- The MC and his assistant madly scramble to recapture all the crabs back into the buckets.
- The heats are resumed as the process is repeated until…
- The final winners are selected.
|The MC and his assistant make their mad scramble
to gather back up the crabs. Notice they’re barefoot?