Carrera de Charolas – Race of Trays
Today, November the 18th, was the ninth Carrera de Charolas or the Race of Trays here in Antigua, Guatemala.
Waiters, waitresses and bartenders raced about two kilometers along the uneven, cobble-stoned streets, each carrying a tray laden with bottled and canned drinks, the winner reaching the finish line without toppling or losing the tray’s contents.
This is a popular annual event here and locals and tourists line the streets clapping and cheering as they pass.
There are two races, one for men and one for women. However there are a greater number of men and as they run faster it’s more entertaining to watch.
The winners receive Q1,300 (about $166) each and runners-up also pick up smaller cash prizes, diplomas, medals and t-shirts.
The restaurant La Fonda de la Calle Real organizes the contest which is open to contenders from all over Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico. Proceeds go to the Fundación Cultural Duane Carter to help fund its lending library for students.