HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — In its second year of being designated as the World Championship of Bathtub Racing, the Steuart Pennington World’s Championship Running Of The Tubs is now accepting entries for the 2019 race.
The races will be held Saturday, June 1, at 9 a.m. on Central Avenue along World Famous Bathhouse Row in downtown Hot Springs.
Sponsored by Visit Hot Springs with presenting sponsor The Bathhouse Soapery, the races are open to teams in both the Traditional Tubs Division and the Modified Tubs Division, according to Bill Solleder, director of marketing for Visit Hot Springs.
He said applications are available at the Hot Springs Convention Center (501-321-2027) or by contacting him via email at email@example.com
“The Running Of The Tubs is another of the great family-friendly celebrations that are so popular with our residents and visitors,” Solleder said. “The crowds lining Bathhouse Row and joining in the wacky fun by shooting Super Soakers and throwing water balloons at the racers have been growing every year as word spreads about this super free event.”
The 2018 winning racing teams included:
More information about entering a tub team may be found at https://www.facebook.com/RunningoftheTubs/
The incredibly arcane (and endlessly fluid) rules for the races this year include:
• The Running Of The Tubs will be held in front of Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, on Saturday, June 1, 2019. The event is a celebration of Hot Springs’ historic past when the city proclaimed, “We Bathe The World!” and is named in honor of Stueart Pennington, a well-known and respected downtown businessman. The event consists of teams pushing their bathtubs — on wheels of course — down Central Avenue, in front of Bathhouse Row, in Historic Downtown Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.
• The guidelines and rules, which are subject to change at the whim of the judges, include:
“The races were begun 14 years ago as the Steuart Pennington Running Of The Tubs, and Mr. Pennington will still be honored as the motivating force behind the event with the awarding of the Steuart Pennington Cup to the winning teams,” Solleder said. “Mr. Pennington was a long-time downtown merchant who pushed for the bathtub races to acknowledge Hot Springs’ rich history as a world-renowned thermal-bathing destination.”
“Arkansas hosts many unique, colorful and wacky events — a Turkey Drop in Yellville, Goat Fest, the World Championship Rotary Tiller Races, World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, cardboard boat races — but there is no event that is soaked in more dripping wet fun than the Stueart Pennington Running Of The Tubs (SPROTT) in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas,” he said.