HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — The Weirdos will be coming back.
So will the TACOs. And the Soapers. Oh yeah, the Cops will be back too.
The winners in each category from the 2019 World Championship Running of The Tubs bathtub races will return at 9 a.m. June 5 for the resumption of the wacky event on World Famous Bathhouse Row in downtown Hot Springs.
“We missed the 2020 Running of The Tubs Championships because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Visit Hot Springs Marketing Director Bill Solleder said. “But all the winners from 2019 are going to be back for the resumption of this fun-filled celebration on June 5.”
“The added attraction is that this year’s Running of The Tubs will help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Hot Springs National Park,” Solleder said. “The Park is doing a year-long centennial celebration, and we’re proud to be able to contribute an element of crazy fun to the Centennial. What could be more fun than crazily costumed teams pushing regulation bathtubs down Central Avenue in front of Bathhouse Row?”
The 2019 winners will be back to defend their championships:
• The Hot Springs Police Department will duke it out with the city’s Fire Department in the 2021 Battle of the Badge
• The team from the Bathhouse Soapery will defend their Traditional Category title, which they wrested from three-year winner Riser Ford
• The Austin Weirdos team from Austin, Texas, which has participated for four years, will do battle for the title in the Modified category
• In the Stock category, the TACOs representing the Trail Advocacy Coalition of the Ouachitas will go against all competition.
This year's event is presented by Bathhouse Soapery. Other sponsors include Bathfitter and Resort TV Cable.
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 Solleder.
Only 24 entries will be accepted, he said.
Applications are available at the Hot Springs Convention Center (501-321-2027) or by contacting him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
“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 at the racers have been growing every year as word spreads about this super free event.”
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 include:
• The Running Of The Tubs will be held in front of Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, on Saturday, June 5, 2021. The event is a celebration of Hot Springs’ historic past when the city proclaimed, “We Bathe The World!” and is named in honor of the late 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 16 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.
For information contact Bill Solleder at 501-321-2027.