Bugs around West Palm Beach are training for Palm Beach Atlantic University's 28th Annual Great American Bug Race Wednesday, Nov. 17, part of the University's Homecoming festivities.
The Bug Race is open to the public and there is no admission charge for spectators. Cost to enter a bug is $1. Participants may bring their own bugs or purchase one for 50 cents. Registration begins at 3 p.m.; the race begins at 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot next to Rinker Hall.
For those unaccustomed to bug racing, cookie bug decorating (all edible) is planned and specially designed T-shirts will be sold, with all proceeds benefiting the PBA Science Club.
Bugs will run in heats; the owner/coach/manager must retrieve his/her bug at the end of each heat. If the bug escapes, however, another competitor may be purchased. Prizes of $10, $25 and $50 are awarded with a grand prize of $100 for the fastest bug.
Rules are strict: only true insects may compete (no spiders); no high-tech running shoes or spikes allowed; no chemicals (random drug testing of bugs is a possibility!); bugs must run (or walk or stagger) across the finish line; no flying or hopping permitted. Bugs are not allowed to eat or otherwise attack other competitors.
Sponsored by Abalon Pest Services, LLC, the Bug Race proceeds benefit the Science Club at Palm Beach Atlantic.