On your mark… get set… walk? That’s what the inaugural East Pass Slacker .5k was all about this Saturday at Boathouse Oyster Bar.
Participants walked the .5k at a very leisurely pace; some even started 15 minutes after the air horn sounded off.
Three overachieving men sprinted the course and hit each of the four vendor tents in just a few minutes.
The .5k event benefited the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and included a free Bloody Mary, a T-shirt, and three drink tickets.
“We wanted to do something charitable to kick off the summer,” said Drew Bowman, who helped come up with the idea for the super chill charity race with Boathouse owner Missy Schofield. “Someone shouted out ‘let’s run a 5k!’ And I said ‘no, let’s run a .5k.’ So we decided to do it.”
Bowman said that they thought the turnout would be about 50 of their closest friends, but people caught onto the idea and the gravel lot down by the harbor was packed with slackers.
“Racers” made their way up to the Red Door Saloon where Stillhouse Whiskey was pouring shots. People had to take a shot of whiskey, get their race bib stamped, and then move on to Landshark’s Pizza tent.
The pizza joint served up mini mimosa shots, and each person had to either eat a chicken wing or a piece of pizza before downing the mimosa shot and getting their shirt stamped.
The last and final tent was a doozy. Boathouse Oyster shuckers created a shot made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, cocktail sauce, and raw oysters. This end-of-race beverage was only for the strong at heart.
Due to the large turnout, Bowman said that Boathouse plans to host the East Pass Slacker .5k each year.