Visitors to the Emerald Downs Racetrack got a prehistoric treat when 25 roaring T-Rexes stormed out of the starting gate and around the field. T-Rex Race participants wearing oversize costumes ran, staggered and bumped their way down the field.
The T-Rex race is an annual event at Emerald Downs, a racetrack owned and operated by the Muckleshoot Tribe in Auburn, Washington.
The scary, screeching monsters are employees at a Renton, Washington, pest control company.
Dawn of the Dinosaurs
A few years ago, TriGuard Pest Control employees began coming to the track as part of an annual company outing. One year, the whole group came dressed in togas. Track employees invited them to take a spin on the track.
After that, it was on. Cody Bennett, a sales manager for TriGuard, told KPBS News that, “The third, fourth, and fifth years we have raced in our T-Rex suits on the track, and everyone seems to love it.”
The race has attracted the attention of ESPN and the international press. The video of this year’s race got over 18 million views on Facebook.
The racers go by flashy racehorse names like Dino Dasher, Regular Unleaded and Rambling Rex. Racetrack announcer Tom Harris provides commentary for the video.
A T-Rex Race to Remember
The race organizers have promised that next year’s T-Rex Race will be even bigger and better. If you’re anywhere near Auburn, don’t miss what could well become the greatest day in racing.