This Might Be the Country's Funniest Race

Want to dress up as T. rex and make a 100-yard dash? This is the race for you
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 22, 2023 11:40 AM CDT
This Might Be the Country's Funniest Race
Racers, including eventual winner Ocean Kim (5), leave the gates for the championship race during the "T-Rex World Championship Races" at Emerald Downs, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023, in Auburn, Wash.   (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

A track for live horse racing in suburban Seattle turned prehistoric over the weekend as more than 200 people ran down the track cloaked in inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur costumes, reports the AP. The 2023 T-Rex World Championships at Emerald Downs—an event that started in 2017 as a pest control company's team-building activity—ended in a photo finish on Sunday, with three competitors hitting the finish line together.

Ocean Kim took top honors in the 100-yard dash after officials agreed Kim, of Kailua, Hawaii, hit the finish wire just ahead of the pack. Per KOMO, Kim works for Tri-Guard Pest Control, which had more than 40 employees racing this year. Second place went to Colton Winegar of Boise, Idaho, who entered as Deno the Dino. Seth Hirschi, of Renton, as Rex Ray Machine, finished in third. The actual T. rex roamed the planet between 65 million and 67 million years ago. A study published two years ago in the journal Science estimated that about 2.5 billion of the dinosaurs ever lived. Hollywood movies such as the Jurassic Park franchise have added to the public fascination with the carnivorous creature.

(Read more T. rex stories.)

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