Like any road race, the Bayou City Classic has its winners. The top three male and female finishers in 14 different age groups receive awards for their efforts. In addition, the top finishing male and female in both the Open and Masters divisions win $300 while second and third earn $200 and $100 respectively [source: Bayou City Classic]. The top male and female wheelchair finishers also receive an award, and the Corporate CROC Cup goes to the organization with the largest contingent of participants. But then things get interesting.
As you know by now, the Bayou City Classic is part road race, part street party. And it's because of this creativity that costumes are given prizes, too. There are awards for the best costume in four categories -- movie theme, Texas theme, current event theme and the loudest costume [source: Bayou City Classic].. Along those lines, the centipede runners with the best costume also win an award. Including those four categories, centipede runners compete for top awards in media theme, corporate, club and school categories and an award is given to the longest and fastest centipede of the race. So even if you don't run the race competitively, you can still win something simply by dressing up. Try that at a NASCAR race. Could you imagine Jeff Gordon climbing out of his car after a race wearing a clown suit and looking around, palms facing up as if to say, "Didn't I win something too?"
The top 50 male and female finishers receive commemorative race posters, and everyone who crosses the finish line receives a finisher's T-shirt. Once everyone has completed the race, it's time to relax and enjoy the rest of the day with fellow competitors. The post-race party kicks off at 9:30 a.m. around the reflection pool at Herman Square. As if the costumes and centipedes weren't fun enough, the party includes live music and refreshments.
Proceeds from the Bayou City Classic go toward building and maintaining running and walking trails throughout Houston's public parks. Some things to consider before registration: baby joggers, skates and hand bikes are prohibited from the race, and you'd better be careful to make sure your costume doesn't draw ire from the local authorities. If you get arrested, you won't finish -- which means you won't get your T-shirt.
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