Visalia’s Waiters Race 2018 Call for Racers! Presented by Visalia Breakfast Lions Club

Annual Waiters Race 

Thursday – September 20th, 2018

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Final Registration & all Racer’s must check-in by 4pm to get your racer number (at Enchanted Playhouse)
5:15 pm Parade of Racers – Be ready to walk in the racers parade – starting on Main St and Court. You will be walking east on Main St.
5:35 pm The National Anthem
5:45 pm The first race will begin promptly

If you work in the food service industry then you are welcome to register for this year’s Waiters Race.
There will be four divisions again in this year’s race:
Women’s Quick Service – Men’s Quick Service – Women’s Full Service – Men’s Full Service

Racers will dash down Main Street with a tray in hand for a chance to take home $1,000 a total of $7000 is up for grabs.

In the Quick Service division, racers were equipped with a tray containing two paper cups of soda and a bun in a clam shell. The first to finish with all items on the tray won that division. In the Full Service division, racers were outfitted with a tray set up with two wine glasses and one glass bottle of wine. Again, the racer with all items on their tray wins.

There were four heats of eight racers and the top two of each heat made it to the finals. There were glass broken and hopes crushed as only one winner took home the $1,000 first-place prize, $500 for second place and $250 for third place in each division.

The Visalia Breakfast Lions Club hosts the annual Visalia’s Waiters Race. More than $7,000 in prize money was up for grabs. Racers dash down Main Street with a full tray of items. There are four divisions, Men’s & Women’s Quick Service and Men’s & Women’s Full Service. To learn more visit

Thank you to ValleyPBS

Waiters Race Entry Application


2017 Participating Restaurants

A & W Exeter
A & W Mooney
A & W Riggins
A & W Tulare
A & W Willis
Black Bear Diner
Cafe Lafayette
Casa Grande Restaurants
Downtown Rookies

Fosters Freeze
Gateway Restaurant and Lodge
Jack & Charlie’s
La Piazza Ristorante Italiano
La Fiesta Burger
Mr. Takeout
Osaka Sushi & Japanese Cuisine
Picnic Sandwhich SHOP
Pita Kabob

Pump House
Quail Park on Cypress
Visalia RawHide
Red Lobster
Sequoia Brewing Company
Southern Pacific Depot
Starbuck’s Downtown
Thai Basil
The Country Cafe
The Vintage Press

Manny’s Dash for Cash Winners

Visalia Firefighters

1st  Brandon De La Cruz
2nd Chris Bailey
3rd James Galaviz

2018 Winners

Women Quick Service

1st Tiffany Craddock– Black Bear Diner Visalia
2nd Cheyanne Sanchez – Planing Mill Artisan Pizzeria
3rd Mikaela Chaney – Black Bear Diner – Visalia

Men’s Quick

1st Tim Parker – Visalia Brewing Company
2nd  Brandon Kennard – A & W Mooney
3rd  Aaron Johnson – Starbucks Downtown Visalia

Women’s Full Service

1st Ashley Giannandra – Casa Grande Repeat winner for 2017
2nd  Angelica Bryant – Vintage Press
3rd  Charissa Peral – Southern Pacific Depot

Men’s Full Service

1st  Garrett Dun Red Lobster – 4th time winning 1st place
2nd Nathan Holguin – Fugazzi’s
3rd  Austin McMasters – Red Lobster

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Sun Pacific
Valley PBS

Brent Baker

CVC Solutions

SAFCO of America, L.L.C.