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Photos: Bastille Day Waiter’s Race

The creme de la creme of Sacramento’s restaurant wait staff gathered Saturday night for the Bastille Day Waiter’s Race. Fifty tray-carrying participants speed walked twice around the block bounded by 18th and 19th Streets and L Street and Capitol Avenue while trying not to spill the glasses on their trays. 

The streets were packed with curious onlookers who were cheering on their friends or the wait staff who represented their favorite restaurant. Activities such as a photo booth complete with silly props and karaoke provided pre-race entertainment. Afterwards, racers, friends and family met in the 1801 L courtyard for drinks, socializing and the awards ceremony.

Marja-Liisa Magnuson of 33rd Street Bistro took first place out of the women for the second year in a row.

"There was a little bit of pressure," Magnuson said. "Everybody at work told me I had to win."

Taylor Mavrits of Buckhorn Grill came in second and Sarah Varnado of DeVere’s Irish Pub came in thrid.

For the men, Zach Burkes of Grange came in first, Anthony Magdaleno of Ten22 came in second, and Bryan Dreyer of Paesanos came in third.

"It was awesome participating in such a great event and that it could take place in Sacramento," Burkes said.

Take a trip to the streets of Paris with these photos from the race:

The women’s first place winner, Marja-Liisa Magnuson, in action (R).

First place winners Zach Burkes and Marja-Liisa Magnuson.

For more photos from photographer Kati Garner >> Click here 


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