July 11, 2023
Slow and steady wins this race. An annual snail racing event—which holds a Guinness World Record as the longest-running humane snail-racing world championship—is making a comeback post-pandemic, reports the New York Post.
The Snail Racing World Championships, held in Congham, England, returned on Saturday, July 8, after being on hiatus since 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The competition, which encourages the snails to (as rapidly as possible) follow a circle with a braid in the middle, is held on a table covered with a cloth.
The novel event began in the 1960s after founder Tom Elwes watched snails race at an event in France.
In 1995, the benchmark time of two minutes was set by a snail named Archie, who still holds the world record. In the last race, held in 2019, Sammy won—having completed the course in 2 minutes and 38 seconds. This year, Evie won with a time of 7 minutes and 24 seconds.
All proceeds from the competition go to St. Andrews Church in Congham.
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