Cold and ready

Bathtub races are set for Saturday

Spectators at the bathtub races can cool off in-between heats of the bathtub races.

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The bathtub races, one of the most popular Camas Days events, kicks off at 1 p.m., following the parade. Teams line up in front of the Camas Public Library, 625 N.E. Fourth Ave.

Every year, Aaron Lutz looks forward to Camas Days.

One of his favorite activities is the annual bathtub races, where eight teams of three people — two pushing and one steering — weave a tub around five cones set up in front of Camas City Hall. The tubs are filled with 40 degree water.

“It’s a real neat, community thing,” he said. “A group called the Washougal Bunch brought the bathtub races here in the mid 70s to have some fun. They are the ones who really got it started here.”

Lutz has served as race coordinator for several years and his business, Lutz Hardware, purchases trophies for the event’s winners and stores the tubs at the shop.

The races will begin Saturday at 1 p.m., and typically take 20 minutes. Teams from area businesses such as Safeway, iQ Credit Union and Dairy Queen are expected to participate.

“It’s going to be an awesome Camas Days,” Lutz said. “There’s the bathtub races, the activities and then I am running the [Lacamas Lake] half marathon on Sunday.”

New this year is that participants must be 18 years old to participate, instead of 16. Additionally, a waiver must be signed.

His advice to newbies?

“Don’t hurt yourself,” Lutz said. “And push as much water out of the tub as you can.”