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The storied Dupont Circle High Heel Race is looking for volunteers who just like to watch. “It’s the best way to see the race,” insists Dave Perruzza, JR.’s Bar & Grill general manager and one of the event’s organizers. “You’re right in front. You can take pictures,” he says. “All you have to do is crowd control.”
While controlling thousands of intoxicated onlookers gathered to cheer on a horde of fabulously costumed, precariously footed sprinting men might seem like a tricky task, Perruzza insists the job is an easy one. “The volunteers are there to supplement a large police presence,” says Perruzza, who adds that this year’s race route will be extended slightly to help ease crowding. The longer route will require even more non-running bodies—-Perruzza says he’s confirmed about 50 volunteers but is looking to sign up 100 more before the race, slated for Tuesday, Oct. 28.
Volunteers are essential to the yearly juggernaut, which is owned by no one and which benefits charity. This year, the event’s proceeds will go to Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, the event’s sole sponsor. “You might see some guy in an Absolut dress running down the street, but it’s probably just some gay guy who like Absolut,” says Perruzza.
In contrast to the extravagant costuming of the race’s participants, volunteers will wear t-shirts. Those interested in helping run the high heel race—-without running it themselves—-can contract Perruzza at firstname.lastname@example.org.