by Susan O’Neill
The pressure is on this year for The Terdminators to win the Maple Park Toilet Bowl Challenge race. According to organizer Pat Mundinger, The Terdminators have the fastest-looking, meanest-looking racer, with a black toilet bowl, a yellow frame and even a big fin spoiler on the back.
â€œEvery year, they look like they’re going to wipe out everybody (no pun intended),â€ Mundinger said.
But they have yet to win a race. Last year, the honors went to Da Bears, who wore hard hats and Bears jerseys as they handily defeated The Terdminators.
The race will take place on Saturday, Sept. 5, beginning at 1 p.m. in front of the American Legion building on Main Street. Participants will race their toilets east down Main Street, maneuvering around plastic traffic pylons.
Racers consist of a toilet and a no larger than three-foot-by-three-foot platform. Teams must include three members, two people pushing and one atop the commode.
A prize is given for the top three winners of the race, as well as for the most original commode or costumes, American Legion Postmaster Mundinger said. The first-place racer wins a $100 cash award, with second and third receiving $50 and $25, respectively. The most creative group wins a $100 cash prize.
The winners will also lead the Fun Fest parade, behind the Legion color guard.
There are only a few rules associated with the race. No motorized racers of any type are allowed, and no profanity will be allowed, as this is a family event.
Other than that, Mundinger said people should let their imaginations run wild. A low-end toilet can be found at a store for $60, but sometimes just driving down the street on garbage day can net you a treasure from someone’s front yard. One team in recent years used a stainless steel toilet they obtained from a prison in Lombard. Plumbers are another good source.
Charles Thalman, the originator of the Maple Park Toilet Bowl Challenge, said he heard of the idea from friends who had a similar race at their church in Effingham, Ill.
The race has been such a success, that it is back for the fifth year in a row. For a look at footage of past races, Mundinger has put together a video on YouTube. However, the Elburn Herald cautions that the lyrics of the accompanying music may not be suitable for children (or sensitive adults).
Participants may sign up at www.post312 maplepark.org.
For more information, call (630) 774-9288.