Frequently Asked Questions
Who may enter the race?
Any server who is currently employed at any Charlottesville restaurant may enter. We ask that you request your restaurant to sponsor you with a gift certificate that will be used as a prize in the race.
Does this event have a #hashtag? And does the Charlottesville Waiters' Race have a presence on social media?
Yes and Yes! We want to see your tweets & instagram photos! Tag us or use our hashtag!
Is there a Rain Date?
Yes! If it rains on 7/14, the rain date is the following week, 7/21-- same time, same place. If it rains on 7/21, the event will be cancelled.
Why does my restaurant need to sponsor me with a gift card?
The gift cards are the prizes racers receive for participation. The idea is that every racer receives some sort of industry reward for their participation. If every racer brings a sponsored gift card, then we will have enough prizes for every racer to receive a gift card prize. The gift cards are arranged in order from highest amount to least amount, and these are distributed to the racers in the order in which they cross the finish line. Aside from this being a nice participation prize, a secondary goal is that we will have more industry visits between restaurants and further build the strength and camaraderie of our local restaurant community.
How much should the gift certificate be from the restaurant?
A suggested amount is $20 for fast-casual restaurants and $50 for full-service restaurants, but anywhere from $5 to $200 is welcome, depending on what your restaurant can give. Certificates for particular products are welcome, too (example: "One Free Chicken Sandwich!").
My restaurant is unwilling or unable to sponsor me with a donated gift card. Can I still participate?
Yes! But please mention this when you register so we may make arrangements for additional prizes elsewhere.
I am a server for a catering company. Can I participate?
Sure! Without a set dining location that is open to the public, your catering company may be unable to sponsor you with a gift card. Would your employer be willing to donate some swag (a t-shirt, an apron, a wine key, a baguette?) that we may include in the prize baskets for the winners? If so, that would be awesome. If not, we'd still love to have you.
May multiple servers enter from the same restaurant?
Certainly! But we ask that the restaurant still sponsor each participant with a gift certificate. Some restaurants with several participants may wish to donate smaller gift card amounts. For instance, a suggested donation would be $50 for one participant, or two (2) $25 gift cards for two participants, or five (5) $10 gift cards for five participants, etc.
I have a Business Downtown- how will this race affect my business?
Visit our page for Downtown Businesses to find out exactly how this may affect your business.