Sunrise Rotary Club sponsors this golf ball “race” down a course on Monroe Street and (if you are lucky) funneled into the winner’s circle.
Setup begins at noon, with the race at 12:30 p.m.
Advance “Running of the Balls” tickets are available at the Port Townsend Food Co-op and Safeway. Tickets are sold on parade day at the top of the course at Monroe and Lawrence streets, and at the bottom at Monroe and Washington streets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. The winning ball earns its “owner” $2,000, with $500 for second place and $250 for third place.
New this year, the Noon Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Jefferson Healthcare and Fort Worden Public Development Authority represent teams that have purchased 100 colored golf balls to be added to the approximately 2,500 white golf balls representing purchased raffle tickets. The four teams (Rotary is yellow, Kiwanis is red, Jefferson Healthcare is blue, Fort Worden PDA is green) are eligible for the individual prize as well as the team competition. The team with the most golf balls to reach the finish gate wins back $400, which must then be awarded to a nonprofit of its choice.