Emerald Downs Racetrack in Auburn, Washington, took a break from its usual thoroughbred races to let a few Tyrannosaurus rex take to the track.
More than thirty runners from Tri-Guard Pest Control dressed up in blow-up dinosaur costumes to partake in the annual dash.
A video of the race that published to Facebook on July 6 has already gone viral with over 20 million views.
Emerald Downs President Phil Ziegler told USA TODAY that the event, which started at the track 3 years ago, was a lot of fun. Ziegler loved seeing how the video has “made so many people happy.”
Ziegler added that although the event originally was just for the pest control company, he’s already received dozens of inquiries about how to enter the competition.
People dressing up in giant T. rex costumes is not a new phenomenon.
In 2016, a Broncos cheerleader performed a Halloween number in the costume. In 2017, about a hundred of the inflatable dinos protested President Trump’s proposed cuts to programs including the Peace Corps and Americorps. In 2018, a Colorado conductor directed his orchestra in the prehistoric costume, another viral video shows.
Adding another bewildering layer to the race: Real T. rex couldn’t even run. A 2017 simulation by the University of Manchester debunked previous ideas that the bipedal animal could run up to 45 mph.
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