Hats Off, a Kinetics Skulpture entry from Gig Harbor, wheels down Water Street during the 36th annual Kinetics Skulpture Parade in downtown Port Townsend on Saturday. Thirteen floats from as far away as Chico, Calif., took part in the parade and will compete in a race today. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)

Hats Off, a Kinetics Skulpture entry from Gig Harbor, wheels down Water Street during the 36th annual Kinetics Skulpture Parade in downtown Port Townsend on Saturday. Thirteen floats from as far away as Chico, Calif., took part in the parade and will compete in a race today. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)

Kinetic contraptions compete today in Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND — The road, sand and mud kourses of Port Townsend’s 36th Kinetic Skulpture Race are today.

Human-powered contraptions will move up and down hills and make their way through qwicksand and mud in the tongue-in-cheek contest. The water kourse was on Saturday.

Racers compete for the coveted Mediocrity Award, earned by the skulpture that finishes the race in the exact middle of the pack.

Racers will begin at Low Noon after singing to the crowd and undergoing a sobriety test.

“Kinetic Kops will issue citations, kontrolling khaos and konfusion at the event, while the glorious judges look on to find their favorites,” says the website www.ptkineticrace.org., which counsels participants to bribe judges.

Here is today’s schedule:

• 10:30 a.m. to noon — Skulpture staging, team song and dance, sobriety test, on Water Street.

• Noon to about 5 p.m. — Port Townsend Road, Sand and Mud Kourse. (See website for map of race route.)

• About 6 p.m. to about 8 p.m. — Survivor’s Post Party and Awards Ceremony.

Medicare Joker, a Kinetic entry from Gig Harbor, turns off Water on to Monroe Street at the end of the 36th Kinetic Skulpture Parade in downtown Port Townsend on Saturday. Thirteen floats took part in the parade. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)

Medicare Joker, a Kinetic entry from Gig Harbor, turns off Water on to Monroe Street at the end of the 36th Kinetic Skulpture Parade in downtown Port Townsend on Saturday. Thirteen floats took part in the parade. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)

Selena Espinoza, left, and her daughter Serita march down Water Street at the start of the 36th Kinetic Skulpture parade in Port Townsend on Saturday. Selena is the emcee for the Kinetic Race, which takes place today and Serita vied for the title of Rose Hips Kween during the ball Saturday night. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)

Selena Espinoza, left, and her daughter Serita march down Water Street at the start of the 36th Kinetic Skulpture parade in Port Townsend on Saturday. Selena is the emcee for the Kinetic Race, which takes place today and Serita vied for the title of Rose Hips Kween during the ball Saturday night. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)

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