A 40 year tradition keeps people coming back

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By Courtney Culey
Bath-DeWitt Connection staff writer

In the end, Lethal Threat couldn’t escape from “the cops,” during the 2011 Bath Tub Races.

After the practice runs, Kenny Crouch, the driver of Lethal Threat, said, “We were clocked at 18 MPH. The police car went 22 MPH. If we want to win, we need to do something to make us faster,”

The “International Bath Tub Races” began in the 1970’s and attracted people from all over Michigan.

This year eight teams were registered to compete, but Wilson said they expected more to register Saturday morning before the start of the races.

According to Wilson, around 2,000 people were in attendance, and they crowded the course to watch the highlight of the weekend; the races.

Starting line of the 2011 Bath Tub Races

Crouch and three friends got together Monday and started building their car.

“We had four builders, and it took us four days,” Crouch said.

Late Friday night, the crew made adjustments on the car to try to outrun the cops.

The adjustments weren’t enough. At the official races Saturday afternoon, the Lethal Threat didn’t place in the top three, but they will be back next year to race again.

The Tub Boat won the double elimination tournament and the trophy.

After a successful practice run Friday, the Bath Police Department came in second place followed by the Bath Fire Department.

Kevin Douglas, a member of the Bath Fire Department, said the focal point of the festival is the Bath Tub Races.

“Bath is known for the Bath Tub Races,” he said.

Douglas said that the department was satisfied with third place because they created a new tub this year. Unfortunately, he said, they lost to the cops.

“Losing to the cops again was the worst part,” Douglas said.

Jennifer Wilson, Bath Days Festival Secretary, said they hope people return year after year and enjoy the event.
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