Ready, Steady, SLOW – The Essentials of Snail Racing

Snail Racing is a fun event for everyone (if you don't mind catching the slimy critters). For five years the Annual Snail Racing Championships have been held at Watsonia Library. Snail racing is easy to organise.

Collect snails from the garden. Favourite places of the snail are behind or underneath big stones. They love agapanthus and vegie patches, or places that are wet!

Before snails can enter the race they need to be identified. One garden snail can look very much like another!. At Watsonia Library we painted the shells with chemical free paints, but you can use a sticker if you have them. It is best to hold heats if there are large numbers of entrants.

The snails race from the centre of a circle to the outside finish line. It is best to point the the snail the right way - towards the finish line.

Owners often like to give their snails names like Speedy or Lara. What would you name your racing snail?

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