It’s Labor Day, and in Nome, Alaska that means bathtubs – racing bathtubs, that is.

The race is an annual event in the Bering seaside city which is located just below the Arctic Circle and 100-odd miles from Russia. It is said to be the first place ever to stage a bathtub race.

The event takes place on Front Street where teams race 100 yards, each pushing or pulling a tub containing a team member and gallons of water.

Each team who enters the race ($20) must have five members, one who rides in the tub (full of hot, bubbly water) and four who push and pull their cruiser down the street through the center of town.

And, as  Nome is a small town, around 3,500 inhabitants, when it holds an event, it seems that everyone in town is either participating or watching.