Front of house professionals are being urged to sign up for the National Waiters Day race, which takes place next week.
The annual event, led by the Springboard Charity and sponsored by catering supplier Bunzl, aims to celebrate and showcase the dedication and hard work of front of house roles.
Five races will be held across the UK on 20 October, which forms part of the Front of House Festival (17-21 October).
The flagship race will be in London's Hyde Park, while events will also take place at Wivenhoe House, Colchester; Tameside College, Manchester; Linthwaite House, Cumbria and the Grand hotel, Eastbourne.
Fred Sirieix (pictured), general manager at Galvin at Windows and creator of National Waiters Day, said: "I am very proud and excited to lead the celebrations for National Waiters Day again on 20 October - it's a truly wonderful day to celebrate the ocean of career opportunities within the hospitality industry, as well as the hard work of all front of house professionals.
"There has never been a more exciting time to both join and succeed in this very special industry. If you can dream it, you can do it."
Springboard CEO Anne Pierce added: "National Waiters Day was created to showcase the range of roles available in front of house. It's the ideal opportunity for jobseekers and businesses, with activities ranging from skills challenges to talks, and of course the Waiters Day Race."
Entry to the race costs a £10 registration fee. The funds raised will help Springboard's Food & Beverage (FAB) programme in schools, which is designed to encourage students to explore and consider careers in front of house.
The Front of House Festival will include a range of activities across the country including barista sessions, careers events and social media campaigns.
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