JR.'s Bar & Grill just celebrated its 25th anniversary last month, and tonight brings the 25th edition of an event that JR.'s employees started just for fun and a little neighborhood bonding. Now, of course, the 17th Street High Heel Race is one of the city's most popular annual events -- this year's Grand Marshals are Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Councilman Jack Evans. Spectators start lining the blocks between JR.'s and Cobalt in the late afternoon -- 17th Street closes to traffic and parking at 6 p.m. So don't expect to be able to see the high-heeled sprinters or even much of the pre-race spectacle unless you stake out a spot hours in advance.
The only way to guarantee a good view? Show up at JR.'s at 6:30 p.m. and sign up as a volunteer Race Marshal, which gets you a shirt and route placement.
Tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 9 p.m. Starting gate outside Cobalt at corner of 17th and R Streets NW and finish line down by JR.'s.