NEW BERLIN, Wis. (October 11, 2013)--Batzner Pest Management held its 13th annual "Running of the Roaches" on Thursday in New Berlin, Wis., where nine Madagascar hissing cockroaches ran three heats on the custom-built 8-foot-long track.
Employees used straws to guide each of the competitors.
Training manager Karl Rowell joked that employees separated the roaches at dawn to train so they didn't "pull a leg."
He said they're fed dog food and lettuce.
The company is donating $500 to the Fisher House Foundation on behalf of the winning team.
The foundation helps families of patients at military and veterans medical centers.
Rowell says the winning team also gets bragging rights, which include putting pictures of roaches on the losers' desks.