Two contestants in the 2001 Dupont High Heel Race sprint to the starting line. (Kevin Clark/TWP)

Thousands are people are expected to flock to the scene of the annual event, where men in costumes jog, strut and flat out run the best they can while teetering on inches of heels.

The race, held each year on the Tuesday before Halloween, takes place on 17th between P and S streets. It kicks off at 9 p.m. but crowds and racers begin gathering hours earlier.

The best best is to avoid the area, or park your car — or bike or other mode of transport — and join the crowds (there’s a Capital Bikeshare station at 17th and Corcoran). If you feel the urge to race, registration begins at 6 p.m. at Cobalt, 1639 R Street NW. Be warned, though: There’s a 2-inch minimum for anyone who wants to be eligible to win the race.

If you’re heading to the race, you can tweet your photos to @goingoutguide or use the hashtag #highheelrace and the Going Out Gurus will compile the best crowd shots in a blog post Wednesday morning.