We tied for second place this year — tied with Running with Scissors. Charlie Don’t Run won first place. They really didn’t run, but still won pretty solidly, which tells you they got skills. It was a tough field — five teams, no newbies, and I think all were past winners.

I don’t have any photos of this year’s battle, yet, so here’s an old Washington Post photo of Charlie (left) and Running (right).

Fighting rokkaku kites held by their pilots, including the teams "Charlie Don't Run" and "Running With Scissors."

(That photo comes from a good 2014 Washington Post article that preceded the 2014 festival that I believe got completely snowed out.)