A slight breeze will often push insects away from the face and with that in mind, the ingenuity of an inventor developed the Fan Cap, Battery Powered. It is a ball cap, the visor of which incorporates a battery-powered electric fan designed to blow air down across the wearer’s face. This device is intended for outdoor enthusiasts including joggers, runners, bicyclists, hikers, hunters, anglers and works great for those individuals who work outdoors. The Fan Cap, Battery Powered generates an air-flow barrier for cooling comfort.
I’ve never had such large swarms of insects flying into my face that I needed such a device, but it hardly seems revolutionary to me. A quick search turned up the much more eco-friendly solar powered fan cap.
Even this is of limited utility, since runners also want increased performance from their accessories. If you’re going to wear a fan on your head, you would be better off with the “6-Propeller Beanie Aviator’s Special” (assembly required).
Alas, as many have learned before us, the presence of a propeller on a hat won’t give us the boost we desire.
At 7 a.m. one day last August, Paul Donnelly, Laura Oliver and 40 others ran a five-kilometer race. Later, they attended an awards ceremony and drank Gatorade. Then they showered, changed into dressy attire and went on to the day’s main event: the wedding of Mr. Donnelly and Ms. Oliver.
Mr. Donnelly, 32, and Mrs. Donnelly, 28, who are from Evanston, Ill., met in a running club. The couple organized the “Wedding Day 5K” — complete with race numbers, logo T-shirts, swag bags and official time rankings — just for guests at their celebration weekend in Sioux Falls, S.D.
“My thinking was, a lot of the people who were there are runners as well,” said Mr. Donnelly, a software engineer and marathoner. “Having something that everyone could take part in the morning of, I thought it was a fun idea.”
I was going to make a joke here about the groom not waiting for the bride to finish, but you know I’m too classy for that.
United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that the World Triathlon Corporation (Ironman) has agreed to forfeit $2,761,910 in lottery proceeds to the United States government. According to a sworn complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Tampa, Ironman illegally charged athletes for a chance to win the opportunity to compete in the “Ironman World Championship,” held each October in Hawaii.
According to the complaint, Ironman, the company that organizes, promotes, and licenses “Ironman” triathlons around the world, has agreed to forfeit to the United States lottery proceeds that it has earned since October 24, 2012. Ironman charged athletes, who did not otherwise qualify, $50 to enter lotteries for the chance to compete in the Ironman World Championship. Thousands of athletes purchased multiple entries. Ironman would have been permitted to give away the opportunity to compete in the race, but violated the law when it charged athletes money for the chance to win.
Ironman cooperated fully in the investigation and voluntarily provided all information necessary to allow the parties to promptly resolve the matter.
As should have been obvious to Ironman, you can have a lottery but once you charge people to enter, you’re in Powerball territory, with all its incumbent rules and regulations.
On the other hand, the government is almost $2.8 million richer, but failed Ironman applicants are still out their fees.
Mark Remy of Runner’s World just announced he’s retiring the online edition of Remy’s World, his regular running humor column.
I read the column regularly, especially to be sure that something I was going to write about did not appear in his column first. I won’t have to worry about that anymore, but it’s a sad day, because running needs more humor, not less.
Fortunately, there is still a place for that kind of stuff, and you’ve already found it!