Leave it to the Brits to combine three naturally complementary things – running, Star Wars and pantomime horses – into a single mindblowing event, the London Pantomime Horse Race. Here’s the starting line.
Darth Vader finds your lack of hay disturbing.
Then it’s over to the pub, perhaps for a Moosehead.
As entertaining as that was, it cannot match the majesty of the Grandest National at Aintree.
Racing against a bus or a train is old news for Running Is Funny readers, but here’s a stunt that’s starting to build momentum worldwide. You take the local metro, get off the train and race along the street in order to meet the train at its next stop.
Runners have tried it in London, Glasgow, Paris, Hong Kong, Berlin and just about every other city with a subway. The latest event featured Pan Hailong, a runner in Beijing. He wore a GoPro camera as he sprinted from one station to the next, with a camera crew remaining on the train. Here it is.
“Eating a variety of colorful food provides vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to nourish your body that can’t be replicated in a supplement.”
Here in Northern California it rained without a break for 23 consecutive hours. That’s what we get for complaining about a drought. Most of you are enduring frigid temperatures, so why not get away to Miami’s South Beach this Sunday for a little 5K and 1/4-marathon called Serena Williams’ Ultimate Run, benefiting her youth charity.
Serena and her sister Venus will be running the 5K, along with tennis star/marathoner Caroline Wozniacki and famous runners such as Shannon Rowbury, Alberto Salazar and Ironman triathlete Leanda Cave.
Serena will also be addressing the runners at the start “and then singing karaoke at the post-race party on stage at the Clevelander.” You might recognize the Clevelander as the location for ESPN’s show Highly Questionable. Participants are advised, “If you get lucky and are running with her on the course, please be courteous but also say hi! Selfies welcome, stalking prohibited.”
The medal also looks pretty cool.
Even more important, the weather in South Beach on Sunday will be 75 degrees and sunny.
We’ve had turkeys. And we’ve had treadmills. Here, for the first time anywhere, is a turkey on a treadmill.
I honestly couldn’t think of a good reason to mention the Victoria’s Secret Incredible Sport Bra with built-in heart rate sensors, particularly since it doesn’t come with a heart rate monitor and fails to mention what would work – other than “use with most clip-on heart rate monitors by leading brands.”
Still, I thought it might appeal to female Running Is Funny readers to mention that it’s now on sale for $30 online. Appealing to male Running Is Funny readers is much easier.
What do you think, folks? Time to get a new pair of running shoes or should I wait until I can see my socks through them? YOU DECIDE.