Outpost of the Odd

Hash Run Panic Shuts Down Singapore Train Station

Dateline – Singapore:

A running club today admitted leaving a trail of flour in a Singapore metro station which prompted a security scare and a three-hour shutdown of the station.

In a statement the Seletar Hash House Harriers, an all-male group that describes itself as a “drinking group with a running problem”, apologised for the “alarm and inconvenience” caused to the public.

…One of the group’s members, a 69-year-old man, was arrested for causing public alarm while two others, aged 59 and 70, are helping police with investigations.

This is a common hazard of hashing, with people more on edge than ever. This is the first time I have ever heard of an arrest being made. These guys even had to issue a press release.

Judging by their ages, these are veteran hashers and I hope they are not punished.

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Running Hazards of the Week

Pigs

…and dinosaurs.

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Run the Axis of Evil Challenge!

For those of you perhaps too young to remember (or too old to remember anything), in 2002 President Bush referred to Iran, Iraq and North Korea as the “axis of evil.” With Saddam’s regime gone, I guess we’re down to two, and by strange coincidence both of them held a marathon within 48 hours of each other.

The marathon in Teheran made the news because the government would not allow female runners on the same route as the men. The women were also required to wear hijab and photographers were not allowed to take pictures of them.

Nothing that outrageous occurred during the Pyongyang Marathon, though I always thought North Korea’s best sport was golf.

It occurred to me that while running one or the other of these races would be enough of a conversation starter, running both on the same weekend would raise you to social media godhood.

Who’s up for it? The first runner to complete the Axis of Evil Challenge will be featured on this very page. If that’s not enough to get you to visit two totalitarian countries in two days, I don’t know what is.

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The Question No One Is Asking

Why are marathon runners putting in their pouches small potatoes that they have roasted ahead of time and eat them along the way as they are running the marathon?

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Shape Up Or Sheep Out

Need to cross-train but a gym workout doesn’t appeal to you? Try shearing sheep.

According to a study undertaken by the University of Western Australia‚ shearing sheep is one of the most physically demanding activities. “Shearers are super-athletes‚” says team manager and trainer Izak Klopper of the South African Sheep Shearing Federation. “A study found that fluid losses‚ for example‚ compared to that of top marathon runners, and calorie expenditure, was higher than that of rugby players — and rugby only lasts for a couple of hours a couple of times a week. Sheep shearers work up to 10 hours a day‚ seven days a week.”

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This Week’s Running Hazard

Booby traps.

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Problem and Solution

If you get lost in the fog, like these two runners, you can find your way home again with the Sygna T-shirt.

The Sygna T-shirt has all the capacities of a traditional wearable fitness tracker: it can measure steps taken, floors climbed and calories burnt, but it can also tell you which road to follow to get home. To enable the smart features, users first have to download a companion app and set the desired destination. The vibrations from a built-in vibration sensor located on each shoulder lets the runner know which turn to take.

Also useful for finding the nearest donut shop after your 8th mile or so.

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