First, on a sad note, three people died during the Detroit half marathon. From what I understand, it wasn’t particularly hot, they were no known pre existing conditions, and nothing would have been able to predict the tragic outcome. The Laminator provides a great read from a physician’s point of view. To ease my wife’s mind, I will say that the statistics from dying while running a marathon are somewhere around 1 in 100,000. That is a little better odds than dying from a house fire while in your own house which is 1 in 84,000. So, while running a marathon I am safer than in that deathtrap we call "home".
Next, my buddy Dean Karnazes. As if his random running exploits didn’t make me feel like a pansy each and every day (200+ miles on a treadmill!?), during the Chicago marathon he had to one up me. Much like Chuck Norris can kill two stones with one bird, Dean Karnazes has one marathon for breakfast, and another for lunch. That is, immediately after running the Chicago Marathon in 3:52, he ran it AGAIN in 3:57. I wonder who would win in a race between Chuck Norris and Dean Karnazes. Probably Chuck since there would likely be time travel involved.
Also, in a race that I hope to run someday soon - the Des Moines Marathon, a train stopped the lead pack 400 yards before the finish! That is right, during this past weekend’s running of the Des Moines marathon (which I knew a gaggle of people who ran the half – good job Emily S @ 1:39!!) a TRAIN stopped the leaders! Amazing. To the RD’s credit, he had previously confirmed with the RR company that no trains would be running all morning and the RR company has admitted complete responsibility. I have to admit that if I were WINNING a race, I would totally try to hurdle through the moving cars.
Finally, my favorite “story”. I still am a subscriber to the Kansas City Sports Commission newsletter. I’m not sure WHY I still subscribe, but I do. Recently I got an email about the county where I used to live in Kansas is hosting a “Run to Stop Underage Drinking 5K”. Really?
I get running for cancer, running for Mothers against drunk driving, or running in tribute of some horrific event. But really? Underage drinking? Now, call me juvenile (because I am), but I immediately thought of fun things that I could do while running for this “worthy” cause.
- Run while drunk
- Run while wearing one of those two beer helmet things
- Run with a Bud Light T-Shirt on
- Three words: Beer. Aid. Station.