Now here is an endurance sport -- imagine running across a muddy South Louisiana field on a chilly morning wearing a garish costume with several dozen similarly appareled (and, most likely, similarly inebriated) participants trying catch a live chicken. Welcome to Mardi Gras in rural South Louisiana.
Organizers of the inaugural St. Petersburg Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon projected that the road race would draw 12,000 to 15,000 runners in its first year but the Feb. 12 event actually had 7,000 finishers, 1,248 of whom came from out of state.
About 11,000 participants took part in this weekend's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in El Paso, Texas -- a turnout close to the 11,500 or so who took part last year. It was the first such event since the charity prompted controversy for cutting funding to Planned Parenthood.
Remember that item in yesterday's Warmup Lap about the Page 3 girl who boasted about eating junk food before a race? As you might have suspected, that didn't work out too well. And the fact the organizers screwed up and made the course too long probably didn't help any either.