5 of the wackiest races

These races are truly odd

PUBLISHED: 14:00, 03 Dec 2014 | 
UPDATED: 13:02, 03 Dec 2014 | 

This summer, a video went viral of a guy racing – and beating – a tube train. The idea was to reach the next station in around 1 minute and 20 seconds, just in time to get on the SAME train arriving at the next station.

Here we take a look at some other unusual races…

#1 Wife Carrying Championships

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The idea of wife carrying first came from Finland, where there are a few stories about the original origin. One of them surrounds men who used to go to villages and steal men’s women before making them their own wives. To become good at this they decided to practice by hoisting heavy bags over their shoulders and running with them to build up strength and endurance. Nowadays, men get to carry their own wives with annual races are held not only in Finland but also in Maine (North America), Hong Kong, Sweden and Sweden amongst others. This race even has a category in the Guinness Book of Records. The tracks are 253 metres long and have to include dry and water obstacles, the women need to weight over 49 kg and ‘the wife to be carried may be your own, or the neighbour’s, or you may have found her further afield; she must, however, be over 17 years of age’. Apart from the winning prize, there are also prizes for the most entertaining couples and best costume.

#2 Krispy Kreme Challenge


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Recommendation states that you should wait two hours between a big meal and exercise. Well, this race throws all that out the window and will also probably make you throw up. According to their website, this race ‘epitomizes the test of physical fitness and gastrointestinal fortitude’. What started as a dare between a few friends in 2004 has now become an annual race which aims to raise money for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. The rules? Participants have to run 2.5 miles to a Krispy Kreme store where they purchase and eat A WHOLE DOZEN of donuts (original glazed) before carrying on to run another 2.5 miles. This may as well be renamed the ‘chunder race’

#3 The Runaway Bridesmaid Race

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This one is for ladies (or guys) who want to relive their prom or wedding while combining it with a bit of exercise. This race has been held annually for a few years now and involves running the 5th Avenue Mile race in NYC in a dress. All proceeds raised go on to support the New Light shelter for the kids of sex workers in one of India’s biggest red light districts, helping break the cycle of human trafficking.

#4 Stiletto Run

Stiletto Run

This was a race held in Berlin, Germany and hosted by Glamour magazine. It is one of the shortest races on this list with just 100 metres to cover. Easy, we hear you say? Well,not quite… because you have to wear stilettos with heels of at least 7 centimetres and no more than 1.5 centimetres wide at the tip. You also have to run it as quickly as possible in hope of winning a 10,000 euro gift card for a clothing store. The winner, Denise, succeeded with a time of 14.7 seconds! Some serious ankle damage risk there!

#5 Zombie Run

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Have difficulties motivating yourself to go for that job sometimes? Then this race might be the one for you. It is called ‘Run For Your Lives’, and is held in California over 5km. The concept is, basically, that there will be zombies chasing you whilst you are running, all the way to the finish line. What could be more ass-in-gear shifting than that?

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