It is that time of year. Many of us are dusting off our trainers and starting our shiny new training schedules for the spring marathon season. As blogger Mark Matthews, recently explained, there is a lot more than just registering for a race. You have to own it and get ready to put in a lot of commitment and hard work before race day rolls around.
Or do you?
Not according to Groupon!
For just $20 you can register to run a fake marathon on February 2, 2013 put on by Ridiculo.us! That’s right. Sign up and you can receive:
- official race apparel (although you had to register by 1.11.2013 to ensure you’d receive it in time for the February 2 race);
- bib number;
- staged photos along the way; AND
- a predetermined time
Sweet. Who says you have to work hard to earn that PR?
Unfortunately, the above-Groupon, which was advertised in the San Francisco area, is no longer available. But have no fear, the sponsor of the Groupon, Run Free Race, has registration still open on its web site: www.runfreerace.com. You may not get your packet in time for the actual “non-race” but here is what you can get for just $40:
In the meantime, you are encouraged to post photos of your alleged training and fake race day on Run Free Race’s website and other social media with the hashtag #runfreerace.
And no, by the way, I am not making this up. What is even crazier is that via Kickstarter, Run Free Race raised more than $23,000 to back this project. If there are enough photos, it must be real, right? Ridiculous?
Have you heard of this social experiment or know anyone doing it? Does it offend your running sensibilities or do you see the humor in this project?