Friday, April 2, 2010

Catch Us If You Can

Depending on your point of view, you might think this race series is a whole lot of fun, or in very bad taste. Memorably named the Skirt Chaser, it's a 5km dash where women start 3 minutes ahead of men. The first athlete across the line, regardless of gender, wins the prize money.

Me, I think it sounds like a great caper, regardless of whether you're being chased by someone special, a friend you have challenged, or are perhaps interested in meeting someone new on the course or at the party afterward.

Interestingly, looking at previous race results, it does appear that a woman usually wins, but only just. I'm pretty sure Beloved Husband would be able to catch me, but the question is, where? Knowing he's hot on my heels might just help me get more of a wiggle on than usual. It's a long time since I entered a 5km event, but with a pathetic knee in tow, that might just be my new race distance.

The next Skirt Chaser event seems to be in Atlanta in May, but I'm hopeful it will return to San Francisco this November. If this sounds like your cup of tea, you can vote to bring it to your city too.

Photo thanks: Convert to Skirt


  1. I think it's a cute idea. Anything that gets people out being active is pretty much OK by me. One thing I have always believed as a runner, however, is that there is no point in looking over your shoulder. In fact for me, I'm sure it costs me a bit of time, not being that coordinated. Look ahead and try to overtake the person in front instead!

    We have a similar race here where the handicap is set by age and sex (females going first). Bill and several other of the men hated any race that gave some of the faster women (age or not) a head start.

  2. I like it! I'm going to vote to bring it to SD...but I'll only do it if my husband wears a skirt too.

  3. Love the sounds of this event! Thanks for sharing. It sounds like a lot of fun. Will definitely have to go and vote to bring it back to the west coast.


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