10/9/10 - The 2010 McNugget Challenge 5k
In case the name didn't give it away, this inaugural unsanctioned USATF event involved eating lots of chicken McNuggets from McDonalds, and then running a 5k. Specifically, 50 McNuggets in less than an hour. This year's event saw 7 brave entrants and an equally large crowd on hand to witness the festivities. Here's how it went down:
- The only way to DQ was to throw up prior to completing both legs of the challenge.
- 4 participants were able to eat the 50 McNuggets in the allotted time.
- 3 participants were able to successfully complete the 5k.
- EVERY participant threw up before all was said and done.
Heck, McDonalds can't expect to offer 50 of these vile devils for only $9.99 and then expect me to not consider the possibility of combining gluttony and running into an event for like-minded (insert: stupid) individuals.
(Video montage courtesy of Matt Laubhan. Classic...)
- Marc Pevoteaux - 18:5x
- Brooks Williams - 20:xx
- Ken Newton - 21:xx
- James Kaminski - DNF
It had been 4 years since the last time I competed in this fun local race, and since I was volunteering to lead the kids race anyway, I decided to enter. This one includes 3 river crossings, lots of vertical, and a muddy rope climb right before the finish!
My race wasn't too spectacular, although I was over 5 minutes faster than my 2006 time which just reinforces how much stronger of a runner I am these days. I'd consider my current conditioning as 'weak and rundown', so it was still nice to see a big improvement. My final time was 34:32, good for about 20th place.
Surprisingly, leading the kids race proved to be a more impressive feat. Who knew a bunch of snot-nosed 12 year olds would give this old guy a run for his money?! No joke: This one kid named Tanner is 12 years old and has run a 5:12 mile... you do the math and imagine how ugly it was when I had to lead the course (2 miles) on the same trails and hills that had already kicked my butt once that day. Except this time I had a bunch of ravenous, blood thirsty, kids chasing me!
(I'll have you know that I successfully stayed ahead of the little brats but had to run a 6:29 average up/down steep hills to do it! That'll show them who's boss.)
New Races Added
And finally, this morning I pulled the trigger and entered two more upcoming events:
- 2010 North Face 50 in San Francisco
- 2011 Boston Marathon