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Ridiculously Crazy Races From Around The Globe

Updated on February 7, 2016

Ridiculously Crazy Races From Around The Globe

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Running a distance is the most basic form of racing. Technically speaking, a race is a form of competition of speed against time or to a specific point. Be that boat, car, cycle or aircraft races, or using animals such as horses or dogs, the one thing that all these ridiculously crazy events share in common is that simply participating and enjoying yourself is more fun than crossing the finish line first.

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A List Of Ridiculously Crazy Races

  1. The Electric Run: This race is run at night with thousands of lights placed along the course. The runners, many in crazy bizarre colored costumes or with glow in the dark accessories, and neon gear are serenaded by electronic music. Depending on your city, you will witness between four to six themed course lands, that include the rainforest, candy lane, under the sea, rainbow road, and powerhouse finish line. National non-profit partner of this race is ONE, an organization campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable diseases, particularly in Africa.
  2. Burro Days Race: One of the oldest themed races, it is held annually in Fairplay, Colorado. The main event is a 30 miles pack burro race, for which the runners have to finish the lengthy course while leading a burro (The Spanish word for a donkey). Riding the burro is prohibited though all burros have to be outfitted with a pack saddle with around 33 pounds of mining gear, which must include a pick, a gold pan, and a shovel, just like they were in mining days. This event is organized to commemorate the miners and their burros. In the early days of the mining industry, miners would take their Burros through the mountains of Colorado. Since the burro carried the supplies, the miners could not ride them, so they would walk leading the donkey.
  3. Krispy Kreme Challenge: The race is organized by a group of North Carolina University, Raleigh. As part of the main event, participants run a distance of two and a half miles to a Krispy Kreme donut shop. Once there, they eat a dozen donuts and run back along the same route to the finish line. The event is not affiliated to the Krispy Kreme company. It started as a college dare, when in 2004, a group of friends gathered in the morning at the Belltower to try the challenge. After receiving a positive coverage in the campus newspaper, the organizers decided to turn this race into a charity fundraiser event.
  4. Dirty Dash: A mud-themed event that is more of an obstacle course in which the participants have to swim through mud puddles and climb over them on slippery logs.
  5. CHILDitarod: It is a 100% volunteer driven Epic Urban Shopping Cart Race and a charity food drive. It is a one-of-its-kind-event dedicated to self-expression, part beauty pageant, part talent show, part bar brawl and a fundraising annual event held in Chicago. It is probably the world's largest mobile food drive benefitting the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the CHILDitarod foundation. It shares dates and some basic similarities with Iditarod, the famous Alaskan sled dog race from which it gets its name, but there is plenty more whimsy involved in this fun event. Decorated shopping carts are used instead of sleds, that are driven not by dogs but teams of five humans, one musher and four pullers, all in funny self-designed costumes. each team is required to start their cart full of food for donation. The event draws together 1100 plus people, both spectators, and participants, and has collected over 100,000 pounds of food. Teams come back year after year with new theme ideas, bigger and more elaborate carts and a thought to express their creativity while helping others through charity.
  6. Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race: This is an annual long-distance dog race held in Alaska. Mushers and a team of 16 dogs race through sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds to complete the corse in 9-15 days. The trail is through the harsh landscape of tundra and spruce forests.
  7. Badwater Ultramarathon: It is the world's toughest foot race that takes place annually in mid-July when weather conditions are most extreme. It is a 135-mile course that starts in the Badwater Basin.
  8. 24 Hours of Le Mans: It is the world's oldest endurance sports car race held in June every year. The race begins in mid-afternoon and finishes the next day, at around the same hour when it started. Over the 24 hours, teams must race their cars through all sorts of weather and tough technical conditions.

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      2 years ago from Gig Harbor, WA

      Need to find a way to be a med tent at a few of these.

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