and, on the polar opposite side of things, you had a 26 year old adult man sleeping until a time suitable for lunch.
but back to the race...it seems that most everyone i know that ran had some sort of charity or organization they were raising money for. i think this is pretty commonplace now. everyone has seen a request in their inbox, pledges to donate money for every mile run. or mile biked. or mile walked. or hour stayed up to. you get the picture.
and i feel like this has become a great donation business, pushing yourself to physical extremes to help out a cause, group or research pertinent to your life.
but i'm more concerned about how, exactly, the practice of donating money for marathons etc. originated. i'm sure it was something good-natured, people looking to help out their athletic nephew, neighbor or good looking dorm resident advisor.
but this is the dialogue i imagined in my head.
"hi, paul. this is jeff."
"hey jeff, what's happening? saw you out runnin the other day"
"yeah, that was me. love it! but i was actually calling to ask you...well ask sort of a favor of you."
"oh yeah? need help movin? airport again?"
"actually, i'm trying to raise money for a charity, it helps do research on (nameless illness). if i can get donations from all my friends, family and co-workers i could make a really good contribution."
"oooh....well, am i gonna get anything out of this?"
"i mean, just the satisfaction of helping out i guess."
"hmm. well, see i just don't know if that's enough for me. i mean, i'd be willing to donate, i just...i'm just not gonna give it out for free."
"i mean, i could maybe do some chores for you?"
"a nice dinner?"
"no, i won't need that."
"well what then?"
"well, i'd like to see you...i don't know...i want to see you just fucking run."
"like, sprint somewhere?"
"no, no sprinting. i want you to run for like....5 fucking hours. straight."
"right through baby."
"and if i run for five hours straight you'll give me 70 dollars for research?"
"believe it, my man. and you have to take pictures of it, for proof."
...or something like that.