East Texas Needs This ‘Race for Underachievers’
Leave it to Texas to think of a really creative new way to get us up off the couch and into a race for charity. One Hill Country town is getting attention for it's .5k race, and that decimal point before the 5 is no accident. At about a third of a mile and ten minutes out of a Saturday morning, just about anyone can conquer this thing!
Boerne is hosting the .5k Race this weekend, and it might be the quickest charity race in the history of Texas. Instead of the usual 3.1 miles in a standard 5k race, runners will be breezing through this one in ten minutes or less since it's just a quick 0.31 miles, or 1,640.42 feet. If a fast runner usually clocks a six minute mile, well, he'd be done with this race in about two minutes.
For runners and walkers who want to take their sweet time moseying through, there's going to be a coffee and donut break halfway through the course, and that'll give 'em the fuel they need to make it to the end. And then there's beer at the finish line. Just keep it under .08 after that .5k, K?
So many people are entertained by this idea of the 10-minute shuffle and stroll that the race registration quickly filled up and they're not letting any more people register right now. But organizers said they're looking at ways to increase capacity for 2019, and they've also got a Procrastinators Prize Pack that anyone can pick up and feel good about with some coattail endorphins. They said, "for only
$1499 $1299 $299 $79 $25 you too can pretend like you participated in the race. You'll get a t-shirt, the participation medal and the super pretentious oval 0.5k bumper sticker."
They get major points for creativity, right? We don't want to be copycats, but then again we kinda do. It would be a hoot to bring a race like this to East Texas and raise some money for charity with a run/walk that will take less time than a Target run or a trip to Walmart on a Saturday morning. Thanks for the inspiration, Boerne.
The Inaugural Boerne 0.5k is coming up at 11 am on May 5, 2018 at River Road Park in Boerne. Proceeds benefit the local Blessings in a Backpack program. If you're gonna do this in East Texas, let us know! We wanna come.