In Misc. on October 15, 2011 at 1:15 pm

A different style of marathon. Instead of shouting encouragement, the crowds along the route jeer at the runners, curse them, and hold up signs that say “Give Up!” When a group of fans’ particular “favorite” runs past, they scream especially loud and hold up the signs they’ve prepared. “Go home, Ron!” “You’re finished, 1249!” And instead of handing out cups of water, fans throw water at the runners, along with pennies, balled-up candy wrappers, and other trash. The runners get a special high from all this and surge toward the finish line on a wave of hate.


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