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5K in Virginia Features a ‘Running’ Toilet

In the name of water conservation, this race has an interesting side bet.

Here’s another entry in the category of “creative ways to use running to promote a cause.”

In the name of water conservation, the Fix a Leak Family 5K encourages runners to chase down a “running” toilet.

The 5K, scheduled for March 22 in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a city-sponsored event with the goal of raising awareness to water conservation efforts and leak repair. One way to bring attention to the matter is taking an experienced runner, putting him in a toilet costume, attaching flags to his costume and giving him a 10-second head start. Runners are then encouraged to run after him and, essentially, stop the “running toilet.” (get it?!) Runners who grab one of the toilet’s flags will win a prize.

The past two years, the toilet has been an 8:00/mile runner. The first year, he intentionally slowed down to let kids catch him. Last year, the toilet finished third overall.

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