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A race where competitors are strapped to giant rubber bands, gradually increasing the difficulty of moving forward.
It seems to me that sprinting races, while certainly requiring
prowess, only focus on one skill: short burts of speed. What I
is an alternative form of racing that focuses on more skills.
Straight track races should be held in which each runner, by
of a special harness,
is attached to a long elastic band. These
rubber bands would go behind the runners and retract into
the starting gate. Due to the nature of elasticity, the race
completely normal in the beginning; the runners would be able
bound ahead with little to no hindrance, as the band unfurls
them loosely. Little by little, however, the runners would have
resist the increasing pull of their elastic band. At a certain
race would become a competition of strength and endurance as
runners struggle against the stretchy fetters that hold them
Those with less grip in their sneakers would begin to find
moonwalking, or even sliding backwards. Eventually, the winner
would pull themselves across the finish line, perhaps on all
straining against an extremely taut rope of rubber. the fun
there, however. Runners can't truly relax until they detach
harness; those who forget to do so will find themselves flying
backwards toward the beginning.
[leinypoo13, Jan 25 2010]
||You could achieve the same effect with a
track that sloped upward along a curved path. A good use for
ski-jumps during the off-season.
||So what happens if you get a runner who is strong enough to break the bungee? Do they win by default?
||//You could achieve the same effect with a track that sloped upward along a curved path// True, but the bungee is a lot more fun!
||Well and truly baked at bike rallies across Britain (and probably elsewhere). I've competed in many 'bungee runs' myself.
A slight variation, applicable where resources are limited, uses a single bungee (often a string of motorcycle inner tubes looped together and tied to a tree). Competitors take turns to get as far as they can, marking their progress by sticking a tent peg or similar marker in the ground.
||I think I recall several, indeed, many events like this in It's A Knockout!
||I see. Well, feel free to mark my idea for deletion. Alas, I
truly thought it was original!...
||Don't worry, you'll bounce back.